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Midlands Tech, Columbia College strengthen bridge program

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Midlands Technical College and Columbia College announced Wednesday a bridge agreement that will allow a transition into Columbia College for MTC students seeking to earn a four-year degree.

“We want to do everything possible to provide our students a clear pathway to the next step in their educational process,” MTC President Ronald L. Rhames, said in press release. “We will make our student’s transition even smoother, and it will lead to an increase in the number of MTC students who transfer to Columbia College.”

The Bridge Program provides opportunities for students with associate degrees from MTC to transfer to Columbia College as juniors. Colleges that MTC has bridge program agreements include Benedict College, Claflin University, Coker College, College of Charleston, Columbia College, Lander University, Newberry College and University of South Carolina.

“Columbia College is proud of our long-standing partnership with Midlands Technical College,” said Columbia College President Elizabeth A. Dinndorf. “These new agreements further strengthen our partnership and give more students a clear and seamless path to achieving their education and career goals. Together, we are providing students throughout Columbia and the Midlands more educational options and opportunities.”

The collaboration serves students by providing program support and services that facilitate the transfer process, and prepares students desiring to enroll at Columbia College. MTC students also have the opportunity to participate in certain Columbia College programs and events while still enrolled at Midlands Technical College.

“MTC students have transferred to Columbia College for many years. This memorandum now formally expands the transfer program transfer opportunities to many students earning degrees in programs such as business, human services, nursing, and health sciences through articulated program agreements,” said Rhames.

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