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AT&T Makes Donation to SWGTC Foundation

The Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) Foundation recently received a generous donation from AT&T.  They have long been a supporter of technical education, and have shown that support through numerous donations to the Foundation over the years.  On Thursday, October 23rd, AT&T’s Courtney Brinson presented SWGTC President Dr. Craig Wentworth with a donation to the College’s Foundation.  

“AT&T recognizes the importance of technical education to our community and to the work force,” said Brinson. “AT&T is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Supporting education has been a major focus for AT&T for more than a century, and education is our key philanthropy focus. We are driven to help students succeed—in school, in the workplace and in life. We are proud to be able to make this donation to SWGTC and commend them for the great job they do in serving this area’s educational and career training needs.”

The Foundation will use these funds to support scholarships that reward students for their academic achievement.  They will also provide financial support to students who need assistance with tuition, books, and other fees. By offering more scholarships for students, the Foundation and SWGTC hope to improve the job skills, technical training, and educational level of the citizens of their community. 

“AT&T’s generous, long-time support of the students, faculty, and staff of SWGTC is sincerely appreciated.  Changes to HOPE Scholarship and HOPE Grant over the last few years have forced many students to seek additional assistance from the Southwest Georgia Technical College Foundation, assistance that would not be possible without the continued support from our College partners like AT&T.” said Amy Maison, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement and Marketing.

As one of SWGTC’s loyal contributors, AT&T is recognized on the College’s Donor Wall, which highlights the cumulative and annual donations of all supporters of the SWGTC Foundation.    

“Without the support of our community partners such as AT&T and Mr. Courtney Brinson, we would have difficulty providing the services that are so important to both our students and our community,” said Dr. Wentworth, SWGTC President.

Incorporated in 1991, the Southwest Georgia Technical College Foundation is a non-profit corporation who strives to promote the cause of higher education and expand educational opportunities to the students of Southwest Georgia Technical College. The Foundation endeavors to create scholarships and endowments, assist in the financing of capital improvements, and provide the students of SWGTC with state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.

Spring Semester 2015 begins January 6th. Don’t wait, enroll today!

Southwest Georgia Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.

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Dr. Craig Wentworth to Lead College formed by Merger of SWGTC and MTC

Colleges to be consolidated July 1, 2015
Atlanta - The State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia voted today to approve Commissioner Ron Jackson’s selection of Dr. Craig Wentworth to be president of the college that will be created by the merger of Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) and Moultrie Technical College (MTC).
The motion to accept Jackson’s choice was made by Judge Richard Porter of Cairo, the TCSG board member representing the state’s Second Congressional District.
 “I am extremely honored to have the opportunity to work closely with Mr. Jim Glass and the faculty and staff of MTC and SWGTC in leading the consolidation of these two Colleges. I sincerely believe this merger will provide greater access to services and programs available for our students as well as additional economic development opportunities for the communities we serve.  The consolidation of the considerable strengths of both MTC and SWGTC will result in an even stronger and more efficient institution,” commented Dr. Craig Wentworth, SWGTC President.
 Wentworth and Jim Glass, the acting president of Moultrie Technical College, are currently leading the process to merge the administrations of their respective colleges.  The consolidation will be complete in July 2015.
 Jackson told the TCSG State Board that Wentworth has provided outstanding leadership for SWGTC since he was first appointed to the position in 2010. “Dr. Wentworth is passionate about his students and cares for his faculty and staff. He’s constantly working to provide them with the best programs in a quality learning environment, and I know that the merged college will be well-managed under his direction,” said Jackson.
 Jackson also had high praise for the work of Glass, who became the acting president of MTC after Dr. Tina Anderson departed in June 2013 to become the president of Wiregrass Georgia Technical College.  “I’m very grateful to Jim Glass for providing Moultrie Technical College with expert guidance and careful attention over the last year.  He will continue to play an important leadership role during and after the merger process,” said Jackson.
MTC has two campuses in Moultrie and additional campuses in Tifton, Ashburn and Sylvester. SWGTC has its main campus in Thomasville and others in Cairo and Camilla.  Last year, the two colleges enrolled 5,121 students in credit classes.
Students at MTC and SWGTC should experience little change in the day-to-day operation of their campuses throughout the merger. They will, however, gain from the benefit of a larger regional college that is more efficient financially and makes better use of shared instructional and technical resources. 
If you have questions about the merger please email merger@southwestgatech.edu. 
 

 

SWGTC Practical Nursing Students Honored in Pinning Ceremony

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First row (from left to right): Catina Jones, RN, MSN, PN Program Director, Miranda Connelly, Shontavia Johnson, James Williams, IV  Second row (from left to right): Amanda Meeks, Kristy Rich, Shelby Wiley Third row (from left to right): Brandi Thompson, Jessica Long, Denise Bryant  Back Row (from left to right): Candace Jackson, Cecil Outz

On August 5th, Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) held a pinning ceremony where the most recent class of Practical Nursing (PN) students was honored. The ceremony commemorates the students’ successful completion of their nursing coursework and clinical rotations. 

“I have watched this group of students bloom into excellent nurses.  Each one has a unique gift when caring for their patients.  I am so proud of each one.  I pray that each one will continue learning and growing as a nurse,” commented Catina Jones, RN, MSN, SWGTC PN Instructor and Program Director.

 Guest speaker, Dr. Annie McElroy, challenged and inspired the practical nursing Class of 2014 to remember the 50 years of nursing tradition from SWGTC and to remain part of that legacy as they enter their careers.

 The pinning ceremony is a rite passage into the nursing profession, during which each student received a pin and a small lamp. The pin is used to remind students of their purpose to serve the sick and infirmed. The lamp portion of the ceremony serves as a tribute to Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern-day nursing. In the 1800s Nightingale was known as the ‘lady with the lamp’ tending to the sick while carrying a lamp to light the way. At the ceremony, students also recited the Nightingale pledge stating their dedication to upholding the standards of nursing.

The students that received pins were: Miranda Connelly, Shontavia Johnson, Amanda Meeks, Kristy Rich, Shelby Wiley, Brandi Thompson, Jessica Long, Denise Bryant, Candace Jackson, Cecil Outz, and James Williams, IV.

The following awards were given at the ceremony:  Outstanding Senior – Shontavia Johnson; Highest Assessment Technologies Institute Test Score Award – Cecil Outz; and Archbold Leadership Award – Shelby Wiley.

 The Practical Nursing program is a 5 semester diploma program designed to prepare students to write the NCLEX-PN for licensure as practical nurses. The program prepares graduates to give competent nursing care. This is done through a selected number of academic and occupational courses providing a variety of techniques and materials necessary to assist the student in acquiring the needed knowledge and skills to give competent care. A variety of clinical experiences is planned so that theory and practice are integrated under the guidance of the clinical instructor.

 For more information on SWGTC’s Practical Nursing Program, please contact Athalena Benton at (229)225-5090 or abenton@southwestgatech.edu or Catina Jones at (229)227-3119 or cjones@southwestgatech.edu.

 

SWGTC offers more than 80 certificate, diploma, and degree programs. Many of these programs provide training for some of the nation’s fastest-growing career fields including Nursing, Automotive Technology, Clinical Laboratory Technology, and Emergency Medical Technology. More information may be obtained by calling 229-225-4096 or by logging onto www.southwestgatech.edu.

Fall Semester 2014 begins August 19th. Don’t wait, enroll today!

 

Southwest Georgia Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.

 

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Seven Faculty Members Compete 2014 Georgia Master Teacher Experience

Faculty members Heidi Bivins, Chad Faircloth, Catina Jones, Karen Murray, Sid Perry, Stephanie Pierce, and Michael Young represented Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) as 40 Technical College instructors from throughout Georgia gathered for the first Georgia Master Teacher Experience.

The event, held in Thomasville at SWGTC  the week of June 8-12, was designed to bring together teachers from the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) for an intensive week of focus on instructional innovations, motivational techniques, situational problem-solving, contextual learning, and information exchange. Participants gain cross-disciplinary experiences and have the opportunity to teach and learn from academic, healthcare, business, professional and industry instructors. This type of experience exposes instructors to best practices in a multitude of disciplines, bringing fresh solutions to age-old problems faced in unique fields.

The Director of the Georgia Master Teacher Experience, Summer Washington, explains “The power of this experience is in the support that each teacher receives from the other teachers that have gathered from throughout the state. The week-long exchange of ideas and collaboration develops a network that can be taken back to individual colleges to improve teaching and learning. Seeing the fire return in an instructor who has become weary, or watching an instructor as they realize their worth is an experience that cannot be matched. Georgia was long overdue in joining the many other states that offer a Master Teacher Experience and we are proud to have developed the first.”

Born as a byproduct of SWGTC’s Quality Enhancement Plan, the Master Teacher event is designed as an experiential learning event developed by teachers for teachers. Claudia Grooms, Matthew Nolan and Summer Washington of Southwest Georgia Technical College attended the Alabama Master Teacher Experience (AMTE) in 2012 and have returned each year to assist in its’ facilitation and continue to learn the process. Following direct training and support from Kristy White, AMTE Director, they worked with state leaders to bring the event to Georgia. Kristy White and George Scott, from the Alabama Community College System, were present to assist in the facilitation of the first Georgia Master Teacher Experience as Alabama is now in its’ 14th year of offering this event. Also assisting in the leadership were SWGTC faculty members Jessica Barfield, Neil Clements, Rosa Collins, Thomas Graham, and Tammy Miller.

SWGTC would like to thank the local community for all of the support received as we hosted guests from across the state. Many local citizens and businesses offered services and supplies to make this event successful and it truly made a difference to each participant. One guest remarked “I was overwhelmed by the support of this community. Everywhere we went we were greeted with kindness and a smile. I never knew that Thomasville had so much to offer and I cannot wait to return with my family for a vacation.”

SWGTC offers more than 80 certificate, diploma, and degree programs. Many of these programs provide training for some of the nation’s fastest-growing career fields including Nursing, Automotive Technology, Clinical Laboratory Technology, and Criminal Justice Technology.  For more information on the Accounting program at SWGTC please call 229-225-4096 or visit www.southwesgatech.edu.

Fall Semester 2014 begins August 19th. Don’t wait, ENROLL TODAY!

Southwest Georgia Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.

 

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SWGTC Names Glenn Mobley Full-Time Faculty

Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) recently named Glenn Mobley full-time faculty for its Air Conditioning Technology (HVAC) program.

“Mr. Glenn Mobley was a successful adjunct instructor for the College in the heating and air conditioning program.  We were delighted that he accepted the full time instructor position when it became available.  Glenn brings 22 years of experience in the field, managing his own business.  His expertise is second to none and our students will be the beneficiaries,” commented Dr. Annie McElroy, SWGTC Vice President for Academic Affairs.

In his new role Mobley is responsible for designing HVAC curriculum, serving as an advisor to students in the program, instructing courses, and recruiting new students.

“I am excited about my position as a full-time instructor. I have always enjoyed teaching and helping others. Nothing is more rewarding than seeing a student apply what he or she has learned under your direction. I look forward to implementing innovating technologies and teaching strategies that will help our students become the most capable HVAC technicians in this area and beyond,” commented Mobley.

Mobley, a native of Cairo, GA, received his HVAC certification from Bainbridge College in 1993 and has been a HVAC contractor for the past 21 years. In addition to running his own business Mobley worked for the Torrington Company in Cairo as a machine operator and plant services technician from 1989 – 2001.

The Air Conditioning Technology Diploma program is a four semester sequence of courses that prepares students for careers in the air conditioning industry. The program emphasizes a combination of air conditioning theory and practical application necessary for successful employment. Program graduates receive an Air Conditioning Technology diploma and have the qualification of an air conditioning technician. For more information about the Air Conditioning Technology program at SWGTC, please contact Glenn Mobley at 229-225-5084 or by at email gmobley@southwestgatech.edu.

SWGTC offers more than 80 certificate, diploma, and degree programs. Many of these programs provide training for some of the nation’s fastest-growing career fields including Nursing, Automotive Technology, Clinical Laboratory Technology, and Criminal Justice Technology.  For more information on the Radiology Technology program at SWGTC please call 229-225-4096 or visit www.southwesgatech.edu.

Fall Semester 2014 begins August 19th. Don’t wait, ENROLL TODAY!

Southwest Georgia Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.

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SWGTC Names Athalena Benton New Practical Nursing Faculty

Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) recently named Athalena Benton, RNC, MSN, full-time faculty for its Practical Nursing (LPN) program.

“As an adjunct nursing faculty member of the college, Athalena has been working with our students for the past year in both medical surgical and maternity nursing. With her enthusiastic approach, years of nursing experience, and her proficiency with technology, she has established an excellent rapport with our students and our faculty. She has been instrumental in the implementation of a new barcode scanning system in our virtual hospital, enabling students to practice medication administration before they enter the clinical setting as well as to track inventory. I am very excited to have her join us full-time,” commented Carla Barrow, SWGTC Dean for the School of Health Sciences and the School of Arts and Sciences.

In her new role Benton is responsible for designing Practical Nursing curriculum, serving as an advisor to students in the program, instructing courses, and recruiting new students.

"Nursing and nursing education has always held a special place in my heart.  Imparting knowledge to those who will be the future of nursing is a special task that I feel called to perform.  I am excited about my position as an instructor in the Practical Nursing program here at SWGTC.  As an instructor, I look forward to implementing innovative teaching strategies in the classroom in an effort to cultivate capable, compassionate, and knowledgeable nurses for employment in Southwest Georgia and beyond," commented Benton.

Benton received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Georgia Southern University prior to obtaining her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Georgia Regents University (formerly the Medical College of Georgia). While working as a Charge Nurse and student preceptor at John D. Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville she obtained her Master of Science Degree in Nursing Education. In addition to her education and 15 years of clinical experience, Benton is a certified Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) instructor, Basic Life Support (BLS) instructor, and has other certifications in Neonatal Stabilization and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS).

The Practical Nursing program is a 5 semester diploma program designed to prepare students to write the NCLEX-PN for licensure as practical nurses. The program prepares graduates to give competent nursing care. This is done through a selected number of academic and occupational courses providing a variety of techniques and materials necessary to assist the student in acquiring the needed knowledge and skills to give competent care. A variety of clinical experiences is planned so that theory and practice are integrated under the guidance of the clinical instructor.

For more information on SWGTC’s Practical Nursing Program, please contact Athalena Benton at (229)225-5090 or abenton@southwestgatech.edu or Catina Jones at (229)227-3119 or cjones@southwestgatech.edu.

SWGTC offers more than 80 certificate, diploma, and degree programs. Many of these programs provide training for some of the nation’s fastest-growing career fields including Nursing, Automotive Technology, Clinical Laboratory Technology, and Emergency Medical Technology. More information may be obtained by calling 229-225-4096 or by logging onto www.southwestgatech.edu.

Fall Semester 2014 begins August 19th. Don’t wait, enroll today!

Southwest Georgia Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.

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SWGTC Clinical Lab Tech Program Pins Students 

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Southwest Georgia Technical College’s (SWGTC) Clinical Laboratory Technology (CLT) Program held its pinning ceremony on July 30th, marking the completion of the program for seven students. Denise Johnson, Harlena Smith, Ali Brookerd, Kody Ansley, Rachel Dunn, Sierra Campbell (not pictured) and Lynn Robinson (not pictured) were all pinned in the ceremony. Each student graduated with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Clinical Laboratory Technology.

Vickie Smith, SWGTC CLT Program Director, commented, “Clinical Laboratory Technicians (CLT) play an important role in the prevention and diagnosis of diseases. During the course of the program students learn to perform clinical laboratory procedures. Classroom training is integrated with clinical experiences under the medical direction of cooperating hospitals. Upon graduating and receipt of their Associate of Applied Science Degree these students will be able to work in hospitals and doctor’s offices. When working in a hospital setting the technician may work in various departments such as Microbiology, Hematology, Blood Bank, Immunology and Clinical Chemistry.  The technicians perform tests that assist the doctors in verifying the causes of an illness, making medical decisions and determining treatment choices.”

The program is accredited by the National Accreditation Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences.  With this accreditation, graduates may sit for the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) National Certification Exam to become Certified Clinical Lab Technicians. Graduating from a NAACLS accredited program and passing the national certification is the only way someone can be employed in a clinical lab at a hospital.

Donald Shaw, CLT adjunct faculty commented “The job market for these graduates and all clinical lab techs looks very promising. This is a profession that graduates only 4,000 students annually but has a need of 14,000. This is because eighty percent of people that walk into an emergency room will need some sort of lab test, and these tests can only be done by a certified lab technician. I have faith in the clinical lab tech profession and I know that these students will go on to have wonderful careers.”

“Mrs. Smith and I both graduated from this program and have had a passion for the laboratory since we entered the field. This is a field that has room for growth. I feel that the students have made a great choice and look forward to tracking theircareer paths, which I know will be a success,” added Kimberly Moye, CLT Clinical Coordinator.

The following awards were also given at the ceremony: the Ambassador Award to Lynn Robinson and the Highest Ranking Senior Award to Rachel Dunn.

SWGTC’s CLT Program is a sequence of courses that prepares students for careers as clinical laboratory technicians. Students learn to perform clinical laboratory procedures under the supervision of a qualified pathologist and/or clinical laboratory scientist. These tests are used to detect things such as blood type, HIV-AIDS, diabetes, hepatitis, anemia, West Nile virus, and much more. Throughout the program, classroom training is integrated with clinical experiences under the medical direction of cooperating hospitals.

For more information about the Clinical Laboratory Technology program please contact Vickie Smith at 229-225-5203 or email gsmith@southwestgatech.edu.

SWGTC offers more than 80 certificate, diploma, and degree programs. Many of these programs provide training for some of the nation’s fastest-growing career fields including Nursing, Automotive Technology, Veterinary Technology, and Emergency Medical Technology. More information may be obtained by calling 229-225-4096 or by logging onto www.southwestgatech.edu.

Fall Semester 2014 begins August 19th. Don’t wait, enroll today!

 

 

Cisco Academy Turns 15 at SWGTC

 Industry leader, Cisco Systems, Inc., is recognizing Southwest Georgia Technical College’s (SWGTC) Cisco Network Specialist program for fifteen years of certified instruction of Cisco Technology.  

The Cisco Network Specialist program at SWGTC offers high-tech training in computer network design, implementation, and support. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Information Technology (IT) industry is expected to increase by more than 36% by 2022, a promising statistic for students seeking a career in IT. SWGTC offers the Cisco Network Specialist technical certificate of credit, diploma, and degree.  The program permits a ratio of just fifteen students to one instructor; therefore students have the opportunity to gain knowledge and experience with one-on-one assistance from instructors.

“We are honored to be recognized for fifteen years of service by Cisco Systems. This shows our commitment to provide our students with the most state-of-the-art equipment and educational training environment. Our students experience hands-on, real-world simulations that prepare them not only to take their certification exam, but have the skills necessary to enter the industry,” said, Charles Everett, CIS Program Director.

The Cisco Network Specialist program goes well beyond certification exam preparation; it provides the strong foundations of theory and hands-on experience necessary for career success. The program offers students first-hand experience with the routers, switches, and software that form the foundation of the Internet. Students acquire a vital 21st-century learning experience that develops the foundational skills needed to design, build, and manage networks, along with career skills such as problem solving, collaboration, and critical thinking.   

Beginning Fall Semester 2014, students enrolled in the Computer Information Systems program will have an opportunity to receive additional financial aid assistance through the Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant (SIWDG) expansion, which now includes more TCC and diploma programs. 

“Under the leadership of the computer information systems instructors, the Cisco Networking Academy program helps students acquire the knowledge, skills, and self-confidence needed to succeed in today’s competitive job market,” commented Abigail Carter, Dean for the Schools of Business, Professional Services, and Industrial Technology.

Charles Everett, an instructor of 15 years within the Technical College System of Georgia, is the program director of the Computer Information Systems program at SWGTC’s main campus. Everett holds multiple certifications within his field, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Thomas University and Masters of Education in Instructional Technology from Valdosta State University.

Chris Parrish, an instructor of 23 years within the Technical College System of Georgia, is now an instructor for the CISCO Network Specialist program at SWGTC’s main campus. Parrish holds multiple certifications within her field, as well as a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Management Science from the University of Georgia, and Masters of Education in Vocational Education from Valdosta State University.

For more information about the Cisco Network Specialist certificate, diploma, or degree track, please contact Mr. Charles Everett, Program Director, at 229-227-2582 or ceverett@southwestgatech.edu, or Ms. Chris Parrish, Program Faculty, at 229-227-2581 or cparrish@southwestgatech.edu.

SWGTC offers more than 80 certificate, diploma, and degree programs. Many of these programs provide training for some of the nation’s fastest-growing career fields including Nursing, Computer Information Technology, Clinical Laboratory Technology, and Emergency Medical Technology. More information may be obtained by calling 229-225-4096 or by logging onto www.southwestgatech.edu.

Southwest Georgia Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.

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SWGTC Executive Director Graduates from TCSG’s Executive Leadership Academy

Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) Executive Director of Institutional Advancement, Marketing and Public Relations, Amy Maison recently graduated from the Technical College System of Georgia’s (TCSG) Executive Leadership Academy (ELA).  Maison was one of 34 participants including one representative from each TCSG institution and eight system office employees.

This intensive ten-month academy is held on technical college campuses across Georgia. It is designed to provide participants with practices of leading and managing within TCSG so that they are capable of leading workgroups to face opportunities and challenges and achieve desired results. While the program is specifically geared to the policies and procedures of TCSG, the curriculum is sufficiently broad in scope to include basic practices that support developing a work climate that encourages staff motivation and effective, high-performing teams with topics ranging from ethics and board operations to institutional effectiveness, accreditation issues, strategic planning, and more.

“It was an honor to be selected to participate in the ELA. This experience gave me the opportunity to expand my connections within our system and provided exposure to all divisions of TCSG. The monthly workshops were relevant, informative, and the relationships developed by our group have already proven to be invaluable,” SWGTC Executive Director of Institutional Advancement, Marketing and Public Relations, Amy Maison.

Maison has been employed at SWGTC since March of 2011. She has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing Management and earned a Masters of Business Administration in 2009 from Thomas University. Maison resides in Thomasville with her husband, ten-year-old son, five-year-old daughter, and two beloved basset hounds.

Participation in the Academy is selective and by invitation only. Maison was nominated to attend the academy by SWGTC President Dr. Craig Wentworth and then approved by the ELA’s Board of Directors.

“Our TCSG Executive Leadership Academy was invaluable to Amy and the other participants in helping them to learn about the different facets and operations of our state technical colleges. The networking with other technical college colleagues and visiting other colleges have been a significant benefit to Amy in her higher education professional growth and knowledge acquisition.  These leadership academy experiences will serve Amy well as she continues her growth and advancement in college leadership situations,” commented Dr. Craig Wentworth, SWGTC President.

SWGTC offers more than 80 certificate, diploma, and degree programs. Many of these programs provide training for some of the nation’s fastest-growing career fields including Nursing, Automotive Technology, Clinical Laboratory Technology, and Emergency Medical Technology. More information may be obtained by calling 229-225-4096 or by logging onto www.southwestgatech.edu.

Southwest Georgia Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.

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TCSG STATE BOARD APPROVES TUITION INCREASE STARTING IN FALL 2014

Atlanta - The state board that oversees the Technical College System of Georgia has approved the system’s request for a tuition increase of $4 per credit hour starting with the upcoming fall semester. 

The board voted unanimously to accept the increase during their monthly meeting at the TCSG’s Atlanta office on May 1.

When the increase goes into effect, students at the 24 TCSG colleges will pay $89 per credit hour in a standard program. The average tuition for a full, 15-hour course load in the fall will cost $1,335, plus books and fees.

TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson told the board members that the system has done all that it can to hold down enrollment costs but that operational expenses, including those for cutting-edge technology programs, keep rising.  “Georgia’s technical colleges still offer great value for the students that we serve, and our programs result in high job placement rates for our graduates.  TCSG tuition, even with the increase, remains relatively low compared to other states.  Still, we understand the concerns of that our students and their families may have regarding any additional cost. Our college presidents and their staff are committed to continuing to help their students obtain the financial help that they deserve, including some valuable new assistance from the state,” said Jackson. 

Last year, almost 82,000 of the 151,000 students who enrolled in the TCSG colleges were HOPE recipients, with the vast majority using the HOPE Grant. Even with the latest increase, students who qualify for the HOPE Grant will have about 73% of their tuition funded, leaving them responsible for paying only the smaller portion.  And thousands of TCSG students will benefit from three new types of tuition assistance that Georgia will add this year.

Starting in the fall, the new Zell Miller HOPE Grant will pay 100 percent of tuition for students who enroll in certificate and diploma programs and maintain a 3.5 grade point average or better. It is estimated that the Zell Miller Grant will benefit at least 16,000 TCSG students.

In addition, the state’s FY2015 budget will fund the expansion of Georgia’s Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant (SIWDG), meaning that TCSG students who enroll in any one of seven high-demand program areas – practical nursing, early childhood care and education, commercial truck driving, welding, healthcare technologies, diesel mechanic and information technology – can use the SIWDG as a supplement to their HOPE Grant.  Combined, the two grants will cover all of the cost of their tuition as well as some of their books and fees.  Over the next year, an estimated 12,000 TCSG students are expected to make good use of the SIWDG. 

Also new this year, TCSG students who need additional financial assistance will be eligible to apply for a one percent loan through the Georgia Student Finance Commission.  Students who graduate with a 3.5 GPA or better will have their loan forgiven.

Many students can also reduce the cost of their TCSG education if they qualify for the federal Pell Grant, which is awarded based on their financial need. Last year, more than 91,000 TCSG students utilized the Pell Grant to help pay for their tuition, books and fees.

About the TCSG: The 24 colleges of the Technical College System of Georgia offer excellent training in more than 600 certificate, diploma and two-year associate degree programs. Students of all ages take advantage of outstanding instructors, hands-on learning and state-of-the-art equipment to gain the skills needed for today’s in-demand jobs. 

In 2013, the TCSG colleges delivered 2.4 million credit hours of instruction to more than 151,000 students. The TCSG is online, too, serving 72,000 students through the system’s Georgia Virtual Technical Connection. 

TCSG students enjoy the benefits of Georgia’s HOPE Grant and Scholarship and the federal Pell Grant, which will pay for a significant portion of a TCSG education. 

The TCSG Office of Adult Education delivered programs to 71,000 adult learners in 2013, including GED preparation and testing services that enabled almost 16,000 men and women to earn their GED credential. 

Last year, the TCSG Quick Start program provided customized workforce training to just over 60,000 employees of new and expanding companies in Georgia.

For more information about the TCSG and links to the 24 TCSG colleges, go towww.tcsg.edu 

 

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