USC's online college helps students finish degrees

One of the first students at SC Palmetto College cuts the ribbon as the college is launched. The new chancellor, Susan Elkins (center), holds a laptop symbolizing the online college.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH / AP) -- Students who have not been able to complete their college degrees now have a new option to wrap up their studies online through the University of South Carolina.

USC President Harris Pastides and Chancellor Susan Elkins announced Thursday that enrollment is officially open for the new South Carolina Palmetto College..

The online program allows students who have completed 60 hours of course work in the classroom to complete seven types of degrees. The programs are administered through several USC campuses across the state.

Pastides thanked lawmakers at the Statehouse for providing $5 million last year to jumpstart the program. He says Marcus Lattimore and Adam Everett plan to get their degrees through the Palmetto College.

USC officials say the degrees are in business administration, criminal justice, elementary education, nursing, human services, liberal arts studies and organizational leadership.