New Partnership with Denmark Tech Forms Gateway to SC State

Thursday, December 1, 2016

With a stroke of the pen, the SC State-Denmark Tech Bulldog Gateway Program was established by, 3rd from left, James E. Clark, SC State president, and, 2nd from right, Dr. Leonard McIntyre, Denmark Tech president, both joined by, from left, Dr. Barbara Adams, interim dean of the SC State School of Business; Dr. Learie Luke, acting provost of SC State; and Tia Wright-Richards, interim vice president for Academic Affairs at Denmark Tech. The deans, department chairs and other university administrators from the respective colleges were also on hand.

ORANGEBURG, S.C. – Under the banner of partnerships and collaborations, SC State University continues to expand its strategic partnerships initiative with academic institutions, announcing its latest collaboration with Denmark Technical College.

At a signing ceremony on Monday, Nov. 7, SC State President James E. Clark and Denmark Tech President Dr. Leonard McIntyre formalized the new partnership, which creates a pathway for Denmark Tech students to attend SC State and work toward earning bachelor’s degrees from SC State.

The signing of the newly formed Bulldog Gateway Program and various other articulation agreements, allows students at Denmark Tech fast-track admission to SC State.

Under the agreement, Denmark Tech students, who choose to participate in the Bulldog Gateway Program, will be able to transfer academic credit earned in their associate degree program to SC State to work towards earning a bachelor’s degree in accounting, agribusiness, economics, management, marketing, criminal justice and social work.

The second component of the partnership also creates the Bridge to SC State University business degree programs, which, after meeting certain requirements, allows students to transfer to SC State as juniors.

SC State is working with a number of academic institutions to develop partnerships that would provide distinct opportunities for both organizations and help to address the demand for workforce-ready employees.

“We are delighted to collaborate with Denmark Technical College. This partnership is important to us; it is one more example of institutions working together to increase access to higher education opportunities that provide flexibility and are affordable. Through this partnership, we will provide additional education opportunities to Denmark Tech students who are seeking to advance their education by earning a degree from SC State once they have met the determined criteria,” said Clark.

“Denmark Technical College is proud to enter into this partnership with an institution that has a legacy of improving social mobility for its graduates,” President McIntyre said. “This partnership provides our students with an excellent option to continue their education and receive a bachelor’s degree from an institution with a track record of success in preparing students for the workforce. We believe that agreements with four-year institutions are important because they ensure that we fulfill our mission of providing an affordable pathway in the education of our service area citizens to complete a degree, thereby enhancing their quality of life.”

The Bulldog Gateway Program not only provides Denmark Tech students with academic experiences, but the program gives them an inside look into the life of being a student at SC State. Students will have the chance to immerse themselves in campus life while at the technical college. By paying a nominal fee, the future Bulldogs will be granted access to athletic events, lecture series and other activities.

Interested students who want to learn more about the program may contact the SC State University Office of Admissions at (803) 536-7186.