South Carolina State University, the historically Black educational in Orangeburg, has entered into an agreement with Midlands Technical College in West Columbia, South Carolina. The two-year college enrolls nearly 11,000 students. African Americans make up 36 percent of the student body.
The two educational institutions have formed the Bulldog Bridge Program that will ease the transfer of graduates of Midlands Technical College to South Carolina State University. Students enrolled in the Bulldog Bridge Program while at Midlands Technical College will receive structured advisement, an array of support services and college engagement activities designed to promote successful transfer. Transfer students will be eligible to earn bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering technology, electrical engineering technology, industrial engineering, business, accounting, marketing, special education, elementary education, social work, history, criminal justice, political science, early childhood education, child development, English and middle-level education.
Ronald L Rhames, president of Midlands Technical College, said that “this collaboration serves students by providing program support, articulated academic curricula and services that facilitate the transfer process and successfully prepare and acclimate students desiring to matriculate at South Carolina State.”
James E. Clark, president of South Carolina State University, adds that “we are pleased to be working with an institution that performs exceptionally well in providing students access to the two-year to four-year transfer pipeline. By partnering with Midlands Technical College, SC State is tapping into the largest source of transfer students, who, upon earning their bachelor’s degree from SC State, will help address the state’s workforce demands as well as expand our economy. Through our partnership with Midlands Technical College, along with other partnerships we have formalized and are working to further develop, SC State finds it important to make the educational pathway from a two-year degree to a four-year degree as seamless as possible to ensure student success.”