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GPTC, Clark Atlanta collaborate to expand opportunities for students

Terry Shropshire | 2/17/2017, 6 a.m.
Georgia Piedmont Technical College and Clark Atlanta University collaborate to expand postsecondary opportunities: The schools have announced a historic partnership ...
Georgia Piedmont President Jabari Simama (far left) and Clark Atlanta President Ronald A. Johnson sign a partnership expanding postsecondary education options.

The presidents of Georgia Piedmont Technical College and Clark Atlanta University have announced a historic partnership that will provide transfer students with additional options to continue postsecondary education.

Georgia Piedmont President Jabari Simama secured a higher education partnership with Clark Atlanta University to provide additional transfer opportunities for Georgia Piedmont students who complete their technical education requirements but wish to pursue a four-year degree and graduate school.  

“Access 4 Achievement” will begin in late spring 2017 and will call for dual admissions and joint enrollment for qualified students at both institutions, program-specific transfer agreements, and joint faculty and teaching opportunities for graduate students and faculty at both schools.

“Students enrolled in the Access 4 Achievement program will graduate prepared for today’s job market as well as ready to adapt to sudden shifts in market demands well into the future,” Simama said at a news conference at Clark Atlanta.  

The partnership is in keeping with CAU President Ronald A. Johnson’s plan to equip every student with stackable credentials, which will make them more globally competitive upon graduation. Johnson said he believes the initiative will assist students in graduating sooner with both high-demand technical skills and soft skills, key indicators of long-term employment success.

For more information, visit cau.edu and gptc.edu.