Armstrong and Savannah Tech Forge Criminal Justice Partnership

Armstrong and Savannah Tech Forge New Partnership

(Feb. 15, 2013) Armstrong and Savannah Technical College forged a new partnership that ensures a seamless educational pathway for criminal justice students between the two institutions.

The articulation agreement lays the foundation for students to complete a new 65-credit hour Associate of Science in Criminal Justice at Savannah Technical College. Students will then be able to transfer their coursework in its entirety to Armstrong toward the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice.

“This agreement with Savannah Tech advances Armstrong's pursuit to partner with our higher education neighbors in Savannah,” said Armstrong President Linda Bleicken. “Through the effort, our goal is to give more students of all ages seamless access to programs that will best prepare them for the workforce.”

“We are pleased to announce the beginning of an important partnership between our institutions,” added Savannah Technical College Kathy Love. “With this partnership, I can honestly say that the higher education community in our region is leading the way in the Complete College Georgia initiative.”

The agreement next goes to the governing boards of the University System of Georgia (USG) Board of Regents and the Georgia Board of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) for endorsement.

In addition to general core courses, the Savannah Technical College program will feature 18 semester hours in criminal justice-related coursework – including introduction to criminal justice, principals of law enforcement, ethics and cultural perspectives, corrections, criminal law and constitutional law.

The Department of Criminal Justice, Social and Political Science at Armstrong offers the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. This degree consists of core courses in the administration of justice, criminology, ethics and criminal procedure coupled with a concentration in juvenile justice, law enforcement, research methods, penology and law. Coupled with relevant work experience, the degree sharpens the candidate's competitive edge for state and federal law enforcement openings, court administration positions, and state and federal probation and parole positions. In addition, the degree is invaluable for mid-career advancement.

Thanks to an agreement signed last year by the USG Board of Regents and Georgia Board of the TCSG, there are now 27 core curriculum courses transferrable to USG institutions from TCSG institutions accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The increased number of courses enhances how TCSG students are able to pursue baccalaureate degree opportunities at USG institutions.