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McDowell Technical Community College
For unemployed individuals
who need to train for a new
job or career.
For employed workers who
want to upgrade their skills to
keep pace with technology or
changes in the workplace.
For employed workers who
want to advance within their
For individuals who want to
change careers for personal or
Average Annual Salary 2007
High School Diploma
Less Than High School
While there are many fine
private and state
offering degree programs in
North Carolina, not all are
affordable to the average
McDowell County resident.
Community College offers an
affordable solution for those
seeking the first two years of
undergraduate education or a
terminal degree at the
associate, diploma or
Consider These Differences in Tuition
Wake Forest University
UNC Chapel Hill
Western Carolina University
Appalachian State University
Mars Hill College
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McDowell Tech offers a variety of
associate, diploma and certificate
programs to meet individual needs and
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, except as noted.
Above photo by John
Accounting and Related
Students prepare for careers in
business and finance offices with
specialties in areas such as Accounts
Payable, Accounts Receivable,
Bookkeeping, General Ledger, Payroll
Accounting, Income Tax Preparation
and related subspecialties.
Advertising and Graphic Design
Students develop artistic skill and technical knowledge in graphic design
and learn the concepts of advertising.
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Air Conditioning, Heating
Preparation for careers in air
conditioning, heating and refrigeration
begins with technical knowledge and
instruction, but quickly progresses to
Automotive Systems Technology
Students receive comprehensive training in all aspects of automotive
Basic Law Enforcement
Students prepare for a variety of law
enforcement positions with municipal,
county and state agencies.
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McDowell Tech has partnered with AB
Tech to provide training in the
expanding field of biotechnology.
Students complete a portion of their
degree at McDowell Technical
Community College before finishing
their degree at AB Tech.
Students in carpentry learn a variety of techniques in residential
construction, cabinetry and general carpentry.
McDowell Tech offers students broad
training in general business
administration, as well as specialized
training in Marketing and Retailing,
and Operations Management.
In addition, students can prepare for
careers in Office Administration within
a variety of small and large businesses.
Students who want to complete a
year degree in a variety of fields
may complete an associate degree in
General Education or College Transfer
at McDowell Technical Community
College. Our graduates routinely do as
well during their junior and senior
years of college as students who
attended all four years at the same
Our students succeed, in part, because
of the individual instruction and
smaller class sizes at MTCC.
Credits for all classes designated as
college transfer classes will be
accepted at all state
colleges in North Carolina, as well as
most private colleges and universities.
Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology
Students learn the latest techniques for repairing and refinishing
Computer Information Technology
Students with an interest in computer
related technologies may choose from
three academic paths at MTCC: Computer
Information Technology, Networking
Technology (designing, building and
maintaining reliable systems for computers
to communicate with each other), and Web
Cosmetology and Cosmetology Instructor
Students learn principles and techniques associated with cutting, styling,
and coloring hair. Additional instruction is provided in skin and
nail care, and related cosmetic arts.
Two areas within the broad study of
Cosmetology have specialized degree
programs at McDowell Tech. Students
may take the Manicuring/Nail
Technology program or the Esthetics
Technology degree, which is
concerned with skin care and
This career path prepares students for employment in kidney dialysis
centers and related medical facilities.
Early Childhood Education
There are four academic programs at
McDowell Tech which may lead to
employment in a variety of Early
Childhood, School and Special Education
settings. Students may choose one path
or take additional classes for degrees in
more than one area. One of the major
goals of all four programs is to prepare
children to be successful in their first few
years of school.
Students train for electrical careers in residential, and business and
industrial settings. Graduates are also prepared to work in facilities
specializing in electronics manufacturing, repair and design.
Health Information Technology
Students may choose to study the broad
area of Health Information Technology,
which deals with management of health
information, such as medical records and
billing information, or they may specialize
in Health Informatics or Medical Coding.
Health Informatics is a branch of Health
Information Technology dealing with
computerized storage, sharing analysis
and exchange of health information.
Medical coders transform disease and
treatment information into numeric or
alphanumeric codes for healthcare
Doctors, hospitals, and insurance
companies rely on computer records to
better serve their patients and clients.
Properly coded health information is
critical to receiving proper care and
timely payments for medical
Industrial Systems Technology
The Industrial Systems Technology curriculum is designed to prepare or
safely service, maintain, repair, or install
and skill training needed for
inspecting, testing, troubleshooting, and
Machining students train on both traditional machining equipment, as
well as computer numeric controlled (CNC) machines.
Practical Nursing Education (LPN)
McDowell Tech offers three levels of Nursing training. The Associate
Degree Nursing (AND) program prepares students to become Registered
Nurses. The Practical Nursing Education Program leads to work as
Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN). Nursing Assistant students may become
Nurse’s Aide I or Nurse’s Aide II, depending on the level of training.
Physical Therapy Assistant
MTCC partners with a neighboring community college to offer a physical
therapy assistant program, with basic education classes taken at MTCC
and specialized training taking place in a neighboring county.
Students learn both the art, craft and
science of photographic technology,
using both film and digital technology.
Primary emphasis has shifted to digital
technology and photographic printing.
Students are trained in a consortium with two other local community
colleges for careers in the operating room assisting physicians and
Even in tough economic times there is a demand for welders. McDowell
Technical Community College offers complete training in the various
types of welding, including TIG and MIG.
Whatever path you want to pursue, McDowell
Technical Community College is ready to
Stop by Student Services to talk with a
counselor or set up an appointment to see an
More detailed information about degree
programs can be found in the MTCC online