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Deal Benefits Future Engineers

Updated: 6 years ago.
Students attending 19 of Georgia’s technical colleges will soon find it easier to jump to a four-year university. It's thanks to a new partnership between the state’s tech schools and Southern Polytechnic State University. (Image courtesy Gwenn Schurgin O'Keefe)

The deal between Marietta-based Southern Poly and the Technical College System of Georgia streamlines the credit transfer process for engineering technology students.

In the past, students earning two-year degrees at a tech school had to repeat classes in order to enroll in SPSUs engineering technology program.

The new agreement means a smoother transition for students seeking bachelor’s degrees in electrical, industrial and mechanical engineering technology.

Zvi Szafran is the school’s vice president:

"Students who complete a 2-year degree in one of those fields in the pre-engineering technology area, will be able to transfer those credits to SPSU without any loss of credit," Szafran says. "[They would] basically start as Juniors."

Students who want to transfer have to maintain a 2.5 average in tech school.

The agreement goes into effect this fall.