About McDowell Technical Community College
McDowell Technical Community College is located in Marion, N.C., a small, pleasant town at the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains where welcome signs proudly announce, "Where Main Street Meets the Mountains." Marion is located just off Interstate 40 in McDowell County, approximately 35 miles east of Asheville, NC. Serving a rural area, MTCC is a proud member of the NC Community College System—one of 58 constituent institutions throughout the state. The mission of the college is to enrich our community with access to student-centered, affordable, high-quality, lifelong learning opportunities that promote workforce development. Our Vision is to learn and grow while focusing on individuals, our community, and our institution. We are committed to partnering closely with employers to intentionally create programming that meet local and regional workforce demands and to strengthen work-based learning opportunities that enrich the student learning experience.
With an annual enrollment of over 1,600 students in curriculum programs and in excess of 4,500 in continuing education, we produce strong and successful leaders in a wide variety of programs, especially healthcare and public safety careers (nursing, health information technology, law enforcement, and emergency medical services) and manufacturing & technical careers (welding, construction, mechatronics and heating, air conditioning and refrigeration technology). We have a strong commitment to ensuring more equitable college access and graduation rates that advance social and economic mobility in our region.