Beginning this fall, West Georgia Technical College students who are receiving the HOPE Grant may also be eligible for additional financial assistance from Georgia’s Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant Award. The SIWDG Award is available to Commercial Truck Driving, Early Childhood Care and Education and Practical Nursing students.
“West Georgia Technical College strives to make education accessible to as many students as possible,” said President Dr. Skip Sullivan. “This is a significant step in technical education that will provide more options for students.”
To qualify for the SIWDG Award, a student must be fully admitted to West Georgia Technical College, enrolled in Commercial Truck Driving, Early Childhood Care and Education or Practical Nursing and receiving the HOPE Grant for the same term. Eligibility for the SIWDG Award for the Commercial Truck Driving program is for one term only. The HOPE GED Grant, HOPE Grant, and SIWDG Award can be awarded in the same term, if all other eligibility requirements are met up to cost of attendance. High school students in dual enrollment programs are not eligible for the SIWDG Award.
“The SIWDG gives West Georgia Tech another available resource that will help students,” said Tonya Whitlock, Vice President of Student Affairs. “To some students, receiving this grant might be the extra encouragement needed to take that step and enroll in one of these programs.”
The SIWDG Award comes on the heels of the recent change in the HOPE Grant requirements that allows students with a 2.0 GPA to receive the HOPE Grant. For more information on eligibility for the SIWDG Award and the HOPE Grant, please visit www.westgatech.edu.
West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties and additional class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, offers over 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.