USC Union provides wide range of college programs

Derik Vanderford Staff Writer

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UNION — According to faculty, staff and students, USC Union is literally “at the corner” of success and prosperity.

The faculty and staff of The University of South Carolina Union say the university is the perfect fit for those looking to begin their college experience. Classes are offered at the main campus in Union, as well as the Union County Advanced Technology Center.

“One may graduate from USC Union with an associate’s degree or a bachelor’s degree — all right in your own back yard,” said USC Union Marketing and Development Director Annie Smith. “Matter of fact, you would not have to get out of your pajamas if you wanted to finish your education and graduate with a University of South Carolina bachelor’s degree.”

Palmetto College

Four-year degrees may be earned from USC Union through its online Palmetto College program, which offers seven bachelor’s degrees — Liberal Studies, Organizational Leadership, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Elementary Education, Human Services, and Nursing.

The Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership requires 120 hours. In addition to general education requirements, students will earn 27-30 hours of professional foundation courses, including business writing, introductory statistics and economics, principles of management, and leadership. Students will also earn 33 hours from courses in three categories: employer and employees; law, policy and organizations; and workplace dynamics. These courses include diverse disciplines such as communications, history, philosophy, political science, psychology and sociology.

The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies degree requires 120 hours. In addition to general education and elective requirements, students will earn 27 hours in their major option comprised of two disciplines. Students will also earn 12 hours in a cognate area different from their major. All students in this program also take South Carolina studies, complete an internship and take a senior capstone course.

Those who are interested in attending USC Union’s Palmetto College may contact coordinator Issaia Butler at (864) 429-8728, ext. 7732.

College Goal South Carolina

In addition to helping students achieve their college career goals, USC Union also gives students free assistance with their financial aid at an event held on campus called College Goal South Carolina.

The upcoming event will take place from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 22 in the university’s Central Building. Students and parents will receive assistance with completing and filing their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). They will also receive financial aid advice, scholarship information and answers to their questions.

For more information about College Goal South Carolina, please call USC Union’s Director of Financial Aid, Bobby Holcombe, at 864-429-8728 ext 7724.

Preparing A Workforce

Not only is USC Union a perfect fit for a college experience, but it prepares students for the workplace. USC Union graduate Michael Sumner graduated from USC Union with an Associate of Arts in 2011 with high honors, and then graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English from USC Columbia. Sumner credited USC Union and his professors.

“Really, I have profound respect for all of my USCU professors,” he said.

Sumner was asked why he chose to start his college career at USC Union.

“I figured I would just take some general education courses near home and transfer later,” he said. “The affordability always remained a perk, but I really began to appreciate other aspects of the school. The professors are just a great group of people.”

During his time at USC Union, Sumner began a work-study position that prepared him to work in the undergraduate advising office in USC Columbia’s business school. Soon after, he was hired as a Palmetto College adviser.

“I had been immersed in different aspects of the USC system so long that I ultimately decided on a career in higher education,” Sumner said, adding that he plans to attend graduate school for a degree in higher education.


“USC Union offers so much to the community — not just classes, but the beginning of your career path,” Smith said.

USC Union also offers Continuing Education courses that are open to everyone in the community. The non-credit courses and summer youth programs are based on the needs of local citizens.

Currently, the Truluck Gym plays host to Cardio Sculpt classes from 7-8 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday mornings and Yoga classes from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Other Continuing Education courses currently offered are guitar lessons (electric and acoustic) as well as brass instrument lessons. In the spring, percussion lessons will be added.

For more information about the Continuing Education classes, contact Bill Moore, Continuing Education Director, at (864) 429-8728, ext. 7737.


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