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MTC’s local B-L campus puts students on the path to success

Students and employees at the MTC Batesburg-Leesville Campus celebrate the start of the Fall Semester with Myles, the Midlands Technical College Jeep.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, when students earn an associate degree, their weekly paycheck jumps to $785. The Midlands Technical College Batesburg-Leesville Campus helps local residents get a college education that can put them on the path to a better salary.

“Our campus is particularly appealing to those students who want both a short commute and a small classroom environment,” said Midlands Technical College’s Suzie Lee. A longtime resident of Batesburg-Leesville, Suzie helps dozens of local residents get admitted to MTC, register for classes, and apply for financial aid. South Carolina Lottery Tuition Assistance, which covers about $1,140 for full-time students and $95 per credit hour for part-time students, is available to most in-state residents. This covers more than half of a student’s tuition.

Students of all ages and backgrounds attend MTC’s Batesburg-Leesville Campus. Some are recent high school graduates. Others are working adults who decided to pursue a college education to move ahead in their jobs or even change careers altogether. The average age of an MTC student is 25.  One student, Allyson McMillan, attended both Batesburg-Leesville and Gilbert high schools before coming to MTC.

“I’m taking classes here because I want to further my education and eventually transfer to the College of Charleston,” said Allyson.  “It’s much easier to get an associate degree here and then transfer with MTC’s Bridge Program,” she said.

Allyson received a scholarship to attend MTC tuition free for two years.  She said she chose to take classes at the Batesburg-Leesville Campus because she knew people there and it was close to home.

“The classes here are really small,” said Allyson. “You know people and it’s not scary. I know five people in my class. It’s so much better than a big college when you are starting off. It’s just a better learning experience.”

Suzie Lee said many classes offered at the Batesburg-Leesville Campus are first-semester, general-education courses for the Associate in Arts or Science degrees.  Students can usually expect to find courses like first semester English, math, psychology, and art. Students also have the opportunity to take advantage of distance-learning technology and classrooms with teaching technology to help them learn from experienced faculty at other MTC campuses.

“The MTC Batesburg-Leesville Campus is a perfect place for a student to experience higher education for the first time,” said Suzie. “The classes are not crowded, and the technology used to deliver the instruction is state-of-the-art.”

Suzie said the instructors like to see adult students sign up for classes, because students with life and career experiences bring a fresh perspective to classroom discussions.

“The students who attend this campus are of all ages and are very supportive of one another,” she said.

Spring registration at MTC is going on now. To get started, or for more information, call Suzie Lee at 803.604.1601 or visit MIDLANDSTECH.EDU.