Georgia Mulling Merging Tech & Two Year Schools

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The state of Georgia is considering merging its technical and two-year schools together under a single statewide community college system, a move that officials hope will make it easier for students to transition from high school to college as well as help the state to save money. However, not everyone is in agreement with this move including officials at several technical colleges who say their programs are in competition with two-year schools for students.

campusTechnical colleges are geared toward helping students start a career while two-year schools are designed to help students get ready to attend a four-year college. Right now there are 33 schools who comprise the Technical College System of Georgia and eight schools who are part of the University System of Georgia. That sort of division is not commonly used in most states who have adapted a state run, locally managed system of community colleges to appeal to both technical and university students.

Changing The Articulation Agreement

Another option being considered is to change the articulation agreement between the technical colleges and the university system. Given that most technical students choose to begin a career once done with their program, a different priority has been given to tech students who are less likely to continue on with their education once they have secured an associates degree.

Yet another option to encourage students to continue on with their studies beyond high school is to offer some sort of dual enrollment program where students can take college classes while still enrolled in high school. This would serve as another way to transition young people to college while still in high school. Currently, a number of Atlanta schools already offer dual enrollment, but this practice is not usually found elsewhere across the Peachtree State.

One final area of concern for college officials is evidence that combining the two programs could make it more difficult for some students to get the skills needed to advance to the next level. Traditional two-year schools are best suited for academic and remedial education, something which could be lost if two very divergent programs are blended into one.

Adv. – No matter where you’re planning to attend school next year, you’ll want to weigh all of your options first. Technical school v. community college. University v. college. Online education v. night or weekend school or traditional path. If you’re considering an online education, please check our dedicated page to help you find the right school and program for you.

Source: Atlanta Constitution-Journal

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