In Fall Semester 2017, South Central College (SCC) introduced its first Minnesota State Transfer Pathways associate degree in Business. On Thursday, May 16, the first six students graduated with their Business Transfer Pathway associate of science degree, which links directly to related Business programs at the seven Minnesota State universities.

Minnesota State Transfer Pathway associate degrees enable students to complete the first two years of a 4-year bachelor’s degree at a Minnesota State community college. After graduating with a Transfer Pathway associate degree from South Central College, students have guaranteed acceptance into any of seven Minnesota State universities, entering with junior year status with many of their general education requirements and prerequisite courses satisfied. The also have the assurance that the 60 college credits in their associate degree will count toward a designated bachelor’s degree in a related program. The seven Minnesota State universities include Minnesota State University, Mankato; Metropolitan State University, Southwest Minnesota State University, Winona State University, St. Cloud State University, Bemidji State University and Minnesota State University Moorhead.

“Starting my 4-year business degree at South Central College has had many benefits,” said Colton Ziegler. “One benefit is the instructors get to know the students and another benefit is the college works around my work and understands that I must work. I also like the small feel of the school, which allows you to always find help if needed. South Central was affordable and had a small feel that made me comfortable.” Caleb originally earned his Mechatronics degree from, a field in which he currently works, and pursued an additional business degree to help him move into a leadership position and know the business side as well as maintenance side of a company.

Business Transfer Pathway graduate Michalia Cyphers also took a non-traditional path to South Central College. “I started taking classes here in 2012 and was like many college students in that I did not know what I wanted to be when I grew up and I was NOT like most college students in that I was taking care of a mother with cancer,” said Cyphers. “Six years later, I found out what I wanted to be when I grew up and my grief of losing my mother in 2013 had started to subside, which gave me the motivation to be a committed full-time student. SCC welcomed me back with open arms and introduced the Business Transfer Pathway degree to me and encouraged me to continue my marketing education at MSU. I took the great advice, and I will be graduating Spring 2019 with a Business Transfer Pathway associate degree from SCC and I am projected to graduate Spring 2021 with a Bachelor’s in Marketing at MSU. Thanks to SCC’s encouragement I will be pursuing more education than I thought possible in my life.”

After introducing the Business Transfer Pathway degree in Fall 2017, SCC launched the Communication Studies and Pre-Social Work Transfer Pathway degrees in 2018, and then the Biology and Economics Transfer Pathway degrees for students starting Fall Semester 2019.

For more information about SCC’s Transfer Pathway degrees, visit www.southcentral.edu/transferpathways.