News & Announcements

McDowell Tech Welcomes Board Members and Officers for 2022

McDowell Technical Community College welcomed two new members and two returning members to the college’s board of trustees during a regularly scheduled meeting of the board on Thursday night, August 11th, 2022. Judge Bob Hunter of Marion (Court of Appeals, retired) swore in the new members.

MTCC Invests in Students—Fall 2022 Begins August 15

“We are looking forward to a great year at McDowell Tech,” said Dr. Merritt. “It is an exciting year to be at The Tech as we search for ways to reinvent and reimagine how we serve students in a changing economy – we know investing in our students first always works—and we will continue to do just that.”

Melton Awarded Order of the Long Leaf Pine

Established in 1963, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine is conferred by the Governor for those making a significant impact and for strengthening the State of North Carolina. It is considered the most prestigious award and highest civilian honor for individuals who have 30 or more years of service to the State of North Carolina.

SRO Eric Rodriguez Joins MTCC

With increased concern for campus safety and security at schools and colleges throughout the country, McDowell Technical Community College announced today the hiring of the college’s first full-time school resource officer (SRO), adding to the existing part-time security staff already employed at the college. Veteran officer Eric Rodriguez of the Marion Police Department started work in July, reviewing existing safety protocols, learning building layouts, meeting faculty and staff and other important security functions.

Dr. Bo Bennett Named MTCC's Associate Dean of Business, Arts & Sciences

Following a recent administrative realignment, McDowell Technical Community College President Dr. Brian S. Merritt announced today the appointment of Dr. Bo Bennett as the college’s Associate Dean of Business, Arts and Sciences effective Monday, July 25. Dr. Bennett comes to McDowell Tech from AB Tech in Asheville where he has served since 2017 as Chair of Human Services Programs.

Employer Funding Available for McDowell Apprenticeship Program

McDowell Technical Community College announced today an expansion of funding for employers who establish registered apprenticeships in high demand careers and hire new apprentices between the ages of 16 and 25. Employers who partner with the McDowell Apprenticeship Program are eligible for $2,000 per employee to cover apprenticeship program expenses and 50% salary reimbursement for apprentices hired during the first year of training, capped at $15 per hour for high school graduates and $14 for non-high school graduates.

2022 MTCC Excellence in Teaching Award Recipient: Chip Cross

According to his students, when Eugene “Chip” Cross steps into the classroom at McDowell Tech, he brings his “A” game and then some. Chip’s “A” game is decidedly more than book knowledge, decidedly more than mechanical recitation of facts, statistics and business acumen. Among other things, they say that Chip brings real-world business experience, honed in local industries, passion for teaching and commitment to innovative and unique classroom learning experiences. His tableside chats with successful entrepreneurs and business professionals has been a signature experience for students in almost all of his classes.

2021-2022 MTCC Honors List Recipients

Congratulations to the following students who made the Dean’s, President’s and Honors Lists at McDowell Technical Community College during the 2021-2022 Academic Year (Fall and Spring Semesters): (Click Headline for list!)
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