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Midlands Technical College Receives National Diversity Designation for Fifth Consecutive Year

Seven MTC programs rank in the top 50 in the United States


[Columbia, SC- December 1, 2015]Diverse: Issues in Higher Education has ranked Midlands Technical College (MTC) in the top 100 colleges in the United States (#64) in terms of African-American students earning associate degrees. This is the fifth consecutive year MTC has been designated as a top 100 producer among the approximately 1,200 technical and community colleges in the country.  

“Midlands Technical College has a well-documented history of being a champion for minority issues and is consistently recognized as a state and national champion for student diversity. The demographics of our college reflect the demographics of the community we serve,” said MTC President Dr. Ronald L. Rhames. Rhames is the first African-American president at MTC, and he is the first person to graduate from a South Carolina technical college and later become its president.

The national report also places MTC in the top 50 list of associate degree producers of African-American students in the following seven career clusters:

  • Human Services                                                                              
  • Paralegal Studies
      • #25         Public Administration and Social Services
      • #26         Multi-Interdisciplinary Studies
      • #30         Accounting and Related Services
      • #35         Business Operations and Assistant Services
      • #44         Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians

“Midlands Technical College provides pathways to higher education and career training for minority and non-traditional students and actively addresses the under-representation of African-Americans in higher education. This report echoes our commitment to diversity and shows that our rigorous curriculum is accessible to all and academically equivalent to some of the best colleges in the nation,” said Dr. Rhames.

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education annually produces the Top 100 degree producer rankings of the national institutions that confer the most degrees to minority students. The report generates rankings according to the total number of degrees awarded to minority students across all disciplines as well as in specific disciplines. Each list provides the total for the previous year, followed by the reporting year counts for males, females and total. To learn more, visit http://diverseeducation.com/top100/.


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