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AASU, STC pave pathway for criminal justice students
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SAVANNAH — Savannah Technical College President Dr. Kathy Love and Armstrong Atlantic State University President Dr. Linda Bleicken signed an agreement which ensures a seamless educational pathway for criminal justice students between the two institutions of higher education.

“We are pleased to announce the beginning of an important partnership between our institutions,” said Love. “This agreement ensures that students who receive an Associate of Science in Criminal Justice Technology at Savannah Technical College have the opportunity to apply all of their coursework toward Armstrong’s bachelor of science in criminal justice.  With this partnership, I can honestly say that the higher education community in our region is leading the way in the Complete College Georgia initiative.”

The articulation agreement lays the foundation for students to complete a new 65-credit hour Associate of Science in Criminal Justice at Savannah Technical College. Students will then be able to transfer their coursework in its entirety to Armstrong toward the bachelor of science in criminal justice.

“This agreement with Savannah Tech advances Armstrong’s pursuit to partner with our higher education neighbors in Savannah,” said Bleicken. “Through the effort, our goal is to give more students of all ages seamless access to programs that will best prepare them for the workforce.”

The agreement next goes to the governing boards of the University System of Georgia Board of Regents and the Georgia Board of the Technical College System of Georgia for endorsement. Upon both boards’ approval, Savannah Technical College will be one of the first TCSG colleges to offer an associate of science in criminal justice. In addition to general core courses, the program will feature 18 semester hours in criminal justice-related coursework — including introduction to criminal justice, principals of law enforcement, ethics and cultural perspectives, corrections, criminal law and constitutional law.

The Department of Criminal Justice, Social and Political Science at AASU offers a bachelor of science in criminal justice.