West Georgia Technical College is a division of the Technical College System of Georgia, and provides education to a seven-county service area that includes the counties of Carrol, Douglas, Coweta, Haralson, Heard, Meriwether and Troup. WGTC is accredited by the Commission of Colleges and Schools, and awards technical certificates of credit, diplomas, and associate degrees.
WGTC has campus locations in Carrolton, Newman, Douglasville and Waco, Georgia. All of the campuses were originally a part of the West Central Technical College, which is based in Waco. West Georgia Technical College is the second largest technical college in Georgia, and has over 110 approved programs of study.
WGTC’s mission is to lead economic and workforce development by offering learning opportunities using traditional and distance learning delivery methods. The learning opportunities are focused on the development of academic and competence, social, personal and intellectual values, critical thinking skills, work ethic traits and an understanding of society. The services offered by WGTC meet the workforce needs of citizens, communities, businesses and industries of the school’s service area.
WGTC offers a range of credit and non-credit programs that enhance the West Georgia regional workforce, and the school offers state-of-the-art technology and educational resources that allow students to become skilled professionals. WGTC’s programs are offered through the School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business and Public Services, School of Health Sciences, School of Trade and Technology, and School of Distance Learning. WGTC’s two-year associate degree programs are Associate in Applied Science (AAS) and the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN).
WGTC’s distance learning program makes it possible for students with work and family obligations and geographical constraints that prevent them from attending on campus classes to take classes. WGTC’s online courses meet the needs of all students seeking a quality education. Distance learning students must possess basic computer literacy and will be required to access and use the internet, send and respond to email, send and receive electronic files, take part in online discussion boards and chat rooms, and access internet-based learning resources. To be a successful online learner, students must be able to follow instructions, work independently, and submit assignments by due dates.
Online courses are flexible and convenient, but may require more of a time commitment than traditional courses. The types of online courses offered at WGTC include online, in which all class instruction occurs online, with testing taking place online or in a proctored environment, hybrid courses, in which 25 percent of class activities occur online, and have traditional class meeting times, and web-enhanced courses that are traditional classroom courses that use the internet as a component of the course, which supports classroom instruction, and students may be required to use the internet to do research, interact with fellow students and the instructor, to complete and submit assignments and to take tests.
WGTC has a learning support program that serves students needing academic assistance and offers learning support courses that are designed to improve student’s basic abilities in English composition, math, and reading skills. Learning Support Services offers free English, math and reading tutoring, skills tutor web-based application, Mentor Connection and COMPASS test preparation, all of which help students develop study skills that are necessary for success in earning diplomas, associate degrees, and technical certificate of degree programs.
The cost of tuition for in state students is $85 per credit hour for in-state students, and out-of-state tuition is twice the amount of in-state tuition. Various fees are associated with activities and certain programs of study, and a complete list of fees can be found on the school’s website. Financial aid is available for qualified students.
Sector Of Institution:Public, 2-year
Highest Level Of Offering:At least 2, but less than 4 academic years
Adult Age Enrollments:4,122
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