Student Government Association
On February 5, 1981, the Board of Trustees of McDowell Technical Community College approved granting the existing Student Advisory Council full status as a Student Government Association. The duties and responsibilities of the SGA are to serve in an advisory capacity to the President, Administration and Faculty on matters pertaining to student interest and welfare. Participation in SGA is an important way for students to have input into decision-making at the college. The MTCC Student Government Association actively participates in and supports the state student government organization known as N4CSGA. The academic, educational, career and social needs and concerns of the students at MTCC are addressed and given due consideration through this association both at the local level and state level. The president of the SGA serves as an exofficio member of the Board of Trustees of MTCC.
Any curriculum student who is attending at least half-time and has at least a 2.0 GPA is eligible to be a voting member of the SGA. Non-SGA members who wish to have input into college decisions or address issues which are of concern to themselves or others should contact an SGA member or the SGA Advisor to express those concerns. To request a time to speak before members of the Student Government Association, a student should contact the SGA advisor or an SGA officer to schedule time on the SGA meeting agenda. The SGA advisor can provide additional information about how to become an SGA member, more complete information about SGA activities, or a list of SGA members and officers.The staff member from Student Services who is designated as SGA advisor acts only to guide and represent staff and administrative viewpoints.
The Student Government Association sponsors various events, including Spring Fling, Summer Splash and Fall Festival. All students are invited to participate free of charge; these activities are paid for through student activity fees at the beginning of each semester. Students may bring a guest to these events for a nominal charge. This charge covers food for the event.
Occasionally, the Student Government Association will sponsor dances or other events. Announcements of these events will be posted or presented in class.
A nominal fee may be charged for guests at these events.
Students who wish to form a new club or organization on campus must seekofficial recognition through the Student Government Association.
Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society-Beta Zeta Lambda Chapter
A chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society was organized at McDowell Tech in 1998. The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize and encourage scholarship among associate degree students. To achieve this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa provides opportunities for the develop-ment of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate to exchange ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence. The Society is recognized by the American Association of Community Colleges as the
official general honor society for two-year colleges.
Each fall and spring semester, the Beta Zeta Lambda chapter may extend an invitation to MTCC students who have been recommended by their advisors and have completed at least 12 credit hours of course work required for an associate degree and who have a GPA of 3.5 or higher.
National Technical Honor Society
McDowell Technical Community College faculty and staff organized a chapter of the National Technical Honor Society during the 2000-2001 academic year. NTHS, as it is abbreviated, began in 1984 to reward excellence in workforce education. It is an internationally recognized and proven program with over 1,500 member schools and colleges. Student membership in NTHS is available to those who seek to uphold critical workplace values and high levels of achievement. Once yearly, NTHS may extend an invitation to MTCC students who have completed at least 6 credit hours of course work required for their program of study, have achieved a GPA of at least 3.0, and have been recommended by their faculty advisor.
McDowell Technical Community College recognizes the value of providing opportunities for students and faculty to engage in journalistic endeavors. Under the auspices of the MTCC administration and Student Government Association,manuals, newspapers and other periodicals may be published as sufficient student interest develops.
McDowell Technical Community College participates in Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges. Outstanding students are nominated by faculty members.
North Carolina Community College Student Leadership Institute
McDowell Technical Community College participates in Student Leadership Institute. Outstanding students are nominated by faculty/staff members.