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WGTC Theatre Troupe Presents a Dinner Theater Production
Posted: April 9, 2014

The West Georgia Technical College Theatre Troupe will present “A Knight’s Spring Performance and Feast” April 26 at 7 p.m. on the Murphy Campus.

“It’s an exciting part of our college experience to see the creativity and artistic pursuits of the students,” said WGTC Interim President Pat Hannon. “A great deal of time and dedication goes into putting on a production such as this. I commend everyone who participates.”

The West Georgia Technical College Theatre Troupe is a student organization providing creative avenues for students interested in the performing arts, working either backstage or on-stage. The Theatre Troupe is open to all 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.

Unlike past theatrical performances, this production is a dinner theater and is the first campus-hosted, full-length theatre production. The production features skits written by students of Cheryl Johnson-Herring's Theatre Appreciation class and scenes from well-known plays A Raisin in the Sun, Fences and The Glass Menagerie. The dinner will be prepared and served by the West Georgia Technical College culinary arts department. The menu will include lasagna as well as a vegetarian alternative, salad, Italian bread, and dessert.

“Cheryl and I are particularly excited about this production because it features a series of firsts,” said Jennifer Jiles Davis, WGTC English instructor. “Our first WGTC Theatre Troupe, a cast of truly dedicated, aspiring entertainers, our first dinner theatre, and, most exciting, our first student-written and student-directed pieces.”

Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the play will start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12 and are on sale at all campus cashiers.

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 24 technical colleges.

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WGTC 2014 EAGLE Winner Honored at State Banquet
Posted: April 4, 2014

The West Georgia Technical College 2014 Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE) winner Luralee Jones was honored among Georgia’s 28 EAGLE winners for their exceptional accomplishments and outstanding participation in the state’s adult education program.

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WGTC 2014 EAGLE Winner Luralee Jones.

“Adult education plays a critical role in the overall educational program at West Georgia Technical College. It positively effects our students and communities,” said Interim President Pat Hannon. “We are so proud of Luralee. She did a wonderful job representing WGTC at the state level competition. We commend her on this achievement.”

Now in its 21st year, the Technical College System of Georgia’s EAGLE Award acknowledges the outstanding accomplishments of Georgians who enroll in the TCSG’s adult education programs in order to study for and earn their GED® credential. More than 71,000 men and women took part in Georgia’s adult education programs last year, and 15,450 received their GED credential.

Each March, the 28 local EAGLE winners are the guests of a three-day conference in Atlanta that ends with a lunch banquet in their honor. Almost 300 guests applauded the students for overcoming obstacles that once stood in the way of their education and then excelling in the classroom while preparing for their GED credential. The awards were presented by TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson and Beverly Smith, the TCSG assistant commissioner for adult education. Jackson praised the students for their achievement and asked them to share their positive message in their hometowns.

“Your success makes you great role models for the 1.2 million adults in Georgia who still do not possess a high school diploma,” Jackson said. “We need you to spread the word to your fellow Georgians that obtaining a GED credential is an important step toward discovering your potential, getting a better job, and improving the future for you, your family and your 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.

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WGTC Kappa Beta Delta Honor Society Inducts New Members
Posted: March 31, 2014

West Georgia Technical College inducted 12 students in the Kappa Beta Delta Honor Society on March 26. The student organization is an honor society for the Associate Degree business major students associated with Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

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WGTC 2014 Kappa Beta Delta Honor Society Inductees.

“We are proud of the dedication and academic excellence these students have shown,” said Interim President Pat Hannon. “Their hard work and perseverance in the classroom is highly commendable. These traits will serve them well in their future endeavors.”

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.

“Each KBD inductee exhibits excellence in the classroom, and employers recognize such dedication will transfer into successful careers,” said Babs Russell, West Georgia Technical College School of Business and Public Services Dean. “We are extremely proud of each of these students and congratulate them on their success!”

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.

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WGTC Hosts Skills USA Competition
Posted: March 27, 2014

West Georgia Technical College hosted the regional Skills USA competition on the Carroll Campus March 14.

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Two competitors at the Skills USA regional machine tools competition held at the Carroll Campus on March 14.

Skills USA is the national organization for students enrolled in classes with vocational trade, industrial, technology and health occupational objectives. West Georgia Technical College’s Skills USA operates under a charter granted by the Georgia Association of the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America. Skills USA provides students with opportunities to learn and practice leadership and employability skills. They also learn to manage their time, communicate effectively and work as part of a team. Through Skills USA, students can prepare themselves for future education or a full-time career.

“We are proud to be able to host the regional Skills USA competition at West Georgia Technical College,” said Interim President Pat Hannon. “Our instructors work tirelessly to impress the value of professional excellence on our students. Being a part of these competitions is a concrete way that we show how much we value not just a task marked off a list, but a job done in an excellent way that garners accolades and rewards for our students and graduates.”

The regional competition was for high school students and included seven high schools from across the state. The participants competed in the areas of machine tool, manual mill and lathe.

“The contest is a great experience for the contestants. It gives them the opportunity to showcase their skills and meet other students as well as my judges that are from local industry in our area,” said Tim White, Machine Tool Technology Program Chair and instructor. “It also lets the College show what we have to offer at the next level if the contestants want to continue their career here at West Georgia Technical College.”

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.

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WGTC Offers Logistics on New Virtual Learning Campus
Posted: March 19, 2014

The West Georgia Technical College Virtual Learning Campus is introducing a new Logistics and Supply Chain Management Associate of Applied Science degree program.

Logistics encompasses the methods used to transport products to their destination while supply chain management involves the activities associated with getting products from their point of origin to the consumer. According to the Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics, Georgia’s logistics industry alone will generate 9,500 job openings per year that will need to be filled.

“West Georgia Technical College is committed to providing more educational opportunities and making that education accessible for all of our students,” said Interim President Pat Hannon. “This program will provide more options for students to pursue and achieve their educational and career goals.”

Students in the program learn a global perspective of how supply chain management impacts the delivery of goods to the consumer and gain a broad knowledge in the field of purchasing, inventory control, transportation and distribution processes. The program also includes business management, accounting principles, economics of supply and demand and database management skills.

“A company, regardless of size, cannot survive and be successful without the effective logistical systems in today's global economy. A quick and timely delivery of goods in minimum time and cost is the solution to maximize customer satisfaction,” said Nihal Gunay, Virtual Learning Campus Associate Provost. “Studying to become a logistics professional could be the answer to a successful and in- demand career. We are so excited to be able to provide our current and prospective students the opportunity of taking their program completely online at the Virtual learning Campus.”

The Logistics and Supply Chain Management Program is offered completely online and is eligible for the PELL grant and the HOPE scholarship. For more information about the Logistics and Supply Chain Management program, contact Deloris Easley, Logistics and Supply Chain Management Instructor and Program Chair at 770-947-7323 or at deloris.easley@westgatech.edu. Registration begins April 7.

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 Program Seeks Volunteers
Posted: March 14, 2014

The West Georgia Technical College Adult Education program is seeking volunteers. With currently 60,000 adults in the service area that lack a high school diploma or GED credential, the need is great. Each year, more individuals opt out of high school, for a variety of reasons, and face a future of limited opportunity.

“We have a good program and we serve a lot of students, but our resources are limited,” said Karen Kirchler, Vice President of Adult Education. “One of the best ways for a program like ours to increase capacity is through the use of volunteers.”

Volunteering in the adult education classroom can entail a variety of activities. Volunteers often work one-to-one with students, tutoring and providing basic skills instruction in reading, math, or writing. They also support instructors by working with small groups of students, or by helping grade papers or make copies. Sometimes volunteers share their personal expertise, which may not be academically related, but can be helpful to students, such as a former human resources director running an interview workshop for students.

Regardless, the volunteer experience is a rewarding one. As volunteer Rusty Tomlinson said, “The students are here for a purpose; it’s something they want to do. Being here to help them where I can is very fulfilling and gratifying.”

WGTC’s Adult Education program runs classes in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson, Heard Meriwether and Troup counties. Some classes are run at WGTC campuses and some at community sites. Classes run morning, afternoon and evening throughout the week and volunteers are needed at all locations.

WGTC Adult Education is offering a Volunteer Orientation workshop for anyone interested in becoming a volunteer. This is an introductory session that gives volunteers an overview of the West Georgia Technical College Adult Education Program and how volunteers are utilized in the program. Participants will get some insight into working with adult learners as well as learn useful strategies and resources to use when working with individual learners in the classroom.

Two upcoming sessions are planned: One at the Douglasville Campus Thursday, March 27 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. and one at the Coweta Campus April 3 from 5:30 -8:30 p.m. For more information or to reserve a seat, contact Dianne McConnell at 770-755-7855.

WGTC Adult Education Volunteer Orientation Session
Date: Thursday, March 27, 2014
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Douglas Campus
West Georgia Technical College, 4600 Timber Ridge Rd, Douglasville, GA 30135

WGTC Adult Education Volunteer Orientation Session
Date: Thursday, April 3, 2014
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Coweta Campus
West Georgia Technical College, 200 Campus Drive, Newnan, GA 30263

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 Staff Serve on Red Cross Team
Posted: March 6, 2014

Six members of the West Georgia Technical College Murphy Campus faculty and staff have joined Team Haralson, a subcommittee of the Red Cross Three Rivers Chapter.

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WGTC members of the Red Cross Three Rivers Chapter Penny Santelli, Penny Kenerly, Vickie Brittian, Dallas Moon, Subrena Thompson and Jamie Shell.

“Our faculty and staff continue show their hard work and dedication in and out of the classroom,” said West Georgia Technical College Interim President Pat Hannon. “I am proud of their commitment to our College and to our community.”

The Red Cross Three Rivers Chapter covers 13 counties, including Haralson County. The mission of this team is to raise funding in the Haralson County area to help the Red Cross better service the county in the event of disaster, such as inclement weather situation and residents had to seek shelter.

Penny Kenerly, Murphy Campus Director of Instruction, was elected to the Red Cross Three Rivers Chapter board in July 2013. Shortly after, she was asked if she could develop a subcommittee and work as a team to develop a fund raising event and increase awareness of Red Cross in Haralson County. Penny Santelli, Customer Care Center Specialist; Vickie Brittian, Practical Nursing Program Director; Dallas Moon, Instructional Coordinator; Subrena Thompson, Program Specialist and Jamie Shell, Medical Assisting Program Chair became a part of the subcommittee. Kenerly serves as the Chair of the team while Brittian is the Co-Chair.

“Although Team Haralson is not a WGTC team, while sitting on the board I represent my employer, which is West Georgia Technical College,” said Kenerly. “Our mission is not only to bring awareness to Red Cross and disaster relief, but to contribute to the community in a caring way as employees of West Georgia Technical College.”

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.


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Posted: March 5, 2014

West Georgia Technical College opened its fourth annual traveling Art Exhibit at the Douglas Campus February 26. The exhibit highlights creative individuals and their work that are part of the West Georgia Technical College community.

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WGTC 2013 Art Exhibit Showcase Award winner Miranda King with her photograph, “Deep Breath.” WGTC 2013 Art Exhibit Showcase Award winner Jonathan Cruz with his drawing, “Slash.”

“It is astounding to see the creativity and talent our students, faculty and staff display each year,” said West Georgia Technical College Interim President Pat Hannon. “We are proud to see all of the artistic expression here at the College.”

Out of the 149 submissions received, there 20 were Showcase winners and 10 were Merit Award winners including students, a few faculty and staff members from all five campuses and the new Virtual Learning Campus. Submissions opened online during the Summer Semester and continued through February 7. Each entrant was limited to two pieces. Of the 30 winners, 10 were from the Douglas campus, seven from the Carroll Campus, six from the Coweta Campus, three from the LaGrange Campus, three from the Virtual Learning Campus and one from the Murphy Campus.

The artwork was judged by West Georgia area artists who are not affiliated with the College. Certificates were presented to all Showcase and Merit Award winners, with cash awards presented to the student Showcase winners. This year, the judges named a first, second, and third place winner from the entire group of winners. Douglas Campus students Karen Clark and Kiley Linares won first and second place respectively and Virtual Learning Campus student Olivia Russell won third.

“The College-wide Art Exhibit provides another opportunity for our students to be recognized for outstanding work and creativity,” said English instructor Dr. Judy Jackson.

Inspiration for art can come from unlikely places but for two Showcase winners, it came from family. Miranda King, a Coweta and LaGrange nursing student, received a showcase award for her photograph entitled “Deep Breath.” King has been doing photography for seven years and started when she began taking pictures of her cosmetology clients and her two daughters.

“I was taking my oldest daughter’s senior portraits in Myrtle Beach,” said King on her winning artwork. “My youngest daughter wouldn’t let me leave her out.”

Jonathan Cruz, a computer support student on the Douglas Campus, received a Showcase award for his drawing entitled “Slash.”

“My brother gave me the motivation to draw,” said Cruz. “I started drawing when I was five years old. My brother started drawing and I wanted to do it too.”

The traveling art exhibit will conclude March 26 with a reception at the LaGrange Campus atrium at 3:30 p.m.

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.


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Posted: February 26, 2014

Through the efforts of Villa Rica State Farm Agent Amy Brown, the West Georgia Technical College Foundation received a 2002 Mazda Protégé for the Carroll Campus Automotive Technology program February 25.The vehicle will be used by Automotive Technology students to learn the necessary skills to prepare for an automotive service and repair career.

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(Left to right) Tim Adkins, Salvage Monitor for State Farm; Kevin Cain, WGTC Director of Institutional Advancement; Amy Brown, State Farm agent; Pat Hannon, WGTC Interim President; Doug Robertson, Automotive Technology instructor; Linda Sullivan, WGTC Dean of School of Trade & Technology

“We are thankful for State Farm’s support of our Automotive Technology program,” said West Georgia Technical College Interim President Pat Hannon. “The support from our community is essential to not only the College, but also for our student’s future.”

The vehicle was previously insured by State Farm and was stolen and recovered. There was no damage to the exterior of the car and the interior and engine are still in working condition for students to train on. The car will be used as a training tool for diagnostics, troubleshooting and repair procedures.

“The car will be used as live, hands on, training tool for our automotive students,” said Automotive Technology instructor, Doug Robertson. “This is the best form of training for the automotive students to use in our lab sessions.”

“We are pleased to assist the students of the automotive program at West Georgia Technical College with a relevant vehicle for training,” said Brown. “WGTC is a wonderful asset to our community and we are grateful for the opportunity to provide applicable practice as their students prepare for the local workforce.”

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 Wynonna & the Big Noise to Perform at 2014 Black Tie & Boots
Posted: February 25, 2014

The West Georgia Technical College’s premier fundraiser of the West Georgia area, Black Tie & Boots, heads into its 13th year on August 9 with Wynonna & the Big Noise as this year’s performer.

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The legendary country singer will now join the ranks of other country music stars that have graced the Murphy Campus including Blake Shelton, Gary Allan, Little Big Town and last year’s performer Montgomery Gentry.

As one half of legendary duo The Judds with her mother Naomi Judd, the mother daughter group provides one of the most fascinating stories in country music history. Rising to superstardom in the early '80s on the strength of chart toppers like “Mama He's Crazy,” “Why Not Me” and “Grandpa (Tell Me 'Bout the Good Old Days),” The Judds were unstoppable for the rest of the decade picking up multiple Grammy, CMA and ACM Awards and selling more than 20 million albums along the way.

In 1992, her solo debut album “Wynonna” went quintuple platinum, spawning four number one hits and was the bestselling country album ever by a female artist at that time. In 1994, Wynonna received the coveted Top Female Vocalist of the Year trophy at the ACM Awards and Rolling Stone called her "the greatest female country singer since Patsy Cline."

“We are immensely excited to have Wynonna as this year’s performer,” said West Georgia Technical College Interim President Pat Hannon. “This concert has become a staple event in the West Georgia community and we are thankful for the continued support.”

Black Tie & Boots is one of the West Georgia Technical College Foundation’s premier fundraising events of the year. The proceeds go toward student scholarships, program improvements, facility upgrades and faculty development.

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. Corporate sponsorships which include concert tickets and admission to a ‘meet and greet’ reception with Wynonna & the Big Noise are available for purchase now. A limited number of individual and group tickets will go on sale July 1 at $125 per person or $950 per table.

For more information about becoming a sponsor, contact Kevin Cain at kevin.cain@westgatech.edu or 678-664-0516.

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 Offers Early Child Development Scholarship
Posted: February 21, 2014

The Alice Huffard Richards Charitable Fund, a donor-directed fund of The Community Foundation of West Georgia, has allocated $20,000 to the West Georgia Technical College Foundation for student scholarships for students seeking a certificate in Early Child Development.

“We are proud to be able to invest in the education of our students,” said West Georgia Technical College Interim President Pat Hannon. “This scholarship will enable our students to excel in both the classroom and in the workforce.”

The AHR Charitable Fund’s scholarship support an interest in helping more early child development centers in Carroll, Haralson and Heard Counties achieve a Quality Rating under the new state guidelines. To that end, the fund has made the scholarships available during the 2014 school year. According to the AHR Charitable Fund, as more local child development centers are able to hire and retain highly qualified staff and secure their Quality Rating, more local youngsters can benefit from consistently high quality preparation in their early years to ensure ongoing success in school and throughout life.

“With this scholarship, we’re working to help more local centers achieve their Quality Rating so more of our local youngsters receive top quality early education benefits, right from the start,” said Patience Allan-Glick, Program Manager for the Alice Huffard Richards Charitable Fund. “Research shows us that the up- front investment in children’s early years brings huge results in academic performance, social adjustment and lifelong achievement.”

Scholarship applicants must be residents of either Carroll, Haralson or Heard Counties, committed to securing a certificate in Early Child Development in 2014 and working at present or planning to work soon in early child development in West Georgia.

“The scholarship is a wonderful opportunity for those wanting to enter the childcare field to get the formal training required by the state,” said Karen Freeman, Early Childhood Care and Education Program Chair and Instructor. “It is also a blessing for the communities served by this scholarship to have more quality trained staff available to work with their children. The early years are the most important years and everyone benefits when our children are well taken care of.”

For information about Georgia Quality Rating for Early Child Development, visit decal.ga.gov.

For an application for The 2014 AHR Fund Early Child Development Scholarship, visit www.westgatech.edu/fa/scholarships.htm or call 770-537-5740.

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 Makes Changes to Academic Calendar
Posted: February 18, 2014

Due to the recent closings for winter weather, West Georgia Technical College has elected to change the Spring Semester calendar by adding two additional class dates on Thursday, March 13 and Thursday, May 1.

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WGTC Murphy Campus during the recent winter weather.

The change will eliminate the in-service day on March 13 for faculty and staff as well as eliminate one exam day in May. The remaining exam day for the semester is still scheduled for Monday, May 5.

“I regret that this may cause some inconvenience to our faculty, staff and students, but it is unavoidable given the number of days that we have missed due to the weather this month,” said West Georgia Technical College Interim President Pat Hannon. “I appreciate everyone’s help and support as we do what is best for our students in these situations.”

The rest of the calendar will remain intact with Spring Break taking place from March 31 to April 4. April 7 begins open registration for the summer and fall semesters with late registration taking place May 15.

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 Receives Gift From Yancey Bros. Co.
Posted: February 7, 2014

The West Georgia Technical College Foundation received $3,350 from Yancey Bros. Co. in support of the Heavy Diesel Equipment Technology program at the College’s Carroll Campus.

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WGTC Institutional Advancement Director Kevin Cain (left center) along with Carroll Campus faculty, staff and students, accepts a check from Yancey Bros. Co. corporate training manager Jim Larson (right center).

“We are grateful to be partners with Yancey Bros.,” said West Georgia Technical College Interim President Pat Hannon. “Their continued support has been vital to this program.”

Yancey Bros. Co. is the nation’s oldest Caterpillar dealer and one of the oldest operating companies in Georgia. Headquartered in Austell, Yancey Bros. Co. has 41 locations in Georgia. The company was also instrumental in establishing the Heavy Diesel Equipment Technology program at West Georgia Technical College.

“We are very happy with our relationship with West Georgia Technical College. We have always felt like a partner,” said Jim Larson, corporate training manager for Yancey Bros. Co. “It is because of the faculty and staff that this partnership has been such a success.”

Over the past 10 years, Yancey Bros. Co. has employed over 100 West Georgia Technical College graduates in the areas of international truck dealership, heavy equipment, power generation, forestry, and Bluebird bus distribution.

“Everything we sell has a diesel engine and this program prepares students to work with our equipment,” said Larson. “That is what makes this program so important to us.”

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 WEST GEORGIA TECHNICAL COLLEGE WITHDRAWS FOOTBALL PLANS
Posted: February 4, 2014

CARROLLTON, Georgia -- West Georgia Technical College announced today it is withdrawing a proposal to add football as a competitive sport.

Interim President Pat Hannon said the program has been under review and it has become evident that the College could not continue to sustain the requirements for the program as well as the associated long-term costs.

“After careful consideration, West Georgia Technical College has chosen to withdraw a request that was made to the Technical College System of Georgia to approve football as an additional athletic program for the Golden Knights,” Hannon said.

The College is in contact with current students who have been practicing football and those who have planned to play this year, as well as their family members who wish to discuss the decision.

“We realize that student athletes have been working hard to prepare for football games,” Hannon said. “We also know that their college education comes first. We will do everything we can to help them continue to be successful as students as they prepare for their chosen career path.”

Hannon said other sports at the College – baseball, softball and men’s and women’s basketball – would not be affected. All four sports are competing successfully in the National Junior College Athletic Association. The Golden Knights men's basketball team has won two-straight Region 17 titles, and the women's basketball team is currently ranked No. 9 in the nation. Baseball is on the rise, having finished third in the Region 17 Tournament last season in just its second year as a NJCAA Division 1 program. Softball finished fourth in the nation last year as a club team and will open play this week as an NJCAA Division 1 program for the first time.

“We are proud of the success of our existing athletic teams,” Hannon said. “Our choice not to pursue football at this time does not affect our commitment to our other teams, coaches and players.”


return to top WGTC Announces 2014 GOAL and Rick Perkins Winners
Posted: January 21, 2014

West Georgia Technical College has announced its Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership winner Cathy Robinson and its Rick Perkins Award winner Mathematics Instructor Dee Coulter.

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WGTC 2014 Rick Perkins Award winner Dee Coulter with 2014 GOAL winner Cathy Robinson

“We are extremely proud of our winners and we congratulate them on this accomplishment,” said West Georgia Technical College Interim President Pat Hannon. ““I know that they will represent the College with distinction in the upcoming competitions.”

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.

Robinson and Coulter will go on to compete against other winners in the regional competition February 18, 2013 at Central Georgia Technical College in Macon. The statewide competition is April 23-24 in Atlanta.

Robinson, who attends the Carroll Campus, was nominated by accounting instructor Joey Sanders. She is currently working towards a marketing management degree and plans to pursue a career in marketing for a nonprofit.

“Cathy is a great representative for West Georgia Technical College,” said Sanders. “It is quite an honor to not only have her in the classroom but also to work with her during this process.”

“I am overwhelmed and honored,” said Robinson on her win. “I was nominated with some awesome students and the experience has been fabulous!”

Coulter was one of six instructors nominated from across the College to compete before a panel of local leaders. With over 40 years of teaching experience, Coulter has taught math at West Georgia Technical College for the past 12 years at the LaGrange Campus. She also serves as the department chair for learning support.

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 Present Theater Production
Posted: January 3, 2014

The West Georgia Technical College Theatre Troupe will present their annual production “The School for Scandal” January 17-18 at the Joshua R. Mabry Center for the Arts at Carrollton High School.

“It’s an exciting part of our college experience to see the creativity and artistic pursuits of the students,” said WGTC Interim President Pat Hannon. “A great deal of time and dedication goes into putting on a production such as this. I commend everyone who participates.”

The West Georgia Technical College Theatre Troupe is a student organization providing creative avenues for students interested in the performing arts, working either backstage or on stage. The Theatre Troupe 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.

“We are expecting this to be a great performance,” said Cheryl Johnson-Herring, adjunct instructor and theatre director. “I truly believe this is just the beginning of many productions here at West Georgia Technical College and a great partnership with Carrollton High School. It is my hope that our troupe will be mounting and performing many more quality productions here in the future.”

The West Georgia Technical College Theatre Troupe has been performing since the fall of 2012. The production of “The School for Scandal” casts 11 students in a period piece and a comedy of manners.

The show will start at 7:30 p.m. on both Friday, January 17 and Saturday, January 18. Tickets will be sold at the box office beginning an hour before show time. Ticket prices will be $7 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. Concessions will be sold during intermission.

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.



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