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Becky Hubbard Presents Education Partnership at South Carolina Commission on Higher Education Symposium

(Conway, SC) 07/24/2023

(left to right): Becky Hubbard, HGTC Chair and Professor of Teacher Education; Dr. Jamia Richmond, CCU Interim Dean and Professor of Special Education; Dr. Cathy Scott, CCU Associate Dean.

Horry-Georgetown Technical College (HGTC) is pleased to announce Becky Hubbard, HGTC Chair and Professor of Teacher Education, and representatives from Coastal Carolina University (CCU) recently made a presentation at the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education (CHE) - The Centers of Excellence Symposium in Greenville. The presentation highlighted the collaborative efforts between HGTC and CCU to foster student success and workforce development in Teacher Education.

Approved in 2019, the agreement between HGTC and CCU created the first Associate Degree in Applied Science in Teacher Education and the first 2+2 program for education in the state. The innovative partnership is serving as a model for new articulation agreements, aiming to establish a seamless transition for students from HGTC to CCU, and ensuring a smooth educational pathway for enhanced career readiness.

Becky Hubbard is at the forefront of forging connections between the College and various stakeholders in the education community. Her expertise in building strategic partnerships and dedication to advancing educational opportunities make her an ideal representative for HGTC's Teacher Education program initiatives.

"I was grateful to have the opportunity to present our education partnership at the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education," said Becky Hubbard. "Through close collaboration with our partners at CCU, we are creating a cohesive and supportive educational ecosystem that equips students with the necessary skills and knowledge for success in the field of education."

(left to right): Dr. Bettie Rose Horne, Commissioner, SC Commission on Higher Education; Becky Hubbard, HGTC Chair and Professor of Teacher Education.

"We are incredibly proud of Becky Hubbard and the work she is doing to foster education partnerships in our community," said Dr. Marilyn Fore, President of HGTC. "Her dedication to promoting educational pathways and strengthening connections between our college, K-12 schools, and other higher education institutions is instrumental in supporting student achievement and regional economic growth."

HGTC’s partnership with CCU for Teacher Education established the standard for other institutions to address the teacher shortage in Horry and Georgetown counties. The program provides a smooth transition for students with substantial cost savings along the way. All credits earned at HGTC will transfer to CCU. Students who fulfill the other requirements for enrollment at CCU will be able to complete one of the following programs: early childhood education, elementary education, middle level education, special education (multicategorical) or physical education.

“There are many in our community who want to make a difference as a future educator. If your career goal is teaching in a K-12 setting, HGTC's Teacher Education degree is a great first step. You’ll gain the tools needed to help students of all ages learn, grow, and succeed in school. After completing the program, you can either start working in the education sector as a paraprofessional or pursue a bachelor’s degree,” continued Hubbard.