A relatively new program called Roane to Tech allows students to transfer from Roane State Community College toÂ Tennessee Tech UniversityÂ to complete their last two years of college, and it provides students additional opportunities, a press release said.
The program began in 2021, and it guarantees all Roane State graduates admission to Tech, the press release said. It also provides a smooth transition for those students. The transfer students are known as the Golden Raiders, a combination of Tech’s Golden Eagles and RSCCâ€™s Raiders.
The average savings for those who participate in the program would be close to $6,000 per year for tuition, according to TTU Director of Admissions Frank Tittle.
â€œThere are several benefits to the Roane to Tech program, such as a waived Tennessee Tech application fee, students have access to a university advisor, their degree plans are predefined, dual admission to tech, access to special events, and free Roane to Tech gear,â€ Tittle said.
Cheyenne McAbee, a Roane County resident, is one of many RSCC students who are taking advantage of the program. At Roane State, she is a sociology major, but when she transfers to Tech, she will double major in sociology with a concentration in criminology and criminal justice, and political science with a concentration in legal studies.
â€œI chose this pathway because it offered me an amazing opportunity to have an easy transition to a four-year college,â€ McAbee said. â€œI have such an amazing support system at Roane State and Tech that allows me the best chance for success.â€
McAbee will transfer to Tech in August of 2024, and she plans to graduate in May 2026. She said she wants to use her degrees to help â€œimprove the criminal justice systemâ€ and prove that there are still people in this world who believe in justice and doing what’s right.
McAbee said she is finding the transition easy, and all her questions, concerns, or needs are met as best as possible. She said she thinks other students should take advantage of this program because it has so much to offer.
â€œAs a student from a small town, it can be very hard to find information about transfer programs, scholarships, student life, etc.,â€ McAbee said. â€œThis program allowed all this information to be accessible, and it truly feels like I am being given everything possible I need to get to where I want to go. I have RSCC and Tech to thank for creating such an amazing program.â€
McAbee said she is excited to transfer to Tech. She was impressed with the campus, people, and programs when she visited a few years ago.
â€œIt feels like a family that I can always go to when I need help, and one that I can trust to always have my best interest at heart,â€ McAbee said.
Amanda Hall, a Wartburg native, is another RSCC student who is taking advantage of the Roane to Tech program. Her major is environmental biology, and she will also transfer to Tech in August 2024 with plans to graduate in May 2026.
Hall had expressed her interest in attending Tech after RSCC, and her success coach told her about the Roane to Tech transfer program and that they offered environmental biology.
â€œAs soon as I heard about it, I immediately jumped onto the opportunity,â€ Hall said.
Hall said she thinks Tech will be a â€œperfect fitâ€ for her and sheâ€™s â€œexcited for her personal college journey.â€
â€œRoane State has proven to be a great partner and shares similar values when it comes to making sure students have success,â€ Tittle said.
Currently students in accounting, agriculture, biology, business, psychology, or sociology programs are considered students at both institutions. The program has grown with the addition of accounting to the list and with the number of students who are taking advantage of the program, according to Tittle.
Roane to Tech students get to use the same resources that traditional Tech freshmen do by having access to the team of advisors in the Launchpad Student Success Center. The center helps freshmen and undeclared students in advising, transition assistance, and academic and personal support at Tech. They help new students adjust to college life, navigate their first year on campus, and support their transition into their academic program of study.
For more information about the Roane to Tech transfer program, visit roanestate.edu/goldenraider.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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