Middle Georgia Technical College
Middle Georgia Tech is partly responsible for Houston County's designation in 2005 as a Certified Literate Community. As of 2007 the county was the only Certified Literate Community in middle Georgia and one of only sixteen statewide.
Middle Georgia Tech's origins date back to 1973, when the Houston Vocational Center was established in Warner Robins under the directorship of William Lambert. The first classes were held in the winter of 1974. Neal Rumble succeeded Lambert as director in 1984. In 1985, when the school's service delivery area was expanded to include Dooly, Peach, and Pulaski counties, it became known as Houston Area Vocational Center. In 1986 the school converted from local to state governance and came under the direction of the State Board for Postsecondary Vocational Education, which became known as the Department of Technical and Adult Education (DTAE) in 1988. The school was renamed Middle Georgia Technical Institute in 1987. Billy G. Edenfield became president of the school in 1989.
In 1998 Middle Georgia Tech relocated to an eighty-three-acre campus in Warner Robins. In 2000, due to legislation (Georgia House Bill 1187) that allowed technical institutes offering associate degrees to be called colleges, the school's name changed to Middle Georgia Technical College. Ivan H. Allen, the school's current president, was appointed in 2005.
According to the DTAE's 2005 annual report, 4,776 students were enrolled in certificate, diploma, or degree programs at Middle Georgia Tech. An additional 28,806 students were enrolled in noncredit courses, and 1,843 students were enrolled in the college's adult literacy programs. The 2007 opening of the Sam Way, Sr. Learning Center in Hawkinsville makes available to area residents even more workforce training and education, including adult literacy and General Education Development (GED) diploma 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.
Technical Education and Economic Development Programs
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 Middle Georgia Tech relies on eligibility and academic criteria; candidates must be at least sixteen years old (older for some programs). Most programs require a GED or high school diploma for admission, and all students must receive a GED or high school diploma prior to graduation from Middle Georgia Tech. 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.
Middle Georgia Tech offers programs of study in business and technology, health care and human services, and industrial technology. In 2006 Middle Georgia Tech's automotive program received certification from the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.
In early 2007 Middle Georgia Tech partnered with Quick Start, a nationally recognized program that develops training for new and existing industries in Georgia, and Richmond Cold Storage, which operates the Perdue Farms distribution center in Perry, to provide training for company employees. Perdue Farms, the third largest poultry company in the United States, was among the five largest employers in Houston County as of 2006.
Also in 2007, Middle Georgia Tech received a $20,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation for the college's health literacy program.
Mary Downing Koon, New Georgia Encyclopedia
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