Midlands Technical College
Sonny White, president of Midlands Technical College, accepting the 2014 Outstanding College/Corporate Partnership Award.
“By aligning education curricula with current industrial opportunities, we have begun exposing children and young adults to technology, science,
and engineering earlier in their education.”
--Peter Sutton, Site Manager,
Michelin, Lexington, S.C.
Michelin North America, Inc. expected 500 new job openings for hard-to-fill positions in its Lexington, South Carolina, facility. The company was already facing a critical need for industrial maintenance technicians. Michelin turned to Midlands Technical College (MTC) to help develop a pipeline of technical talent.
Michelin and MTC partnered with a local school district to create the Michelin Technical Scholars Program, which identifies candidates while still in high school and introduces them to industrial opportunities, while changing their perceptions of manufacturing jobs. The students are offered full scholarships to MTC along with paid, part-time positions at Michelin.
After earning their degree, scholars are positioned for growth in full-time positions with competitive salaries.