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Denmark Tech needs 500 more students for goal; college hopes new offerings boost enrollment
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Denmark Tech needs 500 more students for goal; college hopes new offerings boost enrollment

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DENMARK – The Denmark Technical College Area Commission is nearly 500 students short of its fall enrollment goal, but its recruitment efforts continue.

“As of this morning we currently have 213 students enrolled,” Dr. Angelica Christie reported to the commission during its Monday meeting.

The institution plans to have 700 students enrolled by August, according to Christie.

Denmark Tech is working to attract students by offering new courses and partnering with other institutions across the state.

“We are still working with the Medical University College of Pharmacy to implement a memorandum of understanding. The memorandum has been submitted to the department at MUSC, so we’re hoping that in the next couple of weeks we’ll receive positive feedback from them,” Christie said.

Christie said rather than pursue a degree in pre-pharmacy, the college decided to “utilize the degree in general studies with an emphasis in pre-pharmacy. And that encompasses using courses that are already in the (catalog) for transfer.”

Students will complete 70 hours of study at Denmark Tech and earn their associate’s degree, she said. They would then be eligible to apply for admission for the College of Pharmacy at MUSC’s doctoral pharmacy program.

“We are also collaborating with South Carolina State University’s Department of English and Modern Languages. They are submitting a proposal and are including Denmark Tech in that proposal,” she said.

“This proposal will incorporate workshops in the Denmark area for people in the community, adults, to participate in the development of personal narratives. It will utilize some of our students here,” Christie stated.

Also during the meeting:

• Board members unanimously approved two amendments to the college’s bylaws.

The first amendment implements an annual evaluation of the college’s CEO conducted by the board.

The second amendment implements a self-evaluation of the board.

• Bamberg County Councilman Evert Comer suggested that the institution develop a fund to help with radio ads and appearances, and encouraged board members to use all of the local media including newspapers, radio stations and broadcast stations.

• Board members approved a motion to accept applied mechatronics technology and applied science processing control technology certificates. Approval allows for prospective students to earn certification in both areas.

Contact the writer: bharris@timesanddemocrat.com or 803-533-5516.

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Bradley Harris is a Government and Sports Reporter. The Irmo, SC native is a 2018 graduate of Claflin University and recipient of the 2018 South Carolina Press Association Collegiate Journalist of the Year Award.

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