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return to top Tis the Season for Project CARE at WGTC
Posted: December 12, 2013

Each year, the West Georgia Technical College family to comes together to help their own who are in need of assistance during the holiday season. The West Georgia Technical College Foundation’s initiative Project CARE will help 34 families during this holiday season with over $9,800 in funds and over 11,000 cans of food given to those in need.

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Members of the Bowdon Area United Christian Ministries sorting through canned goods given by WGTC’s Project CARE.

“The student and employees at West Georgia Technical College have such a wonderful spirit of giving,” said President Dr. Skip Sullivan. “We are fortunate to have such a compassionate atmosphere at the College.”

Project CARE is the community assistance initiative of the West Georgia Technical College Foundation to help students and employees with their basic needs. It consists of both financial assistance and a food pantry to help students, faculty and staff.

Assistance is open to current students, faculty and staff of West Georgia Technical College. Families in need can apply for assistance through Project CARE. The Foundation raises funds for Project CARE year-round through employee contributions, cake auctions and other fundraisers.

In addition to giving assistance to those within the College, the canned goods collected from Project CARE are also given to local community organizations such as Tallapoosa Community Christian Council and Bowdon Area United Christian Ministries, an association of churches in the Bowdon area ministering to families in need in the community for more than 10 years. LaGrange Personal Aid received assistance from the Project CARE food pantry last year.

“Project CARE has proven to be one of the most important initiatives we have at West Georgia Technical College,” said Dr. Sullivan. “We are fortunate to have the support of the community as well as the inspiring generosity from our students and employees for this initiative.”

West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties, class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, and a virtual learning campus, offers over 115 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the third largest of the state’s 25 technical colleges.


return to top WGTC Faculty and Student Creates New Mace for Graduation
Posted: December 9, 2013

West Georgia Technical College instructors Jim Biagi, Jerry Gray, and Tim White along with student David Klehn designed a new mace to be unveiled at the graduation ceremony on December 16.

“I continue to be impressed with the skill and expertise shown by our students and faculty here at West Georgia Technical College,” said President Dr. Skip Sullivan. “A great deal of time and dedication went into the creation of the mace. I commend everyone who participated.”

The mace is a symbol of institutional authority and is carried in the commencement procession by two faculty marshals. The faculty marshals lead the procession followed by graduates, the stage party and then faculty. Jim Biagi, Industrial Mechanical Systems instructor and Karen Freeman, Early Childhood Care and Education Program Chair and instructor will be the faculty marshals for the December 16 ceremony.

The graduation committee, which is comprised of faculty representatives, staff, Vice President of Student Affairs and registrar, worked alongside Gray, a LaGrange Drafting instructor; Biagi, a Lagrange Industrial Systems instructor and White, a Carroll Machine Tool instructor on the design and production of the mace. A rough draft design for the plan was created by Gray while Klehn, a LaGrange Electronics Technology student, was hired for the wood working. Brass and wood were obtained for the fabrication of the main staff and top spindle, leaving the top medallion to be fabricated by White.

The image on the medallion depicts a shield divided into four quadrants. Each quadrant has an image representing the four areas of the College—hands for business and public services, lamp of knowledge for health sciences, the micrometer for trade and technology and a text book for arts and sciences. The banner beneath the shield has the inscription of “Est. 1966.”

“It’s an honor to continue such a time honored tradition at our College,” said Dr. Sullivan. “Having our own faculty and students design and create such an important symbol just adds to the significance of the ceremony.”

West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties, class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, and a virtual learning campus, offers over 115 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the third largest of the state’s 25 technical colleges.


return to top WGTC HIT Student is First to Graduate From the ACE Program
Posted: December 5, 2013

When he walks across the stage on December 16, West Georgia Technical College Health Information Technology student Ju’Morris Singleton will be the first graduate of the ACE Program since its inception in 2011.

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WGTC HIT student Ju’Morris Singleton is the first to graduate from the ACE Program.

The ACE Program (Answering the Call for Excellence) is an academic advising, counseling, mentoring, and social support program intended to provide academic enrichment, leadership development, enhanced sense of professionalism and self-advocacy, critical thinking and communication skills leading to program completion, graduation and employment for primarily African American male students attending West Georgia Technical College. Male students from other ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to participate as well.

“We strive to provide our students with the programs and resources to excel and complete their education with us,” West Georgia Technical College President Dr. Skip Sullivan said. “This is a tremendous achievement and we are very proud of him.”

Singleton first enrolled at West Georgia Technical College on the Murphy Campus in 2008 after leaving a four year university. As a single dad, he wanted to work quickly and enrolled in the Emergency Medical Services program where he received his EMT certification. He then decided to pursue an associate degree and enrolled in the Health Information Technology program. It was during this time that Singleton learned about ACE.

“Just the definition of ACE inspired me. I wanted to be a role model to other individuals,” said Singleton. “After the first meeting I decided to join. The meetings kept me focused on the end result.”

During his time in the ACE Program, Singleton has worked in many capacities at the College including several work study positions and an EMT instructor in addition to his current position as an EMT with West Georgia Ambulance.

“Seeing how much Ju’Morris has grown from the time I first met him makes me really proud to be a part of ACE,” said Tammy Harris, Enrollment Center and ACE Program Coordinator. “It has helped him become the young man he is today. He has set an example for single dads out there working and going to school.”

“ACE has taught me professional skills and gave me a feel for being in a professional environment,” said Singleton. “It’s a program that gave me a good foundation.”

West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties, class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, and a virtual learning campus, offers over 115 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the third largest of the state’s 25 technical colleges.


return to top WGTC RADS Program Participates in Fantasy in Lights - Night Walk
Posted: December 2, 2013

The West Georgia Technical College Radiological Association for the Development of Students participated in the Callaway Gardens Night Walk benefitting the March of Dimes November 17.

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WGTC RADS students with their friends and families at the Callaway Gardens Night Walk.

“West Georgia Technical College fully supports enriching community involvement by our students, faculty and staff,” said President Dr. Skip Sullivan. “We hope that everyone will continue to come out and support these wonderful organizations and their efforts.”

RADS is an organization for students in the Radiologic Technology program at West Georgia Technical College. This organization provides an opportunity for members to improve their leadership skills, attend educational seminars and explore the many career opportunities available in the radiology field. The LaGrange Campus chapters of RADS along with Phi Beta Lambda have participated in the Night Walk event for many years.

“It’s fun to get together for a good cause and walk 5-9 miles through festive Callaway Gardens Fantasy in Lights with our families and friends,” said Kim Whitaker, Radiologic Technology Clinical Coordinator. “The night is filled with good exercise, fellowship, charity and good food!”

The RADS Club organization gives the radiography student the opportunity to enhance community service activism. RADS has been active in the community by participating in the College’s Project CARE, Troup County’s Paint the Town Pink for breast cancer awareness and Troup Co. CASA, where trunks, luggage and book bags were donated to foster children as they transition to temporary housing. In addition, the organization has participated in Troup Co. Relay for Life and was the 3rd place winner in a Chili Cook-off that benefitted the March of Dimes.

“I am so proud of the RADS students and my co-advisor, Wanda Barbee, who works hard to keep us all organized and energized,” said Whitaker. “She is the perfect example of leadership for the RADS Students and myself.”

West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties, class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, and a virtual learning campus, offers over 115 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the third largest of the state’s 25 technical colleges.


return to top WGTC CEC Wins College and Career Academy of the Year Award
Posted: November 21, 2013

The Central Educational Center was named the inaugural winner of the “College and Career Academy of the Year” award from Lt. Governor Casey Cagle at his annual business and education summit at Effingham College and Career Academy November 14.

West Georgia Technical College has been a vital educational presence in Coweta County since 2000. Until this fall semester, the College was housed in the Central Educational Center, which opened as a collaborative venture between business and industry, the Coweta County School System and West Georgia Technical College.

“[CEC’s] pioneering good work is appreciated statewide,” said Mark Whitlock, Central Educational Center CEO. “The community support provided in Coweta by Coweta companies is a shining example for our state!”

There are soon to be 30 college and career academies in the state of Georgia with CEC serving as the pioneer model.

“When it came time to select our first ever College and Career Academy of the Year, the Central Educational Center was an obvious choice,” said Lt. Governor Cagle. “The tremendous partnership between Coweta County Schools, West Georgia Technical College, and the local business community has produced an incredible, world-class educational institution that is leading Coweta County into the bright economic future of tomorrow. But they’re not only doing great things in Coweta- they have embraced their leadership role and are encouraging and supporting similar academies in communities across the state.”

Other finalists for the award included Floyd County College and Career Academy, Golden Isles Career Academy, Effingham College and Career Academy, and Clarke County College and Career Academy.

“We are proud to be a part of the CEC and we are thankful for their collaboration and support throughout the years,” said West Georgia Technical College President Dr. Skip Sullivan. “We look forward to continuing to impact students’ lives as well as the surrounding community.”

West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties, class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, and a virtual learning campus, offers over 115 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the third largest of the state’s 25 technical colleges.


return to top WGTC Featured in Flowers Bakery Training Video
Posted: November 20, 2013

The West Georgia Technical College Industrial Systems Technology program on the Carroll Campus will be featured in the Flowers Bakery leadership training video. The training video will be used in Flowers Bakeries around the country.

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WGTC Electronics Technology Instructor John Ward with one of his students during the video filming.

“West Georgia Technical College is committed to offering the type of fast-paced, hands-on, real world education that people need to be competitive in today’s job market,” said President Dr. Skip Sullivan. “We are honored to be featured in the video and we thank Flowers Bakery for their commitment to technical education.”

The partnership between Flowers Bakery in Villa Rica and West Georgia Technical College began when Flowers needed maintenance technicians in electrical and industrial systems. West Georgia Technical College Industrial Systems and Industrial Electrical Technology graduates fulfilled that need successfully. The partnership is so successful that Flowers Bakery wants their plants around the country to model the relationship the College has with the Villa Rica plant.

“One of our greatest challenges is finding viable candidates for our bakery technician and engineering apprenticeship programs,” said Mike Wester, Engineering Superintendent of Flowers Bakery in Villa Rica. “Through our partnership with WGTC, we have maintained a steady and reliable source of well-trained graduates to help operate our bakeries."

“It’s the type of relationship that when other companies see it, they will want to model it,” said Julian Schmoke, Associate Provost for the Carroll Campus. “This type of investment a corporation makes with a technical college will yield positive results.

Flowers Foods, headquartered in Thomasville, Ga., is a leading producer and marketer of packaged bakery foods in the United States. The company operates 45 highly efficient bakeries that produce breads, buns, rolls, snack cakes, and pastries, which are distributed fresh to foodservice and retail customers in the Southeastern, Southwestern, and mid-Atlantic states and frozen to national foodservice and retail customers.

West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties, class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, and a virtual learning campus, offers over 115 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the third largest of the state’s 25 technical colleges.


return to top WGTC Nursing Student Elected as VP for GANS
Posted: November 19, 2013

West Georgia Technical College Registered Nursing student Jeanette Negron was elected as the first Vice President for the Georgia Association for Nursing Students on October 18, 2013 at the state-wide Georgia Association for Nursing Students (GANS) convention held in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Jeanette Negron, first WGTC RN Student to be elected as Vice President for the Georgia Association for Nursing Students.

“Our students continue to excel academically and professionally,” said West Georgia Technical College President Dr. Skip Sullivan. “We are tremendously proud of Ms. Negron’s accomplishments, and I know that she will represent the College well.”

Negron, an RN student completing her first year of study on the Coweta Campus, currently serves as the West Georgia Technical College Association for Nursing Students (WGTCANS) vice-president. WGTCANS is a nursing association branch of GANS which meets several times each semester and are actively involved in local community events and other charities. GANS is a student led organization that represents ADN and BSN programs nationwide.

The WGTCANS members attended the conference October 17-20, 2013 in Atlanta. The students who attended were able to network, learn about career opportunities, attend in-services on nursing issues and participate in an NCLEX review and NCLEX bowl. The WGTC students attending the conference this year won second place in the NCLEX bowl out of all the schools participating.

“Jeanette Negron is an excellent nursing student. As her previous nursing instructor, I have had the privilege of watching her grow,” said RN Instructor Christina Brazier. “She has great leadership qualities, is very compassionate, very client-centered and has a humble yet confident demeanor. She is an emerging and aspiring leader for the future of nursing who is committed to the care of clients.”

“I feel blessed and humbled to have this opportunity to represent WGTC in this capacity. I am grateful for the support of my family, friends, nursing school family and WGTC, this would not be possible without them,” said Negron. “I am very excited about this new role and intend to do my very best and learn as much as I can. I hope this inspires other non-traditional students to be more involved in their local associations. I don't think anything happens by coincidence, I think I am exactly where I am supposed to be right now and am curious where this will take me. If I can do this, you all can.”

West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties, class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, and a virtual learning campus, offers over 115 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the third largest of the state’s 25 technical colleges.


return to top WGTC Dental Hygiene Students Hold Free Clinic
Posted: November 14, 2013

The West Georgia Technical College Dental Hygiene program on the Douglas Campus held its first-ever free clinic for children November 12. The clinic offered free cleanings and x-rays for children 12 and under that had no insurance. The clinic served a total of 25 kids.

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WGTC Dental Hygiene students Katie Waldrup (left) and Kimberly Griffin (right) placing dental sealants.

“I applaud the initiative and drive of our faculty and students,” said West Georgia Technical College President Dr. Skip Sullivan. “West Georgia Technical College fully supports enriching community involvement and we are proud of their efforts.”

Kendra Buchanan, Dental Hygiene student and President of the College chapter of the Student American Dental Hygienists’ Association, helped to organize the free clinic. Buchanan was instrumental in getting children to participate, acquiring thousands of dollars’ in donated products and delegating student responsibilities.

“As a student organization, we wanted to help our surrounding community,” said Buchanan. “Dental health is an urgent need in this area so we wanted to help and give back.”

The clinic not only helped the local community but it also helped the students put their classroom knowledge to use.

“This event helps to train students on how to work with younger patients as well as advance their skills in oral health,” said Naquilla Thomas, Dental Hygiene Program Director. “We served more patients than we originally planned.”

The free event had five sponsors including Benco, Atlanta Dental Supply, Q-Optics, Crest & Oral B, and Hu-Friedy. Dr. Precious Crawford, a periodontist from Dekalb County, served as the supervising dentist for the event. The Douglas Campus Dental Hygiene program plans to have the next free clinic in February.

West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties, class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, and a virtual learning campus, offers over 115 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the third largest of the state’s 25 technical colleges.


return to top WGTC Squires Hold Fall Leadership Development Training
Posted: November 12, 2013

The West Georgia Technical College Squires: Knights in Training held their fall leadership development training October 25 at the Coweta Campus.

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WGTC fall 2013 Squires: Knights in Training participants with President Dr. Skip Sullivan.

The Squires program is designed to help a select group of students to understand their own leadership styles, discover a deeper understanding of their own values and beliefs, obtain basic skills required to be a successful student leader, and create a personal plan for leadership. In addition, the program trains students to work with other students as a peer mentor, assisting students in gaining familiarity with the College and its processes.

“West Georgia Technical College strives to provide excellence in the classroom and in the workforce,” said West Georgia Technical College President Dr. Skip Sullivan. “I am delighted at the leadership skills our students continue to display, and I wish them the best in all of their future endeavors.”

Student participants can self-nominate or be nominated by faculty and staff at the college. This program is offered once each semester for students wishing to enhance their leadership skills.

“The ultimate goal is to train students for leadership roles in student government and other organizations,” said Squires adviser Lauren Lunk. “Many students have gone on to state officer positions in other organizations who probably wouldn’t have before. We want our students not to leave here without leadership skills.”

Squires is taking nominations for the next leadership development training during spring semester on the Carroll Campus. For more information please contact squires@westgatech.edu.

West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties, class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, and a virtual learning campus, offers over 115 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the third largest of the state’s 25 technical colleges.


return to top WGTC Welding Student Begins Welding Career at Local Plant
Posted: October 29, 2013

West Georgia Technical College welding student Jacob Keaton recently started as a mechanical contractor at Georgia Power Plant Wansley for the fall outage. Keaton, who lives in Heard County, began as one of the first dual enrolled students at the Franklin Instructional Site and is now enrolled as a traditional student in the welding and joining technology program.

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WGTC welding student, Jacob Keaton, accepts mechanical contractor position at Georgia Power Plant Wansley.

“Our students continue to be a shining example for excellence in the classroom and in the workforce,” said West Georgia Technical College President Dr. Skip Sullivan. “We commend Jacob on his hard work and are proud of his success.”

Keaton began in the dual enrollment program while he was an 11th grader at Heard County High School. It was then that he decided to pursue welding as a career. His welding instructor, Joe Pennington, spent many years working at Plant Wansley and was able to share that experience with him.

“Welding always seemed cool to me and really fun to do,” said Keaton. “Joe really influenced me to go to Plant Wansley. I wanted to follow in his footsteps.”

In addition to Keaton’s success, the Franklin Instructional Site welding program also has three other students placed in local welding positions, with one student accepting a position at Yamaha.

“We’re pleased to have our dual enrollment program. It opens up a lot of opportunity in the community for our students such as Jacob,” said Pennington. “We hope to see more of it. It’s an asset to the program and to the community. The students are dedicated, they want it and they’re going to make it all the way.”

West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties, class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, and a virtual learning campus, offers over 115 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the third largest of the state’s 25 technical colleges.


return to top WGTC to Offer ESOL Classes
Posted: October 24, 2013

Starting in spring 2014, West Georgia Technical College Virtual Learning Campus will offer an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program.

"This is a great opportunity for individuals of other languages who want to improve their English skills in order to obtain a college education. Our ESOL courses will help students improve their English proficiency in the areas of listening, speaking, grammar, and composition while gaining confidence in their English language comprehension,” said Nihal Gunay, Virtual Learning Campus Associate Provost. “They will be ready for the rigor of college instruction when they complete the WGTC ESOL program. The courses will help students to not only improve their linguistic abilities but also their understanding of American culture and college instruction in US universities and colleges. "

The courses will replace the learning support English and Reading courses for ESOL students and they will be able to earn institutional credit. Students will be able to take ESOL courses in Listening, Speaking, Grammar, Reading and Composition in beginning, intermediate and advanced levels.

“West Georgia Technical College is committed to education and to making that education accessible for all of our students,” said President Dr. Skip Sullivan. “These classes will provide more options for students to pursue their educational and career goals.”

The ESOL courses will be offered for institutional credit only and will not transfer to other colleges and universities. Once students complete the advanced level courses and pass the COMPASS exam, they will be eligible to take traditional classes with transferrable credits. To learn more about ESOL classes, visit http://www.westgatech.edu/wordpress/index.php/esol-online-2/.

West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties, class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, and a virtual learning campus, offers over 115 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the third largest of the state’s 25 technical colleges.


return to top WGTC GED Graduate Becomes Homecoming Queen
Posted: October 10, 2013

West Georgia Technical College GED graduate and current Business Administrative Technology student Brandi Cash was crowned Homecoming Queen September 28 but Cash, who attends the LaGrange Campus, did not set out to become the belle of the ball.

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WGTC Business Administrative Technology student Brandi Cash wins 2013 Homecoming Queen.

In the fall of 2010, Cash wanted to make a change in her life and decided to pursue her GED.

“I wanted to be someone my kids can look up to,” said Cash. “I wanted to make a difference in my life.”

Her determination to finish school also inspired her husband to go back and get his GED after getting laid off. With both Cash and her husband working to change their lives, they experienced another life change. Cash found out she was expecting their third child soon after starting school. Though she experienced complications from premature labor, she remained determined to get her GED.

“I was probably most proud of the fact that I kept going while I was pregnant,” said Cash. “I had every opportunity to quit, but I kept going.”

Cash went on to graduate with her GED in February 2011 and decided to pursue a degree in Business Administrative Technology in the fall of 2012.

“I have always wanted to work with computers and business. I want to bring a smile to people’s face,” said Cash. “It’s not about sitting behind a desk. It’s about helping people.”

It is that same drive and determination to succeed that has helped Cash to make President’s List her first semester, join Phi Beta Lambda and to win Homecoming Queen.

“I had no expectations at all [of winning,]” she said. “When they called my name, I said ‘Did they read that right?’”

In spite of her challenges, Cash credits her teachers and West Georgia Technical College for helping her to achieve her goals.

“Brandi has such a contagious energy and drive. I knew she would go on to get her GED and continue to do great things,” said Susan Prestridge, Adult Education instructor. “I am so proud of all of her accomplishments.”

“My teachers at West Georgia Technical College are extremely inspiring to me. Every teacher has had a profound effect on everything I’ve done at WGTC,” said Cash. “If it wasn’t for my teachers, friends, family and God, I wouldn’t be here.”

West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties, class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, and a virtual learning campus, offers over 115 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the third largest of the state’s 25 technical colleges.


return to top WGTC Foundation Presents Gift to Ferst Foundation
Posted: October 7, 2013

The West Georgia Technical College Foundation presented the Coweta County Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy with a $2,500 check. The gift came from a portion of the proceeds of the Night in Monte Carlo casino night which kicked off the opening of the new Coweta Campus.

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WGTC Director of Institutional Advancement Kevin Cain, Janie Lore of the Coweta Ferst Foundation and WGTC President Dr. Skip Sullivan.

The Ferst Foundation was founded in 1999 with the mission to provide books for local communities to prepare all Georgia preschool children for reading and learning success. The books are mailed on a monthly basis free of charge to each registered child from birth until five years of age in participating communities within the State of Georgia.

“Early literacy is a vital part of a child's readiness to learn upon entering kindergarten and ultimately will require less remediation when entering college,” said Janie Lore of the Coweta Ferst Foundation. “West Georgia Technical College is a great partner in this initiative to send monthly, age-appropriate books to children from birth to age five.”

The Night in Monte Carlo casino night, which preceded the Coweta Campus opening, allowed Coweta County citizens to be a part of West Georgia Technical College’s growing presence and impact on the community. The College’s collaborative effort with the Coweta Ferst Foundation is one of many ways the College shows its commitment to the community it serves.

“West Georgia Technical College is committed to education and to making that education accessible,” said President Dr. Skip Sullivan. “We are proud to be a part of the Coweta community and to be able to give back to a wonderful organization on such a worthwhile cause.”

West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties, class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, and a virtual learning campus, offers over 115 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the third largest of the state’s 25 technical colleges.


return to top WGTC Medical Assistant Student Wins Award
Posted: September 27, 2013

West Georgia Technical College Medical Assisting graduate Rebecca Fitts received the American Association of Medical Assistants Excel Award at the AAMA Annual Conference September 27-30 in Atlanta.

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WGTC Medical Assisting instructor Jamie Shell with AAMA Excel Award winner Rebecca Fitts.

The AAMA is the premier organization dedicated to serving the interests of medical assistants and providing the medical assistant professional with education, certification, credential acknowledgment, networking opportunities, scope-of-practice protection, and advocacy for quality patient-centered health care.

"We commend Rebecca on her accolade and to her academic success at West Georgia Technical College," said West Georgia Technical College President Dr. Skip Sullivan. "This is a tremendous achievement and we are extremely proud of her."

The AAMA medical assisting student video and essay awards competition consisted of a short essay or video that would inspire students to pursue medical assisting as a profession. The competition is sponsored by textbook publisher F.A. Davis and the winner receives $500. Fitts entered the competition in June on a whim and didn’t expect anything to come of it.

“I felt good about myself just by sending it in,” said Fitts. “I just wanted to make someone’s day and make a difference.”

When Fitts learned that her essay beat out others from around the nation, the announcement came at the surprise of both Fitts and her medical assisting instructor Jamie Shell.

“It’s unreal! We’ve never had a student to win,” said Shell. “This is a huge award. I’m just so proud that a student from our College won.”

The award comes as a great ending to Fitts’ time at West Georgia Technical College. She had enrolled at the College on three separate occasions but did not know what she wanted to study. When she enrolled her final time in the summer of 2010, she asked around about the instructors. With numerous glowing recommendations for Jamie Shell, Fitts decided to pursue a degree in medical assisting.

“Everything felt right this time. Everyone cared,” said Fitts. “It didn’t matter that I was older and had three kids. I knew this was the right program for me. West Georgia Technical College helped me make that choice.”

West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties, class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, and a virtual learning campus, offers over 115 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the third largest of the state’s 25 technical colleges.


return to top WGTC Adult Education Offers One-Day GED Workshops
Posted: September 25, 2013

The West Georgia Technical College Adult Education department is offering free one-day GED workshops to anyone 18 and older who is not currently enrolled in Adult Ed classes and is in need of a GED diploma. The workshops will assess students’ skill levels, provide a short math refresher, and offer opportunities for GED practice testing and essay writing.

“The goal of the workshop is to help students get clarification as to whether or not they are test-ready and, in any case, what then, should their next steps be,” said Karen Kirchler, Vice President of Adult Education at West Georgia Technical College. “The current GED test series will be retired at the end of this year. It’s important for people who need their GED diplomas and who have already started the testing process, or have been enrolled in classes, to go ahead and take care of unfinished business.”

With the implementation of the 2014 test, previous test-takers who have passed portions of the current GED test, but failed to earn a diploma, will lose all credit for those portions that they have successfully completed. Unless they earn a GED diploma before the end of the year, test-takers will start fresh with a clean slate and no credit given for previous efforts.

“Sometimes, students are surprised at how close to being ready they actually are. If they show up and do the work, it’s amazing the progress they can make in a short time,” said Kirchler. “Even if someone isn’t test-ready right now, we can help them prepare. We don’t want anyone to lose credit for tests already passed, but on the other hand we don’t want anyone wasting their money by testing when they aren’t ready, even if we do have a looming deadline. We hope the workshops will help to bridge that gap for some.”

GED testing fees are $32 per subtest. The test consists of five subject area tests: math, writing, social studies, science and reading. Total costs for the test is $160. Test-takers can repeat subtests that they previously failed without having to repeat the entire test.

“West Georgia Technical College strives to make education accessible to as many students as possible,” said President Dr. Skip Sullivan. “Adult Education is one of the most important programs we offer and these workshops will help prepare our students for the competitive workforce.”

The WGTC workshops will be held on Monday, October 7 from 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on the Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Murphy, and LaGrange campuses. On Tuesday October 8 a workshop will be held at the Greenville site. Space is limited and open only to those 18 years of age or older who are not currently WGTC Adult Education students. All participants must present a valid picture I.D.

Individuals must register in advance for the workshops. To get more information on workshop locations and to register, visit www.westgatech.edu/adulted. Students in Meriwether County can call 706-672-3102 for workshop and registration information.

West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties and additional class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, offers over 115 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the third largest of the state’s 25 technical colleges and one of the fastest-growing two-year colleges in the nation.


return to top WGTC Cuts the Ribbon to the New Coweta Campus
Posted: September 23, 2013

After years of planning and months of construction, West Georgia Technical College cut the ribbon to the brand new stand-alone, full-service Coweta Campus on September 20.

WGTC board members, trustees, State and local dignitaries cut the ribbon to the new Coweta Campus

"We are pleased to be a part of Coweta County," said West Georgia Technical College President Dr. Skip Sullivan. "Without the support of this community, this campus would not be possible."

West Georgia Technical College has been a vital educational presence in Coweta County since 2000. Until this fall semester, the College was housed in the Central Educational Center (CEC), which opened as a collaborative venture between business and industry, the Coweta County School System and West Georgia Technical College.

"We thank everyone for being a part of this celebration," said Jim Mottola, President of the West Georgia Technical College Foundation. "This is truly an exciting day for the College, Coweta County and the state of Georgia."

The new campus is housed on 38 acres of prime real estate on I-85 donated by Orchard Hills Golf Properties, LLC who along with Newnan Hospital, Inc. made the largest land and cash gifts in the West Georgia Technical College Foundation’s history. Newnan Hospital, Inc. presented the West Georgia Technical College Foundation with a $1 million check at the 2011 groundbreaking ceremony. The gift was used exclusively to fund a portion of the cost of construction of an allied health services building, which is named the “Newnan Hospital, Inc. Allied Health Services Building.”

"I congratulate the West Georgia Technical College Foundation for their great partnership. Their leadership helped make this happen," said Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Ron Jackson. "It's a collaborative effort across the community that made this campus possible."

The state of Georgia budgeted $8.5 million for the second building on the campus which includes classrooms, labs, and faculty offices. The new Coweta Campus offers a number of programs including business management, computer information systems, electronics, early childhood development and healthcare.

"This is a very, very special day," said Mark Whitlock, CEO of the Central Educational Center. "Today raises the bar and sets the goal for greater days ahead."

"We have the opportunity to put Coweta on the map for education," said Dr. Sullivan. "We're going to make you proud."

West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties and additional class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, offers over 115 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the third largest of the state’s 25 technical colleges and one of the fastest-growing two-year colleges in the nation.


return to top WGTC Enrollment Increases for Fall 2013
Posted: September 13, 2013

With the fall semester in progress at West Georgia Technical College, credit enrollment has increased 4 percent from last fall with a 6 percent increase in credit hours taken.

“West Georgia Technical College is committed to offering the type of fast-paced, hands-on, real world education that people need to be competitive in today’s job market,” said President Dr. Skip Sullivan. “We want to help our students find success in the workforce in the midst of economic uncertainty.”

A total of 6,904 students are enrolled in credit courses at West Georgia Technical College this semester, up by 265 students from fall 2012. Enrollment was also up over 30 percent for dual enrollment and over 12 percent for first-time students. Transfer students enrollment rose about 18 percent this semester compared to last fall. West Georgia Technical College’s Douglas and Coweta campuses saw enrollment increases of about 11 percent and 19 percent respectively.

“Technical education continues to be sought-after in this economic climate,” said Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Tonya Whitlock. “Our expanding campuses and programs help to meet that need in our community.”

The opening of the College’s two newest campuses, the Virtual Learning Campus and the new Coweta Campus has helped to increase enrollment numbers. The Virtual Learning Campus, which launched this fall, is a stand-alone virtual campus that offers degrees, diploma and certificates. The Virtual Learning Campus will offer an ESL program that is also completely online in the spring semester.

The new Coweta Campus offers a number of programs including business management, computer information systems, electronics, early childhood development and healthcare opened to students August 12. The ribbon cutting ceremony for the new campus will take place on September 20 at 11 a.m.

West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties and additional class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, offers over 115 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the third largest of the state’s 25 technical colleges and one of the fastest-growing two-year colleges in the nation.


return to top Couple Finds Success in WGTC Commercial Truck Driving Program
Posted: September 11, 2013

When Duane Dykes was laid off from his job, he and his wife Joni Dykes began taking commercial truck driving classes at the Carroll Campus. They wanted to run a commercial truck driving team together to make a better life.

Commercial Truck Driving Couple

WGTC Commercial Truck Driving graduates Joni and Duane Dykes

“We thought it was the perfect opportunity to pursue a new career,” said Joni. “Our kids are grown and we thought this would be a good way to make money and see the country.”

In February Duane, a former mechanic, enrolled in the day class. Joni enrolled in the night classes in April while working as a medical transcriptionist. Though their classes were going well, the Dykes’ began to go through financial hardship and were considering having one of them drop out.

“I told him to try to work it out and both stay in class and that it would pay off,” said Commercial Truck Driving instructor Terry Turner. “I told him I would help any way I could.”

The Dykes decided to stay in class and sold scrap metal in addition to Duane taking side jobs to help ease the financial strain. As Duane graduated from the program and Joni was getting near her graduation date, their sacrifices soon began to pay off.

Turner met the transportation manager at Love’s Truck Stop who told him that he was looking for teams and asked if he ever had any teams that came through his class. Turner thought about Joni and Duane. The Dykes met with the manager, and two weeks after Joni graduated from the program they were both employed with Love’s Truck Stop. With their newfound career, the couple is doing well and achieving their financial goals.

“When I saw them all I could say was ‘And you wanted to quit!’” said Turner.

The Dykes credit Turner and West Georgia Technical College for helping them achieve their goal of becoming a commercial truck driving team.

“It’s a good career to get into,” said Duane. “West Georgia Technical College is going to teach you more than you need to know. They really prepare you. It was a good learning experience.”

West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties and additional class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, offers over 115 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the third largest of the state’s 25 technical colleges and one of the fastest-growing two-year colleges in the nation.


return to top Three Generations Receive GED from WGTC
Posted: August 29, 2013

There is a special bond among a grandmother, mother and daughter, but for Jerrie Shackelford, Melanie Hamrick and Shannon Noles their bond is bit more unique. These three generations of women began and completed the GED program at the Carroll Campus of West Georgia Technical College together.

WGTC GED graduates, Jerrie Shackelford, Melanie Hamrick, and Shannon Noles

“Adult education can help change the lives of families and their futures,” said West Georgia Technical College President Dr. Skip Sullivan. “We congratulate Jerrie, Melanie and Shannon on their accomplishments.”

When Shackelford was laid off from her contract position, she thought it was the perfect opportunity to go back to school. Hamrick was also contemplating another try at getting her GED.

“I didn’t feel like I could do it so I ended up quitting school,” said Hamrick of her previous GED attempt.

While her grandmother and mother had made the decision to get their GED together, Noles who was enrolled in high school at the time wasn’t doing well in school and didn’t feel that she was getting the help that she needed. She decided to leave her high school and pursue her GED with her mother and grandmother.

Throughout the course of the program, the three generations of women helped to push and motivate each other through the tough times. While Noles had to adjust from being out of a traditional high school atmosphere and being away from her friends, Shackelford and Hamrick had to adjust to being back in a school atmosphere while juggling family responsibilities.

“Studying at home was the hardest for me,” said Hamrick. “I have five kids aged 5 to 16 and it was hard to study and to take care of them.”

With only a 10th grade education and having been out of school for over 30 years, Shackelford faced the most difficulty in her pursuit of a GED. “I had the most trouble with math,” said Shackelford. “I would stay up until 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. studying. When I passed, that was a load off my chest. When I got that, I knew I could do this.”

In just nine short weeks, all three women received their GEDs and new goals for their future. They are each looking forward to pursuing the next step of their education at West Georgia Technical College Shackelford plans to pursue a Radiologic Technology degree, Hamrick is deciding between the Clinical Laboratory Technology or Dental Assisting programs and Noles looks forward to pursuing an Associate Degree in Nursing.

Despite their personal hardships, all three women agreed that the pursuit of higher education was worth it and credited their instructor, Andrea Swann, for their success.

“I really enjoyed West Georgia Technical College. It was an enjoyable experience,” said Shackelford. “I had a wonderful teacher. If it wasn’t for Andrea, I probably wouldn’t have finished.”

“I hope that this will show others that age is not a barrier. They supported each other, leaned on each other and encouraged one another,” said Adult Education instructor Andrea Swann. “They completed the program in such a short amount of time. I hope people will realize that college is an attainable goal that can happen sooner than they realize.”

West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties and additional class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, offers over 115 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the third largest of the state’s 25 technical colleges and one of the fastest-growing two-year colleges in the nation.




return to top WGTC Offers Grant for In Demand Career Programs
Posted: August 19, 2013

Beginning this fall, West Georgia Technical College students who are receiving the HOPE Grant may also be eligible for additional financial assistance from Georgia’s Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant Award. The SIWDG Award is available to Commercial Truck Driving, Early Childhood Care and Education and Practical Nursing students.

“West Georgia Technical College strives to make education accessible to as many students as possible,” said President Dr. Skip Sullivan. “This is a significant step in technical education that will provide more options for students.”

To qualify for the SIWDG Award, a student must be fully admitted to West Georgia Technical College, enrolled in Commercial Truck Driving, Early Childhood Care and Education or Practical Nursing and receiving the HOPE Grant for the same term. Eligibility for the SIWDG Award for the Commercial Truck Driving program is for one term only. The HOPE GED Grant, HOPE Grant, and SIWDG Award can be awarded in the same term, if all other eligibility requirements are met up to cost of attendance. High school students in dual enrollment programs are not eligible for the SIWDG Award.

“The SIWDG gives West Georgia Tech another available resource that will help students,” said Dr. Tonya Whitlock, Vice President of Student Affairs. “To some students, receiving this grant might be the extra encouragement needed to take that step and enroll in one of these programs.”

The SIWDG Award comes on the heels of the recent change in the HOPE Grant requirements that allows students with a 2.0 GPA to receive the HOPE Grant. For more information on eligibility for the SIWDG Award and the HOPE Grant, please visit www.westgatech.edu.

West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties and additional class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, offers over 115 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the third largest of the state’s 25 technical colleges and one of the fastest-growing two-year colleges in the nation.



return to top WGTC Welcomes New Adult Ed Vice President

West Georgia Technical College welcomes Karen Kirchler as Vice President of Adult Education.

Karen Kirchler

WGTC Vice President of Adult Education, Karen Kirchler

"We are thrilled to see our very own Karen Kirchler begin her new role as the Vice President of Adult Education,” said West Georgia Technical College President Dr. Skip Sullivan. “Her background and commitment to one of the most important programs we offer are a welcome addition.”

Kirchler’s career experience includes almost 10 years working for a community college in Florida. She spent seven years running programs that served adult education students and developmental/learning support students. She then transitioned into institutional research where she worked for a few years before opening a private consulting firm that provided grant writing, strategic planning, needs assessments and marketing plans to non-profits. In 2008, Kirchler decided to relocate to Georgia and was hired as the Adult Education Instructional Coordinator at West Georgia Technical College. She was promoted to Director of Adult Education in 2009 and then hired as the Executive Director of Adult Education in 2011.

The Adult Education Program at West Georgia Technical College is specifically designed for adults who need assistance with academic skills. The program offers flexible schedules that can meet the needs of any adult over 16 years of age who is eligible to participate. The Adult Education Department is located at the Adamson Square location of West Georgia Technical College. The Department provides free day and evening classes in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson, Troup, Heard and Meriwether counties to students wishing to improve basic skills, preparing for the GED Tests or developing English skills. Students requiring Learning Support classwork in reading, writing or math may complete their requirements through Adult Education. Information on classes and GED testing can be found at www.westgatech.edu/adulted, or can be obtained by calling toll-free 1-855-500-GEDS.

“I’m pleased and honored to have the opportunity, and I appreciate Dr. Sullivan’s confidence in me. My goal is to grow the program and increase our outreach to the community,” said Kirchler. “I see Adult Education as synonymous with economic development; we not only help to shape individual lives, we also help to shape communities.”

West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties and additional class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, offers over 115 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the third largest of the state’s 25 technical colleges and one of the fastest-growing two-year colleges in the nation.


return to top WGTC Foundation Honors the Callaway Foundation with Spirit of Giving Award

The West Georgia Technical College Foundation awarded its annual Spirit of Giving Award to the Callaway Foundation at the 12th Anniversary Black Tie & Boots Fundraiser on August 10th. The Spirit of Giving Award recognizes outstanding commitment and generosity to the West Georgia Technical College Foundation and technical education.

WGTC Director of Institutional Advancement Kevin Cain, Callaway Foundation President Speer Burdette and WGTC President Dr. Skip Sullivan.

"It’s an honor to recognize the Callaway Foundation for their dedication to the College, the Foundation and our students,” said West Georgia Technical College President Dr. Skip Sullivan. “Their longstanding commitment to education and to this College makes this award well-deserved.”

The West Georgia Technical College Foundation received a $250,000 matching grant from the Callaway Foundation in 2011 for the refurbishment and upgrades to the Callaway Conference Center. After the College matched these funds, total funding of $500,000 was used to make building upgrades which included a new roof, new carpet, repainting and grounds improvement.

Built in 1995, the Callaway Conference Center has been serving West Georgia Technical College and the Troup County community for over 15 years. The 30,000 square foot conference center holds graduations, pinning ceremonies and continuing education classes for West Georgia Technical College as well as offering a space for various community and local business events.

The City of Carrollton was last year’s recipient of the Spirit of Giving Award. The City of Carrollton purchased the downtown Carrollton Adamson Square building and transferred it to the Carrollton Payroll Development Authority who then leased the building to the West Georgia Technical College Foundation, making it the largest building donation in West Georgia Technical College Foundation’s history. The Callaway Foundation is the sixth recipient of the Spirit of Giving Award.

West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties and additional class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, offers over 115 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the third largest of the state’s 25 technical colleges and one of the fastest-growing two-year colleges in the nation.


return to top WGTC 2013 Black Tie & Boots Tickets Sold Out
Posted: August 7, 2013

If you have not secured your ticket for the most anticipated concert in West Georgia, you are out of luck. West Georgia Technical College announced that tickets to see Montgomery Gentry at the August 10 Black Tie & Boots concert are sold out.

“We cannot thank our sponsors enough,” said West Georgia Technical College President Dr. Skip Sullivan. “Not only for supporting the College, but also supporting our community.”

The country duo Montgomery Gentry is headlining the 12th anniversary concert. Montgomery Gentry burst into the music scene in 1999 with their single “Hillbilly Shoes.” The Kentucky natives, Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry, went on to produce fourteen Top 10 singles, including five No. 1s, “Something To Be Proud Of,” “If You Ever Stop Loving Me,” Lucky Man,” “Back When I Knew It All” and “Roll With Me.” The group follows the footsteps of Blake Shelton, Josh Turner, Gary Allen, and last year’s performer Little Big Town who all have rocked the stage at the Murphy Campus.

Black Tie & Boots is the West Georgia Technical College Foundation’s biggest fundraiser of the year. The concert includes a seated meal at 7 p.m. with the concert beginning at 8 p.m. Attendees are treated to valet parking, a professional photographer, and a walk on the red carpet.

Despite the celebrity entertainment, Black Tie & Boots is not all about red carpets and country super stars. Proceeds from the event go toward student scholarships, program improvements, facility upgrades and faculty development.

“The community embraces this event like no other,” said Dr. Sullivan. “Black Tie & Boots is highly anticipated every year and we are proud to contribute to the fabric of our community.”

West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties and additional class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, offers over 115 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the third largest of the state’s 25 technical colleges and one of the fastest-growing two-year colleges in the nation.



return to top WGTC PBL Wins Big at National Competition
Posted: July 30, 2013

The West Georgia Technical College Carroll, Coweta, Douglas and LaGrange chapters of Phi Beta Lambda attended the 2013 Institute for Leaders (IFL) leadership workshop and the Phi Beta Lambda National Conference in Anaheim, California in June.

West Georgia Technical College brought back six national top-10 finishes, including one first-place finish and eight other national awards. Carroll Campus students swept the top 10 with Catherine Robinson and Susan Blanchard receiving first place in Management Analysis & Decision Making, Savannah Turner received second place in Hospitality Management, Catherine Robinson placed third in Client Service, Susan Blanchard placed fifth in Accounting Principles and Hoa Vo received 10th place in Strategic Analysis & Decision Making. Douglas Campus students David Crawford, Caleb Beau Roberts, and Riley Rogers received sixth place in Digital Video Production. Carroll Campus students Vincent Kenon, Pamecia Reid and Hoa Vo along with David Crawford from the Douglas Campus and Joanna Payne from the Coweta Campus also received first place in the Institute for Leaders Shark Tank competition. In addition, Carroll Campus student Jessica Burger received the Who's Who award.

West Georgia Technical College Phi Beta Lambda chapters and advisers also came away with awards. The LaGrange Chapter received first place in March of Dimes Fundraising while the Douglas Chapter took home the Hollis and Kitty Guy Gold Seal Chapter Award of Merit, February Frenzy (Membership Increase) Award and the Outstanding PBL Chapter award. Joey Sanders, adviser and accounting instructor on the Carroll Campus, took third nationally in the Accounting for Business Professionals professional division open event while Douglas Campus adviser and Business Administrative Technology instructor Mona Williams won Georgia Adviser of the Year.

“The success of our students and faculty at the National Conference is an example of the excellence we bring in the classroom and in the workforce,” said West Georgia Technical College President Dr. Skip Sullivan. “I am proud of every one of them and congratulate them on their success.”

The students attended seminars such as team-building, leadership personality types and recognition, and cooperative learning environments, and effective teamwork in leadership as well as formed breakout groups to create, promote, and market a new product they’d envisioned during the leadership workshop. In addition, the West Georgia Technical College chapters of Phi Beta Lambda competed against over 2000 participants, most of whom were from 4-year universities, including the University of California (Berkeley), the University of Wisconsin, the University of Illinois, the University of Arkansas, the University of Georgia, and the University of North Carolina. Students competed in categories ranging from Small Business Management Plan, Cyber Security, Business Communication, Parliamentary Procedures, and Accounting Analysis and Decision-Making.

“It speaks volumes of the caliber of our students to win at state and compete and place at nationals,” said Ginger Dennis, LaGrange adviser and accounting instructor. “Faculty and staff at WGTC should be very proud of the job they do preparing our students for their career paths.”

West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties and additional class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, offers over 115 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the third largest of the state’s 25 technical colleges and one of the fastest-growing two-year colleges in the nation.



return to top WGTC Holds Fall Theater Auditions
Posted: July 29, 2013

West Georgia Technical College is holding auditions for the Performing Arts Club Second Annual Fall Theatrical Production.

The West Georgia Technical College Performing Arts Club is a student organization providing creative avenues for students interested in the performing arts, working either backstage or on stage. The Performing Arts Club is open to full and part time West Georgia Technical College students and provides family-friendly entertainment for both the College community and all of its service areas, with plans for eventual participation in various competitions both statewide and nationally.

“WGTC’s Performing Arts Club advisers seek to provide creative outlets for their students and cultural experiences for both the College community as well as all the greater communities WGTC is pleased to serve,” said Jennifer Jiles-Davis, English instructor and Performing Arts Club advisor.

Those interested in auditioning will need to memorize and prepare to perform a one - three minute monologue, rated no higher than PG-13, from a play or movie of their choice. The students auditioning will present their monologues as well as cold reads alone and with other actors from the directors' choice of play scenes.

“It’s an exciting part of our college experience to see the creativity and artistic pursuits of the students,” said WGTC President Dr. Skip Sullivan.

Auditions will be August 6 from 9 a.m. to noon and from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Carroll Campus in room 212. Call backs will be held August 7 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. For more information about auditions, contact pac@westgatech.edu.

West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties and additional class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, offers over 115 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the third largest of the state’s 25 technical colleges and one of the fastest-growing two-year colleges in the nation.


return to top WGTC Offers A.S. Degree in General Business
Posted: July 11, 2013

Starting this August, West Georgia Technical College is offering a new Associate of Science in General Business degree program with many transferable courses. The newly offered General Business degree program will provide an introductory foundation to core aspects of the business environment while also preparing students for continued study in the field of business. The program develops skills through course work in general education areas such as communication, social/behavioral sciences, natural sciences and mathematics, and the humanities, as well as through course work in the business disciplines.

“This is a significant step in technical education that will provide more options for students,” said West Georgia Technical College President Dr. Skip Sullivan. “This will allow more opportunities for students to build on the skills and knowledge they gain at West Georgia Technical College.”

The general business degree was designed through collaboration with Columbus State University, making it easier for students earning associate degrees at West Georgia Technical College to transfer course work and earn a bachelor's degree. With this collaboration West Georgia Technical College students will be able to start at Columbus State University at the junior level. In addition, many of the courses taken towards the A.S. degree are transferable to other colleges in the University System of Georgia. These transferrable courses are among the 27 general education courses that are able to be transferred to other University System of Georgia institutions.

Students can register for fall classes now and classes begin on August 12.

West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties and additional class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, offers over 115 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the third largest of the state’s 25 technical colleges and one of the fastest-growing two-year colleges in the nation.


return to top Limited Tickets Go On Sale for WGTC Black Tie & Boots
Posted: July 3, 2013

The West Georgia Technical College Foundation’s most anticipated fundraising event, Black Tie & Boots, has a limited number of tickets available. Due to the confirmed number of corporate sponsorships, the number of tickets on sale to the public is very limited.

This year’s event, which will be August 10 at the Murphy Campus, will feature the country duo, Montgomery Gentry. The group is known for their hits “Something To Be Proud Of,” “If You Ever Stop Loving Me,” Lucky Man,” “Back When I Knew It All” and “Roll With Me.” Past country artists who have performed at the annual concerts include Blake Shelton, Josh Turner, Gary Allen, and last year’s performer Little Big Town.

While Black Tie & Boots is known for bringing the latest country stars to West Georgia, its impact on the community goes deeper than entertainment. Proceeds from the event go toward student scholarships, program improvements, facility upgrades and faculty development.

“The West Georgia Technical College Foundation is an essential part of our College,” said West Georgia Technical College President Dr. Skip Sullivan. “It is because of the Foundation and its support that we are able to make a difference in the lives of our students, faculty and staff and in our communities.”

Tickets go on sale to the public on July 8 at $125 per person or $950 per table. Tickets can be purchased with a credit card on the West Georgia Technical College website, www.westgatech.edu or call 678.664.0516.

West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties and additional class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, offers over 115 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the third largest of the state’s 25 technical colleges and one of the fastest-growing two-year colleges in the nation.


return to top WGTC Foundation Receives $9000 Grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation
Posted: June 25, 2013

WGTC FOUNDATION RECEIVES $9000 GRANT FROM THE DOLLAR GENERAL LITERACY FOUNDATION
Grant to support WGTC’s literacy programs

Carrollton, GA – West Georgia Technical College Foundation recently received a $9,000 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Organization to support the College’s literacy programs. Specifically, the grant will help establish two additional Adult Education classes in Douglas and Coweta counties and increase volunteer participation in the program.

“Support from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation is critical to programs like ours in order to maintain or increase our reach to students in need. We receive limited federal and state funding, yet the need for Adult Education services continues to grow,” said Karen Kirchler, West Georgia Technical College Executive Director of Adult Education. “With about 60,000 adults in our service delivery area lacking a high school diploma or GED, it’s an issue that has a huge economic impact on our communities. Dollar General’s generosity not only supports our program and the students we serve, it supports our community as a whole and we are grateful to receive this grant.”

“Adult Education is one of the most important programs we offer here at West Georgia Technical College,” said President Dr. Skip Sullivan. "We sincerely appreciate this gift from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and their commitment to the community.”

The West Georgia Technical College Adult Education department provides GED® preparation, literacy instruction, and English-as-a Second Language classes to adults (16 and older) who lack a standard high school diploma or are in need of basic skills remediation and/or English language skills acquisition. The department serves a seven-county service area and provides campus-based classes within five counties, as well as classes at community-based sites and institutional settings throughout the entire service delivery area.

“At Dollar General, we are passionate about our mission of Serving Others throughout the communities we serve,” said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s chairman and CEO. “It’s exciting to see the Dollar General Literacy Foundation’s outreach in action as we partner with organizations to further education and literacy and make a real difference in people’s lives.”

Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2013, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $81 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 4.7 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.

For more information on the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, a complete list of grant recipients or grant application deadline information, please visit www.dgliteracy.org.

West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties and additional class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, offers over 115 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the third largest of the state’s 25 technical colleges and one of the fastest-growing two-year colleges in the nation.

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return to top WGTC Foundation Receives Proceeds from Second Annual Beast Feast
Posted: June 25, 2013

The West Georgia Technical College Foundation received $20,000 from the second annual Beast Feast held at Midway Church in Villa Rica April 18.

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WGTC President Dr. Skip Sullivan, Midway Church Adult Pastor Kevin Rivers and WGTC Board Member Mike Lee

The Beast Feast is an annual wild game dinner that serves as a way to bring people to church that normally would not attend as well as support the Adult Education program at West Georgia Technical College. The sold out dinner featured keynote speakers Willie and Korie Robertson from A&E’s hit reality show Duck Dynasty and a performance by the Christian rock band Builders None.

“We are grateful to be a recipient of the proceeds from the Beast Feast,” said West Georgia Technical College President Dr. Skip Sullivan. “Adult Education is one of the most important programs we offer and we are grateful for the support of the community."

The proceeds that the West Georgia Technical College Foundation received will be used for GED scholarships. The funds will help offset the cost of the GED test which rose last year from $95 for the five-part test to the current price of $160.

“The benefits of the Beast Feast to the community are immense; every time someone gets a GED, it places them in a position to get better educated and enter the workforce and be a productive citizen,” said Mike Lee, West Georgia Technical College Board of Directors Chair-Elect and Beast Feast Coordinator. “A partnership such as this is unique and powerful. It shows the broadness of our community.”

West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties and additional class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, offers over 115 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the third largest of the state’s 25 technical colleges and one of the fastest-growing two-year colleges in the nation.


return to top WGTC Names Library After Late Director of Library Services
Posted: June 25, 2013

West Georgia Technical College unveiled the newly named Mary M. McClung library on the Thomas B. Murphy Campus in Waco June 6. The library is named after the late Mary McClung, was the Director of Library Services for the College.

“Mary had many years of remarkable service to the College, and it was an absolute joy to know her,” said West Georgia Technical College President Dr. Skip Sullivan. “It is an honor to be able to continue her legacy here on our campus. We will all miss her.”

Mary McClung Library
The Mary M. McClung Library on the Murphy Campus in Waco

McClung, who lived in Douglasville, had worked with West Georgia Technical College for 18 years before losing her battle with cancer on March 14, 2013. Prior to her time at the College, McClung worked at Kennestone Hospital as the hospital librarian and prior to that, served as librarian at Kennesaw State University.

“Mary was kindhearted and selfless. She touched my life in a profound way that words simply cannot express,” said Penny Kenerly, West Georgia Technical College Murphy Campus Director of Instruction. “I know if Mary were here, she would most humbly appreciate the naming of the library in her honor. Mary so loved the College and the College very much loved Mary. She will forever be in our hearts.”

The Mary M. McClung Library is open to both West Georgia Technical College students and the public. The library is open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Friday from 7:30 a.m. to noon.

West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties and additional class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, offers over 110 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the third largest of the state’s 25 technical colleges and one of the fastest-growing two-year colleges in the nation.


return to top WGTC Holds Annual Mini Camp for Preteen Girls
Posted: June 18, 2013

West Georgia Technical College is once again offering a two day camp for preteen girls teaching the importance of self-esteem as well as cosmetology.

“Thanks to Dr. Sullivan and a concerned parent who suggested we have something to help our young ladies prepare for middle school and because it was such a success last year, the Cosmetology and Esthetician instructors are looking forward to our preteen camp again,” said Gail Conaway West Georgia Technical College Cosmetology Program Chair and Instructor. “We feel like the preteen camp is a contribution the Cosmetology and Esthetician programs can give to the community.”

The camp will discuss issues such as skin care, hair, nails, makeup, dress and self- esteem for preteen girls. Special guest lecturers from the community will teach the sessions in the camp along with cosmetology students and faculty. In addition to the lectures and salon demonstration, campers will receive a hair style and trim, facials including make-up application, and manicured nails -- all complementary of the students and instructors.

“We have been getting excellent responses about the camp the last few sessions,” said West Georgia Technical College President Dr. Skip Sullivan. “I think the camp is a good opportunity for young girls to visit the College and see what we have to offer.”

The camp will be held June 24 and 25 on each campus from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. The camp is free for participants. To make a reservation at the nearest campus, please contact the following: Franklin, Jennifer Meacheam 770-948-0255; Carroll, Dee Dee Patterson 770-836-6825; Murphy, Amina Blackmon 770-537-6054; LaGrange, Golda Brown 706-756-4624; Newnan, Schurita Person 770-755-7423 and Douglas, Dale Patterson 770-947-7357. For more information, please contact Gail Conaway at 770-537-6053 or at gail.conaway@westgatech.edu.

West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties and additional class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, offers over 110 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the third largest of the state’s 25 technical colleges and one of the fastest-growing two-year colleges in the nation.


return to top WGTC Surgical Technology Program Receives Award
Posted: June 10, 2013

The West Georgia Technical College Surgical Technology Program received the 2012 Galaxy Star Program Award.

“West Georgia Technical College is continually striving to improve our quality of education and services,” said West Georgia Technical College President Dr. Skip Sullivan. “This award is another step toward our commitment to excellence.”

The award was given by the Association of Surgical Technologists, a professional organization for surgical technologists and surgical assistants. The Galaxy Star Program is given out to programs each year that are recognized as outstanding surgical technology programs. The award is given to surgical technology programs that are in the top 20 percent of programs throughout the nation. To receive the award, a surgical technology program must have met and/or exceeded the nationally set benchmarks in the areas of certification pass rates, 100 percent enrollment to the Association of Surgical Technologists, and percentage of graduates employed in field or returning to school.

In addition to receiving the award, the West Georgia Technical College Surgical Technology Program received many other benefits. The College’s program was announced at the national conference in New Orleans this past May and will be listed in the Association of Surgical Technologist national journal. The College will also receive a gift certificate from Amazon to use for materials and resources to enhance the surgical technology program.

“This is by far something for us to be proud of,” said Jamey Watson, Surgical Technology Program Director. “We will continue to strive for excellence in providing our community with not simply surgical technologists but outstanding surgical technologists who take pride in their profession as well as their certification.”

West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties and additional class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, offers over 110 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the third largest of the state’s 25 technical colleges and one of the fastest-growing two-year colleges in the nation.


return to top WGTC Foundation Announces 2013-2014 Leadership
Posted: May 30, 2013

Jim Mottola, WGTC Foundation President
Jim Mottola, WGTC Foundation President

The West Georgia Technical College Foundation has announced its leadership officers for the 2013-2014 year.

Jim Mottola, Managing Director of KW Commercial for the Keller Williams Newnan office, replaces Douglas County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, Kali Boatright as Foundation President. Delores Goldin, Associate Broker with Prudential Georgia Realty, replaces Don Moore, a retired Bonnell Manufacturing executive, as Vice President. Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer of Tanner Health System, Larry Steed, will continue as Foundation Treasurer.

Delores Goldin, WGTC Foundation Vice President
Delores Goldin, WGTC Foundation Vice President

Prior to his Foundation service, Mottola has also served nine years on the operating board of directors of West Central Technical College prior to the merge with West Georgia Technical College. He is also a member of Newnan investment group Orchard Hills Golf Properties and was instrumental in the 2009 donation of 38 acres of prime Coweta County real estate to the WGTC Foundation for the new Coweta Campus. On behalf of Orchard Hills Golf Properties, Mottola accepted the Georgia Technical College Foundation Association's benefactor of the year award. Mottola has served on the Steering Committee of the Central Educational Center and has also served on Clayton College and State University’s Foundation Board.

Goldin became a member of the West Georgia Technical College Foundation board in 2009. Since then, Goldin served as vice-chair for Haralson County during the Invest in the Next Generation major gifts campaign. She is a member of the West Metro Board of Realtors, the Georgia Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. She is a graduate of Leadership Haralson.

Larry Steed, WGTC Foundation Treasurer

Larry Steed, WGTC Foundation Treasurer

Steed, a native of Carroll County, became a member of the West Georgia Technical College Foundation board in 2009. Currently serving as Foundation treasurer, he also serves on the executive and finance committees. Employed with Tanner Medical Center, Inc. since 1981, Steed currently serves as Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer of Tanner Health System with responsibility for Tanner Medical Center in Villa Rica and Higgins General Hospital in Bremen.

“We are proud to have these outstanding professionals as our leadership team,” said West Georgia Technical College President Dr. Skip Sullivan. “Their expertise and commitment to our Foundation will be a great asset as we work to accomplish next year’s goals.”

West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties and additional class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, offers over 110 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the third largest of the state’s 25 technical colleges and one of the fastest-growing two-year colleges in the nation.




return to top WGTC to Hold GED Open House
Posted: May 30, 2013

West Georgia Technical College will hold a GED open house June 4 on the Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, LaGrange and Murphy Campuses from 5 -7 p.m.

At each open house, attendees meet with faculty and staff, financial aid and admission counselors as well as other GED graduates. Campus tours and an overview of available programs of study will also be given.

“It’s important that we are able to show the community what we have to offer,” said President Dr. Skip Sullivan. “Adult Education is one of the most important programs we offer here at West Georgia Technical College, and we hope our GED graduates continue their education with us.”

In addition, GED graduates who have graduated within the past two years are eligible to enter a raffle to win a $500 GED HOPE Voucher. The GED HOPE Vouchers are able to be used toward West Georgia Technical College tuition and are good for up to two years.

“Many people we’ve been trying to reach may have taken the test but never enrolled in classes,” said Karen Kirchler, Executive Director of Adult Education. “We hope to let non-traditional students know that they would make excellent students for our programs and that there are many opportunities here at West Georgia Technical College.”

West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties and additional class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, offers over 110 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the third largest of the state’s 25 technical colleges and one of the fastest-growing two-year colleges in the nation.


return to top WGTC Students Win Scholarships
Posted: May 24, 2013
Anita Welch
Anita Welch, winner of the NTHS/FBLA-PBL Scholarship

West Georgia Technical College students James Garrett and Anita Welch have won scholarships from the National Technical Honor Society.

Garrett was one of 125 students from across the nation to receive the Jon H. Poteat scholarship, named in memory of the co-founder of the National Technical Honor Society. The scholarships are awarded annually to student NTHS members who consistently exemplify the seven character attributes of the NTHS – skill, honesty, service, responsibility, scholarship, citizenship and leadership.

Welch was one of two students from across the nation to receive a National Technical Honor Society scholarship exclusively for active FBLA-PBL members. Welch will be presented with her scholarship award at the Opening General Session of the PBL National Leadership
Conference in Anaheim, California.

James C Garrett
James Garrett, winner of the Jon H. Poteat scholarship


“Anytime our students win, it is good for the chapter,” said Shirlee Ausman, Business Administrative Technology instructor. “I would like to see more students take advantage of the many opportunities available through membership in West Georgia Technical College’s student organizations.”

“West Georgia Technical College students continue to excel academically and in the workforce,” said President Dr. Skip Sullivan. “We are tremendously proud of both James’ and Anita’s accomplishments and we wish them the best in their future endeavors.”

West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties and additional class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, offers over 110 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the third largest of the state’s 25 technical colleges and one of the fastest-growing two-year colleges in the nation.

 


return to top WGTC Welcomes New Provost to New Campus
Posted: May 17, 2013

West Georgia Technical College welcomes Peter Ludlow as the new associate provost for the Coweta Campus.

"We are absolutely delighted that Peter is joining us,” said West Georgia Technical College President Dr. Skip Sullivan. “His enthusiasm and passion for educating the workforce is unparalleled. His background and experience is an asset to this College and to the Coweta Campus.”

Ludlow brings over 15 years of experience with the Georgia Department of Labor Newnan Career Center to West Georgia Technical College and is well-known for his work with employers in the community. At the Newnan Career Center, Ludlow started as the Employer Marketing Representative, and then moved up to Supervisor before departing as Manager. Prior to his time with the Department of Labor, he served in the U.S. Army for 20 years.

Ludlow received a B.A. from Saint Leo University and a M.S. from the University of North Florida, but he credits his educational endeavors to his time in a two-year college.

“It was a two-year junior college that gave me a chance to restart my life,” said Ludlow. “My life was changed, because someone took the time and provided some quality guidance. I will take the time and effort to do for others, what someone did for me.”

As associate provost for the Coweta Campus, Ludlow will lead the oversight of the new campus, while engaging the local community and removing the barriers for student success. The new Coweta Campus is set to open this fall with the ribbon cutting ceremony taking place on September 20 at 11 a.m.

Ludlow will officially start at West Georgia Technical College on Monday May 20th and has high hopes for the new campus.

“What I hope to accomplish as the associate provost for our Coweta Campus is to establish WGTC as an internal part of our community -- that we develop programs, services and business relationships that meets the needs and wants of our community.”

West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties and additional class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, offers over 110 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the third largest of the state’s 25 technical colleges and one of the fastest-growing two-year colleges in the nation.


return to top WGTC Sponsors 2013 Bassmaster Elite Series at West Point Lake
Posted: May 10, 2013

West Georgia Technical College served as the premier sponsor of the Bassmasters Elite Series West Point Lake Battle tournament which was held at Pyne Road Park at West Point Lake May 2-5. This is the second year that West Point Lake has hosted the tournament and West Georgia Technical College’s second year as a sponsor.

Photo of the crowd before Sunday’s weigh-in at the Bassmaster Elite Series West Point Lake Battle
Photo of the crowd before Sunday’s weigh-in at the Bassmaster Elite Series West Point Lake Battle

The Bassmaster Elite Series features eight tournaments held around the United States. The 100 best bass anglers compete in these tournaments, which are covered by ESPN 2. The winner, Skeet Reese, won $100,000 and beat the other 99 anglers who started in the tournament. The show will air Sunday, May 12 from 8-9 am on ESPN2.

Despite the torrential rain during the weekend’s festivities, the event had 14,000 people attend which beat the 2011 attendance of 12,500. In addition to the tournament, fishing enthusiasts enjoyed early morning launches, tournament weigh-ins and B.A.S.S. High School Elite Experience which is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet pro anglers, get tips and techniques and tour of the venue.

“Our festival sponsors, especially our premier sponsor West Georgia Technical College and silver sponsor West Georgia Physicians, allowed us to offer a free festival that included many activities for children,” said John Asbell, chairman of the tournament.

The event offered many family friendly activities as well such as a Dock Dogs competition, outdoor expos, live music from local and regional acts, a giant sand sculpture presented by West Georgia Technical College, giveaways and a block party in downtown LaGrange featuring A1A Band, the Official and Original Jimmy Buffett Tribute Show.

“West Georgia Technical College is fully invested in Troup County,” said WGTC President Dr. Skip Sullivan. “We are proud to be a premier sponsor for this nationally-acclaimed tournament and proud to be a part of this community.”

West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties and additional class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, offers over 110 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the third largest of the state’s 25 technical colleges and one of the fastest-growing two-year colleges in the nation.


return to top WGTC Partners with Greenway
Posted: May 8, 2013

West Georgia Technical College has formed its newest partnership with health IT solutions provider Greenway Medical Technologies, Inc. Carrollton-based Greenway, founded in 1998 and a publicly traded company since early 2012, has teamed up with the College to provide Project Management Professional training classes to the company’s project managers all over the country via interactive distance learning.

“This is a great opportunity for us as a company and for West Georgia Technical College,” said Diane Nivens, Greenway director of training and best practices.

The classes piloted in early April with nine students and include a series of five interactive eight-hour classes held on Saturdays for a total of 40 training hours. At the conclusion of the training, students receive their Project Management Professional (PMP) credential which is the only industry-recognized credential for project managers.

“This training satisfies business needs and meets key development needs for our employees,” said Marlie Johnson, Greenway manager of talent acquisition. “We encourage all of our project managers to participate to improve their effectiveness while increasing their industry credentials.”

In addition to the Project Management training, Greenway has agreed to provide the West Georgia Technical College Health Information Technology Program access to its PrimeSUITE software. The software will provide students with additional hands-on experience and the opportunity to train on job functions available in a traditional healthcare setting.

“Greenway Medical has continued to go above and beyond in its efforts to support the Health Information Technology Program at West Georgia Technical College,” said Melvin Seale, West Georgia Technical College Health Information Technology Program Director. “With Greenway’s continued support, I definitely believe that we can transform every Health Information Technology student from a learner to a thinker!”

Greenway’s software has not been the only contribution to the College. The company has also allowed Health Information Technology students to visit a health informatics company, served on the Health Information Technology Advisory Committee and provided students with practicum and interview opportunities within the company.

“This is the beginning,” said Dr. Pete Snell, West Georgia Technical College Vice President of Economic Development, “just the beginning of what we all believe will be a great partnership; a business and industry partnership; a workforce development partnership -- for incumbent and future employees.”

West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties and additional class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, offers over 110 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the third largest of the state’s 25 technical colleges and one of the fastest-growing two-year colleges in the nation.


return to top WGTC PBL Place in State Conference
Posted: April 23, 2013

The West Georgia Technical College chapter of Phi Beta Lambda attended the 2013 Georgia Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference April 12-13 in Atlanta.

The students excelled at this year’s state competition, demonstrating their knowledge, professionalism and leadership potential. Of the 48 students who registered, 30 students placed and 22 students qualified to attend the national competition in Anaheim, Calif. In total, the West Georgia Technical College students brought home 42 awards in 27 different events.

“West Georgia Technical College Phi Beta Lambda has created a tradition of excellence that we are proud to be a part of year after year,” said President Dr. Skip Sullivan. "I'm proud of them all, and congratulate them on a job well done."

Three students were voted as state officer for the 2013-2014 school year: Ann Bolen and Karen Shell of the Douglas Campus, along with Sharonda Martin of the LaGrange Campus. Four students received the “Who’s Who in PBL” award: Ann Bolen and Riley Rogers of the Douglas Campus, Teresa Tigner of the LaGrange Campus and Jodi Falany of the Coweta Campus. Anita Welch and Nadine McGowan of the Douglas Campus and Cynthia LeMons of the LaGrange Campus received the Outstanding Chapter Member Award. Out of 700 applications, they placed in the top seven.

Throughout the year, students participate in the Career and Membership Achievement Program. This comprehensive membership recognition program encompasses PBL projects, goals and programs with special emphasis on career development and preparation for the world of work. Thirteen students received the Director award, three students earned the Executive award, and one student received the most prestigious of all awards, the President award.

In addition to the individual competitions, the students participated in chapter events. The Douglas and LaGrange chapters received Awards of Merit with Douglas receiving the Platinum level and LaGrange receiving the Blue level. The Douglas chapter placed third in the Community Service Project and the Local Annual Business Report while the LaGrange chapter placed fifth in the Local Annual Business Report. The Coweta chapter of Phi Beta Lambda also came home with a third place award for obtaining Georgia Phi Beta Lambda Foundation Corporate Sponsors while the Douglas chapter took third for March of Dimes Fundraising.

The chapter advisers were also recognized for their hard work and service. Business Administrative Technology instructor Patsy Ogle received the 5-year Service Award and Mona Williams received the PBL Advisor of the Year Award for the second year in a row.

“I am honored to win Adviser of Year Award. It means a lot to me,” said Williams who is a Business Administrative Technology instructor. “This achievement was made possible by my wonderful students and our dedication to PBL.”

West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties and additional class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, offers over 110 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the third largest of the state’s 25 technical colleges and one of the fastest-growing two-year colleges in the nation.


return to top WGTC Takes Part in Second Annual Beast Feast
Posted: April 18, 2013

West Georgia Technical College will participate in the Second annual Beast Feast held at Midway Church in Villa Rica April 18.

The Beast Feast serves as a way to bring people to church that normally would not attend. Over 1300 people are anticipated to attend this year’s sold out event, double the 650 that attended last year.

“This event has been viral in this community, more so than any other wild game dinner I’ve attended,” said Mike Lee, West Georgia Technical College Board of Directors Chair-Elect and Beast Feast Coordinator.

One reason for all of the buzz surrounding the event is the featured keynote speakers Willie and Korie Robertson from A&E’s hit reality show Duck Dynasty and a performance by the Christian rock band Builders None. 

Willie & Korrie Robertson from A&E's Duck Dynasty

Duck Dynasty’s Willie and Korie Robertson

Beast Feast will also include breakout sessions for dog training, gun safety led by Saber Team Tactical, food plot led by Whitetail Institute, and fishing led by pro fisherman Waine Pittman.  The event would not be complete without the wild game dinner. The West Georgia Technical College culinary program will be providing the menu of venison, squirrel jambalaya, alligator etouffee, duck, goose and wild hog.

The West Georgia Technical College Foundation will receive a portion of benefits and proceeds of the Beast Feast to be used for GED scholarships. The funds will help offset the cost of the GED test which rose last year from $95 for the five-part test to the current price of $160.

“We are grateful to be a recipient of the proceeds from the Beast Feast,” said West Georgia Technical College President Dr. Skip Sullivan. “Adult Education is one of the most important programs we offer and we are grateful for the support of the community."

“The benefits of the Beast Feast to the community are immense; every time someone gets a GED, it places them in a position to get better educated and enter the workforce and be a productive citizen,” said Lee. “A partnership such as this is unique and powerful.   It shows the broadness of our community.”

West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties and additional class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, offers over 110 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the third largest of the state’s 25 technical colleges and one of the fastest-growing two-year colleges in the nation.


return to top WGTC Rad Tech Students Place in National and Regional Competition
Posted: April 18, 2013

West Georgia Technical College Radiologic Technology students have been making the rounds on the competition circuit.

2013 RAD Tech class photo

WGTC Radiologic Technology Instructor John Bailey with the students attending the West Coast Educator’s Conference in Orlando.

In February, students from the LaGrange Campus competed in the Student Bee at the West Coast Educator’s Conference in Orlando, Fla. where Rachel Horsley came in third out of 130 participants from programs nationwide.

Students from the Douglas Campus competed in the Georgia Society of Radiologic Technologists competition in North Georgia April 5-7. The students placed third in the student bowl. Both competitions consisted of students being asked questions about radiologic technology that they had to answer in front of an audience, similar to a spelling bee.

“Our students maintain the tradition of excellence in academic and competitive settings,” said West Georgia Technical College President Dr. Skip Sullivan. "I'm proud of them all and congratulate them on a job well done."

Douglas Campus Radiologic Technology students Jennifer Mashburn, Karen Shumate, and Amy Zoretic at the Georgia Society of Radiologic Technologists competition.

Douglas Campus Radiologic Technology students Jennifer Mashburn, Karen Shumate, and Amy Zoretic at the Georgia Society of Radiologic Technologists competition.

Organizations such as the West Coast Educator’s Conference and the Georgia Society of Radiologic Technologists seek to assist in establishing and maintaining high standards of education and training in radiologic technology. In addition to hosting competitions, these organizations help to advance the knowledge of students, educators and professional radiologic technologists.

“Their preparation for this event will help them in studying for the Registry which is the national test they must pass to get their credentials as Radiologic Technologists, “ said Radiologic Technology Department Chair and Instructor John Bailey. “This also demonstrates the excellent caliber of student that we have in the Rad Tech program.”

West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties and additional class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, offers over 110 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the third largest of the state’s 25 technical colleges and one of the fastest-growing two-year colleges in the nation.


return to top WGTC Receives Programs of Study Award for Dual Enrollment
Posted: March 28, 2013

West Georgia Technical College was recognized as the recipient of the Excellence in Programs of Study Award given by the Technical College System of Georgia. The award recognizes a technical college who is succeeding in high school dual enrollment and successfully enrolling students in a selected program of study.

“We are proud of the dual enrollment faculty and staff for receiving this award,” said West Georgia Technical College President Dr. Skip Sullivan. “We commend them for their dedication and hard work they put into preparing future generations of Georgians for technical education and workforce training.”

WGTC Admissions Counselors/High School Coordinators Loretta Persons (left) and Leigh Cunningham (right) with Sheila Caldwell, TCSG High School Initiatives State Coordinator.

 

West Georgia Technical College offers 11 different certificate programs under dual enrollment that are offered at various campuses across the seven county service area. These programs are Nurse Aid, Cosmetology, Criminal Justice, Welding, Computer Information Systems, Culinary, Dental Assisting, CAD, Early Childhood Care and Education, HVAC, and Pharmacy Assistant. At least three more certificate programs in the areas of Barbering, Business Administration, and Accounting will be added for the next school year.

For the 2012-2013 school year, 451 students were enrolled in the dual enrollment program at West Georgia Technical College. Of the 451 dual enrollment students, there were 88 Degree Level Core Course Dual Enrollment (Accel Program) students, 11 Move on When Ready (MOWR) students, and 4 joint enrolled students during the 2012-2013 school year. Students in the Accel Program have the added benefit of most of the courses transferring to any University System of Georgia school.

“I have had several students this year that have almost earned enough credits to be considered a sophomore in college,” said Leigh Cunningham, WGTC Admissions Counselor/High School Coordinator and recipient of the Excellence in Programs of Study Award. “We are hoping to grow these numbers even more for the upcoming school year.”

West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties and additional class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, offers over 110 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the third largest of the state’s 25 technical colleges and one of the fastest-growing two-year colleges in the nation.


return to top LaGrange, West Georgia Technical College Announce Agreement
Posted: March 28, 2013

A new statewide partnership will make it easier for West Georgia Technical College graduates to enter LaGrange College with a transfer of credit hours. The articulation agreement between the Georgia Independent College Association and the Technical College System of Georgia was signed last month in a state capitol ceremony hosted by Gov. Nathan Deal.

Labeled an “unprecedented public-private partnership,” the agreement is believed to be one of only a few such credit transfer and admission acceptance arrangements in the nation. Planners say it aims to facilitate college completion throughout Georgia and empower the future workforce.

“At LaGrange College, we’re pleased to have an agreement that helps spell out a clear partnership between us and the technical college system,” said Provost Dr. David Garrison. “The ability to transfer select coursework will benefit both currently enrolled and prospective students.”

West Georgia Technical College President Dr. Skip Sullivan agrees.

“This articulation agreement for general education courses between our institution and LaGrange College creates added pathways for our students, and will help them pursue their individual career goals. It’s another step in our state’s effort to provide a seamless educational progression for all Georgians.”

Under the agreement, a West Georgia Technical College student having a minimum 2.5 GPA for all academic work attempted and an Associate of Applied Science or Associate of Science degree will be admitted to LaGrange College. Students can be denied admission only if coursework beyond the two-year degree falls below minimum admission standards or applicants are not in good standing.

Admission to LaGrange does not guarantee admission to specific majors or programs. Students must meet minimum admission requirements specific to select majors or programs to be considered for admission into them. Those who have not completed prerequisites for admission to specific majors will be required to complete the prerequisites at LaGrange College.

Beyond LaGrange, the covenant applies to 18 other private colleges aligned with the Georgia Independent College Association: Andrew College, Berry College, Brenau University, Brewton-Parker College, Covenant College, Emmanuel College, Georgia Military College, Mercer University, Paine College, Piedmont College, Point University, Reinhardt University, Shorter University, Thomas University, Toccoa-Falls College, Truett McConnell College, Wesleyan College and Young Harris College.

The agreement includes all of the Technical College System’s 25 institutions located throughout Georgia.


return to top WGTC Launches Third Annual Art Exhibit
Posted: March 28, 2013

West Georgia Technical College kicked off its third annual traveling Art Exhibit at the Carroll Campus in conjunction with the unveiling of the 2013 issue of VOICES creative arts magazine. The exhibit, which concludes on the Murphy Campus April 17, highlights creative individuals and their work that are part of the West Georgia Technical College community.

WGTC 2013 Art Exhibit Showcase Award and Merit Award winner Amber Bizarro with her painting “Betta Blue” and digital photograph “Part of the Farm.”

 

“I commend our students, faculty, and staff for their hard work,” said West Georgia Technical College President Dr. Skip Sullivan. “The quality of work presented is excellent and I sincerely appreciate what they do to make WGTC stand apart.”

This year, 197 art exhibit submissions were accepted from current students, recent graduates, current and retired faculty and staff, members of West Georgia Technical College's various boards and advisory committees. Submissions were accepted in the mediums of paintings, drawings, metalwork, sculpture, photography, mixed media and other forms of visual art. Submissions were judged by two West Georgia area artists who chose 20 Showcase winners and 10 Merit Award Winners. Student winners received cash awards as well as recognition at the receptions held at each campus.

“We were pleased that we had a great group of student submissions overall and all campuses had submissions,” said Dr. Judy Jackson, English instructor and chairman of the art exhibit.

WGTC 2013 Art Exhibit Showcase Award winner Roy Brown with his artwork “Reminder.”

WGTC 2013 Art Exhibit Showcase Award winner Roy Brown with his artwork “Reminder.”

As in past years, the stories behind the artwork are just as intriguing as the art itself. Roy Brown, a second semester network specialist student who attends the Douglas Campus, created a digital photography collage inspired by an English class essay about being in the military as well as things that reminded him of home.

“There pictures of my family vacations and pictures of my deployments in Iraq, Kuwait and Egypt,” said Brown. “It looks like a flag but you get up close and see how personal it is.”

Amber Bizarro, a first semester registered nursing student who attends the Carroll Campus, discovered she had a hidden talent in painting after a divorce and the need to inexpensively decorate her walls.

“Art is something I’ve always enjoyed since I was little,” said Bizarro. “Painting is something I absolutely love and I will continue to do it.”

West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties and additional class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, offers over 110 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the third largest of the state’s 25 technical colleges and one of the fastest-growing two-year colleges in the nation.


return to top WGTC Unveils the 10th Issue of VOICES Magazine
Posted: March 25, 2013

West Georgia Technical College celebrated 10 years of literary and creative arts with the unveiling of the 2013 issue of VOICES creative arts magazine in conjunction with the opening of the third annual art exhibit. The event, which was held on the Carroll campus, showcased the artistic and literary talents of the students, faculty and staff at West Georgia Technical College.

2013 VOICES winners Kasie Hanson, Jennifer Johnson, Roy Brown, Elizabeth Davis and Laura Wheeles
2013 VOICES winners Kasie Hanson, Jennifer Johnson, Roy Brown, Elizabeth Davis and Laura Wheeles
 

The 10th anniversary issue of VOICES features original poetry, prose and artwork from students, faculty and staff and is the only creative arts magazine published annually within the Technical College System of Georgia. Of the 210 submissions received, 56 pieces were published representing 44 people, 37 of whom are students.

“I am always blown away by the talent and creativity shown by our students, faculty and staff here at West Georgia Technical College,” said President Dr. Skip Sullivan. “A great deal of time and dedication goes into the magazine and artwork. I commend everyone who participated.”

Prizes were awarded to first, second and third place winners in the categories of poetry, art and prose. Douglas Campus Networking Specialist student Roy Brown read his first place poem, “New Chair” while the second place poetry winner, Rachelle Shepard’s poem, “A House of Dying Mothers,” was also read. The readings concluded with Murphy Campus student Laura Wheeles’ third place poem, “Ode to Carbohydrates.”

“The objective of VOICES magazine and activities such as the art exhibit is to demonstrate that technical college students, faculty and staff are just as creative and artistic as those at liberal arts institutions,” said Kyle Taylor, English instructor and Editor-in-Chief of VOICES. “WGTC is on the cutting edge of this demonstration of creative talent, and we believe that our students, faculty and staff deserve the opportunity to showcase that creativity.”

West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties and additional class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, offers over 110 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the third largest of the state’s 25 technical colleges and one of the fastest-growing two-year colleges in the nation.


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Posted: March 25, 2013

The West Georgia Technical College 2013 Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE) winner, Cassie Creech, was honored among Georgia’s 28 adult learners from throughout the state for their exceptional accomplishments and outstanding participation in the state’s adult education program. “Adult education is a critical program at West Georgia Technical College that has a positive impact not only on our students but also in our communities,” said President Dr. Skip Sullivan. “We commend her achievement and I wish her the best in all of her future endeavors.”

Cassie Creech, WGTC 2013 EAGLE Winner
WGTC 2013 EAGLE Winner Cassie Creech

Each year, the Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE) Award recognizes the educational achievement and outstanding leadership skills demonstrated by students who are in the process of studying for or have earned their GED® credential. The 28 EAGLE students were honored during the EAGLE Institute banquet at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel in Atlanta on March 19.

TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson congratulated Middle Georgia Technical College student and 2013 adult education student of the year Stephanie Garcia along with all of her fellow EAGLE students on their achievements and thanked them for being influential role models for the more than 1.2 million adults in Georgia who are still without their high school diploma.

“The recognition that you have earned goes far beyond today and any award that you may hold in your hands,” said Jackson. “Each of you has a wonderful story to share of how education has changed your life and opened the doors of opportunity. From this day forward, people in your community and throughout our state will look to you for the inspiration to overcome life’s obstacles and work to earn their GED.”

“Adult education has provided me with experiences I wouldn’t have had and has given me an outlet to help my community,” said Creech who attended classes in Hogansville before receiving her GED this past fall. “It has given me a second chance in life.”

West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties and additional class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, offers over 110 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the third largest of the state’s 25 technical colleges and one of the fastest-growing two-year colleges in the nation.


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Posted: March 5, 2013

Four West Georgia Technical College Police officers completed Taser certification. The certification will allow the West Georgia Technical College Police officers to instruct others to use and handle the X26 and X2 Taser devices.

Police Officers Receive Taser Instructor certification
WGTC Police officers Tony Johnson, Donald Stevens, Jarret Allen and Chief Gary Chasteen with Taser International Master Instructor, Jessica Daley (center).

“The impact the certification has on the West Georgia Technical College Police department is that we have Taser instructors on staff who can train our personnel and contribute meaningfully to maintaining appropriate policies on Taser use,” said Chief of Police, Gary Chasteen.

The certification was led by Taser International Master Instructor, Jessica Daley. Taser International is the leading Conducted Electrical Weapons producer in the industry. Taser Conducted Electrical Weapons have saved more than 100,000 lives from potential death or serious injury.

“The purpose of this certification is to protect lives,” said Daley. “That is what our product is designed to do.”

The Taser certification is just one of the many certifications held by the West Georgia Technical College Police department. All of the officers have basic POST peace officer certifications as well as some type of advanced training, such as S.W.A.T, criminal investigations, interviews and interrogations, among others. Three officers have general police instructor certification and one is a senior instructor, firearms instructor, and defensive tactics instructor. There are also two officers who are certified in Georgia Crime Information System management. All officers are certified in basic CPR/First Aid.

“This certification ensures that our officers are knowledgeable and properly trained,” said President Dr. Skip Sullivan. “The West Georgia Technical College Police Department is part of our commitment to providing a safe environment for our faculty, staff and students.”

West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties and additional class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, offers over 110 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the third largest of the state’s 25 technical colleges and one of the fastest-growing two-year colleges in the nation.


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Posted: February 22, 2013

The 2013 Collegiate NTHS/DECA/SSLC Student Professional Development Conference was held at Georgia Piedmont Technical College in Clarkston, GA from February 8 to February 10. Approximately 250 students participated from technical colleges across the state. Five students from the LaGrange and Douglasville campuses attended along with four advisors. Students had an opportunity to network with other students from across the state as well as participate in workshops and competitions. Students attending the conference were asked to participate in at least one competition.

West Georgia Technical College students placed as follows:

National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) & State Wide Student Leadership Council Awards (SSLC)

Competitive Event

Place

Students

Citizenship Award 1st Anita Welch, Business Admin Tech
  2nd Cynthia LeMons, Management & Supervisory
  3rd Ann Bolen, Business Admin Tech
Chapter Display 2nd Cynthia LeMons, Management & Supervisory
Teresa Tigner, Business Admin Tech
Anita Welch, Business Admin Tech
Prepared Speech 1st

Riley Rogers, Business Admin Tech

Extemporaneous Speech 3rd Anita Welch, Business Admin Tech
Job Interview 1 1st Cynthia LeMons, Management & Supervisory
Job Interview 2 1st Teresa Tigner, Business Admin Tech

Our students also participated in a Community Service fundraiser. Community Service is an important part of NTHS membership. This year they participated in Books for Brighter Beginnings, a children’s book drive.

Congratulations to all of our students for their hard work and accomplishments!


return to top Technical and Independent Colleges Agree to Credit Hour Transfer, Acceptance
Posted: February 22, 2013

The Georgia Independent College Association and the Technical College System of Georgia have made it easier for technical college graduates to enter many four-year private colleges in Georgia with transfer of credit hours. Representatives of the two organizations signed the Transfer Articulation Agreement in a State Capitol ceremony hosted by Governor Nathan Deal at 10 am today in the north wing.

The purpose of this unprecedented public-private partnership is to facilitate college completion throughout Georgia and empower the future workforce,” GICA President Dr. Susanna Baxter said.

“This agreement formally recognizes that Georgia’s technical and private colleges are active educational partners in providing educational opportunities for currently enrolled and prospective students of both college sectors. Agreement to this partnership requires a commitment by all to facilitate a student’s ability to transfer select coursework without jeopardizing the intended mission and stated goals of any participating entity,” Baxter said.

Based on a recent survey of other state higher education systems, the agreement is believed to be one of only a few such credit transfer and admission acceptance arrangements in the nation.

“The articulation agreement for general education courses between the GICA and the TCSG creates additional education pathways for our students, and it’s another big step in our state’s effort to provide seamless educational ladders for all Georgians.  Collaborations like this allow us to open greater opportunities for students to pursue their dreams of career advancement through steady and continuous education,” TCSG Executive Director for Academic Affairs Joe Dan Banker said.

Under the agreement, a TCSG student having a minimum 2.5 GPA for all academic work attempted at a SACS-accredited TCSG institution and an Associate of Applied Science or Associate of Science degree from a TCSG institution will be admitted to participating GICA member baccalaureate degree-granting institutions. GICA member baccalaureate degree-granting institutions may deny admission only if coursework beyond the two-year degree falls below minimum admission standards or applicants are not in good standing. 

Admission to the GICA participating institution does not guarantee admission to specific majors or programs.  Students must meet minimum admission requirements specific to select majors or programs to be considered for admission into such majors or programs.  Students who have not completed pre-requisites for admission to specific majors will be required to complete the pre-requisites at the transferring GICA institution.

Members of GICA participating in the agreement include the following: Andrew College, Berry College, Brenau University, Brewton-Parker College, Covenant College, Emmanuel College, Georgia Military College, LaGrange College, Mercer University, Paine College, Piedmont College, Point University, Reinhardt University, Shorter University, Thomas University, Toccoa-Falls College, Truett McConnell College, Wesleyan College and Young Harris College.

The Technical College System includes 25 institutions located throughout Georgia.

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For more information on GICA, contact Dr. Susanna Baxter, President of the Georgia Independent College Association, at 404-233-5433, ext. 21 or sbaxter@georgiacolleges.org.

For more information on TCSG, contact Joe Dan Banker, Executive Director for Academic Affairs of the Technical College System of Georgia, at 404-679-1670 or jbanker@tcsg.edu.


return to top WGTC Students Sweep Phi Beta Lambda Conference
Posted: February 21, 2013
CONTACT: Anitra Ellison

The West Georgia Technical College chapters of Phi Beta Lambda competed at the Georgia Phi Beta Lambda North District Conference Friday, February 15, at Southern Crescent Technical College, Flint River Campus, in Thomaston, Ga.

"These competitions showcase the academic excellence of our students that we instill in them every day," said West Georgia Technical College President Dr. Skip Sullivan. “We are proud of their accomplishments and congratulate them on a job well done.”

In total, West Georgia Technical College students brought home 46 awards in 31 different events. Students could compete in two events, either a written test over specific knowledge or a performance or speaking event. There were approximately 10 Phi Beta Lambda chapters represented at the North District Conference.

The West Georgia Technical College chapters of Phi Beta Lambda placed first in the categories of Accounting Principles, Accounting for Professionals, Business Communication, Business Decision-Making, Client Service, Desktop Publishing, Management Concepts, Hospitality Management, Parliamentary Procedure, Information Management, Help Desk, Contemporary Sports Issues, Networking Concepts, Project Management, Public Speaking, Telecommunications, Sports Management and Marketing. The West Georgia Technical College Coweta chapter won first place for Battle of the Chapters.

The West Georgia Technical College chapters will go on to compete in the Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference which will be held in Atlanta, April 12-14 and in the National Leadership Conference and Institute for Leaders which will be held in Anaheim, California, June 21-25.

“The competition served to ignite our students to success,” said Karen Carpenter, Business Administrative Technology Instructor and Phi Beta Lambda Advisor. “I expected the students to do their best and they performed better than I could have hoped. I am very proud of them.”

West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties and additional class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, offers over 110 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the third largest of the state’s 25 technical colleges and one of the fastest-growing two-year colleges in the nation.


return to top WGTC Holds First Kappa Beta Delta Induction Ceremony
Posted: February 5, 2013
CONTACT: Anitra Ellison

West Georgia Technical College held its first induction of Kappa Beta Delta, an honor society for Associate Degree business major students associated with Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) on January 17. Of the seven students inducted, five attended the ceremony held on the Murphy Campus.

WGTC Kappa Beta Delta inductees Subrena Thompson, Kathy Albright, Wendy Hoover, Rachel Reed, Riley Rogers
WGTC Kappa Beta Delta inductees Subrena Thompson, Kathy Albright, Wendy Hoover, Rachel Reed, Riley Rogers

“Our students continue to be a shining example for excellence in the classroom and in the workforce,” said West Georgia Technical College President Dr. Skip Sullivan. “We commend them on their hard work and are proud of their accomplishments.”

Kappa Beta Delta was established in 1997 by the ACBSP as a national honor society to recognize students in accredited associate degree granting institutions for their high academic achievement in business programs. The West Georgia Technical College chapter of Kappa Beta Delta is the only active chapter in Georgia.

To be eligible for membership, students must rank in the upper 20 percent of students pursuing business degrees at the time of invitation to membership, have completed a minimum of 15 semester hours of credit, of which six are in business subjects toward the degree program and have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. As members of Kappa Beta Delta, students are eligible for lifetime recognition, networking opportunities and scholarships.

“It was an exciting thing to see students be able to be first inductees,” said Babs Russell, West Georgia Technical College School of Business & Public Services Dean. “These students reflect the academic excellence of our program and we are very proud of them.”

West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties and additional class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, offers over 110 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the third largest of the state’s 25 technical colleges and one of the fastest-growing two-year colleges in the nation.


return to top WGTC Announces 2013 Goal and Rick Perkins Winners
Posted: January 29, 2013
CONTACT: Anitra Ellison

West Georgia Technical College has announced its Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership winner Caleb Roberts and its Rick Perkins Award winner Commercial Truck Driving Instructor Terry Turner.

“This is a special honor and quite an accomplishment,” said West Georgia Technical College President Dr. Skip Sullivan. “We are extremely proud of our winners and we congratulate their victories.”

WGTC 2013 Rick Perkins Award winner Terry Turner with 2013 GOAL winner Caleb Roberts

WGTC 2013 Rick Perkins Award winner Terry Turner with 2013 GOAL winner Caleb Roberts

GOAL is a statewide program of the Technical College System of Georgia which honors excellence in academics and leadership among the state’s technical college students. The Rick Perkins Award is designed to recognize and honor technical college instructors who make significant contributions to technical education through innovation and leadership in their fields.

Roberts and Turner will go on to compete against other winners in the regional competition February 26, 2013, at Lanier Technical College. They will then go on to compete in the statewide competition April 24-25 in Atlanta.

Roberts, who attends the Douglas Campus, was nominated by English instructor Dr. Judy Jackson. He is currently working towards a Networking Specialist degree and a career as an IT professional.

Rick Perkins Winner Turner was one of five instructor nominees from across the College to compete before a panel of local leaders. Turner has over 20 years of “over the road” commercial truck driving experience and has been a full-time instructor on the Carroll campus for the last 4 years.

“I love what I do. I love the mission of this College,” said Turner. “We have a great group of leaders. I’ll represent this college with everything I have.”

West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties and additional class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, offers over 110 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the third largest of the state’s 25 technical colleges and one of the fastest-growing two-year colleges in the nation.


return to top WGTC Inducts 26 New Members into NTHS
Posted: January 20, 2013
CONTACT: Anitra Ellison

West Georgia Technical College recognized 26 inductees for their academic excellence as they were inducted into the National Technical Honor Society January 14 on the Douglas campus.

“I am excited to be here and recognize all of you,” said Douglas campus associate provost Lisa Doney to the inductees. “We are proud of each and every one of you and your accomplishments.”

NTHS inductees
2013 National Technical Honor Society Inductees

Of the 62 students that received membership into the National Technical Honor Society, 26 students participated in the induction ceremony. The induction ceremony included the “lighting of the candles,” a tradition where a candle is lit representing the attributes of knowledge, skill, honesty, service, responsibility, scholarship, citizenship and leadership. The ceremony also included the pinning of inductees and ended with the National Technical Honor Society pledge.

To be considered for membership in the National Technical Honor Society, students must have a 3.5 GPA and they must be enrolled in a diploma, degree or degree core certificate program. Additional requirements include having a 2 or better in Work Ethics, involvement in school, church, or community organizations, the completion of 20 quarter credit hours or 18 semester credit hours, and the student must be nominated by an instructor.

Upon graduation, members of the National Technical Honor Society receive three letters of recommendation from the national office to take with them on job interviews. In addition to this, members also have access to the National Technical Honor Society Online Career Center to aid in finding employment. Members also have $91,000 in scholarship opportunities as well, some of which are in conjunction with other student organizations at West Georgia Technical College.

“We are proud of the academic excellence these students have shown,” said West Georgia Technical College President Dr. Skip Sullivan. “I am proud of every one of them and congratulate them on their success.”

West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties and additional class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, offers over 110 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the third largest of the state’s 25 technical colleges and one of the fastest-growing two-year colleges in the nation.


return to top WGTC Welcomes New Provosts
Posted: January 18, 2013
CONTACT: Anitra Ellison

West Georgia Technical College welcomes Leigh Newman and Julian Schmoke as the new associate provosts for the LaGrange and Carroll campuses, respectively.

"We are thrilled with the experience both Newman and Schmoke are bringing to the College,” said West Georgia Technical College President Dr. Skip Sullivan. “Their backgrounds and commitment to technical education are a welcome addition.”

Leigh Newman, Associate Provost LaGrange Campus
WGTC Associate Provost, LaGrange Campus Leigh Newman

Newman has over 16 years of experience in technical education, previously serving as the Vice President of Economic Development at Oconee Fall Line Technical College in Dublin and Sandersville. As VP of Economic Development, Newman worked with industries in the community to make sure the workforce was qualified for present and future industries.

“The faculty and staff at West Georgia Technical College have an outstanding reputation for their professionalism and student focus. Technical education is essential to the growth of the local, regional and state economies,” said Newman. “I am proud to be an employee of this college and system as we continue to meet and exceed the expectations of the students, communities, businesses and industries that we serve. Technical education makes the difference, and we at West Georgia Technical College are here to do just that.”

Schmoke brings over 32 years of industry and academic experience to West Georgia Technical College. With an engineering background, Schmoke began teaching 12 years ago at DeVry University, first as an adjunct instructor, then later rose to associate professor, department chair, and associate program dean.

Julian Schmoke, Associate Provost Carroll Campus
WGTC Associate Provost, Carroll Campus Julian Schmoke

“In today’s work environment, postsecondary or continuing education is essential for gainful employment and a commitment to lifelong learning is essential for retaining employment. WGTC is a great place to begin or resume your career,” said Schmoke. “I am excited to be working for a college that is so focused on helping students succeed in their career choices.”

As associate provosts, Newman and Schmoke will lead the oversight of the LaGrange and Carroll campuses, respectively, while engaging the local community and removing the barriers for student success.

A welcome reception for Newman will be Monday, January 28 in the LaGrange City Room on the LaGrange Campus. The welcome reception for Schmoke will be Tuesday, January 29 in room 212 on the Carroll Campus. Both receptions will be 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. For more information on the receptions, please contact Dawn Cook at 678-664-0515 or at dawn.cook@westgatech.edu.

West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties and additional class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, offers over 110 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the third largest of the state’s 25 technical colleges and one of the fastest-growing two-year colleges in the nation.

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