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Explore Our Special Programs
Connect to College
Tri-County, in partnership with the school districts of Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens counties, offers individuals who did not complete high school a second chance for success through the Connect to College program.
Bridge to Clemson
A first of its kind in South Carolina, this invitation-only program blends the traditional academic experience at Tri-County with the social and cultural experiences of being at Clemson University. Invitations are extended by Clemson to those who narrowly miss admission to the University. Bridge students must earn 30 transfer credits at Tri-County during their Bridge year and maintain a 2.5 GPA in order to transition to Clemson for their sophomore year. They live together in a local apartment complex and have access to student life programs and services at Tri-County and Clemson.
Bridge to USC Program
This statewide agreement is intended to make transitions from SC technical colleges to USC as seamless as possible and to increase the success of transfer students once they're enrolled at the Columbia campus. The University and technical colleges will identify and contact students who are eligible for the program. Participating students will have access to a variety of services from Tri-County and USC.
Bridge to Erskine Program
This program is for students who wish to begin their studies at Tri-County and transfer to Erskine. Erskine approves entry into the program, and a variety of acclimation-to-Erskine programs and activities are provided. Students study for one year at Tri-County, and after completing a minimum of 30 semester hours of specified courses at a 2.7 GPA, can transfer seamlessly to Erskine College as sophomores. Participants receive admissions counseling from both Tri- County and Erskine. Students are assigned a student mentor who will guide them through the transfer process and their first semester at Erskine.
Bridge to Lander Program
Lander University has developed a partnership agreement with all 16 technical colleges in S.C., which helps to ensure a successful transition from Tri-County to Lander. The program provides advising and academic support for prospective freshman transfer students who have been identified by the institutions and who meet the GPA requirements.
USC Upstate Direct Connect
USC Upstate has developed a partnership agreement with several upstate colleges that guarantees admission to USC Upstate for any student who graduates with an Associate in Arts, Associate in Science or select Associate in Applied Science degree. The program provides enhanced academic advising and accelerated admission to USC Upstate to provide a smooth transition.
High School Connections
Tri-County values its partnerships with area schools and educators. As a result, we offer a variety of quality programs and services to students, teachers, and schools.
Because of a special arrangement with Clemson University, students may take Air Force or Army ROTC while enrolled at Tri-County.