Students who complete 60 credit hours within the specified associate's degree program and transfer curriculum will be granted junior-year status in Bryan College's Degree Completion Program. Transfer students with 60 hours will need only 64 more credit hours to complete academic requirements for the business administration degree.
Source: Georgia Northwestern Technical College
Students at Georgia Northwestern Technical College now will be able to go directly to Bryan College to finish a bachelor's degree in business administration, knowing all of their credits are transferable.
The schools recently signed a transfer agreement that allows students who complete an associate's degree in applied science at Northwestern to enroll as juniors in Bryan's degree completion program.
Bryan College, a Christian liberal arts college based in Dayton, Tenn., has multiple campuses, including Chattanooga and Georgia's Whitfield and Catoosa counties. Georgia Northwestern also has several campuses, including one in Whitfield County and another planned for Catoosa County.
The agreement will provide Georgia Northwestern students another opportunity for higher education, Cathy Vann, associate vice president of academic affairs at the school, said in a news release.
"The campus locations that both colleges offer add value to the agreement, as well," she added.
Benton Jones, Chattanooga regional director at Bryan, said the college has had students from the North Georgia school, and the agreement simply will clarify the transfer process for them.
"It's a recognition that we have surveyed their program to know what classes their students will be bringing in," he said.
About 15 years ago, Bryan developed an adult program to serve students who hadn't been able to complete their bachelor's degrees. They started with business administration, he said, because "everything operates as a business."
The next group will start classes in the Catoosa County campus May 8.
On average, between 150 and 200 students a year enroll in the 15- to 18-month program, Jones said.
"Students can finish their associate degrees with confidence they can move to the next level," he said.