Thu., June 14, 2012 7:46am (EDT)

Tech Colleges Partner With Saudi Arabia
By Associated Press
Updated: 2 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
Officials with Georgia’s Technical College System will help hire faculty and staff, establish curriculum and obtain accreditation to open the King Faisal University Community College in Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia. (Photo Courtesy of igoghost via stock.xchng.)
Officials with Georgia’s Technical College System will help hire faculty and staff, establish curriculum and obtain accreditation to open the King Faisal University Community College in Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia. (Photo Courtesy of igoghost via stock.xchng.)
The Technical College System of Georgia has signed an $8.2 million agreement with Saudi Arabia to help create a community college in the city of Abqaiq and expand workforce development in the country.

System officials will help hire faculty and staff, establish curriculum and obtain accreditation to open the King Faisal University Community College. The agreement comes after a group from King Faisal University visited Georgia's Athens Tech, Atlanta Tech and Georgia Northwestern Tech in January.

Those three campuses will play prominent roles in the new partnership, including awarding joint degrees with the Saudi Arabian institution.

Officials from Georgia and Saudi Arabia signed the agreement during a ceremony in Atlanta on May 29.