Residents living in northwest Georgia have a new opportunity to pursue post-secondary learning. GHC and Kennesaw State University partnered to offer the 2+2 program, which enables students to complete two years and an associates degree with GHC followed by two years at KSU earning a bachelor’s degree in accounting, at GHC’s Paulding campus.
Upon completion of their freshman and sophomore years, GHC students who are interested in obtaining a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting can apply to KSU.
The 2+2 program is an extraordinary opportunity for students to take advantage of the affordability and accessibility of GHC and the potential to earn a four-year degree from KSU.
Cathy Ledbetter, dean of GHC’s Paulding campus, said, “This offers advantages for both GHC and KSU, but the ones who benefit the most are the students. This allows students to complete two degrees on the same campus.
“Our Paulding campus is centrally located to GHC’s service area and is about 30 minutes away from most of our other campuses.”
Anita VanBrackle works as the site director for KSU and an in-residence faculty member at the GHC Paulding campus.
“After reviewing the programs of study most in demand at GHC and considering where the majority of those students lived, the Paulding campus seemed like the best fit,” she said. “This partnership is valuable for everyone involved. Students get to attend smaller classes. Also, there are no parking fees or required meal plan purchases for the KSU students, which is a savings of about $500 – 800 per semester, compared to the requirements of KSU’s main campus.
“This also gives KSU a way to reduce the class sizes on the main campus creating a more
relaxed pace and personal environment.
This is the second 2+2 program GHC and KSU have developed at the Paulding campus. In January 2011, the early childhood education program launched.
VanBrackle said, “I can think of no better match than when GHC and KSU join hands to offer programs for our students. I look forward to meeting the needs of many students who might otherwise be unable to obtain a four-year degree simply because of location of KSU or other four-year educational institutions in relation to where they live. We are here to continue to grow and become a community and family of learning. “
GHC’s Paulding campus is located in the former Paulding County Courthouse in downtown Dallas, which was donated by the county to GHC.
“To graduate from the program, students must complete an internship locally. What more beautiful way to repay the community for the use of this building than to have our students spend a semester working for the businesses of this area,” VanBrackle said.
For more information, please contact the Paulding campus at 678-946-1100.
Georgia Highlands College is a multi-campus, state college member of the University System of Georgia. Founded in 1970 as Floyd Junior College, it now serves more than 5,500 students in Northwest Georgia and Northeast Alabama across its five campus locations in Rome, Cartersville, Marietta, Dallas, and Douglasville. Georgia Highlands currently offers over 30 associate degrees as well as a Bachelor of Science in nursing for registered nurses.