College Overview and Update

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Enrollment and Personnel

When comparing the total Fall Semester enrollment for fiscal year 2017 to the enrollment numbers of Southern Regional Technical College’s (SRTC) Fall Semester from fiscal year 2016, the college realized an increase of just under one percent and currently boasts the 15th largest total enrollment within the entire system.

The College now employs over 265 full-time personnel, 98 part-time staff members, and more than 190 adjunct instructors that will be tasked with providing the highest level of service and education possible to students in both credit and non-credit programs.

Benefits to our Students

SRTC serves a seven county area with instructional sites located in Ashburn, Cairo, Camilla, Moultrie, Sylvester, Thomasville, and Tifton. Moreover, Florida residents of Gadsden, Jefferson, and Leon counties qualify for in-state tuition. The Moultrie - Veterans Parkway Campus, Thomasville Campus, and Tifton Campus are full-service locations, meaning students have access to student affairs and enrollment services, academic offerings, and adult education (GED). The Moultrie – Industrial Drive instructional site offers predominately Industrial Technology programs (e.g., Welding and Joining, HVAC, Automotive Technology, etc.) while the Grady County instructional site offers Practical Nursing and Early Childhood Care and Education credit programs, high school dual-enrollment, and adult education. Additionally, adult education services are offered in Camilla, Sylvester, and Ashburn.

The College offers over 148 programs in the classroom / labs and for online students. Within the classroom setting there has been a significant expansion of night classes at all full-service campus locations. If you are a recent high school graduate, SRTC offers you a personal college experience close to home. We also offer the guidance and assistance to help you make informed choices about your studies and future career decisions. Parents will appreciate the affordability of SRTC, with lower tuition and financial aid opportunities.

Individuals with changing career goals can also find exactly what they need at SRTC. Our programs and classes serve our students well as they make plans to further their career ambitions. Whether you are just starting the job path you've always dreamed of or furthering your education with enhanced skills for future advancement, we've got you covered.

Move On When Ready (Dual Enrollment)

High school students in Georgia now have even greater opportunities to get a jump start on their collegiate futures thanks to two bills passed during this year’s spring legislative session. While dual enrollment has been possible in Georgia since 2009, major changes in the past 18 months have expanded and streamlined these opportunities for our students.

The recent updates and improvements to the Move on When Ready program align Georgia’s K-12 education system with the state’s post-secondary institutions, allowing high school students to simultaneously earn a high school diploma while working toward a technical certificate, diploma, or associate’s degree. Administrators still ascertain SRTC has one of the largest Move On When Ready programs in the entire system, topping 1,300 unduplicated students in the 2016-2017 fiscal year. Additionally, the College offers over 25 general education courses that are guaranteed to transfer to the State’s University System institutions.

What exactly does this mean for students? The new MOWR Dual Enrollment Program enhances student engagement, improves graduation rates, and increases student learning. These students will be better prepared for the college curriculum of a two- or four-year college, and dual enrollment gives students extra opportunities to get a head start on a career path they desire. Any student approved and classified as a 9th-12th grader by the eligible high school and accepted as a MOWR student at the participating postsecondary institution is eligible to participate. All students must meet the postsecondary admission requirements.

It must also be noted that there is no tuition cost to participating students. In fact, textbooks are also provided by the college. The Georgia Student Finance Commission administers the program which is funded through state appropriations.

For more information about the Move On When Ready program please contact Mandy Ponder at mponder@southernregional.edu or Missy Stanaland at mstanaland@southernregional.edu.

SRTC currently collaborates with Baconton Community Charter School, Bishop Hall Charter School, Brookwood School, Cairo High School, Colquitt County High School, Mitchell County High School, Pelham High School, Thomas County Central High School, Thomasville High School, Tift County High School, Tiftarea Academy, Turner County High School, and Worth County High School on MOWR programs.

SRTC is committed to helping our graduates pursue their educational and career goals. To this end, SRTC has created partnerships with other colleges that allow students to articulate credit between the two institutions. The University System of Georgia, Albany State University, Thomas University, and Valdosta State University are all current partners of SRTC. Furthermore, the Technical College System of Georgia has standing agreements with Ashford University, DeVry University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Georgia Independent Colleges, Life University, Mercer University, Southern Polytechnic State University, Troy University, and the University of Phoenix, though SRTC does not have individual agreements with those institutions.

Program Expansion at SRTC

To address a critical need for healthcare workers, SRTC has expanded its Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree program to the SRTC Moultrie and Tifton locations in a move that could eventually double the number of nursing graduates the school produces annually. The first cohorts have begun their respective programs, which are the ASN – Generic Option at SRTC-Tifton and the LPN to ASN Bridge option at SRTC-Moultrie. Additionally, a brand-new program has been added to the SRTC-Tifton program portfolio to meet another community demand. In conjunction with Tift Regional Medical Center the College is now offering Cardiovascular Technology. This program is a six-semester sequence of courses designed to prepare graduates for careers in cardiology to include the evaluation, treatment, and diagnosis of patients with cardiac diseases.

Students who enter the ASN program in Moultrie and Tifton will benefit from the state-of-the-art virtual hospital that will provide a comprehensive nursing experience where students can practice in a variety of settings, to include: pediatrics, operating room, medical-surgical, labor and delivery, intensive care unit, primary care, and others.

Furthermore, the College is continually augmenting and perfecting curriculum in their Schools of Professional Services, Industrial Technology, and Business to stay ahead of employment trends and to meet the demands of today’s increasingly high-technology workforce.

Professional Services positions touch many career fields, including Criminal Justice, Crime Scene Technology, Fire Science Technology, Land, Forest, Wildlife Management Technology, Horticulture, Firefighter Training, Early Childhood Care and Education, Paralegal Studies, Social Work, Cosmetology and more. The Certified Programs at SRTC give you the option of obtaining a technical certificate of credit, diploma, or degree in a wide array of high-demand career fields.

Business and Industry / Economic Development

Customized training, workforce development programs, and economic development are the core of Economic Development at SRTC. We believe that a highly trained workforce is vital to the success of any organization. SRTC’s economic development team is ready to serve your organization with a results-driven approach from start to finish.

As your training partner, we provide: assessments to define your training needs, development of customized training curricula and materials, highly qualified instructors, integration of management principles into instruction, access to state-of-the art facilities; instruction labs, and online access, coordination of training activities with flexible scheduling options, and program evaluation and follow-up. Classes are available on a very flexible schedule including days, evenings, and weekends.

Through a new partnership with online healthcare education provider Heath Ed Today, SRTC now offers a Pharmacy Technology Program. The new program is a non-credit offering and is delivered through SRTC’s Economic Development Department.

These courses are highly interactive and provide students with an enriched learning experience. The Pharmacy Technology program is taught by a Registered Pharmacist and will also have 24 hour a day instructor support and course mentors available through the e-learning portal. Additionally, there will be engaging labs, exercises, and course videos. The course fee includes all textbooks, workbooks, and relevant student materials.

This comprehensive 50 hour program will prepare students to work as a pharmacy technician in hospitals, retail, or other pharmacy settings and to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s PTCB exam. There is also a required 80 hour clinical externship.

The Economic Development department maintains relationships with highly competent, specialized, and experienced instructors for almost any training need. We take pride in delivering high-quality training and customer service. Furthermore, SRTC’s Economic Development team has a full array of Personal Enrichment Courses, from knitting to private pilot ground school. SRTC can also host your next event with wide-ranging facility rental options.

What’s in a Logo?

Probably more time, effort, and energy than most would realize. For the new College it is no different. When tasked with creating a new logo the graphic design team at SRTC was asked to incorporate quite a few elements: the new area to be served by the college, a sense of unity or consolidation, an energetic, yet professional feel, and a uniquely recognizable feature. The result is the SRTC logo that is now ubiquitous on every piece of advertisement and signage found in our region. The sphere, or ‘insignia,’ is comprised of seven individual slashes: three are green and represent the counties served by the former Southwest Georgia Technical College and four are blue to represent the counties served by the former Moultrie Technical College. The slashes appear to be inter-woven, a design feature that represents the consolidation of two prior entities. The insignia is spherical or circular in shape and signifies the notion of totality, inclusion, and wholeness. The predominate color scheme of blue and green was also carefully and strategically chosen. In traditional design, blue is representative of security, stability, trustworthiness, wisdom / education, and confidence while green indicates generosity, ambition, prosperity, and completion.

SRTC offers over 148 degree, diploma, and certificate programs that are designed to get you quickly into your desired career, and 27 general education courses that transfer to the University System of Georgia institutions and 19 private colleges and universities in Georgia. SRTC has instructional sites located in Ashburn, Cairo, Camilla, Moultrie, Thomasville, Tifton, and Sylvester for the convenience of our students. The College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). SACSCOC is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. For the most up-to-date information on registration, class dates, and program offerings, log on to www.southernregional.edu or call (888) 205 – 3449.

Summer Semester 2017 Begins May 18th. Don’t wait, enroll today!