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Georgia Southwestern, Georgia Piedmont Technical College sign new agreement for Long-Term Care Management Program

Georgia Southwestern and Georgia Piedmont Technical College signed a new articulation agreement which is designed to ensure a smooth transition from associate degree programs at GPTC to GSW's Long-Term Care Management (LTCM) program.

"We are excited to partner with Georgia Piedmont Technical College in educating the caregivers our aging and disabled communities desperately need," said GSW President Neal Weaver. "We hope that in simplifying the transition from institution to institution, more students are encouraged to pursue long-term care as a career."

"Our nation has a growing number of older adults and individuals with disabilities," said GSW Associate Dean and Professor Leisa Easom, Ph.D. "The LTCM degree addresses the multi-disciplinary elements in education and training required in the preparation of our healthcare workforce today to meet the needs of these populations."

Unique to the GSW campus is the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI) where the creation of this degree began. In prior years, Easom served as the RCI executive director and experienced firsthand how families across the nation are struggling to connect with community resources that would enable the disabled family member to remain in their home, navigate the health care system, and/or transition from hospital to home as well as residential settings.

Tavarez Holston, Ed.D., president of Georgia Piedmont Technical College, says this partnership with GSW will greatly benefit the students at their institution.

"We enjoy creating pathways for students that will allow them to further their education without impediment. Our partnership with Georgia Southwestern State University is another example of that. I'm excited about this agreement with one of the great four-year educational institutions in our state. It will surely move Georgia's workforce development efforts forward."

Graduates with the LTCM degree will have the managerial, budgetary and communication skills critical to the health management field. The degree prepares graduates to assist patients and families to connect with community resources, transition from hospital to home, and manage the care of residents in an institutional setting. 

Featured image: GSW President Neal Weaver (left), GPTC President Tavarez Holston and Executive Vice President/Vice President of Academic Affairs Cheree Williams sign the new agreement at their respective institutions.