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Technical College and University Systems Meet Jointly in Athens on Feb. 18-19

Atlanta — February 15, 2013

The connection between the Complete College Georgia initiative and economic development will be the focus of a gathering of leaders from the state’s higher education systems at the UGA Hotel and Conference Center in Athens, Georgia, on February 18 and 19, 2013. Joining in the discussion will be representatives from the University System of Georgia, Technical College System of Georgia, Georgia’s k-12 system, and business and community groups. The media is invited to attend.

Over the past year, Georgia’s higher education systems and their colleges and universities have developed state- and college-level plans with strategies to meet the education and workforce objectives of Governor Nathan Deal’s Complete College Georgia initiative, including his goal of adding 250,000 more college graduates over and above the state’s current graduation levels.

The 450 participants in the Complete College Georgia Summit 2013: Pursuing People’s Potential. Reaching Georgia’s Potential will listen to speakers, discuss data and explore innovative partnerships with business and industry to achieve Governor Deal’s charge that more Georgians access college and complete postsecondary education, then enter the workforce and contribute to Georgia’s economic development.

Speakers include University System Chancellor Hank Huckaby, Technical College System Commissioner Ron Jackson, and national leaders who will present information about “game changing” approaches to support campuses and communities in this effort.

WHO:

Governor Nathan Deal (by video)

USG Chancellor Hank Huckaby

TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson

Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce Senior Economist Nicole Smith

Lumina Foundation Vice President James Applegate

Complete College America President Stan Jones

Syracuse University Professor Dr. Vincent Tinto

WHAT:

Complete College Georgia Summit 2013

WHEN:

February 18 and 19, 2013

The full summit agenda is available online at: http://www.usg.edu/educational_access/documents/Summit_Program_electronic.pdf

WHERE:

UGA Hotel and Conference Center 1197 South Lumpkin St. Athens, Georgia

Members of the media who plan to attend should confirm with either USG spokesman John Millsaps at 404-962-3053 john.millsaps@usg.edu or TCSG spokesman Mike Light at 404-327-6913 jlight@tcsg.edu

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