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January 10, 2014
Piedmont Technical College and the University of South Carolina Upstate recently signed an articulation agreement that will create a bridge program for students who would like to begin their studies at PTC, and then transfer to USC Upstate.
This partnership will offer Piedmont Technical College students more options as they prepare for careers. The agreement will provide a seamless transition for those who would like to begin their college careers closer to home. Because PTC is an open-admissions institution, it will also offer students who may require some academic preparation an alternative for admission to USC Upstate.
“I’m really excited about the partnership going into the future,” said Dr. Ray Brooks, president of Piedmont Technical College. “But I’m even more excited about the contributions that USC Upstate has made not only to the state and to our community.”
Bridge program participants will benefit from an array of services that will improve their transition from PTC to USC Upstate. Some of these services include admissions counseling with not only PTC advisors, but also USC Upstate mentors; waiver of application fee to USC Upstate; special consideration for scholarship opportunities; and invitations to several recreational, campus and cultural events.
Requirements for participation in the Bridge program are the same as with any transfer student wishing to attend USC Upstate. Students must have a minimum of 30 hours completed to transfer and must submit an admissions application and all other standard paperwork in order to be considered.
“USC Upstate is one of the top destinations for our transfer students,” said Dr. Jennifer Wilbanks, associate vice president for academic affairs and off-campus. “This agreement will provide students with a direct pathway from PTC to USC Upstate in their choice of curriculum, make a stronger connection to the University and offer a significant financial savings on the total cost of earning a bachelor’s degree.”