FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Contact: Robert Preston, Jr.,
SGC Admits First-Ever Junior Class
Just over a year after the Georgia Board of Regents approved
bachelor authority for South Georgia College in June 2011, SGC has admitted
its first-ever junior class. On Thursday, July 19, the 29 students who will
pursue a Bachelor of Science (BSN) degree in nursing gathered in Peterson
Hall for an orientation session. Most of the students are registered nurses
who graduated from the SGC nursing program, including many who obtained
their nursing degrees from the Waycross College location.
Dr. Scott Thigpen, Dean of the SGC School of Nursing, welcomed the students
on behalf of the nursing faculty. A number of SGC personnel were on hand to
describe important resources and programs on campus, such as student success
services, library research and tutoring support available to all students.
The program will undergo an external review on site in Douglas, which will
be conducted by a Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
Commission on Colleges (COC) visiting team on November 13-15. SGC must also
send additional reports to the National League for Nursing Accreditation
Commission (NLNAC), and an NLNAC team must also conduct a site visit on
campus in Spring 2013.
“The new level of academic clout the Bachelor of Science degree in nursing
brings to our College and the healthcare of our region, will be crucial for
the well-being of our area. I am optimistic about the many benefits we will
see as a result,” stated Dr. Carl McDonald, SGC Vice President for Academic
“This milestone is the result of a longstanding vision for the growth of
this institution and decades of hard work and commitment by SGC’s community
partners, and its faculty, staff and students. Transitioning from an
associate-degree granting college into a bachelor-degree granting
institution is an ongoing process, and I applaud each team member who has
helped us achieve this significant accomplishment,” states Dr. Virginia
Carson, SGC President.
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About South Georgia College
South Georgia College (www.sgc.edu)
was founded in 1906 and is located in Douglas, Ga. The college's environment
gives students exceptional opportunities for interdisciplinary study and
close collaboration with faculty. With over 20 majors and transfer
opportunities, South Georgia College provides the finest education possible
to the citizens of its service area.