Student Organizations

Many student organizations are available at West Georgia Technical College, and other organizations are currently being researched in order to offer a broader range of activities in the near future. Joining one of the following organizations can enrich a student’s academic experience and facilitate meeting other students. For more information, students may contact the Student Life Coordinator at 770-537-5722 or studentlife@westgatech.edu.

Policies and procedures relating to RSOs.

I. Governance

(An organization which exercises authority governing and serves as student ambassadors for the college)

  • Student Government Association (GSGA): Students on GSGA are elected by their peers. They are the voice of West Georgia Tech students and vote on behalf of all students for issues brought to the Student Government Association. Student Government is comprised of an executive board (president, vice president, etc.), campus representatives and division liaisons. All students are encouraged to participate through contact with their campus representatives as well as attendance at meetings. For more information about the Student Government Association, email GSGA@westgatech.edu.

 

II. Academic & Professional

(An organization whose stated objective is to provide an opportunity for individuals to discuss and share information related to a specific academic discipline, topic, or interest)

  • Answering the Call of Excellence (ACE): 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. Participation is open to all students, and students from other ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to become involved as well. For more information about ACE, email ace@westgatech.edu.

 

  • Phi Beta Lambda (PBL): Students who are interested in developing leadership, communication and team skills, or simply looking for an organization to meet and network with others at local, state or national levels may join. PBL is not just another student group—it gives members an opportunity to learn, travel and grow as a business professional. Employers are looking for students with cutting-edge skills. PBL gives members the chance to gain these skills and prepares them for the “real-world” after college. Set yourself apart from the average graduate! In today’s highly competitive business environment, it takes more than just a degree to succeed. It requires business savvy, leadership skills and technical knowledge. By taking advantage of the many programs that Phi Beta Lambda offers, students acquire the skills that will set them apart from the average graduate. They will be better prepared for careers, graduate school and for life! For more information on PBL, email PBL@westgatech.edu.
  • Radiological Association for the Development of Students (RADS): The Radiological Association for the Development of Students 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. For more information on RADS, email RADS@westgatech.edu.
  • SkillsUSA: SkillsUSA is the national organization for students enrolled in classes with vocational trade, industrial, technology and health occupational objectives. West Georgia Technical College’s SkillsUSA operates under a charter granted by the Georgia Association of the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America. SkillsUSA provides student 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 SkillsUSA students can prepare themselves for future education or a full-time work experience. One of the benefits of being a SkillsUSA member is the opportunity to compete for scholarships and awards that are offered by our industry partners for achievement. Members conduct business using the democratic process. Regular club meetings are scheduled each month. Membership must be established prior to January in order to compete in the annual local, state and national SkillsUSA Championship. For more information on SkillsUSA, email SKILLSUSA@westgatech.edu.
  • Student Members of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (SADHA): Membership in this student organization is available only for students enrolled in the Dental Hygiene program at West Georgia Technical College. Much like the Student Nursing Association, this program aids students in attending annual conferences for the Dental Hygienists Association, discounts, books and recreational activities. For more information on the Student Members of the American Dental Hygienists Association, email SADA@westgatech.edu.
  • Student Nursing Association: The Student Nursing Association at West Georgia Technical College is part of the Georgia Student Association of Nurses. This program is for students majoring in Registered Nursing and is the way to maximize a student’s experience in the nursing program. This program provides networking opportunities, NCLEX review courses, aid with books, discounts and educational conferences in- and out-of-state. For more information about the Student Nursing Association, email: SNA@westgatech.edu.

 

III. Honorary

(An organization whose membership is based on academic achievement and is typically associated with a national honor society; however, this category of recognition does not necessarily indicate impact on the college’s graduation honor process)

  • National Technical Honor Society (NTHS): The National Technical Honor Society is the acknowledged leader in the recognition of excellence in career and technical education and a major scholarship source for its members. NTHS membership is recognized by business, industry and education as the hallmark of student achievement and leadership. Today, more than 3,000 schools and colleges are affiliated with the Society, and member schools agree that NTHS encourages higher achievement, cultivates a desire for personal excellence and helps top students find success in today’s highly competitive workplace. Founded in 1984, NTHS is a non-profit, educational organization carrying out its mission with the help of thousands of dedicated advisors at affiliated member institutions. NTHS provides excellent resources to promote higher scholastic achievement and to bring greater recognition to top students. In order to become a member of West Georgia Technical College’s NTHS, the student must:
    • Be enrolled in a degree, diploma or certificate with degree core courses program
    • Be recommended by an instructor in his/her program;
    • Have completed 15 consecutive semester institutional GPA hours in one program;
    • Have maintained a 3.66 or higher overall GPA in his/her program;
    • Have a 2 or better in Work Ethics; and
    • Have good character, exhibit leadership skills, and plan to pursue a career in his/her program of study.

For more information on National Technical Honor Society, email NTHS@westgatech.edu.

  • Phi Theta Kappa (PTK): Phi Theta Kappa is a highly recognized international honor society for students who achieve superior academic success at a two-year college or institution. Chapter members serve as leaders for other students and for people in the community. Membership into the Beta Theta Phi Chapter offers intellectual enrichment and personal development as well as academic scholarships. For more information on Phi Theta Kappa, email PTK@westgatech.edu.

 

IV. Fine Arts

  • VOICES Magazine: VOICES is published annually by West Georgia Technical College. The magazine seeks to showcase the best examples of the creative spirit that is alive and well at WGTC. Submissions are solicited during the fall semesters, compiled and edited during the late fall and released in the middle of the spring semester each year. Submissions are welcome from all current students, as well as staff and faculty members. Student editors are encouraged to volunteer to assist with selections, compilation and binding of the magazine during the fall and spring semesters. For more information about VOICES, visit the website, www.westgatech.edu/voices, or email voices@westgatech.edu.

 

Don’t see anything that interests you? Or need to re-register your student organization? Student organization registration.

 

Steps to Creating a New Student Organization:

The Office of Student Life welcomes the addition of Student Organizations that will help serve in our mission to enrich the experience of West Georgia Technical College Students. Here are the steps to seek approval for a new student organization:

  1. Secure a West Georgia Technical Faculty/Staff Advisor
  2. Create an organization Constitution and Bylaws. Examples of these documents can be found on page 13 – 15 of the Student Organization Procedures & Handbook. Click this link.
  3. Compile a list of 10 or more WGTC students that will be willing members of the organization. The list must include students’ names, student ID numbers, students’ email addresses and students’ signatures.
  4. Send a copy of your constitution, bylaws and list of members to LaToya Cotton, Coordinator of Student Organizations and Activities for review and forward to Georgia Student Government Association. Her email address is latoya.cotton@westgatech.edu
  5. Schedule to attend a meeting with Georgia Student Government Association to seek approval of the organization. GSGA meets every Monday at 1 pm via Tandberg. Their last meeting of the semester is scheduled for April 30th.
    1. During the GSGA meeting student members/faculty or staff advisor will need to present the organization to GSGA. GSGA will ask questions about the organization, the constitution and bylaws if they have any.
    2. GSGA will discuss the organization amongst themselves after potential new organization’s members/advisor has been dismissed from the meeting and vote on the approval or denial of the organization. Once GSGA makes a decision, you will receive an email detailing the decision.

 

For further information, contact studentlife@westgatech.edu.