South Georgia Tech signs agreement for Long-Term Management Program with GSW
Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) and South Georgia Technical College (SGTC) signed a new articulation agreement recently that is designed to ensure a smooth transition from associate degree programs at SGTC to GSW’s new Long-Term Care Management (LTCM) program.
“We are excited to partner with South Georgia Tech in educating the caregivers our aging and disabled communities desperately need,” said GSW President Neal Weaver. “We hope that in simplifying the transition from institution to institution, more students are encouraged to pursue long-term care as a career.”
“Our nation has a growing number of older adults and individuals with disabilities,” said GSW Associate Dean and Professor Leisa Easom, Ph.D. “The LTCM degree addresses the multi-disciplinary elements in education and training required in the preparation of our healthcare workforce today to meet the needs of these populations.”
Unique to the GSW campus is the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI) where the creation of this degree began. In prior years, Easom served as the RCI executive director and experienced firsthand how families across the nation are struggling to connect with community resources that would enable the disabled family member to remain in their home, navigate the health care system, and/or transition from hospital to home as well as residential settings.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity for our students to continue their education at Georgia Southwestern, but it’s also a great opportunity for the communities we serve because this is a much-needed position in our workforce,” said SGTC President John Watford.
Graduates with the LTCM degree will have the managerial, budgetary and communication skills critical to the health management field. The degree prepares graduates to assist patients and families to connect with community resources, transition from hospital to home, and manage the care of residents in an institutional setting.
About South Georgia Technical College
South Georgia Technical College, located in Americus, Georgia, is a nationally ranked two-year unit of the Technical College System of Georgia. SGTC offers over 200 associate of applied science, diploma, and short term certificate of credit training opportunities centered around workforce development education. SGTC is one of only two technical colleges in Georgia with on-campus housing and offers students the “complete college experience” with nationally ranked academics, athletics, and student clubs and organizations opportunities. SGTC was founded in 1948 and has a satellite campus in Crisp County with adult education sites in Sumter, Crisp, Schley, Macon, Marion, Webster and Taylor counties.
For more information about South Georgia Technical College, visit www.southgatech.edu.
About Georgia Southwestern State University
Georgia Southwestern State University, located in Americus, Ga., is a public, four-year unit of the University System of Georgia with more than 3,000 students. Georgia Southwestern offers outstanding professional programs of study as well as degrees in the arts, humanities, sciences and graduate programs in business, computer science, education, English, and nursing. Founded in 1906, Georgia Southwestern is recognized as one of the best value colleges in the South.
For more information about Georgia Southwestern State University, visit www.gsw.edu.