Augusta Tech, Fortune 500 giant orge landmark academic partnership

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In this photo from May 2019, Jessica Felix smiles after picking up her diploma during Augusta Technical College's commencement at the James Brown Arena in Augusta.

Augusta Technical College will become the first two-year college in the nation to partner academically with one of the world’s most prestigious technology giants. 

Augusta Tech President Dr. Jermaine Whirl was expected to reveal the school’s new Fortune 500 partner Thursday morning during his State of the College address, but was asked by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp to postpone the announcement until he and Augusta-area legislators could take part. 

Regarding the company, “We got a cold call from New York City directly,” Whirl said. “They said, ‘We want to plant our flag at Augusta Tech.’ It is a huge deal.” 

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Augusta Tech and company representatives signed a memorandum of understanding last week, a document that typically precedes a formal legal partnership. 

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