IRMO, SC – February 20, 2008 – Midlands Technical College broke ground today on a 27,000-square-foot classroom and theater building that will allow the college to expand its educational offerings at its Harbison Campus.
“This facility will be a tremendous asset to the college and the local community,” said MTC President Dr. Marshall (Sonny) White, Jr. “We are appreciative of our county councils and local officials for helping to fund such an important addition to the Harbison Campus. This new building will help the college expand access to education to the Irmo and Harbison communities.”
Scheduled for completion in late 2009, the MTC Harbison Campus Classroom and Theater Building will include five classrooms and a 400-seat auditorium and theater. The new building will make it possible for the college to offer a larger variety of credit courses at the Harbison Campus. Demand for MTC college credit courses at the Harbison Campus has steadily increased over past years. The college began offering credit courses at the Harbison Campus in 2004. MTC now offers nearly 100 credit courses at the campus each year.
The college plans to make the facility available to the local community. Local organizations such as the Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission have expressed an interest in using the new facility.
Joining college officials in breaking ground on the Harbison Campus Classroom and Theater Building were Lexington County Councilman Smokey Davis; Lexington County Councilman Jim Kinard, Jr.; Richland County Council Chair Joe McEachern; Lexington County Councilman Johnny Jeffcoat; Irmo Town Councilman Hardy King; Irmo Mayor John Gibbons; Fairfield County Council Chair David Ferguson; and Irmo Town Councilman Barry Walker, Sr.
Midlands Technical College is a comprehensive, multi-campus, public, two-year college serving the primary region of Richland, Lexington and Fairfield counties of South Carolina. The college enrolls approximately 15,000 credit students annually, and provides continuing education to hundreds of area businesses. MTC is the largest provider of transfer students to the University of South Carolina.