Coker College Partners with Florence-Darlington Technical College to Offer Bachelor's Degrees in Business Management and Applied Criminology

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Hartsville, S.C. – June 27, 2017  –  In an effort to continue providing superior convenience and flexibility for students in the Florence area, Coker College is partnering with Florence-Darlington Technical College (FDTC) in Florence, S.C, to offer two bachelor’s of science degree programs for FDTC graduates: B.S. in business management and B.S. in applied criminology.

Once FDTC students earn their associate degree in business management, business marketing or criminal justice technology, they can transfer those credits directly into Coker College’s business management or criminology program, giving them two years of completed course requirements toward their bachelor’s degree.

“We’re excited to partner with Florence-Darlington Technical College to offer these two bachelor’s degree programs,” said Coker College President, Dr. Robert Wyatt. “We’re two strong schools with solid representation in our communities. Working together will provide even more opportunities for students in our area, as well convenience and seamless transitions.”

Both degree programs consist of one course on campus at FDTC and one course online, per each eight-week term. If students stay in their original cohort, they will be on track to graduate with their bachelor’s degree in two years.

“This partner program allows us to provide highly accessible programs of study for FDTC graduates in way that ensure a clear and timely path to graduation,” said Tracy Parkinson, Provost and Dean of Coker College. “If we, as partner institutions serving this region, want to provide the best opportunities we can for our students, this is one of the best ways to achieve that.”

Coker College currently has a branch location in Florence at the Poynor Adult and Community Education Center and will continue to offer classes in sociology and social work at that location.

The B.S. in business management degree and B.S. in applied criminology degree programs begin each August and include one summer term. The first cohort will begin this fall.

Interested FDTC graduates are encouraged to apply immediately.  Applicants interested in applying for financial aid should apply before June 30. Coker College also offers an Achievement Scholarship worth up to $2000, available for all graduates of FDTC.

Applications can be found online at

For more information about Coker College’s partnership with Florence-Darlington Technical College, please contact or (843) 857-4213.



Coker College is a student-focused, private liberal arts college located in Hartsville, South Carolina. Coker combines round table, discussion-based learning with hands-on experiences to encourage active participation in and out of the classroom. A supportive, close-knit community prepares Coker students with the confidence and practical life skills they need to reach their personal best, in college and beyond.

Founded in 1908, Coker is a bachelor’s and master’s degree-granting institution and competes in 21 NCAA Division II sports. Coker is ranked among the "Best Colleges" in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review, and by Washington Monthly as one of the Southeast's "Best Bang for the Buck" colleges.