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Georgia Officials urge former students to "Go back. Move ahead."

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COLUMBUS, Ga. - As college students prepare to go back to school, Colleges across Georgia are encouraging students who started on their degree but didn't finish to go back as well. Columbus State is one of those schools offering a new program to make it easier for returning students. It's called "Go back. Move ahead." It's designed to make it easier for more than 1 million Georgians to go back and finish college. Columbus State officials say the new program will help Georgia have a more educated workforce by 2020.

Students at Columbus State have already starting moving in. Preparing for the year ahead. Georgia officials want more students than ever to head back this year, including nearly 1 million adults who went to college for a bit but didn't finish.

"I find with the adult learners that they may be a little apprehensive or nervous up front but usually after a few weeks or a semester, they really get the flow of it," said Dustin Worsley, the Assistant Director of Academic Center for Excellence.

Right now, 42% of Georgians have a college degree or certificate. The goal is to get that percent to 60 creating another 250,000 graduates who can meet the demands of the job market by 2020.

"The benefit of this program is we're really going to give you some personalized service," said Worsley.

Students who take advantage of the program will get a simpler enrollment process, more ways to transfer previous college credit, and a personal academic advisor.

"Understanding the culture can be a challenge especially after a long layover of being out of school. Sot it's just an opportunity to have someone to be there to be that liaison to help students be successful," said Worsley.

Columbus Technical College is also offering the program. Students will be able to take classes on campus, online, or a combination of both. Columbus State offers a number of resources for adult learners along with a Compass Class if you need to take the test. You can contact Dustin Worsley at 706-507-8785 for more information. You can also email him at worsley_dustin@columbusstate.edu.

For more information on the program you can visit http://www.gobackmoveahead.org/.

Naomi Keitt

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