HGTC, Columbia College partner for baccalaureate completion program in Myrtle Beach

vgrooms@thesunnews.comMarch 17, 2014 

Some Horry-Georgetown Technical College students will be able to complete a baccalaureate degree program through Columbia College (CC), a private, liberal arts college based in the state’s capital, while staying in the area.

The agreement between HGTC and Columbia College is the latest of several pacts HGTC has formed with other colleges and universities to give its students more options for furthering their education, said Marilyn Fore, HGTC senior vice president.

“This agreement is to encourage our associate degree completion students to continue in attaining a bachelor’s degree with Columbia College,” Fore said. “Columbia College will be offering courses on our Grand Strand campus starting in fall 2014.”

About 15 students who have completed or are nearing completion in a particular major - such as applied business, communication and organizational leadership, leadership and professional communication or health communication – will be recruited by Columbia College for a cohort program, Fore said. Columbia College personnel will teach three classes per semester for six consecutive semesters, including summers, she said, and 72 hours of transferable work will be allowed to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree.

“This is going to be a bachelor’s degree following an Associate of Arts degree, which will help those seeking job promotions and higher-level management positions,” Fore said. “This agreement will allow Columbia College to offer 55 hours of coursework on our Grand Strand campus located right here in Myrtle Beach.”

HGTC and the college also have a bridge agreement, which will make it easier for students to transfer to Columbia. HGTC already has various types of transfer agreements in place with Francis Marion University, Coastal Carolina University, The Citadel, Limestone College, Norwich University and the University of Phoenix.

“We have seen a very high uptick in the number of colleges and universities that are seeking partnerships and transfer agreements to our programs, which is quite a compliment to our faculty and evidence our transfer students are doing quite well at the universities,” Fore said.

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