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Midlands Technical College Ranked Nationally for Diversity

Mar 01, 2021

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For the 11th year in a row, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education has ranked Midlands Technical College (MTC) one of the top colleges in the nation for minority students earning associate degrees. In the latest report, MTC was #65 overall for associate degrees awarded to African Americans. MTC made the list 34 times, and earned 10 spots in the top 25.

“Midlands Technical College provides pathways to higher education and career training for a broad array of students and actively addresses the under-representation of African-Americans in higher education,” said MTC President Dr. Ronald L. Rhames. “This report demonstrates our commitment to diversity and shows that our rigorous curriculum is accessible to all.”

Since 2010, MTC has been designated one of the top 100 producers of associate degrees to African Americans among the 1,200 technical and community colleges across the United States. MTC was in the top 25 for associate degrees awarded to African-American students in the following career areas: Business, Management and Marketing; Construction; Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences; and Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing.

“I am proud of how MTC supports the history and heritage of our minority community through things like the recent rededication of the Upper Pine Grove Cemetery,” said Rhames, who is the first African-American president at MTC, and is the first person to graduate from a South Carolina technical college and later become its president. “That feeling of success is overpowered when I see how our college ranks nationally in graduating minority candidates, because that is what sets them on paths to careers that can be life-changing for the students and their families.”

About Top 100 Producers of Associate Degrees

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education is dedicated exclusively to diversity issues in higher education. Each year, the publisher analyzes U.S. Department of Education reports submitted by institutions of higher education.