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Midlands Tech, S.C. State agree to partnership

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Midlands Technical College announced Thursday a formalized bridge agreement with South Carolina State University. The agreement will provide graduates from MTC’s Associate in Arts and Associate in Science programs, as well as some MTC career programs, direct transfer of credits to the Orangeburg-based university.

Students can save $10,000 to $60,000 by earning their associate degree at MTC and transferring as part of one of MTC’s many bridge programs. MTC also partners with Benedict College, Claflin University, Coker College, College of Charleston, Columbia College, Lander University, Newberry College and the University of South Carolina

MTC President Ron Rhames said he was excited about the partnership, known as the Bulldog Bridge Program, and looked forward to giving students more opportunities.

“When you look at the challenges in providing a skilled workforce, this pathway offers more opportunities to students,” Rhames said. “We want our students to have a number of choices when choosing a transfer school.”

Along with the above degrees, MTC students who transfer to S.C. State will be able to pursue degrees in mechanical engineering technology, electrical engineering technology, industrial engineering, history, criminal justice, political science, early childhood education, elementary education, middle-level education, special education, child development, and English.

Rhames said he wished the move had been sooner, but once he and S.C. State President James Clark sat down to discuss the merger, it didn’t take long to come to an agreement.

“Our teams met to look at the commonality of the curriculum and the process went fairly quick,” Rhames said.

Clark said the agreement has a number of positives for S.C. State.

“We believe this will increase our enrollment and graduate more seniors,” Clark said. “Our retention and grad rates will be higher which is good for everyone. It will expand the educational opportunities. This agreement starts immediately, so we encourage those MTC students who are transferring to get in touch with South Carolina State.”

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