Mon., April 11, 2011 3:00pm (EDT)

Deal Benefits Future Engineers
By Noel Brown
Updated: 3 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
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)
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.