Southwest Tennessee Community College

August 28, 2003

Contact: Kimberly Stark, (901) 333-4023, or Marilyn Duncan, (901) 333-4247

Southwest to offer new online degrees

Southwest Tennessee Community College has added two new online degrees to its current degree list. The degrees being offered are in Business and Commerce with concentrations in Management and Office Administration. While the degrees are not new to the College, the fact that they are being offered online is.

“These degrees are great for those students who are already working and need to take classes in business,” said Joanne Bassett, dean of Distance Learning at the College. “Online courses like these offer more access to people who are working and need a flexible schedule.”

These degrees contain the same courses that can be taken at either of the two campuses, centers or sites. Students that take online courses are required to take Online Orientation, so that they are assured of having the correct software requirements, browser options and all information pertinent to the online courses.

Currently, Southwest offers three online degrees through the Tennessee Board of Regents Online Degree Program. The College offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in Professional Studies with a concentration in Informational Technology, and an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree in General Studies. Both the Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees are part of the university parallel program at the College.

Southwest, Tennessee’s largest two-year college, serves more than 12,000 students in Memphis, Shelby and Fayette counties, and the Tri-State area.

Southwest offers 39 programs for career studies and transfer, 37 two-year programs leading to immediate career entry through the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree, and more than 40 areas of interest in traditional university transfer programs through the Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree and the Associate of Science (A.S.) degree.

In addition, Southwest offers Academic Certificate and Technical Certificate programs in 28 areas. Technical certificates are usually completed in no more than one year, and prepare students for immediate entry positions in high-demand, specialized fields.

Southwest, a Tennessee Board of Regents institution, is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.