Character – Georgia Highlands College serves as a point of access to higher education in Northwest Georgia. Founded in 1970 as a two-year institution of the University System of Georgia, the college is non-residential and has locations in Rome, Cartersville, Marietta, Dallas and Douglasville. In 2011, the Board of Regents approved a sector change to state college, and GHC began to offer a limited number of baccalaureate degrees. A Bachelor of Science in nursing was identified as the first such degree with a Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene which began in the summer of 2015. A Bachelor of Business Administration in Healthcare Management and Logistics and Supply Chain Management began Fall 2017. Other four-year programs that meet the demands of GHC’s service area will be added during the next decade.