ECPI University and South Carolina’s Technical Colleges Sign Agreement to Expand and Encourage Access

Charleston, SC – ECPI University and the SC Technical College System have signed a memorandum of understanding designed to increase access and enhance the seamless transfer of students and graduates from the 16 technical colleges in South Carolina to ECPI University.

The SC Technical College System and ECPI University will closely examine and improve transfer functions to expand and encourage access for students who complete an associate in arts, science or applied science degree at one of the state's 16 technical colleges to an approved baccalaureate program offered at ECPI University.

"This public-private partnership creates a tremendous opportunity for transferring students to earn their bachelor's degree much faster," says ECPI University President & CEO Mark Dreyfus. "Through our accelerated, year-round schedule, they can complete their program in about a year. What's more, our skills-based curriculum is aligned with the professional requirements of the workplace which means we can produce graduates who are ready to compete in today's job market."

"Affordability and accessibility are the foundation blocks of the SC Technical College System," said Dr. Tim Hardee, president for the System. "We are the entry point into higher education for the majority of South Carolinians. This agreement with ECPI opens up new doors and provides more options for our students to achieve their educational and career goals."

Once implemented, the program will aid students in making a more seamless transfer between institutions. It will help reduce lost time to graduation and relieve some of the added financial burden now associated with transferring. Students who have completed an associate of arts, science or applied science degree program at a South Carolina technical college with an agreed-upon cumulative grade-point average will enter ECPI University with junior standing. All transfer courses will be accepted and applied to the attainment of the degree appropriate to the student's major.

ECPI University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award the associate's, baccalaureate, and master's degrees and diplomas. SACSCOC is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. A private university founded in 1966, ECPI University has campuses in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida, and offers convenient classes during the day, evening, and online; graduate employment services, continuing education, certification classes, and testing are also available. On campus or online, fields of study include: HEALTH SCIENCES: Master of Science in Nursing, Nursing (RN to BSN), BS to BSN, Nursing (RN), Practical Nursing, Healthcare Administration, Health Information Management, Physical Therapist Assistant, Massage Therapy, Dental Assisting, Medical Assisting, Radiography, Sonography, Surgical Technology, Paramedic (EMT); TECHNOLOGY: Master of Science in Information Systems, Master of Science in Cybersecurity, Cyber and Network Security, Information Systems, Software Development, Mobile Development, Cloud Computing, Web Design and Development, Electronics Engineering Technology, Mechatronics/Advanced Manufacturing, Mechanical Engineering Technology; BUSINESS AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Master of Business Administration (MBA), Accounting, Business Administration, IT Management, Hospitality Management, Criminal Justice, Homeland Security; CULINARY: Culinary Arts, Culinary Nutrition, Food Service Management, Baking and Pastry Arts. (Program field availability varies by campus.) For more information, visit www.ecpi.edu.

The SC Technical College System. Comprised of 16 colleges located strategically across the state and two internationally-renowned statewide programs: readySC™ and Apprenticeship Carolina™, the SC Technical College System is dedicated to furthering economic and workforce development in South Carolina. As the state's largest higher education system, the SC Technical System educates more of our state's undergraduates than all the other public higher education institutions combined. Dedicated to making a quality higher education both accessible and affordable, the System plays a key role in educating and training South Carolina's workforce for the in-demand, high-skilled jobs of today and tomorrow. Learn more about the System by visiting www.sctechsystem.edu.