Georgia Highlands/Kennesaw State will offer joint early childhood education degree in Paulding County

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“2+2” allows students to obtain associate and bachelor’s degrees at instructional site in Dallas
 
KENNESAW, Ga. (August 11, 2010) — Beginning fall 2010, Paulding County area students seeking a degree in early childhood education will be able to complete all required general education and major classes at the Georgia Highlands College/Kennesaw State University Paulding Instructional Site in Dallas.
 
Under the proposal approved by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG) at its August meeting, students at the Paulding County site can take the classes required to earn an associate degree from Georgia Highlands and complete the KSU classes required to earn a bachelor’s degree and gain certification to become pre-k through grade 5 teachers.  
 
“2+2” is designed as a four-year program, with students spending two years to complete GHC requirements and two years to complete KSU courses. It is an expansion of the partnership formed two years ago when Kennesaw State and Georgia Highlands joined to establish an instructional site in the former Bagby courthouse building donated in 2008 by Paulding County.
 
“The “2+2” initiative is a giant step toward the vision we all had for the Paulding site,” said Daniel S. Papp, KSU president.  “Our goal was to expand higher education and ultimately to make a four-year college education accessible to students in the rapidly growing but underserved Paulding community. At the same time, we’re continuing the Bagwell College of Education’s tradition of graduating well-trained teachers to meet the needs of the region and the state.”
 
GHC President Randy Pierce added: “The “2+2” program is a strong collaboration that brings a popular degree to the Paulding area. It allows students to transition seamlessly between a two- and four-year USG institution while remaining close to home and work. The academic teams of KSU and GHC have worked hard to develop a program that delivers the highest quality outcome, and we’re proud to be a part of it.” 
 
Students currently enrolled in early childhood education at Kennesaw State may begin taking any of the seven education courses being offered at the Paulding site this fall. Georgia Highlands’ students currently enrolled at the Paulding site may apply for admission to KSU and to the teacher education program prior to their last semester at GHC. Upon acceptance to both, they may begin taking their major courses at the site. Graduates will earn an Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education from GHC and a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from KSU. 
 
“Bagwell has enjoyed a productive relationship with the Paulding community, working with the school district to help develop educationalleaders,” said Arlinda Eaton, dean of the Bagwell College of Education. “This partnership presents another opportunity to make an impact. The reputations of both institutions will assure a quality curriculum that will be delivered seamlessly at the site.”
 
KSU also offers classes in business, history and criminal justice at the Paulding Instructional Site. To view a list of all KSU classes offered for fall 2010, visit http://www.kennesaw.edu/paulding/. 
                                                                       
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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 70 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 22,300 from 142 countries.
 
Georgia Highlands College is an associate degree-granting institution of the University System of Georgia, serving nearly 6,000 students at six sites in Rome, Cartersville, Marietta, Douglasville and Paulding County.
 
 
Contacts:  Sabbaye McGriff, 678-797-2550 or smcgrif1@kennesaw.edu
                    Dana Davis, 706-368-7710 or  ddavis@highlands.edu