By Erin Broomell | Copy Editor
The College of Coastal Georgia has expanded its foreign language program through a new online eMajor system approved by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents in May. Baccalaureate degrees and minors in French and Spanish are now offered. Two career-oriented certificate programs are offered as well: Spanish for Professionals and Teacher/English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL/ESOL). All of the programs are fully online.
EMajor is a collaborative program developed by the University System of Georgia to complement the Complete College Georgia initiative. Students who are familiar and comfortable with the online eCore program will be comfortable with the eMajor system. It is the same task-based exercises and instruction designed to make college degrees more accessible and enhance the skills of working professionals.
“If you are comfortable in an online environment this is a degree option you want to consider,” Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Tracy Pellett said. “It’s a (flexible) option for students who are place-bound, parents or can’t commute.”
Foreign language minors and certificate programs offer additional options for currents students who want to enrich their degree. “These are a great compliment to any major,” Pellet says.
The Spanish for Professionals certification is designed for careers such as medicine, criminal justice, public administration and business in which the ability to communicate in Spanish will enhance success. The TESOL/ESOL certificates are customized for teachers, students and professionals pursuing teaching opportunities with English language learners in corporate settings and in private language schools in the United States and internationally.
The college is able to offer these programs by combining resources between institutions. Three other schools are participating in the programs: Armstrong State University (French), Clayton State University and Valdosta State University. Coastal Georgia and Valdosta will offer the full spectrum of programs. Professors for the online programs are comprised from these four schools. Coastal’s Dr. Lisa Noetzel is included among them.
Program Liaison April Davis said the program has already seen success in terms of student retention. “I had two students who were planning to transfer… because we are offering (the program) they have decided to stay here with us,” she said. “They already know Dr. Noetzel, Professor Mortier and me. It’s familiar to them.”
Dr. Pellet believes the program’s innovative collaboration is a precursor of things to come. “It’s a smart move. We may not have had French or Spanish programs for five or more years if we tried to do this on our own,” notes Pellett.
Current students who need additional information about the programs may see their advisor, April Davis or the Advisement Center.