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Midlands Technical College Marks 50 Years of Transforming Tomorrows

Mar 25, 2024

Midlands Technical College (MTC) is celebrating 50 years of educating and developing the workforce in the Midlands. Since 1974, MTC has been a staple in Richland, Lexington, and Fairfield counties helping educate more than 85,000 through one of 150+ degree, diploma, and certificate programs.

MTC operated as three separate higher education institutions prior to 1974: the Midlands Technical Education Center, Palmer College, and the Columbia Technical Education Center. On March 21, 1973, all three institutions merged to form a single, multi-campus college. The newly established college continued to operate as three separate entities governed by one commission through June 1974. On July 1, 1974, all three merged together to form Midlands Technical College. 

“As we reflect on the last 50 years, we are also looking toward the next 50,” said MTC President Dr. Ronald L. Rhames. “While our buildings, community, and education as a whole have changed since our founding, one thing remains the same. Midlands Technical College is committed to providing an affordable, accessible education to anyone who seeks to transform their tomorrow.Thunderfest poster

Throughout the year, the college will hold events inviting alumni back to campus to reflect on memories and share their stories. The first signature event, ThunderFest, will be on the Beltline Campus on April 4 and will feature local bands, food trucks, activities such as a gaming truck, mechanical bull rides, inflatables for children, and much more. Additional homecoming events can be found on the MTC 50th anniversary webpage.

As MTC proudly commemorates five decades of service, the Midlands Technical College Foundation invites members of the Midlands community and beyond to celebrate this milestone by making a gift to the MTC@50 Student Support Fund.

"Giving to the MTC@50 Student Support Fund is a great way to show appreciation for MTC’s success in equipping individuals with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the workforce and contribute positively to our quality of life,” said Nancy McKinney, CEO of the MTC Foundation.

Gifts to the MTC@50 fund will support 50 scholarships for deserving Mavericks pursuing their educational goals at MTC. To join in the celebration through the MTC@50 Student Support Fund, please visit

In addition, MTC is asking anyone who has photos, videos, memorabilia, or any fun memories of the college to please submit them to MTC’s digital memory board. These memories will be shared throughout the year and may be put on display at some of the college’s signature events.