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University of North Georgia expanding to Blue Ridge
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The University of North Georgia plans to open an instructional site in Blue Ridge this fall.

A vote by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents at its April 14 meeting approved a $943,000 operating budget in fiscal year 2016 for the new UNG site.

The location of the instructional site is not finalized, but the university plans to begin offering courses in the fall. The program will build on UNG’s existing dual-enrollment courses offered to high school students through collaboration with the Union and Fannin county school systems.

Initial dual-enrollment classes at the Blue Ridge site will focus on social sciences and humanities to complement advanced classes available at the local schools.

The university said it expects to enroll a cohort of approximately 100 students by the spring, with courses designed to move toward a baccalaureate degree, a transfer pathway and associate programs for high-demand disciplines regionally.

Georgia launched the Complete Georgia College initiative based on a 2011 Georgetown study that the state needs an additional 250,000 college graduates in Georgia’s workforce by 2025.

University System Chancellor Hank Huckaby said the UNG instructional site in Blue Ridge supports that goal.