Marion Technical College is one of the best community and technical colleges in the state of Florida, ranking #6 on We have multiple high-ranking programs, including one of the best Firefighting Colleges in the entire nation. When our students leave us, employers know they have received the best training possible — even to go as far as hiring them before they’ve even graduated.

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Our commitment to excellence and to providing the best education possible for our students is well-known and makes us proud to call ourselves a part of the MarionTC Family. However, if you ask any student or alumni why they loved Marion Technical College, and why you are going to love it too, you’re going to get a TON of answers. So we thought we would list our 14 Reasons Why We Love MTC, and let you in on why Marion Technical College is the best-kept secret in higher education.

1) We treat you like family.


When you join the MarionTC Family, you are joining a community of individuals who are committed to the success of themselves, their professions, and others. You’ll find everyone — from the instructors to the administrators to our alumni — welcomes you and wants to see each other succeed. As students, you’ll find that you aren’t in this alone and have an incredible support network here to help you whenever you need it.

2) We are close to Downtown Ocala.


With some of the best places to eat in Marion County, Downtown Ocala offers our students a quick break with a variety of options to eat lunch. Some of our personal favorites are

  • Biscuits and Gravy (Ocala Downtown Diner)
  • Turkey Bacon Salad (Ocala Fresh Produce)
  • Burnt Ends (Brick City Southern Kitchen)
  • Shrimp & Grits (Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grille)

3) 97% of students graduate with no educational debt.


If you are looking for affordable education, Marion Technical College is the place for you. Our programs allow you to receive the best education and you don’t have to worry about being weighed down by student loans after you graduate.

4) Our Instructors go above and beyond for their students.


Our instructors go above and beyond for our students. They will work will them one-on-one, create tutoring sessions, and are always available to help when you need them. With our small class sizes, our instructors are able to make each one of our students a priority and give them the individualized attention they need.

5) We support our veteran's.


Our faculty and staff are committed to supporting our veteran’s, some of which are veteran’s themselves. We offer them support navigating V.A. benefits, offer them counseling, and personally volunteer at the Ocala Veteran’s Center.

6) Lots of food tasting opportunities.


Our Culinary program is always cooking up something delicious. From chili to street food, they are always giving us opportunities to sample the goodies.

7) Sherri Lou.


A staple figure at our college is Sherri Lou who is always there to greet students and visitors to our college. She gets to know our students and remembers everyone who walks through our doors. We love her!

8) We care about our community.


We know that helping our community doesn’t stop with the services we offer at our college. Making a difference and giving back is who we are as a college, and as faculty and staff. We make it a priority to give to charities, volunteer for community events, and help those in need because we know that the best way to inspire others to make a positive change is to lead by example. As students, you will have every opportunity to get involved with us.

9) If you donate blood, you get free movie tickets.


Give blood to save a life, and get to see a movie for free — we call that a win.

10) We are a popular event venue.


Our newly remodeled event hall “Brewster Hall” is a popular event venue. It offers space, customized catering, and an on-site coordinator for some of the best rates in town.

11) We are always willing to help.


One of the best things about our college is everyone’s willingness to help others. You’ll find that everyone from the receptionist, to the counselors, to the instructors are willing to help you any way we can. Because when you succeed, we succeed.

12) Our Alumni are the best.


Our college has been offering career training since 1973. From Nurses to Radiologic Technologists, Welders to Firefighters, we have been training the professionals that are currently in our workforce. Our alumni are recognized as some of the best in the business, going on to do amazing things.

13) The Scoop.


Our college publication, The Scoop, is one of the best around. It gives us a creative platform to showcase our college, programs, students, and staff. The Scoop gives our community a way to see all the best things about our college and helps them to stay connected with MarionTC.

14) We go out in style.


We love to celebrate our graduates. We know that our students have worked hard all year, so we work hard to celebrate their accomplishments by putting on one of the best commencement ceremonies possible. From the formalities to the pomp and circumstance, our commencement ceremony is an awesome affair you won’t want to miss.

We could go on with a million more reason why we love our college, and why you’re going to love it too. Is there anything you think we left out? Leave us a comment below.