September 9, 2014

VSU and NGTC Sign Pathways Program Agreement

North Georgia Technical College President Gail Thaxton, left, is joined by Valdosta State University President William J. McKinney as they sign a Pathways Program articulation agreement on Sept. 8, at the NGTC campus in Clarksville, Ga.

Valdosta—Valdosta State University (VSU) and North Georgia Technical College (NGTC) signed a Pathways Program agreement on Monday, Sept. 8, during a ceremony at NGTC’s campus in Clarksville, Ga. Through the agreement, NGTC students who successfully earn an Associate of Applied Science degree are eligible to work toward a Bachelor of Applied Science in human capital performance or Bachelor of Science in organizational leadership at VSU.

“VSU is the leader in providing access to students throughout Georgia who have completed their academic requirements at a technical college and are ready to earn a four-year degree,” said VSU President William J. McKinney. “Valdosta State University is pleased to develop a partnership with North Georgia Technical College. It is these types of collaborative relationships that will assist more students in earning a college degree and creating a highly educated workforce in Georgia.”

The Pathways Program agreement with NGTC represents the 10th partnership Valdosta State has developed with Technical College System of Georgia institutions. The articulation agreements have been established to streamline the transfer process for students who successfully earn an associate degree to continue their education at VSU and graduate with a four-year degree.

“Everything we do is focused on providing our students with the resources they want and need to attain their goals,” said North Georgia Technical College President Gail Thaxton. “We are proud to be able to offer this articulation agreement with Valdosta State University to our students, adding to our portfolio of opportunities for a virtually seamless transition a bachelor’s degree for those who want to continue their studies. It is a pleasure to partner with such an outstanding organization.”

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.

For more information about articulations and programs of study at North Georgia Technical College, contact 706-754-7700 or visit

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 11,300 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
A unit of the University System of Georgia

About North Georgia Technical College

North Georgia Technical College is a public, residential, multi-campus, two-year technical college whose mission is to provide quality technical education, adult education, continuing education, and business and industry training to individuals who can benefit from these programs and services. The college offers both traditional and distance learning courses that lead to the certificate, the diploma, and the associate degree.
A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.


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 Pathways Program provides a seamless transition for students who have successfully completed academic requirements at one of the Technical College System of Georgia institutions to enter VSU and work toward a bachelor's degree. This program meets the following strategic goal: 

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

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