News & Announcements

MTCC to Launch Associate Degree Nursing Program in 2022

McDowell Tech will offer an associate degree nursing (ADN) program beginning the Fall 2022 semester. The new degree was approved by the North Carolina State Board of Nursing (NCBON) during its meeting on January 13th.

The ADN program prepares students to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN®) and will better serve McDowell County’s healthcare needs and the needs of local residents. ADN is a two-year program and completion allows students to sit for the NCLEX exam. Students who receive a passing score on the exam are eligible to apply for licensure as a registered nurse in the state of North Carolina.

Tips for Snowmageddon 2022

In a rare instance of unity, meteorologists seem to concur that Snowmageddon is shaping up for this weekend in McDowell County. Be sure to follow us now on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for real-time updates on weather-related closings and delays. Or, sign up online for MTCC text messages to immediately be notified of delays and cancellations. (Click on the headline above to sign up!). Alternatively, you may check out the news section on our website or follow the scroll on WLOS or other local television stations for similar weather-related information. Assuming the meteorologists are right, you will want to have your phones and flashlights charged, water bottles filled, and of course, have plenty of milk and bread available for protein-rich milk sandwiches.

The Big Reveal

I hope everyone is having a great first day of Spring 2022! As we start a new semester, we also have another "beginning" today to announce.

Check out McDowell Tech on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to see the announcement about the college's new nickname. Or, just use the first video link to watch the reveal video.

Tailor-Made: Kitsbow & MTCC Partner for Industrial Sewing & Careers

Kitsbow, a manufacturer of premium cycling and outdoor apparel in Old Fort, NC is putting the final touches—the hem-- on their first “one piece flow, industrial sewing class” this week and will be ready to start next-level classes in January for graduates of this fall’s program.

Childres and Lawing Receive SECU Foundation Scholarships

The SECU Foundation, a non-profit foundation chartered by the Board of Directors of the North Carolina State Employees' Credit Union, recently awarded "People Helping People Scholarships" to MTCC students Isaac Lawing (l) and Jocelyn Childres (r) to cover the cost of tuition, books and other educational expenses at the college. Each of the scholarships are valued at $5,000 over the course of two years. There are a number of criteria that students have to meet to be considered for the People Helping People program, including "demonstrated leadership, excellence of character, integrity, and community involvement."

Lifelong Educator Doubles Down on Education and Opportunity

When Helen McBee Shimp made a recent gift to the McDowell Technical Community College Foundation, she knew all too well that the true value of her gift was not monetary. As a lifelong educator, Shimp was well aware that the value of a community college education to both individuals and the community is about opportunity, not money.

MTCC Enrollment Up 17% Due to Free College

Enrollment is up over 17% over last fall at McDowell Technical Community College. The increase is primarily due to the college’s Learn and Grow Scholarship program, providing tuition-free college and other assistance to students.

McDowell Apprenticeship Pipeline: MTCC Partners to Build Workforce Talent

McDowell Technical Community College is dedicated to supporting regional workforce development. The newly-branded McDowell Apprenticeship Pipeline, in cooperation with ApprenticeshipNC, is dedicated to ensuring the region has innovative, relevant, effective, and efficient workforce development system that develops adaptable, work ready, skilled talent to meet the current and future needs of workers and businesses to achieve and sustain economic prosperity.

COVID-19 Protocol Changes

Effective Monday, November 15, 2021

MTCC's COVID-19 Protocol will be modified as follows:
Masks or face coverings will continue to be required in all classrooms, labs, and in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain for the remainder of the semester. However, this version will now allow flexibility for masks to be optional in public settings where social distancing is possible. For example, if an employee visits the restroom or the copier, face coverings are now optional. Or, if a student is studying alone in the library, the face covering is now optional. For a more detailed explanation of changes in our COVID-19 protocol, click on the headline to be taken to the COVID-19 Protocol page.
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