Planning For A Successful Future


Nov 5, 2013 (4 years and 6 months ago)


Planning For A Successful Future

With Help From

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
chosen profession.

For individuals who want to
change careers for personal or
professional reasons.

Degree Held

Average Annual Salary 2007


Professional Degree




Some College

High School Diploma

Less Than High School

$ 95,565

$ 120,978

$ 70,186

$ 57,181

$ 39,746

$ 33,009

$ 31,286

$ 21,484


Costs Vary

While there are many fine
private and state
educational institutions
offering degree programs in
North Carolina, not all are
affordable to the average
McDowell County resident.

McDowell Technical
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
certificate level.

Consider These Differences in Tuition


Duke University

Wake Forest University

UNC Chapel Hill

Western Carolina University

Appalachian State University

Mars Hill College



UNC Asheville

UNC Charlotte

McDowell Technical
Community College

2010 Tuition (Annual, Full

$ 40,575

$ 39,544

$ 6,487

$ 5,001

$ 5,174

$ 21,997

$ 21,812

$ 4,678

$ 5,064

$ 1,808

supported colleges and universities: NC Resident Rate. Private college: no difference for in
state and
state students.

Degree Fields

McDowell Tech offers a variety of
associate, diploma and certificate
programs to meet individual needs and
personal interests.

Photos by John
, 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.

Photo by Michael Lavender

Air Conditioning, Heating
and Refrigeration

Preparation for careers in air
conditioning, heating and refrigeration
begins with technical knowledge and
instruction, but quickly progresses to
on fieldwork.

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.

Photo by Matt


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.

Business Administration

Office Administration

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.

College Transfer

General Education

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
automobile bodies.

Computer Information Technology

Networking Technology

Web 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
Technology .

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.

Manicuring/Nail Technology


Esthetics Technology

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

Dialysis Technology

This career path prepares students for employment in kidney dialysis
centers and related medical facilities.

Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood
Special Education

Age Education

Toddler Care

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.

Electrical/Electronics Technology

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

Health Informatics

Medical Coding

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
individuals to
safely service, maintain, repair, or install
equipment. Instruction
includes theory
and skill training needed for
inspecting, testing, troubleshooting, and
diagnosing industrial

Machining Technology

Machining students train on both traditional machining equipment, as
well as computer numeric controlled (CNC) machines.

Associate Degree

Practical Nursing Education (LPN)

Nursing Assistant

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.

Photographic Technology

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.

Surgical Technology

Students are trained in a consortium with two other local community
colleges for careers in the operating room assisting physicians and

Welding Technology

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
catalog at