With the fall semester in progress at West Georgia Technical College, credit enrollment has increased four percent from last fall with a six percent increase in credit hours taken.
“West Georgia Technical College is committed to offering the type of fast-paced, hands-on, real world education that people need to be competitive in today’s job market,” said President Dr. Skip Sullivan. “We want to help our students find success in the workforce in the midst of economic uncertainty.”
A total of 6,904 students are enrolled in credit courses at West Georgia Technical College this semester, up by 265 students from fall 2012. Enrollment was also up over 30 percent for dual enrollment and over 12 percent for first-time students. Transfer students enrollment rose about 18 percent this semester compared to last fall. West Georgia Technical College’s Douglas and Coweta campuses saw enrollment increases of about 11 percent and 19 percent respectively.
“Technical education continues to be sought-after in this economic climate,” said Vice President of Student Affairs Tonya Whitlock. “Our expanding campuses and programs help to meet that need in our community.”
The opening of the College’s two newest campuses, the Virtual Learning Campus and the new Coweta Campus has helped to increase enrollment numbers. The Virtual Learning Campus, which launched this fall, is a stand-alone virtual campus that offers degrees, diploma and certificates. The Virtual Learning Campus will offer an ESL program that is also completely online in the spring semester.
The new Coweta Campus offers a number of programs including business management, computer information systems, electronics, early childhood development and healthcare opened to students Aug. 12. The ribbon cutting ceremony for the new campus will take place on Sept. 20 at 11 a.m.
West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties and additional class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, offers more than 115 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the third largest of the state’s 25 technical colleges and one of the fastest-growing two-year colleges in the nation.