AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – Augusta University and Augusta Technical College announced a landmark partnership to create a new program for undergraduates.
On Wednesday, executives unveiled the announcement and the initiative’s new logo at the AU’s Jaguar Student Activities Center on Walton Way.
The program will help transition students from a two-year program at Augusta Tech to an undergraduate program at AU.
We have examined how this will benefit the students and our local workforce.
The program is called Augusta Advantage and allows students to earn their associate degree from Augusta Tech and then progress directly to the bachelor’s degree seamlessly with no hassles and no credits.
Augusta University President Dr. Brooks Keel, said, “For the first time, people in Augusta can go from kindergarten to their Ph.D. without ever having to leave the city of Augusta.”
There are eight courses: business administration, communication, computer science, movement science, nursing, political science, psychology and social work.
“This environment is amazing. And people who go to Augusta Tech to do that associate degree and go for a bachelor’s and master’s or a Ph.D. to decide, but then switch to us seamlessly without losing a lot of credits,” says Keel.
But they also wanted to create a program that would be affordable for higher education.
Jermaine Whirl, President of Augusta Tech, said, “There are many students who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree, but right now the cost of a tertiary education may be prohibitive. And so they know they can start with Augusta Tech and go straight up without losing momentum.”
Make a difference in the lives of students like Emily Pinto.
Pinto, an Augusta Tech student, says, “It’s basically an option for us to get the support we need to go from a two-year program to a four-year program, we’ve got some college behind us and we could just have a smooth transfer.”
“We have pathways to business school, pathways to the arts and sciences, and the humanities. and that covers everything from your psychology to your business programs to nursing programs and IT cyber,” says Whirl.
Pinto, who is studying graphic design, no longer has to worry about going online for her bachelor’s degree.
“I liked the opportunity to do the classes personally because I love people. I love being around people. and I learn well when someone shows me practically what I do. Having the opportunity to be at a college in person instead of doing it online just works so well for me, and there are so many other students out there who are just like me,” Pinto said.
Registration for the fall in this program is now open. April Byrd is the consultant contact for Augusta Advantage if you would like to learn more.
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