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Bainbridge College partners with ASU

May 14, 2007

Bainbridge--  After last Friday's graduation, all is quiet on the small Bainbridge College campus. By signing an agreement with Albany State this afternoon though, the administration took a big step for the growth of the two year school. 

"They'll bring to Bainbridge, year 3 and 4 of their Criminal Justice program. We already offer years one and two," explains Bainbridge College President Dr. Tom Wilkerson  The school had been looking for a program like this to offer their students. 

Increased interest in the field was the determining factor.  Wilkerson says, "Criminal Justice has returned, its one of the reasons we have Mr. Bowers here."

Walter Bowers in a Criminal Justice Instructor, and the Interim VP Student Affairs and Bainbridge College.  He spent years in law enforcement. 

A retired state trooper, jail supervisor and even therapist to state inmates, he's now changed his focus to criminal justice education.  "If we have a more educated workforce, no matter what the field is, we are more likely than not going to have better employees," says Bowers.

With the opportunity to complete all four years of their degree right here in Bainbridge, the hope is more students will go into the Criminal Justice Field than would otherwise.  

The agreement will definitely benefit the large portion of the schools' non-traditional students. "They're here because of family, they're here because of employment. They don't have to pick up and move to Albany or Valdosta or Tallahassee, it helps," says Wilkerson.

When the campus fills up again in the fall, administrators expect a starting class of about thirty for the new program. 

Bainbridge College offers similar programs for education and business administration on their campus.

 

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