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FMU, CCU and FDTC to offer courses in Marion

FLORENCE – The presidents of Francis Marion University (FMU), Coastal Carolina University (CCU) and Florence Darlington Technical College (FDTC) signed an agreement today launching a new educational partnership to offer courses in the City of Marion. 

The FMU Continuing Education Program, in cooperation with CCU and FDTC will offer courses beginning in the spring of 2011 at the Swamp Fox Higher Education Center on Elizabeth Street in Marion. 

The signing ceremony included remarks by Marion Mayor Rodney Berry and Sen. Kent Williams, District 30 (Marion, Dillon, Florence and Marlboro counties). Among those in attendance were FMU President Luther F. Carter, CCU President David A. DeCenzo, FDTC President Charlie Gould and FMU Continuing Education Program Coordinator Suzan Orrico. 

The three institutions will recruit for their individual programs. The partnership is a fine example of several entities coming together to help better the educational opportunities for those in the area, Berry said. 

An information session followed, allowing prospective students the opportunity to inquire about degree offerings. Through the Swamp Fox Higher Education Center program, FMU will offer adult learners the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing within one year where they work and live. FMU also offers basic business course to high school graduates, adults and as dual credit for high school students. In addition, FMU is also offering training to qualified adults who are seeking employment. 

Details of Swamp Fox Higher Education Center offerings for spring 2011 are as follows:


R.N. – B.S.N. Degree Program

This program is for registered nurses who have an associate degree or diploma in nursing and are seeking a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree. The curriculum is designed to assist registered nurses gain new knowledge regarding roles and responsibilities of the professional nurse in a rapidly changing health care environment. Since time and distance are often barriers for nurses to return to school, FMU is offering this program at a location closer to where Marion County registered nurses work and live. The classes will be held one night a week, and the students have the potential to graduate from the program within one year.  

Business 150, Fundamentals of Business

This is a 3 credit hour class, which introduces the fundamental functions and activities of modern business organizations. Topics include: marketing, management, finance, legal issues and business ethics, among others. This course will be offered once a week for an entire semester. It will be available to high school graduates, adults and as dual credit for high school students. 

Entrepreneurship Training for Unemployed Adults

FMU is partnering with YESCarolina to offer 36 hours of entrepreneurship training to qualified adults who are seeking employment. Because of this unique partnership, participants will be able to receive this instruction free of charge. Space is limited.


For more information, contact Orrico at FMU’s Office of Continuing Education, (843) 661.1283 or by email at 


Last Published: December 21, 2010 8:48 AM
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