FDTC, FMU make new partnership to bridge college students

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - A Pee Dee college and university are making a big change to help students further their college education.

Francis Marion University and Florence-Darlington Technical College announced a unique partnership.

"We've put together a lot of joint enterprises," said Dr. Fred Carter, President of Francis Marion University.

And now Francis Marion University and Florence-Darlington Technical School is helping students move from FDTC into FMU with all of their credits intact.

"In a transfer program, a lot of people don't understand that in a normal transfer program students get caught in a situation where everything they have taken and they think may transfer doesn't transfer," Dr. Ben Dillard, with the Florence-Darlington Technical College said.

The two schools created the FDTC/FMU Bridge Program to give students, looking to further their education, a chance to keep all of their credits while providing a smooth transition into a University learning environment.

"Some of our students are actually living on their campus and commuting over to our campus. And once they get the first year under their belt or they could stay there two years, they are assured a seamless transfer into Francis Marion University," Dillard said.

The FDTC/FMU Bridge Program is open to any student interested in making the leap to the university after FDTC.

"That only works well when there is enormous trust and competence that exists between the two institutions that you respect their courses and you respect their faculty," Carter said.

The students enrolled will be about to pursue any degree they want through the program and students pay one tuition bill.

This program equips students to leave FDTC and enter FMU as a sophomore or junior.

Those enrolled will get a special ID which allows those students to freely take part on FMU sporting programs and its library.

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