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UWG, Georgia Highlands College sign partnership agreement

L to R: Dr. Pauline Gagnon, dean of UWG’s College of Art, Culture and Scientific Inquiry; Dr. Jon Preston, UWG provost and senior Vice President; Dr. Brendan B. Kelly; Dr. Dana Nichols; Dr. Sarah Coakley, GHC interim provost; and Dr. Alan Nichols, dean of GHC’s School of Social Sciences and Education. Photo by Sarah Powell.

Leaders from the University of West Georgia and Georgia Highlands College (GHC) recently signed a partnership agreement that will provide a streamlined path for psychology students between the two institutions. “At the University of West Georgia, we make distinct contributions to the industries that hire the professionals who graduate from our psychology programs,” said Dr. Brendan B. Kelly, UWG’s president. “To curate a first-choice institution, we will continue to be an intellectual and economic engine in our state through agreements like this. Our mutually beneficial partnership with GHC, a sister institution in the University System of Georgia, optimizes resources to offer the students we serve the educational opportunities they need to thrive.” Through the partnership, students who complete the requirements of the Associate of Arts degree in psychology from GHC will benefit from a seamless transition into the Bachelor of Science degree in psychology offered in UWG’s College of Arts, Culture and Scientific Inquiry, decreasing the amount of time it could take to earn their baccalaureate degree. “The partnerships between GHC and UWG continue to give students throughout northwest Georgia new opportunities to succeed in their chosen pathways,” said Dana Nichols, interim president of GHC. “Through articulation agreements like this, we continue to see shared success for our students and their families.” The agreement was the second signed in as many months by UWG, with a similar agreement signed with Dalton State College to provide a streamlined pathway for business students. This isn’t the first partnership between UWG and GHC, either. Transfer pathways are also available in business, criminal justice, mass communications, geology and sport management. “GHC’s work with UWG and with other colleges throughout the University System of Georgia expands what we offer our students and helps us carry out our mission as a major access point to higher education in the region,” Nichols said.

To learn more about the partnering institutions, visit their websites at www.westga.edu and www.highlands.edu.

UWG serves more than 12,700 students from across Georgia, 34 other states and 64 countries. Perennially ranked by U.S. News and World Report as a top national university, West Georgia offers 92 fields of study, including business, nursing, education, STEM, social sciences and the arts. It generates a regional economic impact of more than $626 million and provides a safe, quality and affordable college experience that transforms lives.

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Sam Gentry
Sam Gentry is a lifelong resident of Carroll County, Georgia. In August of 2007, while enrolled at the University of West Georgia, Sam worked at University Communications and Marketing for two semesters as a student assistant. He began writing for a local newspaper that same year. After graduating from UWG in 2010, Sam continued working for the same paper, where he made his way through the ranks, eventually becoming General Manager in 2017. Sam joined the UCM team again in January of 2020 where he serves as Manager of Media Relations. Besides being a liaison to media outlets, Sam’s writing efforts are focused on the Richards College of Business. In his free time, Sam enjoys writing songs, woodworking, and traveling with his wife, Becky, and four children: Samantha, Will, Audrey, and Gracie.