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Saturday, July 2, 2011 - 4:35am

Technical Colleges Merge To Reduce Costs

Two Georgia technical colleges are merging into one institution.

Sandersville Technical College and Heart of Georgia Technical College in Dublin officially became Oconee Fall Line Technical College on Friday. The merger is part of a statewide plan to reduce costs in the Technical College System of Georgia.

The two campuses will continue to function as usual. No buildings will close, but the administration has been consolidated to cut spending.

Sandersville President Lloyd Horadan will lead the new college. The colleges have a combined enrollment of about 4,700.

Statewide, 15 technical colleges have been merged into seven. State officials said the mergers will save about $6.5 million annually.