Fairfield Central Students Help Set Record for
Largest Number of High School Students
Graduating from Midlands Technical College
Midlands Technical College (MTC) awarded nearly 2,400 degrees, diplomas, and certificates to students from nearly 100 academic programs during its commencement May 8, 2019, at the Colonial Life Arena. A number of Fairfield Central High School seniors were among the 85 high school students who crossed the stage to earn their college degrees in the same year they will earn their high school diplomas. This marks the largest number of dual-enrollment graduates in the college’s history.
“More and more students are taking college-level courses while still in high school,” said MTC President Dr. Ronald. L. Rhames. “They get a jump-start on their college education and shorten the time it takes them to earn a college degree.” Fairfield Country School District Superintendent Dr. J.R. Green joined other school district superintendents and representatives on stage to congratulate the high school students as they received their college credentials. “We are extremely proud of all of our Fairfield County School District Scholars,” said Green. “For the STEM Early College Academy students, this represents the culmination of an exciting journey that began six years ago. Additionally, we celebrate those students who took advantage of the opportunities provided by MTC to earn their General Studies Certificate.” The commencement speaker was Lasenta Lewis-Ellis. Lewis earned an Associate in Architectural Engineering Technology from MTC and went on to become the founder and CEO of LLE Construction Group, LLC. “After MTC, I grew a business from zero to more than a million dollars,” Lewis-Ellis told the graduating class. “When they tell you You Can Get Anywhere From Here, you can. I did, and you can too. MTC graduates, you have what it takes to get to the next level.” Lewis-Ellis was recently recognized as the Outstanding Technical College Alumni by the South Carolina Technical Education Association. Enterprising Women Magazine selected her as the 2016 Enterprising Woman of the Year. The recognition is widely considered among the most prestigious awards for female business owners. “It was an honor to have Lasenta here to tell her story,” said Rhames. “And, it was an honor to present degrees to the class of 2019 and to share this special event with their friends and families. These students have earned the respect and admiration of the college, and their determination and commitment to education have helped them achieve their goals and be a part of this amazing evening.” Rhames, a 1978 graduate of Midlands Technical College, ended the ceremony by reminding the graduates they now share a collective responsibility as MTC alumni. “Graduates, I am celebrating the 41st anniversary of my own graduation from MTC,” explained Rhames. “I challenge you to go forward, empowered with education and skills, to live with greater competence and service in your community. We ask that you remember and support Midlands Technical College as a proud alumni.”