Tu­ition cap raised at state tech­ni­cal colleges

State merges the ad­min­is­tra­tions of 13 colleges into 6 colleges

The Covington News - - Local news -

Of the re­main­ing third, many will see the ex­tra cost cov­ered by the HOPE grant.

Less than 10 per­cent of the TCSG’s quar­terly en­roll­ment, or ap­prox­i­mately 9,000 stu­dents, will in­cur the ad­di­tional out-of-pocket ex­pense.

The in­crease will take ef­fect beginning with the Win­ter Quar­ter 2009. It is ex­pected to gen­er­ate an ex­tra $10 mil­lion an­nu­ally for the tech­ni­cal col­lege sys­tem.

De­spite the credit hour in­crease for some stu­dents, the cost of a Ge­or­gia tech­ni­cal col­lege ed­u­ca­tion re­mains among the low­est in the na­tion, and most of those costs are paid for un­der the Ge­or­gia HOPE and fed­eral Pell grants.

In other busi­ness, the state board of the Tech­ni­cal Col­lege Sys­tem of Ge­or­gia voted re­cently to reaf­firm the sys­tem’s plan to will merge the ad­min­is­tra­tions of 13 of the state’s 33 state tech­ni­cal colleges.

The 13 colleges will be­come six colleges on July 1, 2009.

“The ad­min­is­tra­tive merg­ers mean more ef­fi­cient use of col­lege re­sources, greater cost-ef­fec­tive­ness in how we ad­min­is­ter the cam­puses and im­proved op­por­tu­ni­ties for our first pri­or­ity, which is al­ways our stu­dents,” said TCSG Board Chair­man Carl Swearingen. “This trans­for­ma­tion is vi­tally im­por­tant if we are to build the strong and tal­ented work­force that Ge­or­gia needs to com­pete in the 21st Cen­tury global econ­omy.”

The board’s vote fol­lows a de­ci­sion made dur­ing their Novem­ber meet­ing to ex­am­ine the merger con­cerns that were raised by a state leg­is­la­tor.

The fol­low­ing tech­ni­cal colleges will be merged un­der the plan:

• Ap­palachian Tech, Chat­ta­hoochee Tech and North Metro Tech

• Coosa Val­ley Tech and North­west­ern Tech

• East Cen­tral Tech and Val­dosta Tech

• Flint River Tech and Grif­fin Tech

• South­east­ern Tech and Swains­boro Tech

• West Cen­tral Tech and West Ge­or­gia Tech

New names for the merged colleges are still to be de­ter­mined by the com­bined colleges’ boards of direc­tors.

The TCSG state board also voted to­day to ap­prove Com­mis­sioner Ron Jack­son’s selections for the lead­er­ship of three of the merged colleges.

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