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MTC Named A Best College for Veterans

Jan 31, 2018 09:41AM ● By Kathleen Maris

Military Times has selected Midlands Technical College as a Military Times Best College for 2018. In its assessment of colleges, the Military Times documents the array of services, special rules, accommodations, and financial incentives offered to students with military ties. It also reviews the many aspects of veteran culture on campus, and factors in data from the Departments of Veterans Affairs, Defense, and Education.

“We celebrate our student veterans and are proud to be a Military Times Best College,” said MTC President Dr. Ronald L. Rhames. “At MTC, we recognize the importance of providing higher education and support services to military families and veterans.”

Rhames said MTC is fully committed to serving prospective, active, and past members of the armed services. 

“Attending college after leaving the military can be a disorienting experience for veterans,” said Rhames. “Midlands Technical College has become a local hub for veterans education benefits, employment information and assistance, and referrals to community resources.”

Military Times Editor George Altman said colleges like MTC stand out for their dedication to student veterans. 

“For the past eight years, we’ve seen colleges and universities consistently increasing their resources, revising their policies, and improving their academic outcomes for military and veteran students,” said Altman. “Only the best made the cut.”

As one of the largest providers of veterans educational benefits to service members and their families in the Palmetto State, MTC enrolls more than 1,000 veterans, their dependents, and other military personnel annually. MTC is the only college in South Carolina designated as a VetSuccess on Campus site by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. MTC also has a Veterans Success Center on its Beltline Campus for veterans to connect and network, as well as an education center located on Fort Jackson.

“I’m proud to see our veterans, especially those in uniform, walking to class or studying on campus,” Rhames said. “I’m also proud that MTC is able to help them use their veterans benefits to further their personal and professional education goals.”

All of MTC’s academic degrees, diplomas, and certificates, and 24 Corporate and Continuing Education programs are approved for veterans educational benefits. The MTC Foundation continues to raise funding for additional projects, programs, and services for veterans and their families.