Private Donation Boosts Program for Foster Care Students – to support PACT at Midlands Technical College.
(Columbia, SC) – The Prioritizing Academics and Career Training program (PACT) at Midlands Technical College (MTC) has just received a $30,000 grant. The
funds come from The Nord Family Foundation.
The PACT program helps youth transition from high school and foster care to college and independent life as an adult student. Funding makes it possible
for MTC to provide each PACT student with a personal support coach to guide them toward academic and career goals, in addition to stipends and emergency
funds. PACT funding also supports community outreach to expand a network of social service and state agencies.
“This generous gift from the Nord Family Foundation makes education opportunities available to young people who might otherwise not envision themselves
completing an associate’s degree or earning certification in a career training program,” said Nancy McKinney, CEO of the Midlands Technical College
Foundation. “We are grateful for the Nord Family Foundation’s partnership with the Midlands Technical College Foundation to transform lives and build
Since its launch in January, 17 students were partnered with a PACT coach and two have already completed Continuing Education certificate programs.
Additional funding for the Prioritizing Academics and Career Training program has come from the International Paper Foundation, the Lipscomb Family
Foundation and the Google Impact Challenge.
According to research, young adults transitioning from foster care often lack critical thinking and problem-solving skills, as well as a strong support
system. Each of those problems can lead to questionable decisions, so the PACT network was formed to teach young people how to succeed in the job
market, earn living wages, and strengthen our community.
Midlands Technical College (MTC) is a six-campus, two-year comprehensive community college serving Richland, Lexington, and Fairfield counties in South
Carolina. The college stimulates the local economy by generating a world-class workforce. MTC enrolls approximately 28,000 students annually.
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