On September 26, 2012, the State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia voted to merge Central Georgia Technical College and Middle Georgia Technical College.
The merger of the colleges will create one of the largest two-year colleges in Georgia, with an 11 county service delivery area larger than the state of Delaware. Both colleges are already accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees and are committed to maintaining that status.
We're excited because our students will have more opportunities than ever before! We're sure that our students have questions, so please see below for more information.
Questions & Answers
Q: Why are the two colleges merging?
A: The main campuses of CGTC and MGTC are only 30 miles apart. Merging will allow our students to have more opportunities while we maintain a concentrated focus on building a workforce that keeps our communities strong. Merging also makes sense financially, saving the taxpayers of Georgia hundreds of thousands of dollars each year.
Q: How will this change my classes?
A: For the better! Consolidating the two colleges into one will create one of the largest two-year colleges in Georgia. You will have access to exceptional instructors, programs, and technology in 11 counties: Baldwin, Bibb, Crawford, Dooly, Houston, Jones, Monroe, Peach, Pulaski, Twiggs, and Putnam.
Q: Will the name of my college change because of the merger?
A: It is possible that the name of CGTC and/or MGTC will change. The State Board of Directors for the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) will decide on a name based on input from community leaders.
Q: Where will I graduate from if I finish before the merger is complete?
A: If you finish before July 1, 2013 at CGTC, your graduating institution will be CGTC. Likewise, if you finish before July 1, 2013 at MGTC, your graduating institution will be MGTC.
Q: If I graduate before the merger is complete, will the change in college names be confusing for my future employers?
A: It is quite common for colleges to merge or change names as time goes by. This will not affect your status as a graduate in the community. Both CGTC and MGTC have outstanding reputations in the community and are committed to maintaining that reputation.
Q: Will my tuition change because of the merger?
A: Tuition will not be directly affected by the merger. Tuition costs are determined by TCSG and tuition is the same for all colleges in our system. We are proud to offer an outstanding education that is both affordable and accessible for our students.
Q: How will the merger affect student organizations and athletics?
A: We will continue to have a competitive athletics division that will showcase our talented student athletes. Student organizations are also important and we will continue to support the growth of these organizations that enhance the college experience for our students.
Q: I plan to continue my education at a four-year institution after I graduate. How will the merger impact current articulation agreements?
A: The merger will definitely be positive for those students who plan to transfer to a four year college after they graduate. Instead of separate articulation agreements for CGTC and MGTC, students in all 11 counties can transfer college credits from our merged college to many other four-year institutions including, but not limited to, DeVry University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Fort Valley State University, Macon State College, Mercer University, Southern Polytechnic State University, and the University of Georgia.
Q: I'm a high school student. Will the dual enrollment program change because of the merger?
A: Over 500 high school students currently participate in the dual enrollment programs offered by CGTC and MGTC. Current dual enrollment classes will not be affected by the merger and the opportunities for students after the merger will continue to grow.