Columbia College will offer bachelor’s degree classes at OCtech

2013-11-06T05:00:00Z Columbia College will offer bachelor’s degree classes at OCtechSpecial to The T&D The Times and Democrat
November 06, 2013 5:00 am  • 

A partnership between Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College and Columbia College will give OCtech students the opportunity to earn their bachelor’s degree on the campus of OCtech.

“Students are surprised to learn that we will be offering bachelor’s degree classes on the OCtech campus,” said Kim Schneider, Technical College site coordinator for Columbia College.

Focusing on leadership and communication skills, majors in the Associate to Bachelor’s Degree Program include Leadership and Professional Communication, Health Communication, Computer Information Systems and Applied Business. The program incorporates core classes rooted in the liberal arts and designed to develop strong, practical skills that employers seek, such as communication, analysis and problem-solving skills.

“Knowing that our students will leave here to earn their bachelor’s degree at Columbia College is exciting,” said Dr. Walt Tobin, president of OCtech. “Having transfer agreements like these in place creates a pathway for students to follow that will help them achieve their dreams and find the career they have always wanted.”

The appealing feature of the Associate to Bachelor’s Degree Program is that it is designed for working adults, Schneider said. Classes meet Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

She said being able to work during the day and attend classes at night gives students experience in their field while the bachelor’s degree program prepares them to move into leadership, management and supervisory roles. Students enroll in a cohort, or group of students who take all of their classes together, and earn the degree in two years. The cohort model is particularly appealing to nontraditional students who have been away from the school environment for a number of years and benefit from the support a cohort provides.

With the Columbia College Associate to Bachelor’s Degree program, the entire associate’s degree transfers so that students do not lose credits in the transfer process. Likewise, the program accepts courses taken more than 10 years ago, which is atypical for other college transfer situations.

For more information, contact Kim Schneider at 803-464-6356 or or Carolyn Emeneker, director of evening admissions, 803-786-3766,

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