"These are young men and women who will come to us with an array of associate in applied science (AAS) or associate of applied technology (AAT) degrees, from construction management to computer programing to hotel/restaurant management," said Mike Holmes, Ph.D., GMC vice president for academic affairs.
"Unlike several years ago, many of the leadership positions in those fields now require a four-year bachelor's degree.
Our BAS in supervision and management will offer these students an avenue for advancing their careers across a wide range of technical fields."
In addition to attracting recent technical school grads, GMC's
BAS program is expected to appeal to working community members who already hold AAS or AAT degrees and want to advance their careers, but cannot uproot their jobs and families to relocate.
"The BAS degree is currently offered at eight other colleges in Georgia, but these schools are not easily accessible to several of the communities we serve," said Dr. Holmes
In order for GMC
to offer the BAS in those areas, a change in state law was required because the school was legally limited to offering two-year courses of study.
will initially offer the BAS degree at its Milledgeville, Augusta and Columbus campuses, as well as at its recently announced campus in Fayetteville.
"None of the four-year institutions currently offering the BAS degree are in the same geographic areas, so we are most definitely filling a void," Dr. Holmes