Gordon State College President Max Burns and University of Georgia Vice President for Instruction Laura Jolly, as well as University System of Georgia Regent Tommy Hopkins participated in a signing ceremony today recognizing an official agreement between the institutions.

The Transfer Articulation Agreement is designed to provide students who enroll at Gordon State College a seamless transfer to UGA-Griffin as juniors to complete their education.

The agreement is aligned with the Complete College Georgia initiative launched in 2012 under the direction of Gov. Nathan Deal, the University System of Georgia and the Technical College System of Georgia. Complete College Georgia addresses a critical need for young adults to complete a college degree to remain competitive in Georgia's work force.

"This is an exciting partnership between Gordon State College and the University of Georgia in serving the educational and workforce needs of Griffin-Spalding County, Barnesville-Lamar County and the entire south metro area," said Gordon State College President Max Burns. "We are committed to providing a degree closer to home and assisting prospective students, both traditional and adult learners, from Gordon to progress toward their baccalaureate goals at UGA."

Jolly said the goal of the agreement is to minimize the barriers to completing a college degree.

"This partnership between Gordon State College and the University of Georgia is a commitment from both institutions to increase the number of college graduates and to make degree attainment possible for more students in this region of the state," said Jolly.

The signing ceremony, held on the UGA-Griffin campus, was attended by representatives of both schools as well as local officials.