Gwinnett Tech, Saint Leo sign articulation agreement

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett Technical College has signed an agreement that allows its graduates to matriculate into programs offered by a Florida-based Catholic university with a regional branch in Duluth.

The articulation agreement encompasses four degree programs at Gwinnett Tech, including the associate of applied science degrees in criminal justice, business management (concentration in general management), accounting technology and computer programming, according to a news release.

Gwinnett Tech graduates with those associate degrees will be able to enter Saint Leo University as juniors. The agreement also covers a number of general education courses taken by Gwinnett Tech students.

"This partnership will provide many of our associate degree graduates a seamless transition into Saint Leo University for those who wish to continue their education," Gwinnett Tech President Sharon Rigsby Bartels said in the news release. "We're delighted to work with Saint Leo to expand the educational opportunities in our community and for our students."

Saint Leo's Gwinnett campus, located in the Clarkston Building at 3555 Koger Blvd. in Duluth, offers bachelor's programs in business administration, criminal justice, human resource administration, religion, sociology and computer information systems. The school also offers a master's in business administration weekend-study program.

"Our partnership with Gwinnett Technical College will allow us to serve more local residents who wish to continue their education at a four-year university," Saint Leo President Arthur F. Kirk Jr. said.

Gwinnett Tech currently has articulation agreements with 23 colleges and universities, including the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, Georgia College and State University, Georgia Perimeter College, Kennesaw State University and Gainesville College. Each agreement covers specific Gwinnett Tech programs.