July 1, 2013

Valdosta State Continues to Create a More Highly Educated Workforce

VALDOSTA –The demand for a more highly educated workforce continues to grow. According to a study issued by the Georgetown University Center of Education and Workforce, 65 percent of jobs in the U.S. will require postsecondary education beyond high school by 2020. 

To make earning a college degree more accessible, Valdosta State University offers online bachelor’s degrees for work professionals, military members, transfer students and others seeking an alternative route to degree completion.

As part of the University System of Georgia’s eMajor collaborative program, VSU delivers flexible, online undergraduate degree programs in office administration and technology, legal assistant studies, and organizational leadership.

The degree in organizational leadership offers concentrations in public service, legal office administration, and general office management and technology.

According to Meg Moore, VSU’s director of the Center for eLearning and CEO of eMajor, Dalton State College recently joined as an eMajor affiliate and offers a concentration in health care administration as part the organizational leadership degree.

“The beauty of eMajor is VSU’s students will be able to take advantage of the health care administration track offered through Dalton State,” Moore said. “Students will take the same courses for a degree in organizational leadership and now have the option to add health care administration or one of the other concentrations.”

For more than a decade, VSU has offered online graduate programs including education specialist, master’s level education degrees, and a Doctor of Public Administration. The online bachelor’s degrees help working adults earn a college education while maintaining busy work schedules and daily routines.

“The eMajor program allows University System of Georgia institutions, like Valdosta State, the ability to offer online bachelor’s degrees that meet the needs of full time professionals who do not have time or opportunity to leave work for classes,”  said Dr. Jerry Merwin, director of VSU’s Adult and Military Programs. “The online undergraduate degree programs offer a variety of options for people looking to advance their careers or begin a new one.”

For more information on VSU’s online programs, call eLearning 229-245-6490 or visit the website http://www.valdosta.edu/academics/online-programs/welcome.php

Valdosta State University’s 2013-2019 Strategic Plan represents a renewal of energy and commitment to the foundational principles for comprehensive institutions.

Implementation of the plan’s five goals, along with their accompanying objectives and strategies, supports VSU’s institutional mission and the University System of Georgia’s mission for comprehensive universities.

The story above demonstrates VSU's commitment to meeting the following goals:

Goal 1: Recruit, retain, and graduate a quality, diverse student population and prepare students for roles as leaders in a global society.

Goal 3: Promote student, employee, alumni, retiree, and community engagement in our mission.

Goal 4: Foster an environment of creativity and scholarship.

Visit http://www.valdosta.edu/administration/planning/strategic-plan.php to learn more.