How To Get Started
Accessing Online Resources for Enrolled Students (Email, SmarterMeasure, SmarThinking, etc)
Click to Access Student Email, SmarterMeasure, and Smarthinking
The SWGTC Student Portal landing page and subsequent links to SmarterMeasure and SmarThinking can be accessed by selecting "Student Portal" on the Quick Links drop-down menu at the top of any page on our web site, and then clicking on the “Go to Student Portal” button at the bottom of the page.
All students who have an SWGTC-provided student email account are pre-loaded into the Student Portal after the last day to add classes at the beginning of each semester. If you need further assistance accessing the Student Portal, SmarterMeasure, or SmarThinking, please contact the Distance Education Coordinator at 229-227-2680 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or submit a Help Desk ticket from the ANGEL login/home page by going here: http://southwestgatech.angellearning.com/default.asp
Logging-in and accessing SmarterMeasure and SmarThinking:
1. Go to the Student Portal clicking on the “Go to Student Portal” button at the bottom of this page, or directly at: https://swgtcweb.swgtc.net/students/main.php
2. Login using the first portion of your student email account (everything before the “@” sign) as both your user name and password. The password IS case-sensitive, and the initial password use capital letters for your first initial and the first letter of your last name! For example, a student with email@example.com as their student email address would log in using “JDoe1234” as both their user name and password.
3. Once logged in, you will see the SmarterMeasure and SmarThinking icons. You can access assessment or tutoring services simply by clicking on the appropriate icon.
4. You are encouraged to change your password to the Student Portal the first time you access it. You may change your password after logging in by clicking the “Change Password” button (below the SmarThinking link icon). Passwords are case-sensitive, and must be alpha-numeric (no special characters).
What is SmarterMeasure
Never done online before? Need a “SmarterMeasure” to determine if you are ready?
SmarterMeasure is a tool which helps you determine your level of readiness for taking online courses. You will be asked questions on topics in the areas of how well you can use a computer; how motivated, organized, and self-directed you are; how you prefer to learn new information; your typing speed and accuracy, and you will even be able to measure your on-screen reading speed and comprehension.
Relax, SmarterMeasure is fun. Your scores on this assessment will not prevent you from being able to take online classes, nor will your scores impact your grades in courses you may already be taking. SmarterMeasure is just being provided by SWGTC to help you understand your strengths and weaknesses better as you prepare to learn online. SmarterMeasure is a tool to help you succeed!
After completing SmarterMeasure you will view a webpage which will show you your scores in easy to interpret graphs and text. In addition to that, you may receive an email from your instructor letting you know about sources for support in the areas in which you might be interested in some assistance.
PAYING FOR DISTANCE EDUCATION COURSES
Tuition and fees for online classes are the same as for traditional classes. You may use the above link to view tuition and fees or to pay your tuition online.
The HOPE Program, funded by the GA Lottery for Education, is a unique program that provides students with financial assistance in degree, diploma, and certificate programs. If eligible students may receive financial assistance for tuition, mandatory fees, and a book allowance based upon quarterly course load.
Tuition & mandatory student fees are covered for approved classes attended
Enroll in 6 or more credit hours - Book award is $100.00
Enroll in 5 or less credit hours - Book award is $50.00.
Click Here to apply for the HOPE grant or scholarship.
Transient students do not qualify for Pell Grant funds, SEOG funds or college Work-Study funds.
Contact Financial Aid
The first step to attending Southwest Georgia Technical College requires that students complete an official application. The $20 application fee can be mailed to SWGTC Admissions, 15689 U.S. Highway 19 North, Thomasville, Georgia 31792.
First-time students must take the admissions placement exam when scheduled or submit acceptable SAT or ACT scores. Scores are only considered valid if earned in the past five years.
Transients should apply through the Georgia Virtual Technical College hub at http://www.gvtc.org/stuserv.asp.
Transfer students may be exempt from the admissions placement exam upon submission of official transcripts documenting satisfactory completion of program level math and English coursework from another college or university.
Please note: Acceptance to the college does not guarantee registration in a specific course. Registration for online courses is subject to space availability
(229) 225-5060 or (229) 227-2667
Advisors must complete special registration forms. Please see your program advisor for registration into online classes.
Transient Students (students from other technical colleges)
Technical College transient students should apply through the Georgia Virtual Technical College hub at http://www.gvtc.org/. Application to SWGTC does not guarantee a seat in a particular class. When all transient paperwork is received, the student will automatically be registered for the appropriate courses as space permits.
OTHER RESOURCES FOR SWGTC ONLINE STUDENTS
Once you’ve registered for an online course, contact our bookstore to order your books.
If you are unable to come to campus for the College orientation, you may complete our online orientation at the above link.
Online Library Orientation (PowerPoint Presentation)
As an online student, you have access to the Southwest Georgia Technical College Library. If you would like access to Galileo, email your online instructor for the current password.