Dual Enrollment

MTC has several options for middle and high school students to earn college credit or get prepared for college entrance.

Programs for High School Students

Dual Enrollment

Dual Enrollment is ideal for high school students who want to take at least two MTC courses (or six credit hours) during a semester with the option to use Lottery Tuition Assistance. Non-SC residents and students enrolling in less than six credit hours may participate in Dual Enrollment courses, but they would not qualify for LTA funds.

Learn More About Dual Enrollment

A dual enrolled student is a student currently attending high school, who wishes to take a college level (curriculum level courses 101 or above) course while still enrolled in high school.

Note: Dual Enrolled Students are not eligible to receive Federal Financial Aid.

Students enrolled in high school may be admitted to MTC as career development students to take a limited number of courses. These applicants must provide letters of permission from their parent/guardian and from their high school principal/designee. Home schoolers should provide the parental permission letter and a letter from the school district or state approved home school association under whose auspices the applicant is home schooling. Eligible high school students and/or home schooled students are permitted to take up to two (2) courses per semester (curriculum level courses 101 or above).

Each year, hundreds of dedicated high school students take these courses through MTC’s Dual Enrollment program, and get a jump-start on their college education!

There are a few different options:

  • 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 Procedures

Prospective dual enrolled high school students must apply to the college and meet all placement and other prerequisites for the course in which they plan to enroll. High school students under the age of 16 seeking dual enrollment must have special admissions and academic departmental approvals. Verify your US Citizenship or lawful immigration status. Dual Enrolled High School Career Development students and/or home schooled students may meet course prerequisites either by taking the MTC placement test or by advanced placement (AP) exams. 

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 transferability of credits. Students should contact the college to which they intend to transfer to ensure their courses transfer.

Registration Process

After you have submitted a completed admissions application and been accepted, you can register for courses in the Airport (ASC 215) or Beltline (BCS 239) campus Advisement Center.

For more information about Dual Enrollment, please contact Chanda Booker at 803.790.7578 or bookerc@midlandstech.edu, or Dylon Ligon at 803.738.7879 or ligonj@midlandstech.edu.

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

Midlands Youth Apprenticeship logo

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 griffins@midlandstech.edu or 803.732.5337.

view program descriptions and requirements 

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.

Information for Students

Information for Parents/Guardians

How does the Midlands Youth Apprenticeship Program connect aspiring apprentices with opportunities?  Show

  1. Aspiring apprentices notify their high school of their interest.
  2. Aspiring apprentices complete the MYA application and submit to MTC’s admissions office.
  3. School districts review and forward applications to MTC's admissions office. 
  4. Companies notify MTC Business Solutions office when new apprenticeship opportunities become available.
  5. MTC advertises opportunities to aspiring apprentices.
  6. MTC Business Solutions office forwards apprenticeships application and resumes to employer.
  7. Employer contacts applicants, conducts interviews; and if an offer of employment is made, student begins employment and MTC classes.
  8. 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? Show

Students 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

Programs for Middle School Students


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:

Fairfield Middle
Batesburg-Leesville Middle
Busbee Creative Arts Academy
Sandhills Intermediate
Sandhills Middle

Fairfield Central High
Airport High
Batesburg-Leesville High
Brookland-Cayce High
Gilbert High
Pelion High
Swansea 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.

Upward Bound

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.

Learn More About Upward Bound

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
  • Mentoring

Enrollment Process

  1. Apply to Upward Bound.
  2. Submit completed application to MTC Upward Bound or your high school counselor.
  3. If eligible, you will attend a Parent/Student Interview with the Academic Counselor.
  4. Upward Bound staff will review application and recommendation. The Project Director will make the final admission decision.

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Target Schools

Airport High School Swansea High School
Batesburg-Leesville High School Swansea High School Freshman Academy
Fairfield Central High School White Knoll High School
Pelion High School  

Upward Bound Components

Academic Component

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.

Summer Component

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.

Bridge Component

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.

Contact Us

Airport Campus
Lexington Hall, Room 166

Mailing Address:
Upward Bound
Midlands Technical College
PO Box 2408
Columbia, SC 29202

Name Title Email
Sinitra Johnson Project Director johnsonsn@midlandstech.edu
JamiLynn Elrod Academic Counselor elrodj@midlandstech.edu
Latoya Washington Administrative Specialist washingtonl@midlandstech.edu

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