MARIETTA — For the more than one million working-age adults in Georgia who stepped away from their college education and never returned, Gov. Nathan Deal has a message: Go back to school and move ahead in life.
The governor’s newest education initiative — known as “Go Back. Move Ahead.” — will feature a media blitz across billboards, radio, print and video encouraging those who have attended some college to return to finish their degrees.
Deal, who is running for re-election against Democratic state Sen. Jason Carter, said his initiative also issues a “challenge” to the state’s university system to “make it easier for those Georgians to go back” through methods such as simplifying the enrollment process and adding more flexible ways to transfer earned college credits.
“In order for Georgia to remain economically competitive, we must have an educated work force, and focusing on college completion is one way we intend to do that,” Deal said. “‘Go Back. Move Ahead.’ provides resources for prospective students and makes it easy for any Georgian who has started college to go back to school and earn a degree or certificate.”
The University System of Georgia estimates 22 percent of the state’s population falls into the group Deal hopes to motivate.