December 20, 2014 – Fort Valley State University administrators recently traveled to Warner Robins to sign an agreement that will help technical college students get an edge in their future career goals by securing a four-year degree.
The university signed an articulation agreement with Central Georgia Technical College on Thursday, Dec. 11 at 3 p.m. on the CGTC’s Warner Robins campus. The document allows CGTC criminal justice students working on their associate’s degrees to enroll at FVSU and pursue their bachelor’s degree.
Dr. Ivan Allen, president of CGTC, called the agreement a means of “enhancing the pathway for young people to reach their goals.”
“This is not about any one institution, it is about all of central Georgia,” Allen said. “But I want to stress again this would not be possible without Dr. Griffith’s leadership. We’ve met many months ago and I’m most impressed it was not just a conversation….that we were actually able to execute and implement this program today for citizens throughout our region.”
FVSU President Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith said the value that Fort Valley State brings to the community could not be possible without strong partnerships.
“What we are doing here is testimony not only to the pathways, but to the partnerships that are critical to making those pathways possible,” Griffith said, while pausing to thank FVSU faculty, alumni and other supporters. “But it is not only important to sign these documents, but to make them live.”
Dr. Uppinder Mehan, FVSU College of Arts and Sciences dean, said the groundwork on the articulation agreement began in October 2014. Mehan and FVSU criminal justice faculty met with CGTC dean of Public Safety and Professional Services Jay Kramer, to decide which technical college courses would satisfy credit hours in FVSU’s criminal justice program.
“This new agreement will provide a pathway for CGTC students that are looking to further their education in criminal justice,” Mehan said.
Dr. Jessica M. Bailey, provost and vice president for academic affairs, says the new agreement also will satisfy a growing demand in the job world.
“Criminal justice is a growing field like computer science and information technology,” Bailey said. “Jobs are in demand in that field, and there will be steady growth. The reason why we’re signing this agreement is so criminal justice majors will have a seamless adjustment to complete their bachelor’s degrees at FVSU.”
The articulation agreement is targeted to go into effect by Spring 2015. CGTC criminal justice students who earn their associates will most likely start matriculating at FVSU in Fall 2015.
Mehan says both campuses will revisit the agreement annually in case any changes need to be made to the document.
In addition to the articulation criminal justice agreement the university is signing with CGTC, the campus is also seeking to complete a biotechnology articulation agreement with the school. Talks are also underway for articulation agreements in computer information science, accounting, marketing, and general nusiness.
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