It is projected that by 2020, over 60% of the jobs in Georgia will require a certificate, associate’s degree, or bachelor’s degree. At present, only 42% of the state’s young adults meet this requirement. To be competitive and ensure a competitive workforce, Georgia must not only maintain current graduation levels; it must also produce 250,000 more graduates in the upcoming years. This need created Governor Nathan Deal’s Complete College Georgia Initiative and a collaborative effort by The University System of Georgia (USG) and the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) through Georgia’s Higher Education Completion Plan. The completion plan has the primary focus of partnerships and accountability, performance and college readiness and access.
On Wednesday, August 13, the partnership between the USG and TCSG was evident as President Dawn Cartee of Ogeechee Technical College and President Bob Boehmer of East Georgia State College signed a formal articulation agreement between the two institutions. This agreement will create seamless access to higher education for their students and solidify the reciprocal transfer of a broad range of courses that will be accepted by both OTC and EGSC.
Presidents Cartee and Boehmer are committed to keeping the articulation agreement components current and sustainable by periodically reviewing the courses and content. Cartee states, “we will continue to work on ways we can collaborate to create learning opportunities and viable options for our students as they make their educational decisions. “ Boehmer concurs, “Our partnership with Ogeechee Technical College is strong as we continue to work on the specific development of additional degree programs and student focused opportunities.”
For more information on the agreement and other collaborative efforts between the institutions contact East Georgia State College Admissions Director, Georgia Edmond at 478-289-2169, or Laura Saunders, Director of Admissions at Ogeechee Tech at 912-871-1600.