Midlands Technical College Only Two-Year College in SC Named to President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

Midlands Technical College (MTC) has been named a member of the 2012 national President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, a designation which recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities. MTC was the only two-year college in South Carolina to receive the honor.

Midlands Technical College was named to the 2012 honor roll for its work with the Village of Hope Community Development Corporation (VOHCDC). In 1997, MTC faculty, students, and community members started the project to promote revitalization of the Columbia neighborhood formerly known as Roosevelt Village. The VOHCDC became a non-profit organization in 2001, and later purchased the 60-year-old substandard apartment complex and created the opportunity to provide new, affordable housing for the residents. The VOHCDC has also been continually active in the neighborhood with the Village Boys and Girls Club at E.E. Taylor Elementary School.

Midlands Technical College has a strong commitment to community service and service learning through many initiatives, including the establishment of MTC CARES (Community, Academics, and Resources Engaged through Service), a college-wide collaboration to engage MTC students, faculty, and staff in community service and service learning. It is estimated in the past year, approximately 5,000 MTC students engaged in service learning or community service through the college, representing nearly 65,000 hours of total service.

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), which has administered the Honor Roll since 2006, admitted a total of 642 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth. For a full list of recipients, visit www.NationalService.gov/HonorRoll.

CNCS oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the US Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact, and the American Council on Education. Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, the extent to which service-learning is embedded in the curriculum, the school’s commitment to long-term campus-community partnerships, and measurable community outcomes as a result of the service.

Midlands Technical College is a comprehensive, multi-campus, public, two-year college serving the primary region of Richland, Lexington and Fairfield counties of South Carolina. The college enrolls approximately 18,000 credit students annually, and provides continuing education to 30,000 individuals and hundreds of area businesses each year. MTC is the largest provider of transfer students to the University of South Carolina. www.midlandstech.edu.

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