This article is from the Dunwoody Crier. (I couldn't find it online but this is a recap of the printed version.)
Georgia perimeter college opens doors to high schoolers, offers 3-year business degree
GPC is now offering a statewide program called Move On When Ready (MOWR). MOWR allows high school sophomores to move on, finishing their final two years of high school as full-time students on a college campus. The students earn both high school and college credit for their work. In two years they will have completed their high school diploma requirements and they will also have earned an associate degree.
GPC has 35 students currently enrolled in the program. Similar to Dual Enrollment, MOWR runs prospective majors from business to science to teaching. They are funded differently however. MOWR pays for up to 12 credits of tuition and most fees, but no book money while Dual Enrollment (paid by ACCEL) pays for all tuition, partial fees and offers a book grant. MOWR uses state funds that would normally go to high schools while Dual Enrollment uses HOPE funding. Students who use MOWR do not use up their HOPE funds early. MOWR is for public school students only, ACCEL is for either public or private. MOWR requires students take 12 credits per semester. ACCEL is full or part time. Both require a 3.0 GPA.
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Georgia Perimeter College is partnering with Georgia Southwestern State University to offer the state’s first three-year accelerated bachelor’s degree in Georgia. This program, offered online, begins in the spring of 2011 at GPC.
The first-half of this degree can be completed either online or face-to-face at GPC. The second half of the program is offered online at Georgia Southwestern University. This degree enables any student to complete both the associate of science and the bachelor of business administration degrees in three years fully online.
“This is a program which was built with our students in mind during these tough economic times,” said GPC President Dr. Anthony S. Tricoli. “The program is flexible and affordable, and in-line with Georgia Perimeter’s mission to offer access to a relevant education in a globalized marketplace.”
This three-year degree in business administration offers students two options: management or accounting.
“But this program is not for the faint of heart,” said Dr. Tricoli. “It is extremely challenging, requiring students to enroll in more courses concurrently, and continue their coursework through the summer sessions.”
He concluded by stating that “only serious students need apply.”
Students must initially apply to Georgia Perimeter College, and then to Georgia Southwestern State University during the fall semester of second year. Georgia Perimeter College will have full-time business faculty available to assist students with questions concerning the program and the admission process.
“This is a very exciting option for students who want to move at a quicker pace, or who want to get into the workforce a year earlier,” Tricoli said.