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Georgia Piedmont Tech, DeKalb County School District Sign Agreement to Provide College Credit to High School students studying engineering graphics and design
July 12, 2012
The Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) Computer Graphics and Design Program and the DeKalb County School District Engineering Graphics and Design Career Pathway recently signed an articulation agreement allowing students studying in the Engineering Graphics and Design Career Pathway to earn college credit while still in high school.
The articulation agreement creates a systematic and seamless process in which students who complete the Pathway can move from high school to GPTC without having to duplicate or repeat courses. The students are eligible for up to 16 college credits with the Computer Graphics and Design-Drafting Technology program at the College. This ultimately gives the students a cost-saving start on college, reduces their time to completion, and supports the States initiative to increase program completion rates for the purpose of meaningful and productive employment.
"Courses that students will take as part of this articulation agreement will expose them to many aspects of the engineering and architecture field through course assignments and interaction with individuals in the industry," says Georgia Piedmont Tech Acting President Larry Teems. "This experience is invaluable if for no other reason than to ensure that when they enroll in their program of study at GPTC they are both prepared and certain of their program choice. This helps to ensure that students will complete the program and be prepared to enter the workforce upon graduation."
Georgia Piedmont Tech collaborates with other public-school systems within its four-county service area via its Dual Enrollment, Joint Enrollment and Move On When Ready options; these options, too, provide career pathways not available in the existing high schools, and the provide students with opportunities to complete college credit courses before they graduate from high school. The partnership between local high schools and GPTC gives students the opportunity to simultaneously work toward completion of the high school diploma and to earn a Technical Certificate of Credit (TCC) or Diploma from GPTC.
"This is indeed an exciting time for the Computer Graphics and Design Program," says GPTC computer graphics and design instructor Dr. Natoshia Anderson. "This agreement means that we at Georgia Piedmont Tech are contributing to continue to provide the engineering and architecture field with efficient and competent architectural and/or mechanical CAD operators, apprentice architecture and mechanical designers, draftsmen, computer-graphics designers, and the like."
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