Academic General Information

Credentials Awarded

Southern Regional Technical College offers associate degrees, diplomas, and technical certificates of credit level programs of study. The Economic Development department offers courses for CEU and PLU credit, as well as noncredit courses and seminars.

Purpose of Program

The purpose of the associate degree, diploma, and certificate programs is to provide educational opportunities that will enable students to obtain the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to succeed in their respective fields.

Curriculum

The curriculum of Southern Regional Technical College is designed to meet the demands of business and industry in the area, as well as of the state and nation in light of population trends, industrial growth, employment potential, and present and future job needs.

Course Offerings

All courses are offered a minimum of once per year depending on the program. However, most courses in the School of Business and in the School of Industrial Technology are offered from 2 to 3 times per year. Most General Education courses are offered every semester. Courses are offered when enrollment demand and instructor availability make it feasible. SRTC reserves the right to cancel or change scheduling elements of any course or program at any time.

Course Numbering

Learning Support courses are numbered 0090. General Education courses numbered 1000 through 1099 are Certificate and Diploma courses. General Education courses numbered 1101 and above are Associate Degree courses. Note: General Education courses found in certificate and diploma programs numbered 1000 through 1099 are not transferable as Associate Degree courses.

Faculty

Faculty members of Southern Regional Technical College are subject to standards which are equivalent to those required in other colleges supported by public funds. Each faculty member is experienced in his/her respective field and maintains high standards of instruction. Thus, faculty members not only possess significant experience and occupational competence, but also professional instructor training.

Advisory Committees

Each instructional department of the College maintains contact with private industry through its advisory committee. An advisory committee is a group of competent and respected individuals in the profession who are interested in the College’s focus to provide high quality educational courses, services, and training programs through both traditional and distance delivery methods. Program advisory committees contribute substantially as consultants in the following areas: current industrial needs related to job skills, job placement trends, and follow-up surveys of College graduates.

Credit Campus Site Locations

Southern Regional Technical College offers credit courses at seven sites: Cairo: 1550 Highway 84 West; Moultrie: 800 Veterans Parkway North and 361 Industrial Drive; Thomasville: 15689 US Highway 19 N; and Tifton: 52 Tech Drive.

Additionally, SRTC offers credit courses and provides services at area high schools and at local business/industry.

Online Credit Courses

Southern Regional Technical College (SRTC) offers a wide variety of courses online to provide students with the opportunity to attend classes any time/place. Online courses begin and end each term just as traditional courses, with weekly due dates and deadlines. However, students can attend class from home and at the time that is most convenient by logging into the course and completing the coursework. SRTC is a member of the Georgia Virtual Technical Connection (GVTC), which delivers courses and programs through the Internet and is an innovation of the Technical College System of Georgia. For more information on online education, visit the College web site at: http://www.southernregional.edu/online

Student Access to Part-Time Faculty

All students are afforded access to part-time faculty before or after class, by appointment, or through email. Faculty will provide contact information on the course syllabus.

Gainful Employment

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed our programs, and other important information, please visit our website at: www.southernregional.edu/GE

Library

Southern Regional Technical College provides students, faculty, staff, and business and industry with a broad range of resources that include access to in-house and online resources, reference materials, library orientations/ instruction, technology, equipment, instructional support, research assistance, proctoring, and assistance to support all areas of the curricula.

In addition, the Library Services Department provides space for studying, computer utilization, and meeting facilities.

Resource collections tailored to specific curriculum are located at College facilities in SRTC-Cairo, SRTC-Camilla, SRTC-Moultrie-Industrial Drive, SRTC-Moultrie-Veterans Parkway; SRTC-Thomasville, and SRTC-Tifton.

Also, students can obtain their SRTC student ID from the Library with proof of current registration.

Distance Education

The goal of Distance Education at Southern Regional Technical College (SRTC) is to provide our students the opportunity to access quality instruction anytime, anywhere. Such access is desired to facilitate a barrier-free delivery of instruction through technology. Southern Regional Technical College offers a quality technology-based learning environment that is not bound by traditional time and space limitations, provides access for students, and meets the education and training needs of the public it serves.

Proctoring

Collegiate accreditation requires that all online courses validate the identity of the students completing the course work. In order to comply with this requirement, all students enrolled in online courses are required to have at least one proctored event (a major exam or assignment).

Additionally, proctored examinations may only be administered to students who have verified their identity with a government-issued Driver’s License or photo ID. Any costs associated with the verification requirements of the proctored examination will be the responsibility of the student. SRTC does take the protection of student information seriously and strictly follows the privacy protection guidelines of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

The Distance Education department at SRTC serves as the central contact point for facilitating this requirement whether as the proctoring center or coordinating with other proctoring centers. Students are required to submit the proper documentation two weeks prior to the event and may do so through our website.

Georgia Virtual Technical Conection (GVTC)

Southern Regional Technical College is a member of the Georgia Virtual Technical Connection (GVTC). GVTC delivers courses and programs through the Internet and is an innovation of the Technical College System of Georgia.

SmarterMeasure

SmarterMeasure is a tool provided by SRTC to help students understand their online strengths and weaknesses to determine their level of readiness for taking online courses.

SmarThinking Tutoring

SmarThinking is an online tutoring service available to all SRTC students at no cost. Focusing on the unique needs of each student, SmarThinking provides a student-centered, active learning environment. Tutors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and work directly with students through Smarthinking’s proprietary interactive whiteboard in an encouraging and collaborative learning environment. SmarThinking provides tutoring to SRTC students in a variety of subject areas such as reading, writing, math, accounting, anatomy and physiology, biology, chemistry, and computer technology.

Student Success Center

Tutoring Services are available at the Student Success Centers located at many of SRTC’s Sites. These services are provided for all SRTC students at no charge. Tutoring services are readily available for many subject areas. Students in need of tutorial services are encouraged to contact one of our Student Success Centers.

  • Thomasville Site: 229-225-3930 or 229-227-3176
  • Moultrie Site: 229-217-4239
  • Tifton Site: 229-391-2624

Additional Resources

SRTC provides a variety of other services to our distance education students through our website, including but not limited to: the campus bookstore, college orientation presentations, and the SRTC Library and their online resources.


Adult Education GED® Diploma

The Adult Education and GED® Preparation programs offered by Southern Regional Technical College are specifically designed for adults who have different backgrounds and skills. A flexible program has been designed, which meets the needs of adults who wish to participate. Six levels of instruction extend from beginning reading, writing, and mathematics through high school equivalency GED. The services are free and available at various locations in Colquitt, Grady, Mitchell, Thomas, Tift, Turner, and Worth counties.

The Beginning Literacy and Beginning Basic Education classes provide basic instruction for reading readiness, basic math skills, and an introduction to writing and grammar. The Low Intermediate and High Intermediate classes provide instruction in the areas of reading comprehension, reading in the content area, mathematics, social studies, and language arts. The Low Adult Secondary Education and High Adult Secondary Education classes provide instruction in the areas of reading, science, social studies, mathematics, grammar, and writing skills. This level will develop the skills necessary for completion of the GED test. The program provides instruction in work readiness skills, career exploration and resume building.

The English Language Acquisition Program provides instruction in reading, writing, and speaking English. Classes for the English Language Learner are offered in Colquitt, Grady, and Tift counties.

GED® Testing

Southern Regional Technical College is an official PearsonVue testing center. The GED TEST is available on the Moultrie, Thomasville, and Tifton Campuses. If an individual wishes to take the GED, he/she must be at least 18 years old. Registration, scheduling, and payment are done through the website: ged.com. Special permission must be secured from the Office of Adult Education in Atlanta, Georgia, for individuals 16 or 17 years of age. Each person’s request is handled individually by the Georgia GED Testing Program. Additional registration information may be obtained by calling the Moultrie Campus at 229-217-4182, Thomasville Campus at 229-225-5292, or the Tifton Campus at 229-391-2615 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Successful attainment of the GED Diploma qualifies a person for admission to more advanced educational opportunities; helps a person meet educational requirements for employment or job promotion; and helps a person meet regulations of federal, state, and local boards of licensing. Industry, government, licensing board’s technical colleges, colleges, and employers accept GED credentials as the equivalent of a high school education.

Transition into credit programs at SRTC is encouraged for all GED graduates. Assistance with the enrollment process is provided through Career Transition Services. For more information, call the Career Transition Office at 229-225-5066 or 229.217.4184.

GED® and the GED Testing Service® are registered trademarks of the American Council on Education (ACE) and may not be used or reproduced without express written Permission. The GED® and GED Testing Service® brands are administered by GED Testing Service LLC under license from the American Council on Education.


Frequently Asked Questions Concerning the Adult Education Program

What can adult education classes offer?

  • Basic instruction in reading, writing and math skills;
  • Preparation for the GED Test;
  • Individualized programs of study to meet your learning needs;
  • Small classes;
  • Free classes and instructional materials; and
  • Career transition assistance into credit enrollment for GED® graduates.
  • Take a free placement test to determine your starting point.

Who should attend adult education classes?

  • Adults who did not finish high school but want to further their education at a technical college; and
  • Adults with skills below the high school level seeking job advancement.

Where do classes meet and how do I enroll in classes?
Our services include instruction in basic skills, GED preparation and testing, ACCUPLACER test preparation, and the English Language Acquisition program. The services are free and available at various locations in Colquitt, Decatur, Early, Grady, Miller, Mitchell, Seminole, Thomas, Tift, Turner, and Worth counties. Contact one of the locations below for more information.

  • Ashburn – 229-567-8781
  • Bainbridge – 229-248-2517
  • Blakely – 229-724-2445
  • Cairo – 229-378-2909
  • Camilla – 229-522-3641
  • Donalsonville – 229-524-8719
  • Iron City – 229-758-5592 ext. 5025
  • Moultrie – 229-217-4181
  • Sylvester - 229-777-2177
  • Thomasville - 229-225-5292
  • Tifton - 229-391-2615

Is there a charge to participate in the graduation ceremony?

  • There is a $40 graduation fee (payable one month prior to graduation).

Academic Advisement Procedures

The academic advisement program at Southern Regional Technical College (SRTC) is provided by the Academic Affairs faculty and staff. Each student is assigned an advisor who will assist the student with academic counseling, course scheduling, and progress monitoring throughout the student’s enrollment. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of courses required for graduation/ completion of the chosen major, to meet all graduation/completion requirements, and to complete the registration process each semester.

First Semester Students: Degree, Diploma, & Certificate Programs

Student advisement will take place every semester at designated times for new students and will be completed so that all students may participate in new student registration.

Currently Enrolled Students

Student advisement will take place every semester at designated times for currently enrolled students and will be completed so that all students may participate in early registration.

First Semester Students: Continuing Education

The Economic Development department staff will enroll students in courses based on criteria established by the department.

First Semester Students: Adult Education

Students enrolled in Adult Education will be assigned an advisor by appropriate personnel in that department.

Student Status/Load

The normal rate of progress through a program is established by the program length in the specific standard and program guide.

Full-time student status is obtained by registering for a minimum of twelve (12) or more credits for a program per semester. However, considerably more credits must be taken per semester to graduate on time according to the established program length. Further, taking fewer than the recommended number of credits per semester may create scheduling difficulties and further delay graduation and/or financial aid.

Students may register for up to eighteen (18) credit hours per semester. Written permission from the Vice President for Academic Affairs is required for any credit hours above eighteen (18).

It is strongly recommended that students adhere closely to their advisors’ recommended course load per semester.

Web Registration & Advisement

As a convenience for students, Southern Regional Technical College (SRTC) offers web-registration. The student is required to seek his/her advisor’s counsel prior to using the web-registration services. This counsel may be received in person, over the phone, or electronically by fax or email. Failure to seek the advisor’s counsel may cause the College to remove students from classes for which they were ineligible. The College reserves the right to remove the web-registration privilege from students who abuse the privilege.

To Drop/Add a Course

If the student should decide to drop a course(s) during the first three days of the semester, the student may do so via BannerWeb or by contacting his/her instructor for the course. Students who officially drop from course(s) may be entitled to a refund based on the refund policy.

Students who desire to withdraw from a course after the first three (3) days of the semester but prior to the last two weeks of the term, must complete the Online Withdrawal available through the SRTC Website. A student should not assume that non-attendance constitutes an official withdrawal.

Student Withdrawal from COLLEGE

Any student wishing to discontinue enrollment and/or attendance after the first three (3) days in any class at Southern Regional Technical College is responsible for formally withdrawing from each class enrolled by using the Online Withdrawal Form available through the SRTC Website. Failure to do so may result in:

  • Loss or severe penalty to Financial Aid Status (Includes Pell & HOPE)
  • Issuance of unsatisfactory or failing grades in each class
  • Being placed in an unsatisfactory academic status

Curriculum Changes

If a student withdraws and re-enters into a new curriculum, the student will be required to meet the requirements of the new curriculum. The previous transcript will be evaluated and equated to the new curriculum. Courses are subject to revision and/or cancellation without notice.

Grading

Each student's academic progress, conduct, and attitude are continuously appraised. At the end of each semester, the achievement of each student is reported using the following system of grade assignment:

CREDIT COURSES

Grade

Numeric Score

Quality Points

A

90 – 100

4

B

80 – 89

3

C

70 – 79

2

D

60 – 69

1

F

0 – 59

0

W

Withdrawn

Not Computed

I

Incomplete

IP

In Progress

AC (A, B, C)

Articulated Credit

Not Computed

AU

Audit

Not Computed

TR (A, B, C, M)

Transfer Credit

Not Computed

EXE, EXP

Exemption Credit

Not Computed

LEARNING SUPPORT COURSES

Grade

Numeric Score

Quality Points

A*

90 – 100

B*

80 – 89

C*

70 – 79

D*

60 – 69

F*

0 – 59

W*

Withdrawn

NON-CREDIT COURSES

Grade

Numeric Score

Quality Points

S

Satisfactory

Not Computed

U

Unsatisfactory

Not Computed

W – This grade signifies that a student withdrew from a course prior to the last two weeks of term. No credit is given and no grade points are calculated. A grade of “W” is not included in calculating the grade point average but is counted as coursework attempted.

IP – This grade signifies that for administrative reasons the course continues beyond the end of the term. Grades of “IP” not cleared by the end of the following term will be converted to an “F”.

I – This grade signifies that a student has satisfactorily completed 80% of the class days of the required course work, but for non-academic reasons beyond the student’s control, has not been able to complete the course. The Incomplete is assigned only after the student has made arrangements with the instructor for fulfilling the course requirements and received approval from the Vice President for Academic Affairs or designated representative. Grades of “I” not cleared within the first two weeks of the next term will be converted to an “F”. Extraordinary circumstances may merit an appeal for an extension of time. Extensions of time must be requested by the instructor and approved by the Vice President for Academic Affairs or a designated representative; however, under no circumstances extended beyond the term.

AC (A, B, C) – Articulated credit may be awarded for coursework completed under formal articulation agreements when established competencies have been achieved. A grade of “AC” will be given for the course(s).

AU – A student may choose to audit a course rather than take it for credit. By auditing a course, the student is allowed to attend course in accordance with the following guidelines: (1) meet established admissions requirements for Southern Regional Technical College (SRTC), (2) have the approval of the instructor and follow regular registration procedures, (3) obtain prior approval from the Vice President for Academic Affairs for any changes from audit to credit or credit to audit status, and (4) pay the appropriate fee for auditing the course. Anyone auditing must attend class and observe normal attendance regulations. The audit period of a course must conform to the same time period allowed for credit, with no extension of time. An audit grade may not be later changed to a credit grade. A student who is auditing a course is eligible to receive all materials available to credit students except for tests. The instructor may provide “practice tests” for the audit student. Students auditing a course are not eligible for financial aid for that course.

TR (A, B, C, M) – A grade of “TR” indicates that the student has successfully completed the course at another postsecondary institution or earned military credit. A grade of “TR” carries no quality points. The student will, however, receive comparable credit hours at SRTC for the credit hours received at the former institution.

EXE – A grade of “EXE” indicates that a student has exempted a course through examination. Credit is given but grade points are not calculated.

EXP – A grade of “EXP” indicates a course being held in escrow or that the student received credit for the course through portfolio presentation. Credit is given but grade points are not calculated.

S – A grade of “S” indicates that the student has successfully mastered all of the course competencies. A grade of “S” carries no quality points, but institutional credit hours for that course will be awarded to the student.

U – A grade of “U” indicates that the student did not master all of the course competencies. A grade of “U” carries no quality points.

Federal and state regulations require students meet minimum academic requirements to remain eligible for financial aid each semester. In order to maintain financial aid eligibility at Southern Regional Technical College, students must meet minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) requirements as well as successfully complete, within a maximum timeframe, all coursework required for completion of the chosen program of study, SRTC requires that all financial aid recipients earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 and successfully complete, with a grade of “C” or better, at least two-thirds or 66.67% of all credit hours attempted.

All courses in degree, diploma, and certificate programs of study require a grade of “C” or higher in order to satisfy program, graduation, and transfer requirements. (Effective Summer 2016)

Grades are based upon quality and quantity of achievement in both the classroom and the laboratory. Students failing to maintain a standard of satisfactory progress will be withdrawn from Southern Regional Technical College.

Satisfactory Academic Standing

Students must maintain a minimum of a 2.0 cumulative GPA to be in satisfactory academic standing. Students whose cumulative GPA falls below 2.0 will be placed on academic probation for the next academic semester. The semester GPA must be 2.0 or above at the end of the probationary semester to maintain satisfactory status. Failure to maintain satisfactory status during a probationary semester will result in dismissal. A student dismissed due to academic deficiency may reapply for admission after waiting one (1) full semester. Upon readmission, the student must make a 2.0 or above each semester to maintain satisfactory standing or will be dismissed.

Overall GPA must be 2.0 or better before graduation can occur. Graduation grade point average is calculated only on those courses required for graduation. When a course is taken more than once, the final attempt will be used in calculating the grade point average for graduation.

Time Limits on Occupationally Related Technical Course Work

For Health Sciences there is a 5 year time limit on math, science, and occupational courses required in the major. There is a 7 year time limit on all other occupational courses. The student may appeal these deadlines and, in agreement with the advisor and the registrar, may choose to take an exemption examination.

Licensure and Registry

The graduates of the following programs have the opportunity to apply for state or national licensure/registry or board examinations: Associate of Science in Nursing, Clinical Laboratory Technology, Cosmetology, EMT, Medical Assisting, Paramedicine, Neuromuscular Massage Therapist, Nurse Aide, Patient Care Assisting, Practical Nursing, Respiratory Care, Radiologic Technology, Surgical Technology, and Veterinary Technology. It is recommended that students graduating from these programs take the respective examinations in order to have greater employment opportunities.

Those who have been arrested/convicted of a moral and/or legal violation of the law may not be granted permission to take the licensing/registry exam.

Work Ethics

The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) instructs and evaluates students on work ethics in all programs of study. Ten work ethics traits have been identified and defined as essential for student success: appearance, attendance, attitude, character, communication, cooperation, organizational skills, productivity, respect, and teamwork. To ensure that all graduates have successfully completed the necessary Work Ethics coursework, students are required to complete the Work Ethics course assignments in Blackboard prior to graduation. The Work Ethics coursework will be offered in conjunction with the entry level occupational course and a capstone occupational course appropriate for their program and must be completed in order to graduate. For more information, please see your advisor.

Work Ethic Learning Outcome: Students will successfully pass a work ethics assessment which will demonstrate knowledge of personal characteristics in demand in the workplace which are reflected in the College’s work ethics initiative. Those characteristics include: appearance, attendance, attitude, character, communication, cooperation, organization skills, productivity, respect, and teamwork. These characteristics have been included in each program of study through entry level occupational courses and capstone occupational courses and are identified on each program page.

Notice and Responsibilities Regarding this Catalog

The information in this College Catalog and Student Handbook accurately reflects current policies and procedures at the time of publication. Students are admitted to the College under and are subject to the provisions of the SRTC Catalog and Student Handbooks for the term they initially enroll. Students in all programs are admitted under and are subject to the provisions of the College Catalog and Student Handbook and applicable addendums for the term they are admitted to the program at Southern Regional Technical College. If for any reason, a break in enrollment occurs, students must reapply and satisfy the College Catalog and Student Handbook requirements for the term of their re-entry to any program. The provisions of this catalog are not to be regarded as an irrevocable contract between Southern Regional Technical College and the student. The College reserves the right to change any provision or requirement at any time.

Southern Regional Technical College. (2017). 2017-2018 College Catalog and Student Handbook

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