Augusta University and Augusta Technical College announce 'Augusta Advantage'

January 25th, 7:01 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Ga (WFXG) - Augusta University President Brooks Keel, and Augusta Technical College President Jermaine Whirl, officially launched the new Augusta Advantage initiative with a ceremonial agreement signing and logo unveiling in the Jaguar Student Center on the Summerville campus. 

Augusta University boasts a rich history of welcoming students who have transferred credits from other institutions of higher education, says Keel, with nearly one in three new students enrolling as a transfer student each fall semester.

Leadership, faculty, staff, and students from both schools celebrated the announcement and the initiative's new logo reveal. Both presidents signed documents bringing the "Augusta Advantage" into effect.

"We want to keep every single student that graduates here in this town. We lose an awful lot of incredible talent to other parts of the state," explained Brooks Keel.

Students in this pathway program will have the opportunity to earn their associate degree at Augusta Technical College, then receive accelerated admissions to transfer all credits into eight possible pathways at Augusta University to earn their bachelor’s degree. These pathways include business administration, communication, computer science, kinesiology, nursing, political science, psychology, and social work - which are all important to Georgia's current workforce. 

"This is our first true transfer pathway. So, when they come to us, they will know everything is going to go directly to the university with no issues," says Jermaine Whirl. 

The Augusta Advantage program is open to all students seeking higher education. 

At the launch event, Whirl and Keel also welcomed April Byrd, the new Augusta Advantage transfer admissions counselor.

Augusta Advantage will be in full effect starting next fall. For more information click here

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