Valdosta Daily Times

June 30, 2010

Merger of technical colleges now official


The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — The merger of East Central Technical College and Valdosta Technical College was approved by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools at its June meeting last week in Atlanta.

The college was notified Wednesday of the approval.

“We are excited to receive this positive report from SACS,” said Dr. Ray Perren, president of the newly formed Wiregrass Georgia Technical College. “The faculty, staff, and administration of both colleges have worked extremely hard over the past year to ensure that the merged college remains true to its mission of workforce development. Now our focus can change from merging the two colleges to acting as one college. Our goal is to become the flagship technical college for this state and provide a broader range of educational programs and services for our students than either college could have done alone.”

The approval by the Commission on Colleges was the final step in the completion of the merger. Effective today, the merged colleges will operate under the name Wiregrass Georgia Technical College with four campuses, two extended campuses, and an adult education service center in each of the 11 counties served.

Wiregrass Georgia Technical College offers 198 programs of study, including 24 associate degree programs, 40 diploma programs, and 119 technical certificate of credit programs. Georgia QuickStart, contract training, and continuing education courses are offered through the economic development office. The college also offers adult education courses for individuals wishing to obtain their GED.

Summer quarter begins July 13 with an expected enrollment of more than 4,700 students, a 15 percent increase over East Central Tech and Valdosta Tech’s combined enrollment last summer quarter. To learn more about Wiregrass Georgia Technical College, call (800) 575-0567 or visit www.wiregrass.edu.