OFTC & Albany State University Announce Partnership
Albany State University and Oconee Fall Line Technical College Announce Partnership to Provide Opportunities for Students Seeking 4-year Degrees
Albany State University (ASU) and Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC) announced the establishment of a cooperative relationship on November 20. The agreement formally recognizes that ASU and OFTC are active educational partners committed to expanding educational opportunities in Southwest Georgia.
“Albany State University is pleased to execute this partnership agreement with Oconee Fall Line Technical College. This partnership will enable students to transition effortlessly from OFTC to earn their bachelor’s degree at ASU,” said ASU President Marion Ross Fedrick. “This agreement is the perfect example of our continued commitment to providing students access to earn a college degree. I am proud to welcome Oconee Fall Line students to the home of the Golden Rams.”
“We are thrilled to announce this partnership with Albany State University,” said OFTC President, Erica Harden. “Our goal is to offer a student-centered and career-driven education to those who walk through our doors, and this agreement with ASU will add to the opportunities our students have to continue their education with a seamless transition from an associate to bachelor’s degree.”
The agreement between ASU and OFTC will provide educational advancement opportunities for OFTC students in the associate of applied science program to continue their education towards a bachelor’s degree at ASU. This partnership will strengthen the educational opportunities across the state and will create pathways for students pursuing a career in nursing, accounting, business management, technology management, criminal justice, early childhood education, chemistry, biology and computer science.
OFTC transfer students with a minimum of 30 transferable credit hours of post-secondary coursework with a minimum 2.0 GPA will receive guaranteed admission as degree-seeking candidates if they fulfill additional requirements.
“We are delighted to partner with OFTC to strengthen our pipeline in the central and eastern part of Georgia by providing a pathway for students to complete their baccalaureate degree. These agreements provide more than opportunities, they provide hope for students to reach their educational goals. ASU is committed to academic excellence and we welcome OFTC as our partner in education,” said ASU Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Angela Peters.
“This will be a great opportunity for our graduates to continue their education and move on to bachelor’s and graduate degrees,” said Michele Strickland, OFTC’s Vice President of Academic Affairs. “We’re grateful for partnerships like this which allow our students educational opportunities to take them as far as they’re willing to go.”
To qualify, students must be in good academic standing and meet the admissions requirements to attend ASU. Both institutions are committed to advising students accordingly so that credit earned is applied appropriately to the degree.
Additionally, ASU will provide transfer evaluation and advising to OFTC students through on-site, virtual, and/or telephone advising. Faculty advising by discipline will be available to future transfer students prior to and once matriculated at ASU.
The articulation agreement will officially become effective this spring semester.
ASU media contact: Rachel Lawrence, 229-364-6683, firstname.lastname@example.org
OFTC media contact: Emily Raley, 478-240-5143, email@example.com.
About ASU … Albany State University, in Southwest Georgia, has been a catalyst for change in the region from its inception as the Albany Bible and Manual Training Institute to its designation as a university. Founded in 1903 to educate African-American youth, the university continues to fulfill its historic mission while also serving the educational needs of an increasingly diverse student population. A progressive institution, Albany State University seeks to foster the growth and development of the region, state and nation through teaching, research, creative expression and public service. Through its collaborative efforts, the university responds to the needs of all of its constituents and offers educational programs and service to improve the quality of life in Southwest Georgia. For more information, please visit www.asurams.edu. Follow the university on Twitter and Facebook.
The mission of Oconee Fall Line Technical College, a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, is to contribute to the economic and workforce development of east central Georgia through quality technical and continuing education, adult education, and business and industry services. The College offers associate degrees, diplomas, technical certificates of credit, and non-credit certificates in a student-centered learning environment through traditional and distance education modes of delivery.