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The Citadel is partnering with 27 two-year institutions throughout the south including HGTC to provide an easy gateway to a four-year business degree.

Horry-Georgetown Technical College is among 27 institutions that have partnered with The Citadel to create a process by which students can obtain a four-year business degree from the Citadel through online courses, physical attendance or a combination of both.

The Citadel is working with the 27 schools throughout the south to make a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) degree available to a wider spectrum of students. Eligible students would start in, or have already graduated from, one of the partner schools and finish with a degree from The Citadel.

The agreements cover six southern states, from Alabama to West Virginia. They allow students who are pursuing Associate in Applied Science (AAS) business degrees automatic acceptance into the Baker School of Business at The Citadel. In addition, those community and technical college graduates who are already holding an AAS in business can seamlessly transfer all of their credits to The Citadel

The transferring students will attend non-cadet, civilian classes, with the option to choose between studying online, on campus, or both. The students then graduate with a full, four-year BSBA and the prestige of holding a Citadel diploma.

“We are excited to support the advancement of business students at our partner community and technical colleges in six states through these agreements. Our program is designed to meet the needs of those students while allowing them to stay in their communities,” said Jeremy Bennet, Ph.D., director of the degree completion program at The Citadel. “Students in these two-year programs will have shown the dedication needed to complete their associate degrees. Now, they won’t have to sacrifice credits when transferring to the Citadel.”

The collaborations document a pathway between the technical colleges and The Citadel through a transfer course equivalency table. The table lays out the courses participating students must take to satisfy degree requirements before transitioning to their second two years of study with The Citadel. If the table is followed, the technical school students who complete their associate degree are awarded full transfer credits for their classes and will be able to complete a BSBA in four semesters of study through The Citadel.

“The best educational pathways in our state result from partnerships, and our agreement with The Citadel is a perfect example,” said Jermaine Whirl, Ed.D., vice president of learning & workforce development at Greenville Technical College. “Seeing students earn an associate degree with Greenville Technical College and move directly and easily to The Citadel for a bachelor’s degree in business administration is a collaboration that builds the workforce while it builds opportunity.”

The Citadel will also consider working with students from technical and community colleges in other areas across the nation for this educational opportunity.