Central Georgia Technical College saw a nine percent increase in its beginning enrollment in degree, diploma and certificate programs for the 2008 fall quarter, with a preliminary total enrollment of 5,700 students, compared to 5,231 students at the start of the 2007 fall quarter.
"We see more traditional college-bound students and their parents looking at what the technical college can provide," said college president Dr. Ronald D. Natale, II. "Quality education and training, the ability to reach their career goals faster – with two years of study, and the most affordable cost ($36 per credit hour) of any higher education institution in Georgia make a technical college education extremely attractive."
Technical colleges become an even more valuable asset when many individuals are unemployed or underemployed, Natale noted.
"While certain areas of the state and country are experiencing economic downturns, the central Georgia economy remains robust with new companies investing in the area, and there is still a clear demand for trained and skilled workers," he said. "CGTC has a long tradition and track record of preparing individuals for these jobs, and our programs are designed to meet current workforce needs. As these needs change, we develop new programs to meet these changes."
Newer degree programs such as Digital Animation and Multimedia and Biotechnology are attracting a growing number of traditional college age students and career changers.
In addition to the economic factors, college officials say CGTC has increased its effort to better inform the public about its program offerings through advertising and other public relations activities. Officials note that the current advertising, which began in late April, has played a large part in the increased enrollment numbers at all campuses and centers.
The strong fall enrollment numbers follow a challenging spring and summer for the college that began with the Mother’s Day tornado in May. The storm caused considerable damage to the Macon Campus, resulting in the closing of Building B, one of the main classroom buildings, for four months. Programs housed in the building had to relocate to other areas of the campus, while cosmetology students were moved to Crawford County for the summer.
About Central Georgia Technical College
A comprehensive higher education institution, Central Georgia Technical College provides students more than 200 career program opportunities with numerous degree, diploma and certificate options, in addition to customized business and industry services, continuing education and adult education services. The College serves Baldwin, Bibb, Crawford, Jones, Monroe, Putnam and Twiggs Counties.