Georgia Highlands College has made it easier for its students to earn bachelor's degrees in two areas.
GHC has signed articulation agreements with the University of West Georgia to help students who complete its two-year pathways in recreation administration and sports management make a seamless transfer to a bachelor's degree program in sports management at UWG.
"We wanted to make sure that our students had an easy transition to a bachelor's degree," Dean of Health Sciences Michelle Boyce said. "We’ve had articulation agreements in the past with UWG, and they worked really well for our students. UWG was very excited to work with us to complete the agreement."
While the 60 GHC students enrolled in these two pathways this semester have a variety of classes they can take, the agreement has allowed the college to identify the courses required to enter the bachelor's degree program at UWG, which prevents them from taking courses they don't need, according to Boyce.
"Because many of our students transfer to UWG, this articulation agreement helps ensure all courses taken in the degree program transfer to UWG, saving our students time and money," she said, noting she is "very excited about this partnership."
All courses in the two pathways are offered online, "but we also offer in-person courses for these programs at the Floyd campus and Cartersville site," Boyce said, noting graduates can enter the sports management bachelor's degree program beginning fall semester 2021.
While enrolled at GHC, students will design, develop and manage a chosen event or program. Faculty members also incorporate guest speakers from the sports industry as well as tours, and students have opportunities to access paid and unpaid externships in collaboration with UWG faculty, according to a news release.
Students who complete their pathway can pursue a variety of sports management and recreation administration careers.
Sports management graduates might go on to work in sport finance and fitness administration, communications and media, facilities and event management, sports finance, law, marketing and research.
Those who earn a degree in recreation administration may secure jobs at recreation centers, parks, cruise ships, gyms and other facilities that provide leisure services to the general public.
For more information about these two pathways, visit the health sciences website at https://sites.highlands.edu/health-sciences/.