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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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