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Gov. Deal Announces New Partnership To Encourage College Graduation

By: Kara Duffy
March 5, 2013

Thomasville, GA- Governor Nathan Deal has announced a new partnership to help more students graduate college in Georgia.

The Georgia Independent College Association and the Technical College System of Georgia have agreed to allow general education credit hours to be transferred between 25 Georgia Technical Colleges and 19 private universities throughout the state.

The goal is to not only increase the number of students who go on to complete four year degrees, but also to empower the future workforce.

"Governor Deal's initiative is right in line with getting the students to complete, so they can get that higher education, get that advanced degree and most importantly, get the skills that are needed in the job force," said Dr. Craig Wentworth, the President of Southwest Georgia Technical College in Thomasville, which is one of the technical colleges involved in the partnership.

"It's really encouraging to have the opportunity to have a seamless education into private universities throughout Georgia," added William Price, a nursing student at SWGTC. "It makes it a lot easier for us to do that as new graduates."

Under the agreement, a TCSG student must have a minimum 2.5 GPA for all academic work attempted at a SACS-accredited TCSG institution.

Students must also have an Associate of Applied Science or Associate of Science degree from a TCSG institution in order to be admitted to participating GICA member baccalaureate degree-granting institutions.

Participating private colleges include:

Andrew College
Berry College
Brenau University
Brewton-Parker College
Covenant College
Emmanuel College
Georgia Military College
LaGrange College
Mercer University
Paine College
Piedmont College
Point University
Reinhardt University
Shorter University
Thomas University
Toccoa-Falls College
Truett McConnell College
Wesleyan College
Young Harris College


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