Economic Development Programs and Services

Continuing Education Units

Institutional Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for many Economic Development Seminars. The Continuing Education Unit represents ten contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction.

Professional Learning Units

Southern Regional Technical College is approved by the Georgia Department of Education to issue Professional Learning Units (PLUs) for specific continuing education courses.

The Southern Regional Technical College Department of Economic Development is in charge of the design and administration of the PLU program for teachers. Professional learning activities will be offered to complement and/or enhance existing classroom activities and to establish Southern Regional Technical College as a reliable source of quality professional learning credit courses.

Professional Enrichment Training

Topics include, but are not limited to: Supervisory Skills, Communication Skills, Computer Training, Customer Service, Team Building exercises, and Workplace Spanish.

Personal Enrichment

Topics include, but are not limited to: Genealogy, Piano for Hopelessly Busy People, Photography, Beginning Crochet, Driver’s Education, and Photoshop.

Frequency of Offerings

Seminars are offered year round. View the current schedule by visiting

Admissions Procedures

SRTC offers seminars and other activities to meet specific community educational needs. Seminars carry no academic credit, do not require entrance testing, and are not transferable to credit programs. Payment of fees allows for registration in the seminar.

Fees and Registration

The Economic Development registration fee must be paid in advance of class start date. Cash, Check, MasterCard, VISA and company billing are accepted. You are officially enrolled and your name placed on the roster as soon as we receive your registration form and payment. Students may be accepted on the first day of class on a space-available basis only. Waiver of fees for senior citizens does not apply to Economic Development Program offerings.

Seminar Cancellation

Seminars/courses with insufficient enrollment may be canceled at the discretion of the Economic Development Division. If a class is cancelled, every effort will be made to contact all students who have pre-registered. Students who have not pre-registered are responsible for finding out about classes that may have been cancelled. The Division reserves the right to cancel, postpone, limit enrollment, split or combine classes, and change instructors and class location.

Refund Policy for Non-Credit Programs

Participants in non-credit seminars cancelled for insufficient enrollment or other institutional reasons will receive a full automatic refund. Refunds or exchanges may be made if requested at least 24 hours (one working day) before the first class date. No refunds will be given after a seminar begins.

Customized Training for Business and Industry

SRTC is your limitless resource for training. Customized Training is specifically designed to meet your company’s unique needs, when you need it! It can include, but is not limited to, training consultation, training analysis, training development, and instruction. The costs of training vary depending on seminars taught. Customized, on-site training is available for most of our offerings. Whether it is technical skills, industrial skills and safety, supervisory development, or computer training, we can provide training with a custom fit.

Health and Safety Training

SRTC is an American Heart Association Certified Training Center. The Community Training Center at Southern Regional Technical College functions to broaden the outreach of the American Heart Association Emergency Cardiovascular Care Network within our community. The number one goal of the American Heart Association and the Southern Regional Technical College Training center is saving lives.

The Community Training Center strives to promote the mission of the American Heart Association, fighting heart disease and stroke, by offering quality AHA training courses in basic life support, advanced life support and pediatric advanced life support to the community. The Community Training Center also serves to support affiliated instructors who require certification, the latest training information, materials and course completion cards.

Our instructors represent various areas throughout our service region. Instructors are available to provide on-site training anywhere in our seven county service region and surrounding areas.

Industrial and Osha Training

Topics include: Lean Six Sigma Manufacturing, General Industry OSHA Safety Requirements, Customer Service Skills, Leadership Training, Forklift Operator Training.

Quick Start

Georgia’s Quick Start program is nationally recognized for providing high-quality training services at no cost to new and expanding businesses in Georgia that meet eligibility factors. For more than 40 years, Quick Start has provided customized workforce training free-of-charge to qualified businesses in Georgia. Both new businesses locating to Georgia and expanding industries in the state can greatly benefit from Quick Start’s nationally acclaimed services. Quick Start delivers comprehensive workforce training services, from pre-employment assessment and training that helps companies “select the best,” to customized, job-specific training that delivers exactly the right skills your business needs.

Quick Start has extensive experience delivering workforce training in a broad range of industry sectors; including:

  • Biotech/Healthcare
  • Warehousing/Distribution
  • Automotive
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Food/Agribusiness
  • Service

For more information about Quick Start and how SRTC can help you, please contact the SRTC Department of Economic Development.

The Retraining Tax Credit

The Retraining Tax Credit is available to employers who provide retraining for employees for a tax credit up to 50% of the costs of retraining each full-time employee up to $500 each. The credit amount shall not exceed $1,250 per year per full-time employee who has successfully completed more than one approved retraining program. The training must enhance the skills of employees otherwise unable to function effectively on new equipment, be approved by the Technical College System of Georgia (Southern Regional Technical College is your liaison), and be provided at no cost to the employee.

Facility Rental

SRTC offers computer labs, classrooms, seminar rooms, and meeting rooms for rental. Technical support, instructional equipment, catering, and other services may also be provided for a fee. For more information, contact the Southern Regional Economic Development Department at one of the College locations.