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MTC Alumni Association names Solomon Jackson as 2017 Distinguished Alumni


Solomon Jackson posing with Distinguished alumni award with Dr. Rhames, Jack Hoekstra and Alan Clayton

(left to right) Jack Hoekstra, Associate Vice President of Philanthropy and
CEO of the MTC Foundation; Industrial Technologies Department Chair, Alan Clayton;
MTC 2017 Distinguished Alumnus Solomon Jackson; and MTC President Ronald L. Rhames.


Midlands Technical College (MTC) has selected Solomon Jackson as its 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient.  The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes alumni who, over an extended period of time or through a singular achievement, have achieved exemplary success in their field, or provided extraordinary service to Midlands Technical College, their community, state, or nation.

“Through his philanthropic efforts, Reverend Jackson has supported many educational institutions and charities throughout South Carolina,” said Jack Hoekstra, Associate Vice President of Philanthropy and CEO of the MTC Foundation. “His pledge to Midlands Technical College was the largest, one-time gift from an individual in the college’s history.”

In 2015, Jackson made a $1.25 million gift to support scholarships in the MTC QuickJobs program. 

“We were all deeply honored by the gift Mr. Jackson pledged to the college,” said MTC President Ronald L. Rhames. “His generosity is ensuring more MTC students get the best education and services available.”

A member of the Midlands Technical College Foundation Board, Jackson said the college has always been a special place to him since he was a student.

“MTC was a school that seemed like it wanted to help you,” said Jackson, the first person in his family to graduate high school and go to college. “For that reason I said, ‘I’m going to go to Midlands Technical College, and I’m glad I did.’ ” Jackson earned an Associate Degree in Industrial Technologies in Commercial Graphics from Midlands Technical College in 1989.

In addition to his volunteer work with MTC, Jackson currently serves on the board of trustees at Benedict College, Morris College, and the South Carolina State Museum Foundation. He is also a member and sponsor of the 100 Black Men of Greater Columbia.  Called to the ministry in 1978, he is the founding pastor of Solomon’s Temple in Columbia.

Jackson helped lead the committee tasked with developing the MTC Alumni Association. This committee developed the association’s mission, vision, and strategic plan, and it then worked to secure member benefits, develop communication materials, and put systems in place to support members.

“Joining the Alumni Association helps graduates showcase their pride in MTC while spreading the good word about how MTC helped them succeed,” said Rhames. “It begins when you start your classes, and the commitment continues after you graduate. You are always a part of the MTC family. We mean it when we say you can get anywhere from here.”

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