On October 2nd, the state board that oversees the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) voted to approve Southern Regional Technical College as the new college name, once the merger of Moultrie Technical College (MTC) and Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) is finalized on July 1, 2015.
A naming committee was formed by the Board of Directors of SWGTC and MTC and charged with submitting a joint recommendation to the TCSG State Board from suggestions made by the faculty and staff of the respective institutions. The committee was comprised of the Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, and one additional member from each Board. The final recommendation was submitted on September 17th, after approval at the first consolidated MTC-SWGTC Board of Directors meeting.
SWGTC President Dr. Craig Wentworth and MTC Acting President Jim Glass said in a joint statement, “Choosing a name is an arduous process because Southwest Georgia has so many unique characteristics related to geography, agriculture, and history. However, our primary objective in determining the new name was sending a clear message to current and prospective students, industry professionals, and everyone else in the region that we are their college. Now that our vision has a name that both of our boards championed we will be working together to ensure Southern Regional Technical College continues to serve our communities with quality technical and continuing education, adult education, and business and industry services.
Southern Regional Technical College will serve Colquitt, Grady, Mitchell, Tift, Thomas, Turner, and Worth counties at seven different instructional sites. Last year, the two colleges enrolled 5,121 students in credit classes. The merged institution’s dual-enrollment program for high school students is projected to be the largest in the state with over 1,100 students.
Southwest Georgia Technical College are units of the Technical College System of Georgia.