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East Georgia State College, Ogeechee Technical College sign transfer agreement

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Posted: August 25, 2014 9:29 p.m.
Updated: August 25, 2014 9:26 p.m.
East Georgia State College, Ogeechee Technical College sign transfer agreement

Ogeechee Technical College President Dr. Dawn Cartee and East Georgia State College President Bob Boehmer sign transfer agreement Wednesday.

Ogeechee Technical College and East Georgia State College have signed a formal articulation agreement, allowing credits to transfer between the two colleges.

OTC President Dr. Dawn Cartee and EGSC President Bob Boehmer signed the agreement Wednesday.

Cartee and Boehmer said they are committed to keeping the articulation agreement components current and sustainable by periodically reviewing the courses and content.

"We will continue to work on ways we can collaborate to create learning opportunities and viable options for our students as they make their educational decisions," Cartee said.

Boehmer added: "Our partnership with Ogeechee Technical College is strong as we continue to work on the specific development of additional degree programs and student focused opportunities."

This articulation agreement was made possible after Ogeechee Tech was granted full regional accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges in June. The association is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher-education institutions in the Southern states. It serves Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Latin America and other international sites.

While OTC has been accredited for many years by the Council on Occupational Education, regional accreditation is the standard by which institutions of higher learning are measured across the nation.

It is projected that by 2020, more than 60 percent of the jobs in Georgia will require a certificate, associate degree or bachelor's degree. At present, only 42 percent of the state's young adults meet this requirement.

To be competitive and ensure a competitive workforce, Georgia must not only maintain current graduation levels; it must also produce 250,000 more graduates in the upcoming years.

This need prompted the creation of Gov. Nathan Deal's Complete College Georgia Initiative and a collaborative effort by the University System of Georgia and the Technical College System of Georgia through the state's Higher Education Completion Plan.


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