MTC Alumna Reaches Back to Support Student Life and the MTC Community
After graduating from Richland Northeast High School in 2001, Columbia native Tanisha Nicole Brown was on track to complete her degree from the University of South Carolina (USC) one year early. As a product of Richland School District Two’s magnet programs, she had a clear vision of her goals, but when “life” happened, her progress was slowed.
In 2012, Brown graduated from Midlands Technical College (MTC), receiving an Associate in Arts degree. For Brown, that was the first step in a lengthy academic journey that would return her to USC for completion of a Bachelor of Arts in Media Arts during the summer of 2017. Along the way, her experiences strengthened her commitment to her education and to helping people stay motivated to succeed through challenging times.
“I met Tanisha in 2013 when I was looking for MTC alumni to join a committee to grow the Alumni Association,” said Nancy Martinich, Midlands Technical College Alumni Affairs Manager. “She was willing to give of her personal time to help the college,” Martinich said. “It seems like serendipity because not only did Tanisha join the committee, she later found employment at MTC in the Office of Student Life!”
As a student, Brown was always involved in school organizations and community service. She continues to be actively engaged within her community, serving on multiple non-profit boards and numerous development committees in the Columbia area. In October, Brown earned the Charlotte Lunsford Berry Spirit of Philanthropy Scholarship, awarded by the Central Carolina chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Kaci Wilhite Greene, MTC Director of Student Engagement, believes Brown’s positive influence is not only felt at the college, but throughout the Midlands. “Tanisha gives one thousand percent each day and has a talent for planning and executing large events and maximizing limited resources,” Greene said. “She is excited about our community and world, and she is a wonderful representative of what the next generation of Columbia’s leaders will offer.”
Brown said her journey at MTC included academic as well as corporate and continuing education courses. With experience as a volunteer and employee added to her MTC resume, Brown appreciates that the support and community that radiates around each campus is infinitely impactful.
“MTC gave me a valuable education and a return on my investment,” said Brown. “It’s given me the opportunity to aid in making the student experience enjoyable and to assist in the development of our future leaders.”