In conjunction with the State's "Go Back. Move Ahead." Initiative, East Georgia State College will be hosting a drop-in Open House on Friday, April 24, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Admissions Office to assist individuals who completed some college, but never finished a degree because of "life" circumstances.
“Many people choose not to return to college because they believe it is too difficult, too expensive or simply inconvenient,” said EGSC President Bob Boehmer. “At East Georgia State College, we are committed to making it possible to go back, move ahead and make college work.”
The initiative will offer a simpler enrollment process, more flexible ways to transfer earned college credits, additional course schedule options and a personal academic advisor. Options for returning to college include enrolling on campus, taking classes at a satellite location or using the online options available.
“In order for Georgia to remain economically competitive, we must have an educated work force, and focusing on college completion is one way we intend to do that,” said Gov. Deal. “’Go Back. Move Ahead.’ provides resources for prospective students and makes it easy for any Georgian who has started college to go back to school and earn a degree or certificate.”
“Go Back. Move Ahead.” is a part of Gov. Deal’s “Complete College Georgia” initiative, which launched in 2011. It is projected that by 2020, more than 60 percent of jobs in Georgia will require a college certificate or degree. Presently, however, only 42 percent of the state’s young adults have earned a college credential — creating a need for an additional 250,000 graduates.
The University System of Georgia and the Technical College System of Georgia serve more than 300,000 students each year and are a major component of Georgia’s economy. Gov. Deal and higher education administrators recognize that the state must do more to make it easier for Georgia adults to return to school and complete their degrees. This group includes approximately 1.1 million working-age adults, or 22 percent of the state’s population, who attended college for some time but did not finish.
For more information about the “Go Back. Move Ahead.” campaign, contact Georgia Mathews, Director of Admissions for East Georgia State College at 478-289-2169 or firstname.lastname@example.org.