TU signs agreement for SRTC grads to enter Natural Resource and Conservation Management degree program

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On the morning of Tuesday, June 9, Southern Regional Technical College (SRTC) and Thomas University (TU) finalized an articulation agreement that will allow SRTC’s Land, Forest, Wildlife Management (LFW) graduates to seamlessly transition to the Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource and Conservation Management program at Thomas University in Thomasville, Georgia.

The signing ceremony was held at Lost Creek Forest near Thomasville, which is often used as an outdoor classroom for students from both TU and SRTC.

The partnership between the two institutions will provide students with a smooth curriculum transition that minimizes loss of credit and duplication of coursework. With this goal in mind, the two colleges drafted the articulation agreement to allow any student who successfully completes the LFW Associate of Applied Science at SRTC the opportunity to earn a higher degree efficiently as they seek to advance in their academic and career pursuits.

“This is an excellent opportunity for our Land, Forest, Wildlife Management students,” said SRTC’s LFW faculty Dr. Jeremy L. Green.  “In our program at SRTC, they learn and are exposed to conservation and land management with an emphasis on technical skills that are directly relevant to managing ecosystems specific to the Red Hills region and the Southeast US. After earning their associate degree, our students routinely gain employment in entry-level positions with local quail plantations, state organizations, and forestry companies. This partnership allows our graduates to build on their strong technical skills background by exposing them to broader levels of conservation science on a global scale, learning higher-end applications in geospatial science. This in turn will broaden their employment prospects and make them even more competitive for greater career endeavors, like pursuing graduate school, conservation education, becoming a wildlife biologist or ecologist, or entering the GIS field, among many other opportunities. This is truly a win-win partnership.”

The most recent articulation agreement augments the already strong partnership between SRTC and TU.  The two colleges have previously established agreements for Accounting, Business Management, Laboratory Science, Criminal Justice, Elementary Education, Nursing, and Social Work programs.

“We are delighted to join with Southern Regional Technical College in this new partnership that will benefit both our students and our schools,” said Elizabeth Harrell, Assistant Professor of Biology at Thomas University. “When students come into our program from SRTC, they already have a genuine interest in natural resource conservation along with a strong foundation of hands-on conservation management practices. At TU, these students will build on that foundation by broadening their conservation perspective and learning to apply geospatial science and remote sensing tools to conservation management practices. All this can be applied at not just a local level, but also at a global level. Plus, having a bachelor’s degree in addition to their associate’s degree will further open doors for career opportunities.”

For more information about TU’s NRCM degree program, visit https://www.thomasu.edu/majors/bachelor-degrees/natural-resources-conservation/.

Participating in the signing ceremony at Lost Creek Forest on June 9 for the articulation agreement between Southern Regional Technical College and Thomas University are (from left) Dr. Ron O’Meara, Vice President for Academic Affairs at SRTC Dr. Jeremy Green, Land, Forest, Wildlife Management Program Chair at SRTC; Jim Glass, SRTC President; Mitchell Brumbley, SRTC LFW student; Russell Rarick, SRTC LFW student; Aubree Plymale, SRTC LFW graduate and future TU student; Dr. Andy Sheppard, Thomas University President, Elizabeth Harrell, Assistant Professor of Biology at TU; and Dr. John Meis, Vice President for Academic Affairs at TU.

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