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Admissions Process

Admission to Southern Regional Technical College (SRTC) is a multi-step process that consists of evaluation of prior academic experience and assessment for postsecondary readiness of eligible applicants. The admissions requirements and procedures established at SRTC are designed to assist the applicant in making a career decision based on such factors as aptitude, ability, interest, background, assessment results, and other appropriate evaluations. Admissions requirements follow the guidelines developed by the State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia and reflect concern for the applicant’s health, safety, well-being, and ability to benefit from the educational opportunities available. SRTC assures implementation of this procedure to include consistent interpretation and administration of the following activities:

  •  recruitment
  •  orientation to admission procedures, as needed
  •  assessment of students
  •  career counseling and job placement assistance
  •  financial aid counseling
  •  procedures to assist persons with disabilities
  •  program placement
  •  placement into degree, diploma, certificate on a regular or provisional basis            
  •  learning support programs

Eligible Applicants

Individuals 16 years of age or older or dually enrolled high school students in the 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grades who seek access to quality instruction at the post-secondary level are eligible for admissions.

Required Academic Criteria for Admissions

  1. A high school diploma (verified by an official transcript including graduation date and diploma type) or General Educational Development (GED®) diploma will be required for admission to SRTC, unless otherwise specified by the program’s standards. Home school students may follow an alternative path for admissions, described below. High school diplomas from unaccredited institutions, certificates of attendance, or special education diplomas are not recognized for admission purposes. Students with diplomas from secondary schools located outside the United States must have their transcripts evaluated for equivalency by an approved outside evaluation organization. Applicants who have successfully completed (C or better) a minimum of 30 semester or 45 quarter hours at the degree level may submit official transcripts from all previously attended colleges accredited by an accepted accrediting agency in lieu of a high school diploma or GED® diploma.

 

  1. The President of SRTC has the authority to grant a waiver to the admissions requirement as it relates to possessing a high school diploma or GED® diploma for those secondary students or those pursuing a GED® diploma who are otherwise eligible to enroll in a specific program of study that is agreed upon by the secondary school or the Adult Education Department and SRTC.

    However, prior to graduation from SRTC, students in degree, diploma, and specified certificate programs must receive a high school diploma or GED® diploma.
  1. In order for the high school diploma to be accepted by SRTC, the high school must be accredited by a regional accrediting agency such as:
  •  Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  •  New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  •  North Central Association of Colleges and Schools/Council on Accreditation and School Improvement
  •  Northwest Accreditation Commission
  •  Western Accreditation Commission
  •  Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Council on Accreditation and School Improvement
  •  Georgia Accrediting Commission
  •  Georgia Association of Christian Schools
  •  Association of Christian Schools International
  •  Georgia Private School Accreditation Council
  •  Accrediting Commission for Independent Study
  •  Southern Association of Independent Schools
  •  Distance Education Training Council
  •  Florida Council of Independent Schools
  •  Florida Association of Christian Colleges and Schools
  •  Florida Council of Private Schools
  •  South Carolina Independent School Association
  •  Alabama Independent School Association
  •  Texas Private School Accreditation Commission
  •  National Council for Private School Accreditation
  •  North American Christian School Accrediting Agency
  •  Tennessee Association of Christian Schools
  •  A public school regulated by a school system and state department of education

 

  1. Applicants of homeschools located in Georgia who did not attend a recognized accredited program must adhere to the following alternative path for admission:
  • Submit a Certificate of Attendance form from the local superintendent’s office or a Declaration of Intent to Utilize a Home Study Program from the Georgia Department of Education verifying that the parent or legal guardian complied with the requirements of home study programs as referenced in O.C.G.A. § 20-2-690.
  • Submit annual progress reports or a final transcript for the equivalent of the homeschooled student’s junior and senior years. The final progress report should include the graduation date.

 

  1.  Applicants of homeschools located outside the State of Georgia who did not attend a recognized accredited program must adhere to the following alternative path for admission:
  • Submit annual progress reports or a final transcript for the equivalent of the homeschooled student’s junior and senior years. The final progress report should include the graduation date.
  •  Submit SAT or ACT scores as required by SRTC.

 

Assessment

The ability of a student to succeed in a program is greatly determined by the math and language skills possessed by that student. SRTC is committed to assisting each student to achieve his/her maximum potential. All students applying for diploma, degree, and certificate programs must be assessed prior to acceptance to a program of study. Students will be admitted in accordance with the academic standards applicable to that program.

SRTC utilizes the COMPASS or ASSET, the TCSG approved assessment instruments, when evaluating students for program readiness. However, in the place of COMPASS or ASSET, SRTC accepts a student’s official entrance score on a validated assessment instrument (such as SAT, ACT) or Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT) in English/Language Arts if the scores meet the College program’s required minimums. A 235 or higher score on the ELA portion of the GHSGT will ONLY exempt testing in writing and reading for placement into diploma and technical certificate of credit programs. This WILL NOT exempt testing for degree seeking students. If a student’s SAT, ACT, or GHSGT in English/Language Arts scores do not meet the College’s program minimums for regular admission, a student must be assessed using COMPASS or ASSET. Assessment results are valid for placement purposes for 5 years (60 months).

Official transcripts from a regionally or nationally accredited postsecondary institution recognized by the United States Department of Education documenting equivalent program-level English and/or math coursework successfully completed (C or better) may be used in lieu of completing the corresponding portion of SRTC’s assessment instrument.

Admissions Categories

Minimum admissions requirements shall be established for each program.

Students shall be admitted to SRTC in one of the following categories: Regular; Provisional; Learning Support; Special Admit; Transient; Dual; ACCEL; Joint; Move On When Ready; Audit; or Transfer.

Admission Appeal

Applicants have the right to appeal an admission decision to SRTC. Appeals should be made in writing to the Vice President for Student Affairs within three (3) working days of receiving notification of the admissions status. The written document must include specific details supporting the appeal.