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Spartanburg Community College (SCC) students now have the opportunity to earn a four-year degree from Columbia College in Spartanburg, thanks to an agreement signed by SCC President Henry C. Giles, and Columbia College President Elizabeth A. Dinndorf.
Signed at SCC on November 18, the agreement allows students to earn an associate degree from SCC and then seamlessly enroll at Columbia College to earn a bachelor's degree - attending all classes on SCC's campus in Spartanburg.
"This is a wonderful example of two unique educational institutions - public and private -working together for the benefit of our students - equipping them with the educational credentials and skills needed to gain knowledge and jobs," explains Giles. "The initiative is designed to encourage our students to first graduate from Spartanburg Community College with an associate's degree and then go on to earn a bachelor's degree from Columbia College."
Columbia College's Dinndorf said, "I am very excited about this partnership with Spartanburg Community College to offer an associate to bachelor's degree program. You will find that one of the hallmarks of Columbia College is that our faculty are genuinely committed to the success of every student...an experience I'm sure students have at Spartanburg Community College. We have confidence in SCC and the education that is being delivered through this institution."
After graduating from SCC's University Transfer program, students will complete fifty-five credit hours of coursework with Columbia College faculty on SCC's campus, without the added expense of traveling from Spartanburg to Columbia. Giles adds, "Our hope is that since students can take classes at a familiar and convenient SCC location, more will be motivated to complete both their associate and bachelor's degree."
Founded in 1854, Columbia College has provided a stellar higher education to students throughout the past 161 years. However, Dinndorf explains, since 1980, working adults have come to Columbia College in the evening or on weekends to attend classes and earn degrees, which led their administration and faculty to realize there was a need beyond their own campus. "We know our state's community-technical colleges provide a valuable educational experience, and we wanted to provide a convenience opportunity for those students to continue their education and earn a bachelor's degree," adds Dinndorf.
The SCC-Columbia College program is unique because the only requirement for admission is that students complete an associate degree in one of SCC's approved degree programs.
"Students don't have to know when they enter SCC that they want to pursue a bachelor's degree. They can decide at any point - even after graduating with their associate degree that they want to continue their education. The real selling point is that students can do all the required coursework right on SCC's campus, saving valuable time and money," said Dinndorf.
For more information on enrolling at SCC and participating in the Columbia College associate to bachelor's program, contact the SCC admissions center at (864) 592-4800 or visit www.sccsc.edu.