McDowell Technical Community College

54 College Drive
Marion, NC 28752-8728
Tel: (828)652-6021
  • 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 1,056 students (38% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 13:1 is lower than the state community college average of 20:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 7% of the student body (majority Black and Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 37%.
  • McDowell Technical Community College is the only community colleges within Mcdowell County, NC.
  • The nearest community college is Western Piedmont Community College (16.00 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 82 teachers has declined by 21% over five years.
McDowell Technical Community College(NC) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty82 staff139 staff
McDowell Technical Community College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 1,056 has declined by 17% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 13:1 has decreased from 15:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.13 is less than the state average of 0.55. The school's diversity has declined by 23% over five years.
Total Enrollment1,056 students2,380 students
McDowell Technical Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio13:120:1
McDowell Technical Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students397 students1,019 students
McDowell Technical Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students659 students1,361 students
McDowell Technical Community College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
McDowell Technical Community College Enrollment Breakdown NC All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
McDowell Technical Community College American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2013)
% Asian
McDowell Technical Community College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
McDowell Technical Community College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
McDowell Technical Community College Black (2007-2016)
% White
McDowell Technical Community College White (2007-2016)
McDowell Technical Community College Ethnicity Breakdown NC All Ethnic Groups 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.0.130.55
McDowell Technical Community College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
McDowell Technical Community College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$25,900$27,500
McDowell Technical Community College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $1,776 is less than the state average of $3,904. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $6,384 is less than the state average of $9,565. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$1,776$3,904
McDowell Technical Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$6,384$9,565
McDowell Technical Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid94%78%
McDowell Technical Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$4,634$10,500
McDowell Technical Community College Median debt for students who have completed (2012-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$6,500$6,092
McDowell Technical Community College Median debt for students who have not completed (2012-2015)
Source: 2016 (or 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 $3,904 per year for in-state students and $9,565 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $16,754 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in North Carolina is 69%. 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 0.55, which is lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in North Carolina is Fayetteville Technical Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.