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Midlands Technical College Receives Inaugural Grant from BAE Systems

Nov 29, 2018

Dr. Rhames and BAE Systems Employees holding a check payable to MTC Foundation

The Midlands Technical College (MTC) Foundation received a $3,500 grant from BAE Systems to support the college’s Machine Tool Technology program. BAE Systems invested in the program to help continue the numerous, top-quality employees MTC has provided the manufacturing company over the years. BAE Systems said it plans to continue its financial support to MTC annually.

“With private support from BAE Systems and other businesses, Midlands Technical College is better able to provide job-ready employees to area manufacturers,” said MTC President Ronald L. Rhames.

BAE Systems’ Aiken facility, which is expanding its operations and workforce, currently employs about 100 employees who support the manufacture of component assemblies for a variety of combat vehicle platforms.

“Highly skilled employees are a critical part of our future, and we are proud to support MTC in the work they are doing locally to educate and train the future manufacturing workforce,” said Dave Isherwood, manager of BAE Systems’ Aiken facility. “We have worked with MTC on placing graduates for years, and we are excited to begin financial support of their technology-focused machine tool training.“

The grant provides funds for MTC machine tool instructors to teach students the latest in 3D modeling and computer numeric controller systems. Funding this project ensures MTC machine tool students will continue to receive training in the latest, most advanced technologies in their field.

“The college is very grateful to BAE Systems for their generosity and support of our machine tool program,” said Nancy Keon, CEO of the MTC Foundation.  “Providing skilled employees for the manufacturing sector has become a hallmark of MTC. The expanding manufacturing industry in South Carolina is a vital component of our economy. BAE Systems’ current and future support of MTC promises to bring the latest technology to students who need these important skills.”

Learn more about MTC’s Machine Tool Technology program at