Midlands Technical College offers associate degrees in more than 40 different programs, including Accounting, Building Construction Technology, Commercial Graphics, Computer Technology, Health Information Management, Human Services, Management, Mechanical Engineering, Paralegal, Respiratory Care, and Telecommunications Systems. It also has diploma programs in eight career fields, such as Expanded Duty Dental Assisting, Machine Tool, Pharmacy Technician, Practical Nursing, and Surgical Technology.
Midlands Technical also has Certificate Programs in over 70 areas. Advanced Computer Systems, Automotive Engine Repair, Building Systems, Commercial Graphics, Court Reporting, Engineering Science, LAN Networking Systems, Medical Assisting, Nuclear Medicine Technology, Pre-Dental Hygiene, Web Design and Maintenance, and Welding Technologies are just a dozen of these.
Midlands Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
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Students should have a high school diploma or GED equivalent. Applicants may also need to take a placement test, which helps both the student and school administrators decide on the best course of study.
Additional programs in math, English, reading, and science are available to students who do not meet the minimum score on the placement test and need to improve their skills in one or more subjects.
All new students are also required to meet with either an advisor or a representative of their department, depending on what major is chosen.
International students must show proof—translated into English—that they have graduated from a secondary level program. They must also show English proficiency on the Test of English as a Foreign Language with a score of at least 500 on the paper test, 173 on the computerized version, or 61 on the Internet test.
Financial aid is available to students who need help paying for school. Aid is generally based on financial need, and students need to maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade point average to continue receiving funds.
Students applying for federal aid should begin by filling out the Free Application for Federal Aid, which can be online. Students should submit the application by April 15.
Dozens of scholarships and awards are available to Midlands Technical students. Among these are the Holocaust Remembrance Scholarships, Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund, William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship for Minority Students, Maryland Artists Scholarships, Architecture Scholarships for African Americans, and the SC Palmetto Chapter of Solid Waste Association North America Scholarship.
Midland Technical’s Beltline Campus is located in South Carolina’s capital city of Columbia, and the school’s larger Airport Campus is across the Congaree River in West Columbia. The Congaree is formed by the Broad and Saluda Rivers, making Columbia one of the best cities in the U.S. for canoeing and kayaking.
A number of clubs and organizations have a presence on the Midlands Technical College campus. These include the African-American Student Organization, Early Childhood Development Club, International Relations Club, Medical Lab Technology Club, Students in Free Enterprise, Student Dental Hygiene Association, Surgical Technology Club, and the college’s theater and speech society, Technique! The honor societies at Midlands Technical include the National Technical Honor Society and Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.
Students interested in journalism can work on the staff of The Pony Express, the official student newspaper. The college also has an extensive online learning program.