HIGHER LEARNING: Atlanta Technical College and Clark Atlanta University Announce Agreement for Parallel Pathway Partnership

Atlanta Technical College President Dr. Victoria Seals signed a framework agreement with Clark Atlanta University President Dr. Ronald Johnson to establish an academic, research, and cultural partnership between the two higher education institutions. ATC and CAU committed to leveraging their intellectual capital and other resources to develop an integrated network where ATC students can seamlessly continue their studies at CAU while also allowing CAU students to earn industry-recognized credentials at ATC.

“We are committed to developing new opportunities for our students and this partnership with Clark Atlanta University will provide additional avenues for advancement both inside and outside the classroom,”  says Seals. “I would like to thank Dr. Johnson and his team for their hard work in making this partnership a reality. The future is bright for both student bodies; we look forward to continuing to transform the lives of our students and our communities through innovative educational partnerships designed to increase academic success and economic mobility.”

Starting this spring, Atlanta Technical College and Clark Atlanta University will phase in the Parallel Pathway Partnership with joint enrollment for qualified students at both institutions, program-specific transfer agreements, and teaching opportunities for graduate students and faculty at both institutions.

“We are very proud to partner with Atlanta Technical College and all of the exciting new possibilities this framework agreement portends,” Johnson says. “The signing of this MOU helps to broaden the capacity of both institutions to equip students with the skills necessary to compete in the 21st century global economy. This very creative exchange agreement fortifies the pipeline of innovative, entrepreneurial, critical thinkers emanating from our two campuses. This bodes well for our institutions and for the entire Metro-Atlanta marketplace.”

The unique partnership will foster greater collaboration between ATC and CAU to expand postsecondary opportunities, strengthen academic rigor, and increase student success. These goals will be addressed by designing and implementing innovative strategies that are grounded in theory, data, and recognition of our collective mission to serve as conduits of transformation and advancement.

P3 students will obtain highly marketable technical credentials and/or four-year degrees.  Through this partnership, skills-based programs that are immediately career and market-oriented are balanced with courses focusing on critical analysis, strategic thinking, research, communications, management, and innovation. These students will graduate with credentials to be competitive in today’s evolving job market, as well as to be prepared to adapt to market demands in the future. AT

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