Moultrie Technical College
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Moultrie Technical College has two campuses in Moultrie, the seat of Colquitt County. Satellite campuses are located in the college's three other service delivery counties: Tift, Turner, and Worth. Agriculture is the economic mainstay of this region in south Georgia, home to the annual Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition in Moultrie and the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village, Georgia's official museum of agriculture, in Tifton. Moultrie Tech's economic development partnerships with such agribusinesses as ConAgra Foods in Sylvester (Worth County) and Sanderson Farms poultry processing in Moultrie are a testament to the college's commitment to area workforce initiatives. Moultrie Tech's most popular academic programs, based on the number of graduates in 2005, were general secretarial science, early childhood education, and nursing. The college is part of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG).
The school began as Moultrie Area Technical-Vocational School, which opened in Moultrie in 1964 under the directorship of W. W. Hobbs. The school offered five programs of study to forty students. By the late 1960s program offerings had increased, and full-time enrollment was 280 students. In the late 1970s the school offered its first adult education classes and completed a $210 million expansion. Under the directorship of Jack Gay, Moultrie Tech converted from local to state governance and became part of the newly formed Department of Technical and Adult Education (DTAE) in 1988. Mike Moye succeeded Gay as president of the school in 1994.
In 2000, due to legislation (Georgia House Bill 1187) that allowed technical institutes offering associate degrees to become colleges, the school officially changed its name to Moultrie Technical College. That same year the college broke ground on a new $14 million campus. The original campus facility is still in operation and was renovated in 2005. In 2001 Turner County was added to the school's service area, and in 2004 a 60,000-square-foot expansion was completed in Tifton. The college's current president, Tina Anderson, was appointed in 2003 and appeared on Georgia Trend magazine's 2004 "Top 40 under 40" list.
According to the DTAE's 2005 annual report, 3,448 students were enrolled in certificate, diploma, or degree programs at Moultrie Tech. An additional 2,129 students were enrolled in noncredit courses, and 2,217 were enrolled in the college's adult literacy programs.
In 2007 the DTAE created the Technical College System of Georgia, an entity comprising the thirty-four colleges under its administration, and in 2008 the DTAE's name officially changed to TCSG.
The TCSG, in overseeing the state's system of thirty-four technical colleges, its economic and workforce development programs, and its adult literacy program, has as its primary objective to create a well-educated, technically trained, and highly competitive workforce to ensure the economic success of the state and its citizens.
As with other technical colleges governed by the TCSG, admission to Moultrie Tech relies on eligibility and academic criteria: candidates must be at least sixteen years old (older for some programs). A General Education Development (GED) or high school diploma is not required for admission to all programs; however, all students must have a GED or high school diploma before graduating from the college. If standards for a certain credit program are met, students can earn an associate degree, an expanded program of study that facilitates career mobility and continuing education at the baccalaureate level; a traditional diploma; or a technical certificate of credit, a short-term targeted program that prepares students for specific jobs.
In winter 2006 Moultrie Tech's practical nursing program graduates received all passing scores from the Georgia State Board of Nursing. This was the fourth consecutive class to achieve a perfect score on the state board exam. Other distinguished programs at Moultrie Tech include criminal justice, which was recognized in 2006 by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council, and emergency medical technician (EMT) training, one of the only daytime EMT programs in south Georgia.
In 2005 Moultrie Tech partnered with local high school students from Tiftarea Academy to offer its first environmental horticulture program. The program allows students to earn both high school and college credit and receive a lawn maintenance specialist certificate at the end of the school year.