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HGTC and Converse University Sign Articulation Agreement

(Conway, SC) 06/04/2024

group photo Representatives from HGTC and Converse University sign the articulation agreement for a new transfer program designed to encourage and empower the next generation of business leaders and professionals.

(left to right) Dr. Theresa Strong, HGTC Assistant Vice President & Dean; Dr. Jennifer Willbanks, HGTC Executive Vice President of Academic & Workforce Development; Dr. Marilyn Murphy Fore, HGTC President; Dr. Boone Hopkins, Converse University President; Jamie Grant-Ponce, Converse University Vice President for Enrollment Management; Tanya Greenlee, Converse University Assistant Professor of Accounting; Not pictured:  Dr. Joe Wilferth, Converse University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

signing Dr. Marilyn Murphy Fore (left), HGTC President, and Dr. Boone Hopkins (right), Converse University President, officially sign the new articulation agreement for seamless credit transfer between the two institutions. 

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Dr. Marilyn Murphy Fore (left), HGTC President, and Dr. Boone Hopkins (right), Converse University President, shake hands during the signing of the agreement. 

Horry-Georgetown Technical College (HGTC) and Converse University are pleased to announce the signing of a new articulation agreement. HGTC and Converse have come together to develop a block transfer articulation agreement that allows for seamless credit transfer between the two institutions facilitating student success and collaboration. 

Under the block transfer agreement, HGTC graduates who have successfully completed an Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, or Associate in Applied Science degree in Accounting or Business Administration will have the opportunity to enter Converse University with the General Education Program requirements already satisfied. This means that eligible students can seamlessly transition to Converse and pursue a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, or Bachelor of Science degree in a chosen major.

“This partnership represents a significant step toward enhancing educational opportunities for students in our region and proves our commitment to supporting student success through seamless pathways for academic advancement,” said Dr. Theresa Strong, HGTC Assistant Vice President and Dean.

HGTC graduates meeting the grade criteria with a grade of “C” or higher in relevant courses will be admitted to Converse with Junior standing at registration.  Financial aid will be available for eligible students, provided grade-level progression supports it. Students will have the opportunity to explore Converse’s diverse academic programs and engage in a supportive community.

“We are excited to build a strong partnership between Converse University and Horry-Georgetown Technical College through this transfer agreement,” said Converse University President Dr. Boone Hopkins. “Our missions align in our commitment to empower students to become the transformative leaders and thinkers that their communities need. We look forward to welcoming HGTC students as they join our Converse community to complete their bachelor’s degrees and embark on their career goals.”

The partnership between HGTC and Converse is not only about credit transfers; it also represents a commitment to collaboration. Both institutions recognize the value of working together to enhance educational experiences for students.

“As we continue to build on this foundation, more opportunities for joint initiatives, research, and community engagement are expected to emerge.  This agreement confirms our dedication to encouraging and empowering the next generation of business leaders and professionals,” continued Dr. Strong. 

HGTC’s Business Administration degree program continues to expand. HGTC's enrollment in the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Business Administration degree program reached over 560 students in spring 2024 with its highest enrollment in the history of the program.  Contributing to the growth was the implementation of a Human Resources pathway to the AAS Business Administration degree in fall 2023 as a direct response to the critical shortage expressed by business and industry leaders.

"We are pleased to enter into this partnership with Converse University, which exemplifies our commitment to providing students with one of many pathways to further their education and achieve their career aspirations. This agreement not only enhances the academic opportunities available to our graduates but also strengthens the ties within our educational community, paving the way for future collaborations and innovations," said Dr. Marilyn Fore, President of Horry-Georgetown Technical College. "Our students are at the heart of everything we do, and this partnership ensures they have the support and resources needed to succeed at Converse University and beyond."

To learn more about HGTC’s Associate in Applied Science in Business Administration, visit the program webpage or contact Dr. Theresa Strong, HGTC Assistant Vice President & Dean, at 843-349-7559 or theresa.strong@hgtc.edu

For more information about applying, enrolling, and registering at HGTC, call 843-347-3186 or visit www.hgtc.edu.