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AMERICUS (May 5, 2015) – Getting a degree is becoming more important now than ever. Within the next 10 years, 60 percent of jobs will require a college degree, but at the present, less than 45 percent of the Georgia workforce is prepared to meet this need.

The demand for college credentials may even call for adults to return to college in order to remain economically competitive. For Lisa Battle-Jacksonpeople who have been out of the college game for a while, however, going back may be difficult.

To make it easier for adults in Georgia to return to college and to earn a degree, the Office of the Governor developed the “Go Back. Move Ahead.” campaign through a collaboration between the University System of Georgia (USG) and the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG).

Soon-to-be-graduate of Georgia Southwestern, Lisa Battle-Jackson from Leslie, Ga., has proved that it is possible to return to college as an adult and succeed.

After graduating high school in 1983, Battle-Jackson enrolled in college, but she soon dropped out to work and earn an income.

In 1999, she earned an associate’s degree in business administration at Macon State College, which encouraged her to continue her college career.

“After earning my two year degree, I made a personal promise to obtain my four year degree regardless of the sacrifice,” Battle-Jackson said.

Battle-Jackson faced normal concerns about returning to college, such as having to spend time away from her family and adjusting her work schedule, but she remained determined.

Battle-Jackson is now a supervisor at Georgia Power Company in Albany, Ga., where she has worked for 25 years. Through her hard work, she is about to receive the degree she began nearly 32 years ago. She is set to graduate in the Spring 2015 Commencement on May 9 with a Bachelor of Business Administration.

Through the “Go Back. Move Ahead.” campaign, colleges and universities in Georgia strive to make it easier for adults like Battle-Jackson to return to college by offering flexible course options, easier ways to transfer previously earned credits, more online courses and personal academic advisers to help adult learners with their specific needs.

In addition, “Go Back. Move Ahead.” has many participating institutions so returning adults have many options. The USG has 30 two- and four-year colleges and the TCSG has 23 colleges that are participating in the program.

To others that are considering returning to college, Battle-Jackson says, “If it is something they desire to achieve, I would encourage them that it is possible and to pursue it.”

For more information on the “Go Back. Move Ahead.” campaign, visit http://gobackmoveahead.org or call 1-844-GoBackNow

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