DeCenzo, Hardee partnership

President of the SC Technical College System Dr. Tim Hardee shakes hands with Coastal Carolina University President David DeCenzo Thursday morning after signing the partnership making it easier for students at the 16 technical colleges in the state to transfer into CCU to continue their education. 

Students enrolling in tech schools in S.C. who want to eventually transfer to Coastal Carolina University will have a seamless transition thanks to a partnership signed today between CCU and the SC Technical College System. 

“We are united in our focus … for the betterment of our students,” said CCU President David DeCenzo. “We genuinely value the longstanding and collaborative relationship we share.”

Students and graduates from all sixteen technical colleges in South Carolina will be able to transfer between their institution and CCU, reducing lost time to graduation, and also relieving some of the added financial burden sometimes associated with transferring.

Dr. Tim Hardee, president of the SC Technical College System and CCU alumnus, said that 45 years ago when he attended, there were only four buildings on campus.

“Now it is the educational, cultural, and economic engine for the Grand Strand,” Hardee said.

Hardee said that 250 to 300 students transfer each year from Horry-Georgetown Technical College (HGTC) to CCU.

“We already have a wonderful partnership,” Hardee said. “In the years to come … thousands will start and decide to transfer … on behalf of those students that take that leap, I thank Coastal Carolina University for their decision.”

CCU officials said in a press release that students who have completed an associate of arts or associate of science degree program at a South Carolina technical college with a grade of “C” or better in each course applicable to the AA or AS degree will enter Coastal Carolina University with junior standing and will have satisfied the Coastal Carolina University General Education Program Requirements. All transfer courses will be accepted and applied to the attainment of the degree appropriate to the student’s major.

Comprised of 16 colleges located strategically across the state and two internationally-renowned statewide programs: readySC™ and Apprenticeship Carolina™, the SC Technical College System is dedicated to furthering economic and workforce development in South Carolina. As the state’s largest higher education system, the SC Technical System educates more of our state’s undergraduates than all the other public higher education institutions combined. Dedicated to making a quality higher education both accessible and affordable, the System plays a key role in educating and training South Carolina’s workforce for the in-demand, high-skilled jobs of today and tomorrow.


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