It is the end of my first two years as Director of the Lowcountry Graduate Center (LGC) and my passage into the public sector from 36 years spent working in the private sector. Marking this anniversary, I gave a briefing to the Charleston Legislative Delegation. We were privileged to host the meeting on October 19th, alongside the College of Charleston’s School of Professional Studies (SPS), at the College’s North Charleston campus that we share.
Visionaries intentionally placed the LGC away from Downtown Charleston, recognizing the direction in which the Metro area was growing and where today a disproportionately higher number of residents live and work. While community leaders Arthur Ravenel and the late Harry Hallman may have never known all that was possible at our launch in 2001, clearly technology has delivered on that dream today.
Since the LGC’s mission caters exclusively to building up and out the talent pool of the Lowcountry ‘s workforce through graduate-level education, it makes sense for us to be in this strategic location. With 100% of our funding coming both directly and indirectly from the State, the SC Budget & Control Board approved in late 2013 the relocation of the LGC with the College of Charleston’s North Campus from its previous location to the present one. Boeing’s expansion was the sole catalyst for the move.
Today, we offer 23 high-tech classrooms, plus 3 computer labs, with recording and archiving capability. Live streaming can take place between a “mother” campus of an institution and the LGC, such as we facilitate today with Clemson, and separately USC, Graduate Engineering. In fact, announcing the launch of two master’s degree programs in engineering, respectively, from these institutions was the LGC’s biggest news in the past 18 months. The joint program in Computer and Information Sciences from The Citadel and the College of Charleston continues, as does USC’s MSW program with strong enrollment growth. More new programs are in the wings, not the least of which include Literacy Education for teachers to satisfy their legislated READ TO SUCCEED requirements to maintain their certification by 2020.
Our service amenities are all aimed at helping that adult learner, who is balancing a 30+ hour workweek with studies, be as successful as possible. Location for ease of access is of key, strategic value, on 526 near the I-26 exchange and with ample free and secure parking.
Our three target sectors for program development currently are: 1) Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering Services, and Software Development/IT; 2) Healthcare Management and Community Wellness; and 3) PreK-12 Education and Administrative Support. What are you searching for to build out your personal career goals? Let us know!
Nancy Muller, PhD, MBA
Lowcountry Graduate Center