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Spartanburg Community, Columbia College team on degree program

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Staff Report
Published Nov. 30, 2015

Spartanburg Community College graduates can stay in Spartanburg and take classes to earn a bachelor’s degree from Columbia College. A new agreement provides students with associate degrees a cost-saving opportunity to get a four-year degree.

The agreement signed by Spartanburg Community College President Henry Giles and Columbia College President Elizabeth Dinndorf gives Columbia College eight two-year college partners. The others are Tri-County Tech, Piedmont Tech, Midlands Tech, York Tech, Central Carolina Tech, Horry Georgetown Tech and Orangeburg Calhoun Tech.

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After graduating from Spartanburg Community College’s University Transfer program, students can finish 55 credit hours of coursework with Columbia College faculty on the Spartanburg campus without any added travel expense.

“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,” Giles said in a statement.

Since 1980, Columbia College has offered evening and weekend classes. Administrators and faculty realized a need to offer classes beyond the Columbia campus, Dinndorf said.

“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,” Dinndorf said. She said 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.”

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