CofC, Trident Tech work together on bridge program

By Ashley Barker
Published March 20, 2014

As higher education merger talks intensify, two Lowcountry institutions are choosing to collaborate on a project designed to help students navigate their entry into college.

Trident Technical College and the College of Charleston have jointly established a bridge program titled Connect2, according to a news release. The program allows up to 30 full-time Trident Tech students to live at the Campus Center Apartments near CofC and take advantage of programs and events on the campus.

Participants also take one for-credit course in the fall and spring at CofC as non-degree-seeking students. After two semesters, the students’ Trident Tech credits transfer to CofC, where they’ll complete their four-year degree, the release said.

Don Burkard, associate vice president for enrollment planning at CofC, said participants can use Legislative Incentive for Future Excellence scholarships or S.C. Lottery Tuition Assistance funding for the program.

“This residential bridge program provides South Carolina students access to a four-year college experience beginning at the freshman level,” Burkard said in a statement. The collaboration provides a “long-standing, quality undergraduate experience for Lowcountry students and those seeking to come to Charleston from across the state,” he said.

To qualify, students must apply for fall 2014 freshman admission at CofC, the release said.

Reach Ashley Barker at 843-849-3144 or @AshleyNBarker.

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