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Pictured L to R: Nancy McKinney, MTC Foundation CEO; Claire Gibbons, Power:Ed Director, and Dr. Ronald Rhames, Midlands Tech College President

COLUMBIA, SC — June 7, 2023 — Midlands Technical College (MTC) Foundation, has been awarded a $40,000 grant to boost education accessibility and critical job training from Power:Ed, a philanthropy of SC Student Loan Corporation. The funds will support QuickJobs workforce development scholarships.

QuickJobs job training programs help close the job skills gap and fill available positions with middle-skilled workers and are designed to provide intensive and complete job training. Lasting from a couple of weeks to a few months, QuickJobs prepare students for careers in business, healthcare, information technology, skilled trades and advanced manufacturing. 

“The need remains strong to fund training for South Carolinians who are unemployed or underemployed, so this additional investment from Power:Ed is especially valuable,” said Nancy McKinney, CEO of the MTC Foundation.

Students in QuickJobs certificate programs are not eligible for federal or state financial aid, which creates a barrier for those seeking a solution to quickly re-enter the workforce. The MTC Foundation continues to attract donor support for scholarships for the training and education needed to compete for readily available jobs in the Midlands community.

“Power:Ed is pleased to continue our support of this vital workforce development program and helping ensure students have one less barrier to completing their education and securing jobs with competitive pay,” said Power:Ed Director Claire Gibbons.

In FY2022-23, Power:Ed has awarded 23 grants totaling $900,000 to South Carolina education and career readiness organizations, including the MTC Foundation. Grants are administered quarterly, and the next grant funding deadline is July 1, 2023.

About Midlands Technical College Foundation
The MTCF is a 501c3 organization that builds and sustains relationships resulting in charitable gifts that support MTC. Gifts and grants to the MTCF help ensure student access to quality education and training, enhance facilities and equipment, and improve the lives of students, faculty and staff, and the broader Midlands community. More at

About Power:Ed
Founded in 2019, Power:Ed, a philanthropy of SC Student Loan is dedicated to creating opportunities for South Carolina’s youth and adults by supporting low-income, minority, and first-generation students; improving access to college and degree completion; and creating pathways to quality workforce opportunities. Organizations serving middle school through post-college talent who are interested in applying for a grant or partnering with Power:Ed, should visit

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