The coronavirus shutdown enabled two Georgia colleges to make history earlier this month.
Georgia Highlands College and Georgia Piedmont Technical College participated in their first-ever virtual articulation agreement signing that will give GPTC students who earn an associate degree in applied sciences the option to seamlessly transfer into a program to complete a bachelor’s degree in health science at GHC.
“Everyone was very excited at Georgia Highlands College and Georgia Piedmont Technical College to bring this opportunity to our students,” said Dana Nichols, provost and chief academic officer at GHC. “Our goal was to make this pathway available to students beginning this fall. In order to do that, we decided to hold our signing of the articulation agreement in a virtual format, which was a first for us. Meeting, discussing and ceremoniously signing this agreement virtually was a way to emulate the dedication and persistence of our students, faculty and staff who have moved to completing their goals this semester through remote means. The GHC community continues to embody the phrase ‘taking charge.’”
GHC President Dr. Don Green agreed.
“We are so excited to be completing this articulation agreement,” he said during the virtual signing. “It provides great instruction at a low cost and a tremendous opportunity for students to get a pre-professional bachelor’s degree that allows them to move on to graduate school as well as the workforce.”
Green and Nichols were joined on the screen by GPTC President Tavarez Holston and Vice President of Academic Affairs Cheree Williams, who both expressed their enthusiasm for being able to provide a new opportunity to students at both institutions.
“It’s a great way for our students, for when they complete their chosen pathway, to make a very seamless transition to another one of our great Georgia institutions,” Holston said during the signing. “I’m so excited about this opportunity for our students.”
Both colleges will work together to identify, recruit and select students who clearly demonstrate academic and personal competencies required to function as future health professionals as well as facilitate transferring all viable college courses as required in the University System of Georgia core curriculum.
GPTC students will take at least 61 semester hours of general education core curriculum and occupational courses in the health track, which includes receiving an Associate of Applied Science in interdisciplinary studies degree upon completion.
Students will then complete an additional 61 hours of credit in BSHS curriculum at GHC for a total of 122 hours that is required to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in health sciences.
For more information on the agreement, visit highlands.edu and gptc.edu.