CHERAW---Students in the northern Pee Dee will soon have the opportunity to pursue baccalaureate degrees within their own area of the state.
Fred Carter, president of Francis Marion University, and Ron Hampton, president of Northeastern Technical College, announced today (Aug. 22) a collaborative agreement between the two state institutions for upper-level undergraduate courses to be taught on the NETC campus.
Through the partnership with NETC, FMU will provide a minimum of two baccalaureate courses each semester, through traditional and/or electronic delivery. The courses will be for students planning to pursue a bachelor’s degree in business or education.
“Through this agreement, we are establishing a viable partnership with Northeastern Tech to meet the educational needs of the northern counties of the Pee Dee region,” said Carter. “By establishing a physical presence at NETC, we hope to make a college degree more accessible for students who might not otherwise have the opportunity.”
Carter said that the state’s strategic higher education plan calls for state institutions to work together when possible to make programs more accessible to students. “This is a perfect example of how institutions can work together to benefit the public,” said Carter.
Hampton said that NETC students will benefit from the new partnership. “There is a continuing need for baccalaureate-level classes in rural areas of South Carolina,” said Hampton. “A number of years ago, NETC and FMU had a similar partnership which provided a very popular series of FMU classes on our campus. We are pleased to renew that partnership, and I believe that many NETC students will take advantage of this opportunity.”
Hampton said there are several businesses and industries in the northern Pee Dee region that also will benefit by having this program available to their employees.
Carter also praised the efforts of two FMU trustees, W. C. Stanton of Cheraw and George McIntyre of Bennettsville, who have worked toward getting FMU and NETC to cooperate in this venture.
Carter said that as the program grows, FMU will establish an office on the NETC campus to coordinate course offerings and provide services to students.
The agreement calls for FMU to provide advising, registration, financial assistance, and career placement on the NETC campus periodically during the semester. Students registering for the baccalaureate courses will be enrolled as FMU students and pay FMU fees.
All course offerings will be classes that are not currently available on the NETC campus. Initial offerings to be taught by FMU faculty in the spring semester are courses in child behavior, marketing and English.
Depending upon success of the program, Carter indicated that FMU may investigate similar cooperative agreements with other technical colleges located in rural areas.
For more information about the FMU program at NETC, contact the FMU Admissions Office at 843-661-1231 or toll free at 1-800-368-7551.
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