April 15, 2014

VSU and Gwinnett Technical College Sign Pathway Program Agreements

VSU President William J. McKinney and Gwinnett Technical College President Sharon Bartels sign Pathway Program agreements on April 14, at GTC campus.

VALDOSTA-- Valdosta State University (VSU) and Gwinnett Technical College (GTC) signed Pathway Program agreements on Monday, April 14. Through the agreements, GTC students who successfully earn an Associate in Applied Science degree are eligible to work on a Bachelor of Applied Science in human capital performance or Bachelor of Science in organizational leadership at VSU.

In addition, GTC students graduating with an Associate of Science in biology from GTC can begin working on a Bachelor of Science in biology at VSU, once it has received approval from appropriate state governing boards and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

“Many of our current students at Valdosta State are from the Gwinnett County area and we look forward to expanding the opportunities for more students to complete their college degree through this partnership with Gwinnett Technical College,” said VSU President William J. McKinney. “This partnership represents an important piece of Valdosta State’s commitment to Governor Nathan Deal’s Complete College Georgia initiative. It is these types of collaborative relationships that will assist more students in earning the credentials they desire, and helping to create a more highly educated and prepared workforce throughout Georgia.”

The Pathways Program centers on the priorities of Complete College Georgia (CCG), an initiative developed to increase the number of Georgians earning a college degree. In 2012, institutions in both the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) and the University System of Georgia (USG) submitted plans to achieve the ambitious goal of adding more than 250,000 postsecondary graduates to Georgia’s workforce by 2020.

“We are delighted to be partnering with Valdosta State through the Pathways Program to give our graduates the opportunity to seamlessly continue their education at Valdosta State in these areas,” said Gwinnett Tech President Sharon Bartels. “The Pathways Program collaborations support so many critical goals for our state, including improved college completion, workforce development and life-long learning.” 

Gwinnett Tech offers more than 50 degree, diploma and certificate options that can be completed in two years or less. For more information, visit www.GwinnettTech.edu or call 770-962-7580.
About Valdosta State University
Valdosta State University is one of the University System of Georgia’s four comprehensive universities. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), VSU draws students from 50 states and more than 67 foreign countries. With an enrollment of approximately 11,800 undergraduate and graduate students, VSU undergraduate students have met the highest admissions standards in the history of the university and are entering and progressing at higher rates than ever before. VSU students have many options of course instruction, including traditional classroom and online delivery, along with study abroad opportunities and internships that provide a broader set of skills and knowledge. For more information, visit www.valdosta.edu

A unit of the University System of Georgia

About Gwinnett Tech
Gwinnett Technical College, one of Georgia's largest technical colleges, is committed to delivering relevant knowledge to meet the workforce training needs of its community. The college offers more than 50 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs and hundreds of seminars, workshops and courses providing specialized training. GTC is Gwinnett County's largest provider of corporate training and now serves residents and businesses in north Fulton County. Gwinnett Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the associate degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097,404-679-4500, www.sacscoc.org for questions about the accreditation of Gwinnett Technical College. For more information, visit www.GwinnettTech.edu.

A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.