By 2020, it is projected that over 60 percent of jobs in Georgia will require a certificate, associate’s degree, or bachelor’s degree. Presently, approximately 42 percent of the state’s young adults, our upcoming workforce, are prepared at this level. To remain competitive, Georgia must not only maintain current graduation levels, but also produce an additional estimated 250,000 graduates in the coming years.
Under the direction of Governor Nathan Deal’s Complete College Georgia initiative, the University System of Georgia and the Technical College System of Georgia address this critical need in Georgia’s Higher Education Completion Plan. Three areas of primary focus of the initiative include: partnerships and accountability, performance, and college readiness and access.
On Thursday, August 14, the leadership of Southeastern Technical College and East Georgia State College signed a formal articulation agreement to guarantee the reciprocal acceptance of a broad list of courses by each institution. President Cathryn Mitchell and Provost Larry Calhoun of Southeastern Technical College and President Bob Boehmer of East Georgia State College signed the reverse transfer agreement to exhibit the cooperation between the institutions to further the goals of Complete College Georgia, namely partnerships and access, and ensure the seamless transfer between their respective colleges.
Presidents Mitchell and Boehmer along with Provost Calhoun have set up a process where the institutions will continue to meet periodically and review the articulation of the courses and verify that the mechanics of the program are valid and current. According to Mitchell, “this partnership between the two colleges will be good for both of the institutions. More importantly it is good for the student as they navigate the best and least costly option for their education.” Boehmer agrees, “We are collaborating to create educational pathways that better serve our students and contribute to a more educated and prosperous Georgia. “
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 Southeastern Technical College’s Director of Enrollment Services, Brad Hart at 912-538-3121.