McDowell Technical Community College

Tel: (828)652-6021
1,159 students
Public institution
The mission of McDowell Technical Community College to provide high-quality, comprehensive educational opportunities and services which fulfill the personal development, training and employment needs of the residents, businesses, and industries in McDowell County and surrounding areas. The College acknowledges and values cultural, gender, racial, and ethnic diversity and seeks to contribute to the maximum development of the individual and community through open door admissions and readily accessible and affordable programs. The college is dedicated to providing quality educational programs and services accessible to students on-campus, off-campus, or through distance learning. These educational programs and services are offered, within the limits of a available resources, regardless of disability or previous educational attainments.
School Highlights:
McDowell Technical Community College serves 1,159 students (40% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 14:1 is lower than the community college average of 22:1.
Minority enrollment is 12% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Black), which is less than the state average of 43%.
McDowell Technical Community College is the only community colleges within McDowell County, NC.
The nearest community college is Western Piedmont Community College (16 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 81 teachers has declined by 15% over five years.
McDowell Technical Community College Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Associate of Arts Colleges Associate of Arts Colleges
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 81 staff
59 staff
McDowell Technical Community College Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 1,159 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 14:1 has stayed the same over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.22 is less than the state average of 0.53. The school's diversity has grown by 22% over five years.
Total Enrollment
1,159 students
1,282 students
McDowell Technical Community College Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 14:1
McDowell Technical Community College student staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students
460 students
810 students
McDowell Technical Community College Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 699 students
1,017 students
McDowell Technical Community College Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
McDowell Technical Community College Enrollment Breakdown Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
McDowell Technical Community College Asian (2006-2013)
% Hispanic
McDowell Technical Community College Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
McDowell Technical Community College Black (2006-2013)
% White
McDowell Technical Community College White (2006-2013)
% Unknown races
McDowell Technical Community College Unknown (2007-2013)
McDowell Technical Community College Ethnicity Breakdown Community College Average Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.22 0.53
McDowell Technical Community College Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $1,776 is less than the state average of $5,740. The in-state tuition has declined by 5% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $6,384 is less than the state average of $10,294. The out-state tuition has declined by 20% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $1,776 $5,740
Out-State Tuition Fees $6,384 $10,294
McDowell Technical Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2009-2012)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 87%
McDowell Technical Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Source: 2013 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes:

In 1964, McDowell Technical Community College was established as the Marion-McDowell Industrial Education Center, located in downtown Marion, N.C. near the corner of State Street and South Garden Street. M-MIEC operated as a satellite unit of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Institute until September, 1967. The school moved to permanent facilities on a 31-acre site at the intersection of Interstate 40 and Highway 226 in Marion in 1970. Today, McDowell Technical Community College offers Associate Degrees, Diplomas, and/or Certificates in more than 30 curriculum programs. The College also offers classes in many areas of Continuing Education. MTCC currently serves more than 6,800 students per year with some type of education and training. The college offers a number of Occupational and Continuing Education Services, including Teleconference Workshops, Computer Training, and a variety of specialized programs designed to enhance an individual's employability, to help him or her learn a new career, to establish a pattern of growth and stability in business and industry, and to help individuals stay abreast of trends in their chosen field. McDowell Technical Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award certificates, diplomas, and associate degrees.

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Did You Know?
For North Carolina public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $2,422 per year for in-state students and $8,179 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $15,443 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in North Carolina is 67%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

North Carolina community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.60, which is higher than the national average of 0.53. The most diverse community college in North Carolina is Robeson Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.