Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I apply for admission?
A: To be admitted to Southern Technical College (STC), a prospective student must complete an interview with a Southern Technical College Admissions Representative and submit a completed enrollment agreement. All applicants must have proof of standard high school graduation or completion of a General Equivalency Diploma (GED).
Q: Do I need a high school diploma for admission?
A: Only students who possess a standard high school diploma or have completed equivalent coursework as certified by the applicable state department of education shall be eligible for admission to Southern Technical College. Proof of high school graduation must be provided prior to the student’s first day of attendance. The following documents are valid proof of graduation:
- Copy of high school diploma or GED certificate
- Official or unofficial high school or GED transcripts
- Signed affidavit of successful home school completion and copy of home school transcript
- Letter from Board of Education stating student graduated (for home school students)
- Official academic transcript that indicates the student successfully completed an associate degree program at an accredited institution
- Signed letter from the high school on school letterhead or a letter from the state records office including the graduation date and the type of diploma granted or credential earned
- Copy of form DD 214 indicating high school completion (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty)
- High school credentials from foreign institutions must be translated and evaluated by a third-party agency.
Q: What if I don’t have a high school diploma or GED?
A: The STC Career Pathways Program (CPP) is designed for students who do not have a general equivalency diploma (GED) or a high school diploma and wish to attain a college diploma. The program is limited to designated diploma programs. Applicants to the program are required to take and pass the Wonderlic ATB assessment prior to enrolling in the institution. A minimum score of 200 on the Verbal and 210 on the Quantitative portions of the exam must be achieved. One re-take is allowed after 48 hours and 2 hours of documented remediation. A third attempt is permissible after 60 days of the first attempt and 4 hours of documented remediation. An applicant who fails to achieve the minimum required scores on both sections of the exam after three attempts, must wait six months before re-taking the examination. An applicant who fails to achieve the minimum required scores on both sections of the assessment after four attempts, must wait one year before testing again.
In addition to the scheduled hours for post-secondary instruction, students admitted to the CPP are required to attend a GED preparation course, achieve an overall 75% attendance in the GED preparation course, and begin to attempt the GED exam within six months of beginning the program. Weekly academic advising sessions are mandatory.
Q: Can I receive credit from previous education from another institution?
A: A student’s time to complete the program of study may be shortened through transfer of credit, credit from standardized placement assessment, or challenge examinations. The maximum amount for a degree program of advanced standing credit cannot exceed 50% of the total program length. Academic credit that is awarded through one of these methods is not calculated in the student’s cumulative grade point average but is factored into the determination of the maximum time in which a program must be completed as published in the section entitled Satisfactory Academic Progress. The institution does not offer advanced standing through prior learning. Advanced standing through transfer credit, credit from standardized placement assessment or challenge examinations does not apply to students pursuing a diploma program.
Q: What do I need to be able to transfer credits?
A: Official transcripts from all colleges attended must be received no later than thirty (30) days after the start of the student’s first term at STC to receive transfer credit. The College will accept no more than 50% of transfer credits into a given degree program. Any such courses which are accepted for transfer will be included in the credits attempted and the credits earned. Transfer credits are not included when calculating the CGPA.