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Georgia Southwestern, Southern Union State Community College team up for education program collaboration

AMERICUS, GA (April 10, 2024) — Georgia Southwestern State University and Southern Union State Community College (SUSCC), located in Opelika, Ala., recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) designed to ensure concurrent enrollment and a smooth transition from SUSCC to GSW’s bachelor’s degree programs in education.

Through this agreement, students at SUSCC will be concurrently enrolled in GSW courses for two years. Upon successful completion of an associate’s degree at SUSCC in those first two years, students who meet the requirements will be eligible to transfer to GSW with up to 50% of the required credits for their selected education program.

“Together, we are fostering a seamless pathway that empowers students to reach their full potential and become tomorrow's exceptional educators,” stated Jill Drake, Ed.D., GSW provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. “This collaboration embodies our commitment to excellence in education and to meeting the workforce needs of the school systems in our service area.”

SUSCC President Todd Shackett expressed his enthusiasm as well and looks forward to partnering with Georgia Southwestern. “The similarities between our colleges are striking. Our colleges are comparable in both culture and size. I think our students would find a comfortable home at GSW to continue their education." 

Rachel Abbott, Ed.D., dean of GSW’s College of Education, reiterated her excitement for the agreement, marking it as the first to span state lines.

“The College of Education is excited to partner with Southern Union State Community College. It is a great opportunity for SUSCC students to enroll at both institutions and transition to GSW to continue their education, earn their bachelors of education degree, and propel their academic and professional growth.” 

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PHOTO: Seated (L-R): Dr. Jill Drake, GSW Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs; and Todd Shackett, President of SUSCC. Standing (L-R) Dr. Christopher Pritchett, Assistant Dean of GSW’s College of Education and Associate Professor of Education; Dr. Rachel Abbott, Dean and Professor of GSW’s College of Education; Tyler Laye, SUSCC Director of Academic Programs; Dr. Linda North, SUSCC Dean of Academics; and Sarah Henry, SUSCC Advisor.