More than 11,000 Georgians lost HOPE grants to attend state technical colleges when the state Legislature imposed tougher academic requirements in 2011, and more than half have not re-enrolled in school as of this fall, according to Technical College System of Georgia statistics.
Savannah Technical College is serving one of the coastal area's largest employers with a new aviation training center. State and local officials were on hand this week to open a nearly $7 million classroom, hangar and lab facility. It will train graduates to work at jet manufacturer Gulfstream Aerospace.
The Technical College System of Georgia and Albany State University have created a program to provide firefighters a pathway to a bachelor's degree. The degree program has been fine-tuned to suit the career paths of firefighters.
The State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia has approved plans to merge Altamaha Technical College and the Okefenokee Technical College. The consolidation is expected to happen by July 1, 2014.
Southern Crescent Technical College is scheduled to break ground Thursday on the first building of a proposed eight-building campus in McDonough. School officials Wednesday said the development has been a major priority for Henry County leaders and has progressed with the help of the local chamber of commerce.
The Board of the Technical College System of Georgia has selected Dr. Ivan Allen as president of Central Georgia Technical College in Macon. He will take over the larger college that will result from the merger of the Central Georgia Technical College and Middle Georgia Technical College in Warner Robins.
Governor Nathan Deal’s initiative to increase the number of Georgians earning a degree is getting a boost from a new plan put together by the University System of Georgia and the Technical College System of Georgia. Campuses will be putting more emphasis on college readiness and online learning but some students are still concerned about the high cost of tuition.