Eighteen Georgia technical college campuses may face closure. Officials with the state Technical College System say, the satellite operations cost too much and serve too few students. A list of shutterings proposed this week includes campuses where full-time enrollment has fallen below 200 students.
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.
State officials are delaying the rollout of a computer-based high school equivalency test until at least early next year. And because of that, a planned increase in testing fees will be delayed as well. The fees will stay at $95 to take the full GED.
Georgia is in a first group of states to begin offering the high school equivalency test -- known as the GED -- on computer. The rollout begins this summer. It’s not an online test, but simply the paper version on computer. Test-takers must still go to a certified location, such as a technical college campus.
Georgia's technical colleges are reporting another record-breaking fiscal year, topping last year's enrollment numbers by an unprecedented 22%. But as more people head back-to-school in the sputtering economy, finding space and teachers for all those students is becoming a challenge.