MILLEDGEVILLE — Central Georgia Technical College (CGTC) campuses have seen an increase of student enrollment this summer semester including the Milledgeville campus, which increased by nearly 50 students from last year.
“This is the first time we’ve had an increase in three semesters. Our whole system has been decreasing, and I think that’s a direct effect with what’s been done with the HOPE scholarship and the economy,” said Hank Griffeth, CGTC vice president for satellite operations. “The economy is picking up a little bit, but in the world of post-secondary education, when the economy gets better, enrollment goes down because people are going to work.”
All classes formerly held in the 68,000 square foot main building have permanently moved into the new Center for Health Sciences facility. The college will introduce new programs to the local campus and CGTC overall in the fall semester, including neuromuscular therapy, pharmacy technology, health care specialist and clinical laboratory technology.
“This summer’s enrollment is 360, and last summer we had 314. I think a significant piece to that is that’s without our new programs. When the new programs come online, we will have an increase in enrollment,” Griffeth said. “We also had an increase at this campus and college wide in credit hours. Last summer semester, the 314 students registered for 2,251 credit hours. This summer the 360 students have registered for 2,419 credit hours.”
Enrollment is also expected to see a boost in the fall after CGTC and Middle Georgia Technical College merge to form the second largest technical college in the state with an 11-county service delivery area. The merger is set to become official July 1.
“We have no new full-time instructors hired yet. As we’re counting down to the final days of the merger being complete, we’re still using the merger as a means to place faculty and staff in positions where we need them. The consolidation has occurred in a manner where nobody lost their job due to the consolidation. Through attrition people have left, and typically those positions aren’t being refilled unless the student population warrants it,” Griffeth said. “At Middle Georgia Tech, they also had an increase in enrollment this summer compared to last summer. We anticipate an increasable [boost] in enrollment and credit hours.”