Select Greenville Technical College students will now have the option of earning an associate degree in one year rather than two.
The college said the program is the first of its kind in South Carolina — it would allow students who meet certain requirements to earn either an associate of arts or an associate of science degree in nearly half the time.
“This will allow students to earn their associate’s degree in arts or science at Greenville Tech and then transition to a four-year college or university program a full year ahead of their peers,” said Dr. Jermaine Whirl, vice -Chair of Learning and Workforce. development at Greenville Technical College, said in a statement.
The announcement comes less than a month after the college raised tuition by 2.5% due to declining enrollment.
In five years, enrollment has fallen by almost 14% at the school. A report from the American Association of Community Colleges shows that the decline is a national trend, but predicts that community college enrollment will eventually level off and may reverse primarily due to affordability and growing demand for post-secondary education.
In order to be accepted into the accelerated three-semester program, students must write a 500-word essay on how the accelerated degree will help them achieve their goals. There are also academic requirements – students must pass English Composition I (ENG 101) and College Algebra (MAT 110) or score 540 or higher on all sections of the SAT, 22 or higher on each section of the ACT, or 200 or more on each section of the GED exam. While in the program, students must earn a C or better in each class to remain enrolled.
The accelerated study program schedule is not as flexible as regular college study programs, which often cater to working students. Students accepted this year will take classes in the fall and spring Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for seven weeks each. The summer semester is a 10-week program.
The priority application deadline is May 31 and the final deadline is July 26. For more information, visit www.gvltec.edu/2-years-in-1/.