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June 24--  The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) is giving Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon a year to get off accreditation probation.

College President Dr. Mike Simoneaux says the "Good Cause" extension means students who attend BPC don't have to worry about the credibility of their college courses.

"Students can come and have no worry about transferability.  We are what we call 'fully accredited' and kids can come, parents have no need to be concerned and I'm just very, very pleased," he said.

Dr. Simoneaux says the decsion validates the work that has been going on at the college.

"SACS believes we have everything in place to have probation taken off next year.  We're fully accredited and have a year to fix a couple more things and we're excited that SACS has recognized the good work we've done this year," he said.

The Georgia Baptist Convention helped the college with a challenge grant which Dr. Simoneaux says helped influence the SACS decision.

"Their administration committee pitched in and gave us a $500,000 Challenge Grant which we matched in just a little over six weeks.  I'm so pleased with the community.  They responded to this $500,000 grant which was a major ingredient in this decison for SACS.  Thank you Vidalia, Montgomery County and Toombs County, it's great," Dr. Simoneaux noted.