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AMERICUS, GA (November 1, 2018) — Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) and Georgia Military College (GMC) signed a new articulation agreement on Thursday, November 1, 2018 that is designed to ensure a smooth transition from associate degree programs at GMC to GSW’s new Long-Term Care Management (LTCM) program.

“We are excited to partner with Georgia Military 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.

Lieutenant General William B. Caldwell, IV, president of Georgia Military College, says this partnership with GSW will greatly benefit the students at Georgia Military College.

“We are excited to expand our partnership with Georgia Southwestern to include their bachelor’s degree program in long-term care management that is offered through their College of Nursing and Health Sciences,” Caldwell said. “This expanded partnership will provide additional transfer opportunities for our students to pursue four-year degrees, and provide an excellent opportunity through which GMC graduates can receive training in order to contribute to society as a healthcare professional.”

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.

GSW GMC signing website

Georgia Southwestern and Georgia Military College signed a new articulation agreement ensuring a smooth transition from GMC to GSW’s Long-Term Care Management Program.

(L-R front) Derek Stone, GMC Associate Chief Academic Officer; Mike Holmes, GMC Senior Vice President and Chief Academic Officer & Dean of Faculty; Dr. Neal Weaver, GSW President; Dr. Suzanne Smith, Provost and VP of Academic Affairs at GSW; Dr. Leisa Easom, Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Health Sciences and Professor of LTCM

(L-R back) Landis Seagraves, GSW student in LTCM program; Dr. Jennifer Olsen, RCI Executive Director; Stephen Snyder, Special Assistant to the GSW President; Dr. Sandra Daniel, Dean of the College of Arts and Health Sciences at GSW; Laura Boren, VP of Student Engagement and Success at GSW

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