Morrow County Chamber of Commerce members get an insight on MTC programs
By Alberta Stojkovic -
Chamber members enjoyed a Christmas noon luncheon Dec. 18 at Cornerstone Restaurant in Mount Gilead followed by an enthusiastic presentation of Marion Technical College programs. MTC Director of Public Relations, Nicole Workman emphasized that attendance at MTC can be cost saving for students as well as being a good preparation for a career or further education.
Workman highlighted several programs at MTC that make a big difference in lives. One is ABLE, which is an Adult Basic Literacy Education course with a goal to finish students’ GED. She said that many ABLE students go on to college using their “Quick start to college” program to earn degrees.
300 prisoners in Marion County take part in MTC college courses. Prisoners don’t receive degrees, but students gain very valuable skills they can use after their years in prison. She said that 35 have gone on to complete college degrees after prison
MTC students have practicum internships, which often lead to full time employment. “MTC Works” is a pool of students who are potential employees. Since 2008 the college has tracked 381 students and 437 employers served by MTC Works. There have been 259 employment matches since 2008.
Workman said that an introduction to MTC starts with 8th grade tours. This allows students to have hands on experience with courses. MTC serves 31 high schools and over 500 students with basic college courses. High school seniors can get a jump start on their college education by taking PSEO courses while in high school.
MTC Center for Workforce Development serves both students and employers such as Whirlpool. The Ram Tech Facility is presently being built on the campus for robotics engineering. They are partnering with business and many of the classes there have to do with the repair and operation of robotic equipment. The graduates of this program are very valuable to companies such as Yutaka and Honda that use robotic equipment.
Cornerstone Restaurant owner, John Gompf is on the Advisory Board for MTC and spoke with commitment about the importance of the school for many youth. He noted that the school is an avenue for many who cannot afford a four year advanced degree. It also provides the flexibility for someone who decides to go on to four years in engineering or some other degree after their years at MTC. There are more than 30 associate degrees in business, engineering, nursing and health as well as information and public service.
Chamber President, Dan Boysel noted that the Morrow Chamber of Commerce presently has an intern, Sara Baldwin, who is a MTC student. Boysel said she is working as an executive assistant for the Chamber Director and is very conscientious and enthusiastic in her job.
For more information about MTC and their programs Workman said a good source is the website at www.mtc.edu or to follow them on Face book.
The next meeting of the Morrow County Chamber of Commerce will be Tues. Jan. 15 at noon in Room A in the Morrow County Hospital.