Albany, Georgia - Albany Technical College (ATC) officially will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Pathways Program agreement with Lees-McRae College (LMC) on December 1, 2020. The virtual signing will be held at 10:00 a.m. on the campus of Albany Technical College in the Logistics Education Center board room and also on the main campus of Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, North Carolina. The MOU between the two colleges will establish a Guaranteed Admission Program (GAP) for all ATC graduates who meet specific academic requirements to transfer and complete a bachelor's degree at LMC.
This agreement is intended for ATC graduates who meet the requirements and plan to transfer to LMC after completing an associate degree. Each student seeking to transfer from ATC to LMC will be admitted and earn the necessary academic credits needed through an institutional program-to-program articulation agreement or a transfer credit evaluation. Online degree programs are also available.
A special feature of this agreement allows ATC graduates admitted to LMC to receive academic merit scholarships that range in amounts up to and including 60% off LMC annual tuition. These merit-based awards are greater than amounts other transfers to LMC will receive and are guaranteed for the duration of the student's stay at LMC, provided the student remains in good academic standing.
“Albany Technical College is proud to partner with Lees-McRae College to expand the pathways for our students to earn a bachelor's degree after they have successfully earned an associate degree with us," stated Dr. Anthony O. Parker, President of Albany Technical College. "There are more than 20 different degree programs identified in the agreement with this outstanding institution. The signing of this agreement is a reflection of the commitment that both institutions have made to increase educational pathway opportunities and possible career advancement”.
“We are very excited to partner with Albany Technical College. As we continue to increase the awareness of Lees-McRae College out of the state of North Carolina, Albany Technical College is a terrific school that has several programs of study that will match quite well with ours. While many of their students will be interested in our online degree completion programs, it is also likely that they may be attracted to our main campus programs, since we offer several unique academic degrees and our campuses are only about a four and a half hour drive apart. Our lower cost and increased scholarships will also provide Albany Technical College students with a terrific option to continue their studies at a small, private college at a cost comparable to state colleges and universities,” said Kevin Phillips, Vice President for Enrollment Management at Lee-McRae
The GAP allows qualified students to enter professional programs without competing through a general admissions process. All agreed requirements must still be met for admissions. This program is designed to provide affordable access to higher education, allowing for a successful transition.
LMC and ATC will enter this agreement beginning with the Spring Semester of 2021.
About Albany Technical College
A public postsecondary institution of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), Albany Technical College provides technical education and training support for the evolving workforce needs of Southwest Georgia through traditional and online classroom settings. Albany Tech is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS/COC). For more information about Albany Tech, go to www.albanytech.edu or become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AlbanyTech or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/AlbanyTech.
About Rees-McRae College
Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, Lees-McRae College is a private, residential college that awards baccalaureate and graduate degrees. At nearly 4,000 feet—the highest elevation of any campus on the East Coast—the college celebrates its location through distinct programming. An emphasis on experiential education inspires students to learn by doing and gain broad knowledge through study across disciplines. To provide opportunities for all, the college offers bachelor’s degree completion programs online and in surrounding communities. Lees-McRae is proudly celebrating its 120th anniversary in 2020 by hosting special events throughout the year. For more information, please visit www.lmc.edu or call 828.898.5241.