Why Choose MTC
Why Choose MTC?
As a state-supported college, MTC offers high quality education at an affordable cost. When compared to other institutions, MTC’s average annual cost (tuition and fees) is 57% less than the average cost for Ohio’s public four-year universities (main campuses).
To further assist students, MTC offers a variety of financial aid program, providing access to a variety of grants, loans, scholarships, student employment opportunities and other financial aid resources. Last year, the college awarded more than $6 million in financial assistance to help make college more affordable.
MTC is easily accessible from most area communities. For Marion area residents attending MTC, this means avoiding commutes and the expenses of living away from home. MTC also offers convenience with basic services such as parking.
MTC serves students from Marion, Delaware, Crawford, Morrow, Wyandot, Hardin, and Union counties, as well as students who commute from surrounding counties.
Today’s students often face the task of balancing education with work and family responsibilities.
Classes at MTC are offered during days, evenings, weekends, online, and at various locations each term to allow students to develop a schedule that matches their needs. MTC also offers one-time-per-week programs tailored to the needs of working adults.
The academic year is divided into two major terms (fall and spring) of 15 weeks plus one exam week each, and a summer term, which is 8 weeks inclusive of exams. Semesters begin in August, January and June; however, an increasing number of courses are flexibly scheduled, beginning and ending at varying times. Add to this the growing number of online classes, concentrated formats, and distance learning options, and you’ll see that MTC puts you in the driver’s seat of your education.
Marion Technical College is proud of its rich history of serving students and the community. The following sections will help you learn more about the College and what you can expect from a Marion Technical College education.
Courses and programs at MTC are designed by faculty in cooperation with employers to equip students with the skills, knowledge and competence they will need in the workplace and/or to transfer to another college or university to continue their education.
All programs use advisory committees comprised of education, industry, business and community leaders and practitioners to advise College faculty and staff on employment needs, transfer opportunities, course and program content, learning assessment, facilities, policies and equipment. These advisory committee members ensure that programs are developed and operated in accordance with the needs of the community and reflect the latest employment trends and practices.
Additionally, through the Student Learning Assessment process, faculty continuously improve teaching and learning and ensure that students are assessed in accordance with employers’ expectations. MTC students also succeed when they transfer to a four-year university or college.
MTC’s programs are approved by and meet or exceed state educational guidelines set by the Ohio Department of Higher Learning (ODHE), the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), and other national accrediting agencies
A major quality focus at MTC is faculty selection and development. The 150 full-time and community faculty members are academically and professionally competent faculty who possess a wealth of professional experience and formal education. They are chosen selectively on the basis of their academic qualifications, professional experience, technical expertise, and commitment to the MTC’s educational mission and purpose. Full-time faculty often pursue advanced degrees and credentials that augment their teaching and/or complete externship experiences that put them into the workforce to experience the job environments MTC graduates will face.
Small class sizes at MTC facilitate high levels of interaction between instructors and students. MTC uses an advising system and tutoring program that supports the needs of individual students.
Each year, many students transfer in to MTC from larger colleges to experience smaller class sizes and more personal attention.
Nearly all applied degree programs at MTC incorporate one or more structured workplace experiences to link students’ classroom/lab skills to on-the-job experiences. Each experience (clinical, practicum, co-operative education, internship, etc.) is supervised by faculty and participating employers who serve in their role as ‘‘workplace mentors.”
A number of MTC students have been hired by sponsoring employer sites after graduation.
Many options for transferring your MTC credits to other colleges and universities are available.