"We are thrilled to see our very own Karen Kirchler begin her new role as the Vice President of Adult Education,” said West Georgia Technical College President Dr. Skip Sullivan. “Her background and commitment to one of the most important programs we offer are a welcome addition.”
Kirchler’s career experience includes almost 10 years working for a community college in Florida. She spent seven years running programs that served adult education students and developmental/learning support students. She then transitioned into institutional research where she worked for a few years before opening a private consulting firm that provided grant writing, strategic planning, needs assessments and marketing plans to non-profits. In 2008, Kirchler decided to relocate to Georgia and was hired as the Adult Education Instructional Coordinator at West Georgia Technical College. She was promoted to Director of Adult Education in 2009 and then hired as the Executive Director of Adult Education in 2011.
The Adult Education Program at West Georgia Technical College is specifically designed for adults who need assistance with academic skills. The program offers flexible schedules that can meet the needs of any adult over 16 years of age who is eligible to participate. The Adult Education Department is located at the Adamson Square location of West Georgia Technical College. The Department provides free day and evening classes in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson, Troup, Heard and Meriwether counties to students wishing to improve basic skills, preparing for the GED Tests or developing English skills. Students requiring Learning Support classwork in reading, writing or math may complete their requirements through Adult Education. Information on classes and GED testing can be found at www.westgatech.edu/adulted, or can be obtained by calling toll-free 1-855-500-GEDS.
“I’m pleased and honored to have the opportunity, and I appreciate Dr. Sullivan’s confidence in me. My goal is to grow the program and increase our outreach to the community,” said Kirchler. “I see Adult Education as synonymous with economic development; we not only help to shape individual lives, we also help to shape communities.”
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.