LGC Services Remain in Full Gear Despite Closure

Like almost everything else in the Charleston area, the physical offices of the Lowcountry Graduate Center are closed through May 15 to protect students, faculty, staff, and guests from Covid-19.

The graduate programs normally conducted at the LGC by South Carolina’s leading colleges and universities are now entirely online. Responsibility for the conduct of the classes falls to those institutions.

Library Services Available Remotely
While the building is shuttered, the Lowcountry Graduate Center continues to deliver services to students. LGC librarian Jannette Finch, an expert in online learning, continues to assist students in accessing online databases and locating research guides from Clemson, South Carolina. College of Charleston, MUSC and The Citadel. Finch’s expertise has helped students save thousands of hours of research time.

Her services also remain available to professors who need her help providing library instruction to their classes. The only difference now is that her instruction will take place online. She can be reached at finchj@cofc.edu.

Resources on Website
Resources for students are available here at the Lowcountry Graduate Center website. Find information about the graduate programs provided by partner institutions in the Charleston area and beyond, and about employers seeking graduates. On the employer page, educators can link to the Online Educational Employment System at the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention and Advancement to find teaching opportunities.

Online coursework is a challenge for many students. The Lowcountry Graduate Center provides free one-to-one tutoring through the Tutor Matching Service, which allows students to select the tutor who best meets their needs and arrange tutoring sessions at their mutual convenience. Contact Dr. Nancy Muller, director of the Lowcountry Graduate Center, at mullernj@lowcountrygradcenter.org for the voucher code.

Ongoing Outreach
The LGC continues to reach out to inform students about the graduate educational options available to them.

Just prior to the closure of most businesses, South Carolina State University held a function at the Lowcountry Graduate Center to welcome prospective MBA students and explain the benefits of one of the few MBA programs accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the premier accrediting body for business programs.

Potential students from throughout the Charleston area met school leaders – including its president – and learned about the benefits of the MBA program, some of whose classes are conducted at the Lowcountry Graduate Center. The school boasts a one-page application process and a robust job placement process. “I’ve visited 10 organizations and all of them want you to work for them,” Dr. Matthew Guah, MBA program director, told the gathering.

The LGC will continue to explore issues affecting the communities it serves, in this space and elsewhere on the Lowcountry Graduate Center website. It will continue its communication with the community and investigation of special interest topics through social media. Find the LGC on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LowcountryGraduateCenter/ and on Instagram at Lowcountrygradcenter.

As revised academic calendars become available and events are rescheduled in the months ahead, these will be posted on the LGC accordingly.

Recognizing that an educated populace is a key to economic growth and well-being, the LGC will continue to work with trusted advisors – business leaders, major employers, and academic institutions – throughout South Carolina to identify graduate certificates and degrees that can help meet the workforce needs in the Lowcountry region.

Eventually, life will return to normal and we will open our doors again. We hope you stay safe until then.