York Tech teams up with Columbia College to offer bachelor’s degrees

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By Reece Murphy

York Technical College students will soon be able to earn bachelor’s degrees in communications thanks to a new partnership with Columbia College.

The partnership, announced Friday, Jan. 10,  offers York Tech students the opportunity to earn bachelor’s degrees in health communication and leadership and professional communication, the first four-year degrees ever offered by the nearly 50-year-old technical college.

“York Technical College and Columbia College both share a strong commitment to student success and providing avenues for the citizens of our state to cultivate the skills needed to enter and thrive in the workforce,” York Tech President Dr. Greg Rutherford said.

“Being able to offer adults in York, Chester and Lancaster counties access to the Columbia College program is a win-win for our students, employers and the community,” he said.

Classes for the degree programs begin during the fall 2014 semester with Columbia College faculty teaching courses on the York Tech campus in Rock Hill.

While Columbia College is a women’s only institute, the degree programs will be open to both male and female students much like the college’s coeducational evening undergraduate and graduate programs.

York Tech officials said the new degree program will be operated in a “hybrid format,” with classes taught both online and in the classroom, a method that should appeal to adult students, who make up a large percentage of York Tech’s student population.

“Columbia College is proud to partner with York Technical College to offer students a pathway to continue their education and complete a bachelor’s degree from Columbia College,” said Columbia College President Beth Dinndorf.

“The partnership provides a convenient opportunity for adult students to advance in their careers,” she said.

Established in 1964, York Tech offers 85 programs of study between its Rock Hill main campus and five off-campus centers, including the Kershaw-Heath Springs Center.

Until now the college has only offered two-year associate degrees, diplomas and certificates.

Columbia College, inColumbia, is a private liberal arts college for women affiliated with the United Methodist Church. 

Founded in 1854, it is one of the oldest women’s colleges in the country.

The college offers 35 undergraduate majors in a wide range of fields as well as several master’s degree programs.

For more information about the new York Tech bachelor’s degree programs, contact Hope Bursac at (803) 786-3955 or email hbursac@columbiasc.edu.


Contact reporter Reece Murphy at (803) 283-1151