Lander University and Tri-County Technical College (TCTC) have announced a new transfer partnership for students who are looking to advance their education in marketing, management, accounting, education or digital media production.
Officials from both institutions met April 12 to sign articulation agreements that will allow TCTC students to easily transfer their credits into the equivalent baccalaureate program at Lander, entering as juniors. Students who meet the requirements of their degree program will be guaranteed admission to Lander and will receive priority acceptance in their program.
Dr. Jim Colbert, interim provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs at Lander, said these new agreements are a sign of the progress the University has made to provide enriching educational programs that enhance South Carolina’s workforce. “Over the past five years, Lander University has designed new academic programs and updated existing academic programs to provide enhanced and seamless pathways for students enrolled in programs with our highly-valued technical college partners to continue their education and achieve a bachelor’s degree,” said Colbert. “This agreement codifies our newest pathways available to Tri-County Technical College students.”
The agreements cover the following programs of study:
- TCTC’s A.A.S. in Media Arts Production to Lander’s B.S. in Digital Media Production
- TCTC’s A.A.S. in Early Childcare and Education to Lander’s B.S. in Early Childhood Education
- TCTC’s A.A.S. in Business Administration, Management to Lander’s B.S. in Business Administration, Management/Marketing Emphasis
- TCTC’s A.A.S. in Accounting to Lander’s B.S. in Business Administration, Accounting Emphasis
Dr. Mark Rollins, dean of the College of Arts and Humanities at Lander, said the pathway to Lander’s digital media production degree is a unique opportunity for TCTC students. “Lander’s Digital Media Production degree is the only four-year degree of its kind offered at a public university in South Carolina,” Rollins said. “We are excited to create a seamless transition that enables Tri-County Technical College’s Media Arts Production graduates to pursue this degree.”
Rollins complimented the media arts production program at TCTC, led by its director, John Woodson. “Our talented Media and Communication faculty are honored to help his graduates continue developing their skills while earning their bachelor’s degrees.”
As for the College of Business, Dr. Mick Fekula, the college’s dean, said these new agreements are an easy way for students to earn a four-year degree and ensure that they are “ready, relevant and resourceful employees. The Lander experience magnifies our students’ career potential.”
Meanwhile, Dr. Sarah Hunt-Barron, dean of Lander’s College of Education noted the agreements recognize “the significant skills, knowledge and experience Tri-County Technical College students develop in the early childcare and education program,” which allows them to easily transfer their credits to Lander. “With a new online version of this program launching for transfer students this fall, we look forward to welcoming many TCTC students to Lander on their path to becoming certified teachers,” Hunt-Barron said.
“Our mission at Tri-County is to provide students an exceptional and affordable learning experience that improves their quality of life while advancing economic development in our region by preparing a highly-skilled workforce,” said TCTC President Dr. Galen DeHay. “We are proud to partner with Lander University to create opportunities for our students to earn an advanced degree and a rewarding career in a high-demand field like accounting, business administration, digital media production, and early childhood education.”
ABOUT TRI-COUNTY TECHNICAL COLLEGE:
Tri-County Technical College, a public two-year community and technical college serving Anderson, Oconee and Pickens Counties in South Carolina, enrolls more than 9,000 students annually and offers more than 70 major fields of study, including computer technology, industrial electronics, mechatronics, nursing, and university transfer programs. Tri-County boasts the highest student success rate among two-year colleges in the state and ranks in the top one percent nationally for successful student transfers to four-year colleges and universities. To learn more, visit tctc.edu.