MTC has several options for middle and high school students to earn college credit or get prepared for college entrance.
Each year, hundreds of dedicated high school students take courses through MTC’s Dual Enrollment program to get a jump-start on their college education.
Dual Enrollment allows qualified public, private, and home education students an opportunity to participate in an accelerated academic program. With Dual Enrollment, students pursue an advanced curriculum that may earn the student high school and college credit simultaneously. Prospective students must meet with their high school counselor and submit all required documentation and credentials before registering for courses.
- Tuition and Fees
Dual Enrolled Students are not eligible to receive Federal Financial Aid. However, they may be eligible for SC Lottery Tuition Assistance Program (LTAP), and South Carolina Workforce & Industrial Needs Scholarship (SC WINS) funding. Students will be responsible for tuition and fees not covered by these aid programs. Check with Admissions to learn more about these funding options.
- Dual Enrollment Options
Students have several dual enrollment options from which to select.
- Work with your school to get approval to come to MTC and take Dual Enrollment classes on one of our six regional campuses.
- Find out if you’re in a district where MTC faculty are already teaching courses in your high school.
- Take Dual Enrollment courses that are available online.
Please see your high school guidance counselor to find out which option is best for you.
- Admissions Requirements
Regardless of the options that you choose, you must submit the following:
- Dual Enrollment Application for Admissions
- Qualifying Credentials for Admissions and Placement (SAT, ACT, ACCUPLACER, High School Transcript, AP, IB, etc.)
- Lawful Presence Form
- Dual Enrollment Agreement Form
- LTA Waiver Form:
- High School Request Form (For sophomores and freshmen only)
- Transferring Dual Enrollment Credits
Most of MTC's general education college courses transfer to colleges and universities across the nation. In addition, selected colleges and universities also accept courses from MTC's applied technical and professional programs. However, the college to which the courses are being transferred determines the transferability of credits. Students should contact the college to which they intend to attend to ensure that their courses transfer.
- Registration Process
After you submit a completed dual enrollment application and have been accepted, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange your Dual Enrollment advisement session.
- Contact Us
Have questions about dual enrollment at MTC? Contact one of the team members listed below.
Derrah Q. Cassidy
The Midlands Youth Apprenticeship Program
The Midlands Youth Apprenticeship (MYA) program is a local partnership between the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, MTC, Apprenticeship Carolina, and participating Midlands school districts and employers across a variety of industries. It offers high school juniors the opportunity to get paid to learn as youth apprentices. Youth apprentices receive paid on-the-job training along with job-related education at MTC. The costs of tuition, books, and materials for the apprenticeship-related college courses are paid for through various funding resources and are not passed on directly to the students.
- Learn More About the MYA Program
Earn real experience and a paycheck before graduating from high school.
The Midlands Youth Apprenticeship Program, a partnership with the Columbia Chamber, MTC, Apprenticeship Carolina, and participating Midlands school districts and employers, is a career-education pathway that helps build a viable, local workforce for high-demand, hard-to-fill positions. It provides high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to get paid to learn as youth apprentices. Youth apprentices receive paid on-the-job training along with job-related education at MTC. The MYA Program also provides businesses and organizations the unique chance to meet qualified high-school students from a variety of fields and backgrounds who are already achieving at a high-level.
Learn more at an MYA info session!
Info sessions are open to Midlands-area high school students and their parents/guardians. Continue to check this page for more session dates.
For information on applying for MYA, please contact Spencer Griffin at email@example.com or 803.732.5337.
Prospective Students FAQ
Who can apply to the Midlands Youth Apprenticeship Program? SHOW
All applicants must:
- Be at least be a high school junior
- Be approved by their high school to participate
- Be legally able to work in the United States
- Complete ACCUPLACER test and achieve minimum scores for the program they are seeking
What do I need to know as a prospective student, parent, or guardian? SHOW
The objective of the Midlands Youth Apprenticeship (MYA) program is to connect local high school students with companies interested in creating their next-generation workforce by starting USDOL Registered Apprenticeship Programs.
How does the Midlands Youth Apprenticeship Program connect aspiring apprentices with opportunities? Show
- Aspiring apprentices notify their high school of their interest.
- Aspiring apprentices complete the MYA application and submit to MTC’s admissions office.
- School districts review and forward applications to MTC's admissions office.
- Companies notify MTC Business Solutions office when new apprenticeship opportunities become available.
- MTC advertises opportunities to aspiring apprentices.
- MTC Business Solutions office forwards apprenticeships application and resumes to employer.
- Employer contacts applicants, conducts interviews; and if an offer of employment is made, student begins employment and MTC classes.
- Student graduates with MTC certificate and USDOL Journeyman credential.
What areas are apprenticeship opportunities available in? Show
These are the current pathways available in the MYA Program:
- CNA/Nursing Pathway
- Pharmacy Technician
- Applications Programming Pathway
- Information Systems Networking
- Mechatronics Technology I Certificate
- Accounting Certificate
- Electricity/Electronics Pathway
Admissions criteria vary for each Midlands Youth Apprenticeship Program track. Please review the entrance criteria and program descriptions/requirements found in this document.
What are my funding and financial aid options? ShowStudents will have different financial aid options available to them according to their classification. Click here for specific details regarding all available options.
Prospective Businesses and Partners (MYA Program)
With the Baby Boomer population on the verge of retiring, apprenticeships offer companies the opportunity to provide a roadmap to individuals seeking direction, mentoring and the opportunity to be paid to learn a skill that allows them to assist companies in filling critically needed occupations. The internships and other opportunities offered to students through the Midlands Youth Apprenticeship Program can lead to early access and training for future employment.
As the employing organization, there are substantial benefits, opportunities, and responsibilities attached to partnering with the MYA Program as listed in our comprehensive Employer Frequently Asked Questions document.
If you are a middle school or high school student in Fairfield or Lexington County, you may be eligible to participate in a program designed to motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds in their pursuit of a college degree. ETS, the Educational Talent Search, is a federally funded TRIO program of the U.S. Department of Education. TRIO programs provide academic tutoring, personal counseling, mentoring, financial guidance, and other supports necessary for educational access and retention.
- Learn More About ETS
While the ETS staff is employed through Midlands Technical College, the program is not used as a recruitment tool for the college. Participants will receive assistance in applying to any college, university or other qualified institution of post-secondary education.
To participate in MTC-ETS, fill out an application. If you’d like us to mail you an application, please call our Recruitment and Events Coordinator at 803.822.3459.
By federal law, at least 637 of our 950 participants must come from financially challenged families and be the first in their family to potentially go to college (persons whose parents did not complete a four-year college degree may also qualify). A limited number of students who do not meet these requirements may also be enrolled in the program.
Students must also be enrolled in one of our participating schools, including:
Middle Schools: High Schools:
Busbee Creative Arts Academy
Fairfield Central High
If you don't attend one of these schools, please call us at 803.822.3628 to find out if another TRiO program might be able to help you.
Provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree.
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Upward Bound is one of MTC’s TRIO Programs federally funded by the US Department of Education designed to provide support services to high school students (grades 9 – 12) in order to prepare them to graduate from high school, enroll in college, and graduate from college.
- US Citizen or Permanent Resident
- Must be a potential first generation college bound student
- Meet established income guidelines
- Attend an Upward Bound target high school
- Willing to participate in academic and summer components
- Interest in attending a four-year college
- Enrolled in a rigorous high school curriculum
- Additional academic instruction held on Saturdays
- Participants are eligible to receive $15.00 stipends
- Four week residential summer program at USC/MTC
- Academic Tutoring
- College tours
- Cultural enrichment activities
- Financial and economic literacy
- Information on financial aid and scholarships
- Apply to Upward Bound.
- Submit completed application to MTC Upward Bound or your high school counselor.
- If eligible, you will attend a Parent/Student Interview with the Academic Counselor.
- Upward Bound staff will review application and recommendation. The Project Director will make the final admission decision.
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Upward Bound Components
During the school year, Upward Bound provides instruction in math, science, english, foreign language, and personal enrichment courses on Saturdays. These courses assist Upward Bound participants through tutoring and additional lessons. Upward Bound participants also have the opportunity to attend SAT/ACT workshops, financial aid workshops, career planning workshops, cultural events, and college tours.
During the summer, Upward Bound students participate in a four-week residential program. Upward Bound participants live in residential halls at the University of South Carolina and enroll in high school courses and electives taught at MTC by high school and college instructors. Upward Bound participants have the opportunity to get a head start in their academics over the summer and also participate in job shadowing and career mentoring. The summer component gives students a first-hand experience of college life.
This component provides an opportunity for recent Upward Bound high school graduates to enroll in a college credit course the summer before they attend the college of their choice. While participating in the Upward Bound bridge component, students receive college credit, participate in community services, work-study position and prepare for transition to college.
Lexington Hall, Room 166
Midlands Technical College
PO Box 2408
Columbia, SC 29202
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MTC is one of the largest sources of transfer students to Columbia College and the University of South Carolina.