Midlands Technical College
About Midlands Technical College
Midlands Technical College is located in West Columbia, a city in Lexington County, South Carolina. West Columbia is right across the river from the capital city of Columbia. Within a ten mile radius visitors will find ballet, theatre, museums, art galleries, and a philharmonic orchestra. Columbia is home to the Columbia Museum of Art, the Nickelodeon Theatre, the Columbia Marionette Theatre, the South Carolina Shakespeare Company, the Columbia City Ballet, and the Columbia Choral Society, to name just a few. The city also features annual events such as the Columbia Festival of the Arts, Artista Vista, the Greek Festival, and the Eau Claire Renaissance Faire.
In 1973, the Columbia Technical Education Center, Midlands Technical Education Center and Palmer College in Columbia merged to form a single, multicampus college. The college operated as three separate entities governed by one local commission through mid-1974. On July 1 of that year, the three merged to form Midlands Technical College, guided by the Richland-Lexington Counties Commission for Technical Education. Today Midlands Technical College is a comprehensive, public, multicampus two-year college providing career and transfer education. MTC is part of the South Carolina Technical College System and one of the state's largest two-year colleges. Midlands Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
MTC's architectural engineering technology program emphasizes basic design, drafting and sketching, site development, construction methods, contracts, surveying and office practices. Students may complete one of three two-semester certificate programs in this field, or continue study to earn a two-year associates degree in engineering technology with an architectural engineering technology major. The architectural computer graphics certificate program covers fundamentals of computer-aided design and project management. Required courses include building systems, architectural graphics, computer graphics, a history of architecture, three-dimensional rendering, and engineering project management. The architectural design technology certificate deals with the basics of architectural design methodology. It covers computer-aided design, project management, and building systems and codes.
Courses include building systems, international building and residential codes, architectural graphics, computer graphics, construction methods and estimating, and engineering project management. The architectural system and codes certificate provides training in the fundamentals of computer-aided design and building systems and codes. Courses include building systems, international building and residential codes, construction documents, architectural graphics, computer graphics, and construction methods and estimating. Any of these certificate programs can count toward the student's completion of the degree program. In addition, general education courses are required prior to graduation. Core curriculum for the degree includes a history of architecture, building systems, architectural graphics, microcomputer applications, construction documents, architectural graphics, computer graphics, three-dimensional rendering, surveying, concrete or structural steel design, and engineering project management.
MTC also offers a program in commercial graphics with two three-semester certificate programs and a two-year associate in commercial graphics degree program. The program is designed to provide hands-on training combined with theory to offer students preparation for careers in lay-out and copy preparation, photo typesetting, reproduction photography, image assembly, press operations and other related fields. The 30-hour electronic publishing certificate includes courses in graphic techniques, electronic publishing, typography, keyboarding, and document production.
Two semesters of cooperative work experience are also required. The 26-hour offset pre-press techniques certificate includes courses in graphic techniques, photography, electronic publishing, basic offset preparation, and image assembly, plus two semesters of cooperative work experience. Courses within each certificate program are transferable to the associate degree program, which offers exposure to the entire field of printing technology from initial artwork and imaging to cutting and bindery. General education courses are required, plus core curriculum including electronic publishing, basic and advanced offset press operations, basic offset preparation, and image assembly. Additional course requirements include personal finance, graphic technologies, commercial graphic operations, typography, a senior projects in commercial graphics course, and two semesters of cooperative work experience.
MTC also offers a two or three-semester certificate in Web design and maintenance. The program provides a knowledge base for designing and maintaining a Web site, covering Web design principles, training in multimedia authoring and Web editing software, and programming skills required for creating, maintaining and troubleshooting. Required courses include microcomputer database, event-driven or database programming, Web page publishing, advanced multimedia for Web pages, microcomputer multimedia concepts and applications, Internet communications, Internet programming, and advanced tools in Web site design.
MTC offers many scholarship opportunities to new and returning students. Available MTC Foundation scholarships include the Alumni Association Scholarship, the Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship for Newly Entering Students, the Strom Thurmond Scholarship for Continuing Students, departmental scholarships, the MTC Retiree Fund, and many privately-funded memorial scholarships and endowments. Students may also be eligible for the LIFE Scholarship Enhancements program, a new student aide grant program called the Academic Competitiveness Grant, and State Need-Based Grants.