Classes begin at Georgia Perimeter College’s Newton Campus on Aug. 19. Potential students can register for classes up until the first day of school. (Special Photo)
COVINGTON — There is still time to register for classes at Georgia Perimeter College for those students who are procrastinating.
“We are still here and open and accepting applications for fall,” said Rob Watts, interim president for GPC.
The school can admit students through the first day of classes, which will be Aug. 19.
“A lot of students don’t make their mind up until late,” Watts said. “There is still an opportunity.”
Watts projects enrollment at GPC’s Newton Campus, which is located off Ga. Highway 11, to continue to hover around 2,300 students this year.
He noted that all courses taken at GPC will transfer to other schools within the University System of Georgia.
Students also can earn a bachelor’s degree from GPC, which is typically a two-year school at which students earn an associate’s degree. Through a partnership with Georgia Southwestern, students can enroll in a three-year fast track program to earn a bachelor of business administration in accounting, management, marketing and human resources management.
“It’s a real opportunity for those students who are highly motivated,” Watts said.
Students will take two years of classes at GPC and then take one year of classes online through Georgia Southwestern.
Students in other GPC classes also can take online courses — Watts noted that GPC has the largest online participation in the University System of Georgia.
“It’s a very successful program and continues to grow,” Watts said, adding that 83 percent of the latest graduating class took at least one online class.
He noted that most students are not taking every class online, although they can — some students like some face-to-face interaction in certain classes. The same faculty teach the online courses as those who teach the in-person courses.
A staff also is devoted to military veterans who want to earn education credits and who may be interested in government financial support and scholarships.
No programmatic changes are planned this year, just a few administrative changes, Watts said. GPC’s Newton Campus recently welcomed a new academic dean, Dr. Paulos Yohannes.
Yohannes has worked at GPC since 1992 as a chemistry professor and later the dean of science. He’s also worked at Emory University and Life University.
He holds chemistry degrees from Ababa University and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Kansas.
He was honored with the President’s Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award at GPC in 1998 and 2001, and he received the Chancellor’s Award from the University System of Georgia in 2007, among other honors. He also has received grants for research, been published in several publications and participated in many committees. He’s a member of the Georgia Academy of Science and the American Chemical Society, among others.
Yohannes has mainly worked on the Decatur campus while at GPC, but he’s often visited the Newton Campus.
“It’s quiet and nice,” he said about the Newton Campus. “It’s a great community.”
He said he hopes to better partner with surrounding companies, and already is taking part in talks with Baxter International officials to help better prepare students for future openings.
“We will have to see what they need,” Watts added.
Georgia Perimeter College, the largest state college in the University System of Georgia, serves approximately 24,000 students on four campuses, including Clarkston, Decatur, Dunwoody and Newton; it also has partnership sites in Newton and Rockdale counties, as well as in Alpharetta.