Midlands Technical College Establishes Local Board in Batesburg-Leesville

June 30, 2009

BATESBURG-LEESVILLE, SC – June 30, 2009 – Midlands Technical College established an Advisory Board of professionals and volunteers from the Batesburg-Leesville community to help advise the college on operational and academic direction for the college’s campus in that town.

In the fall of 2007, the college began offering credit courses in its 7,500 square-foot Batesburg-Leesville Education Center. The facility is located on the corner of Main and College Streets in Batesburg-Leesville. That is the same location of the town’s Old Leesville College from 130 years ago. Previously, the closest Midlands Technical College campus to Batesburg-Leesville was 25 miles away near the Columbia Metropolitan Airport. In two years, enrollment at the Batesburg-Leesville campus grew from 28 students to 116 students – a 314-percent increase.


Midlands Technical College campus in Batesburg-Leesville

Specifically, the board was assembled to advise MTC leaders on what programs, courses and support services were needed by the local community. The Advisory Board will also help the college identify the community’s economic development needs and to assist in communicating news about the college to the community in efforts to build enrollment. Advisory Board members are:

Cheryl Burgess, Shealy Realty

Clabie Edmond, Carolina Eastman and Public Administrator, Retired

Dr. Terry Fellers, Batesburg-Leesville High School

Judy Turner Fox, Lexington County School District Three

Suzanne Lee, Midlands Technical College

Cora Lester, Batesburg-Leesville School Teacher and School Board Member, Retired

Jim Mitchell, Mitchell Printing & Graphics, Inc.

Brent Shealy, Economy Furniture

Mike Taylor, Twin City Motor Company, Inc.

Peggy Torrey, SC Department of Commerce


Midlands Technical College

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 more than 16,000 credit students annually, and provides continuing education to 30,000 individuals and services to hundreds of area businesses. MTC is the largest provider of transfer students to the University of South Carolina and has articulation agreements and Bridge programs with four-year colleges throughout South Carolina.