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Midlands Technical College
Photograph of the Airport campus of Midlands Technical College
Airport campus of Midlands Technical College
Former name
  • South Carolina Area Trade School Columbia Campus
  • Columbia Technical Education Center
  • Richland Technical Education Center
MottoYou can get anywhere from here
TypePublic community college[1]
Parent institution
South Carolina Technical College System
AccreditationSouthern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges[1][2]
Endowment$9.5 million (2020)[3]
PresidentRonald L. Rhames
Location, ,
United States
CampusSuburb: Large[1]
Colors       Blue and Gold[4]

Midlands Technical College is a public technical college with multiple locations in the Richland, Lexington, and Fairfield counties of South Carolina. With a student body of approximately 16,000, the college is one of South Carolina's largest two-year colleges. It offers approximately one hundred associate degrees, diplomas, and certificate programs of study and is the largest source of transfer students to the University of South Carolina-Columbia.


In 1947, the South Carolina Area Trade Schools (SCATS) Act established the South Carolina Area Trade School Columbia Campus to provide skilled and educated workers to meet the expanding labor needs of the community. In 1969, the school's name was changed to Columbia Technical Education Center (TEC), and it became part of the State Committee for Technical Education, which was responsible for guiding the state's technical programs. The site of the Columbia Technical Education Center is now the Airport Campus of Midlands Technical College.

Richland Technical Education Center (Richland TEC) was established to provide specialized training for industrial growth, and the first students were enrolled in the fall of 1963. By 1969, the school's enrollment expanded to 1,200 students, and Lexington County officials joined forces with Richland County to form the Richland-Lexington Counties Commission for Technical Education. With this partnership, the name of the school was changed to Midlands Technical Education Center (TEC).

Approximately 15,500 students were enrolled in Midlands Technical Education Center between the years 1969 and 1974. Major programs of study were offered in engineering technologies, business, and allied health. The site of the Midlands Technical Education Center is now the Beltline Campus of Midlands Technical College.

Palmer College in Columbia, a private business college, joined the State Tech Board in 1973. At that time, Palmer College annually enrolled 1,000 students in 16 associate degree and diploma programs. On March 21, 1973, the Columbia Technical Education Center, Midlands Technical Education Center, and Palmer College in Columbia merged to form a single, multi-campus college. This new college operated as three separate entities governed by one local commission through June 1974. On July 1 of that year, the three separate institutions merged to form Midlands Technical College under the guidance of the Richland-Lexington Counties Commission for Technical Education.[6]


Midlands Technical College has six campuses:

Image of the outside view of the library building at Beltline.
Outside view of the library building at Beltline


  1. ^ a b c d "Midlands Technical College". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved October 18, 2020.
  2. ^ "Accreditation". Midlands Technical College. Retrieved 18 October 2021.
  3. ^ As of June 30, 2020. U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2020 Endowment Market Value and Change in Endowment Market Value from FY19 to FY20 (Report). National Association of College and University Business Officers and TIAA. February 19, 2021. Retrieved February 21, 2021.
  4. ^ "Midlands Technical College Brand Guide" (PDF). Midlands Technical College. p. 5. Retrieved 18 October 2021.
  5. ^ "Midlands Technical College Unveils Mascot". Midlands Technical College. August 16, 2021. Retrieved September 2, 2021.
  6. ^ "History of Midlands Technical College". Retrieved 19 October 2021.
  7. ^ "Campuses - Midlands Technical College".

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