In lieu of their 50th anniversary this year, McDowell Technical Community College (MTCC) has certainly been celebrating the momentous landmark. The exhibit opening was held with a speech by President John Gossett and was attended by staff and community leaders. “Why are we celebrating by opening an exhibit of these photographs? It’s the people. Buildings decay, programs come and go with industry and community needed, but the lives we impact are represented in the faces you see today,” Gossett said at the reception. The photos, many of them black and white, showcase the many changes MTCC has seen over the years with students, staff, programs and technology. Also during the photo exhibit opening, MTCC held a 60’s themed fall festival where many donned outfits from the era. In 1967, MTCC became an independent institution in what would later become the North Carolina Community College System. From now until spring, a wall-to-wall photo exhibit of students, faculty and community members from decades and present are on display in the Cedar Building of the facility. For more information, visit McDowell Technical Community College on Facebook, on their website at or call 652-6021.