Enlarging Educational Opportunity in Middle Georgia



Fort Valley State University (FVSU) and Central Georgia Technical College (CGTC) recently signed articulation agreements to increase the number of well-prepared professionals educated in Middle Georgia. By facilitating the transfer of relevant course credits, the agreements provide clear pathways for students who have received associate’s degrees at CGTC to earn their bachelor’s degrees in education, family and consumer sciences, business, and engineering at FVSU. Specifically, the documents outline the types of CGTC courses which will count towards a bachelor’s degree at FVSU, in addition to academic, admissions, and communications principles. FVSU President Paul Jones, PhD and CGTC President Ivan Allen, PhD, along with the academic affairs vice presidents and respective deans at both schools, signed the following agreements at a ceremony which took place at CGTC’s Warner Robins campus on Wednesday, March 22:

“Fort Valley State University’s goal is to continually create inventive and credible pathways for qualified students to further their higher education and earn a degree,” said Jones. “We look forward to the unique perspectives and synergies CGTC students will bring to the robust learning environment at FVSU and the collaboration they will have with the talented future leaders enrolled here.”

In addition to the presidents, vice presidents, and deans, multiple faculty members from both schools were intimately involved in constructing the degree plans. The agreements address professional areas where there are critical needs and high demand, such as education and the growing shortage of teachers in many jurisdictions. FVSU and CGTC also have articulation agreements in Criminal Justice and Biotechnology. The proximity of CGTC to FVSU and the potential for extensive collaboration in multiple academic areas make the two institutions ideal partners, according to T. Ramon Stuart, Ph.D., FVSU provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.

“We take extremely seriously our responsibility to design innovative ways for Middle Georgia students to gain the education and experiences they need for undergraduate degree completion,” said Stuart. “We are helping to ensure that Georgia’s pool of engineering, education, family and life sciences, and business professionals is made up of well-prepared students ready to deliver excellence immediately upon graduation. I want to thank all faculty and staff who were instrumental in creating these meaningful opportunities.”

The electronic engineering technology agreement is CGTC’s only engineering agreement with a Middle Georgia school. “The 2+2 agreement is a first for our region and is a key measure of our goal in creating viable pathways for our students in the central Georgia region,” said Allen. “This agreement, as well as the others we’ve signed, will bolster economic development and fill a great need for skilled employees. Partnerships such as this provide valuable opportunities for our students to continue their education close to home, and in turn, strengthen our local workforce.”

“We all recognize that engineering is a high-demand, high-wage career field. It is critical that we work together to support a local pipeline of trained professionals in this field,” added Dr. Amy Holloway, vice president for Academic Affairs at CGTC.

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About Central Georgia Technical College

As one of the largest two-year colleges in the state, CGTC operates three campuses and five centers throughout central Georgia, serving more than 30,000 individuals annually. CGTC is focused on connecting graduates to careers by offering quality education services, assuring a well-qualified workforce to support a healthy local economy. CGTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. For more information about CGTC, visit www.centralgatech.edu.

About Fort Valley State University

Founded in 1895, Fort Valley State University is one of the nation’s most innovative academic institutions, leveraging its unique role as a state and land-grant institution to make educational opportunity available for everyone. The university’s undergraduate and graduate campus and online degree programs enroll almost 3,000 students from all over the world. As part of its commitment to excellence, the university has produced more African-Americans with mathematics degrees than any other college in the nation in two of the past three years. FVSU students participate in more than 80 academic and civic organizations, honor societies, and study abroad programs. FVSU is an 1890 land-grant institution within the University System of Georgia and a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and NCAA Division II league. Learn more by visiting www.FVSU.edu.

 

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