AMERICUS (June 5, 2012)--How do you close an 18 percent gap between the number of Georgians who currently have some type of college degree and what the state’s workforce will need in 2020? 

 New funds help Georgia Southwestern, University System better serve students

AMERICUS (June 5, 2012)--How do you close an 18 percent gap between the number of Georgians who currently have some type of college degree and what the state’s workforce will need in 2020?

That is the challenge facing Georgia and its colleges and universities - a challenge being addressed through the state’s Complete College Georgia Initiative.

The ongoing work by Georgia's public colleges and universities to increase college completion rates under this initiative will get a boost in the upcoming year with $72.5 million in new funds.

Gov. Nathan Deal and the General Assembly fully funded the University System's enrollment formula, and as a result, all 35 institutions will receive new funding to strengthen programs serving the system’s almost 320,000 students.

Georgia Southwestern’s efforts will be supported with $550,000 in funding as part of the System’s work. These funds will be used to create and staff needed faculty and staff positions that will provide greater options and increased support to students.

One such position is specifically aimed at nurturing Georgia Southwestern’s relationship with South Georgia Technical College and South Georgia College - supporting the college community concept.

For more information about Complete College Georgia, please visit http://www.usg.edu/educational_access/documents/GaHigherEducationCompletionPlan2012.pdf.