Coker, NETC Establish Criminology Program Bridge

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HARTSVILLE, S.C. – June 7, 2012 – In an agreement signed today, Coker College and Northeastern Technical College (NETC) have articulated the programmatic requirements necessary to facilitate students’ progression from NETC’s associate degree in criminal justice to the bachelor’s degree in criminology.

“The memorandum of understanding between Coker College and NETC, which we officially sign and warmly celebrate today, confirms the long-held commitment of both institutions to serve the Pee Dee Region by providing our students with the rigorous academic programs they demand,” said Coker College President Robert Wyatt.

“Over the past several months, as we discussed details about advising and course planning, I am proud of the fact that our administrative teams looked beyond the nuts and bolts of transcripts and credit transfer policies.  Foremost, we held ourselves to the higher priority of ensuring that students in the Pee Dee have unfettered access to the human and physical resources of both institutions,” Wyatt said.  “I am appreciative of President Bartley’s leadership in making this bridge possible.”

“We, at NETC, appreciate all that Coker College has done to build pathways for our students to continue their education and pursue careers like this one,” said NETC President Ron Bartley.  “Thanks to Dr. Wyatt and his team for all that they have done for both the NETC and Coker College community to make this transition possible.”

According to the 2011 report of the American Sociological Association, demand in academia for criminology and related subfields is rising. In fact, the report showed that the number of assistant professor and open-rank positions in the field had increased by 32 percent over the previous year.

Facilitating the progression from an applied program to a bachelor’s degree is intended to strengthen the preparation for practitioners and open doors to graduate programs for those who desire a deeper foundation in the theory and literature of the discipline.

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Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker is ranked among the “Best Colleges” in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, S.C., Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.


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