MMC Selected As TransformSC Program

One of Two Programs to Benefit from $50,000 Contribution from AT&T

MMC, a TransformSC Early College program, awarded part of a $50,000 donation from AT&T. Picture from l to r: Jim Reynolds; Carole Fearrington; ?; Ben Green.

MMC, a TransformSC Early College program, awarded part of a $50,000 donation from AT&T. Picture from l to r: Jim Reynolds; Carole Fearrington; Ben Green.

Midlands Middle College, is one of two programs selected to benefit from AT&T’s $50,000 contribution to TransformSC Early College programs. The contribution was announced Monday, February 24, during the Transform Update Forum on the Spartanburg Community College Downtown Campus. South Carolina Charter District’s Midlands Middle College and Spartanburg School District Seven’s Viking Early College are both set to receive funding.

“At AT&T, we believe education is essential for a person’s success in today’s digital society and global economy,” said Pamela Lackey, President of AT&T South Carolina. “There are school districts across the state, supported by their communities, which recognize the need to transform public education by preparing students for the career opportunities that await them. Most of these opportunities will require post-secondary learning and training. These Early College programs are adapting to the new realities facing parents, educators, students and business. They are building new education models. We applaud them for their innovation.”

Since 2006, Midlands Middle College (MMC) has provided a fresh academic start to hundreds of at-risk 11th and 12th grade students in the Midlands. Many MMC students are first generation college students placed in the program due to a variety of factors including repetition of a grade in elementary or middle school, below grade level reading and/or math test scores, or significant attendance problems.

By integrating high school, technical college and workplace experience, MMC provides a rigorous and relevant academic experience.MMC students attend classes full-time on the Midlands Technical College campus and benefit from a small class environment led by certified, highly qualified teachers, the opportunity to cross enroll in college courses and personalized career counseling.

“Midlands Middle College is honored to be one of the TransformSC schools,” said Director Carole Fearrington. “The leadership and support of AT&T will allow MMC to enhance innovative opportunities for students to achieve college and career readiness goals.”