Central Georgia Technical College opened the 2009 Winter Quarter on January 7 with a total overall enrollment of 5,759 students, which marks a 14 percent increase from the 2008 Winter Quarter at 5032 students.
"We have seen a steady increase in our enrollment over the last several quarters," said Dr. Ronald D. Natale, II, president of Central Georgia Technical College. "While economic downturns traditionally mean more people going back to school, we see more people taking advantage of what the technical college has to offer, especially in this particular economy."
CGTC has also enjoyed a growing online enrollment. With more than 2,100 online students, CGTC currently has the largest online student enrollment in Georgia’s technical college system.
"We are experiencing what is basically a major reset in the national economy, but it provides the opportunity for people to refocus on the basic skills they need to compete in the marketplace when the economy improves," Natale said. "The central Georgia economy has generally held steady, and the demand for trained and skilled workers remains strong. For our workers to position themselves for good jobs at competitive salaries, it is crucial they have the right combination of training and skills."
Natale noted that CGTC has numerous degree, diploma and certificate programs that prepare workers for successful careers. "More than ever, CGTC is the institution people can rely on to gain the skills they need to move into or rejoin the workforce quickly."
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.