By a unanimous vote, the state board of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) has given their approval for TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson to start the process to merge the administrations of Central Georgia Technical College (CGTC) in Macon and Middle Georgia Technical College (MGTC) in Warner Robins.
The board’s action came during their monthly meeting, which was held in Savannah on Wednesday, Sept. 26.
The merger should be accomplished by July 1, 2013 and will create Georgia’s second-largest technical college. Last year, CGTC and MGTC, whose main campuses are less than 30 miles apart, had a combined enrollment of 16,027 students in technical education programs. Only Chattahoochee Technical College in Marietta enrolled more.
Since 2009, the TCSG has used mergers as a way to reduce some administrative costs while creating larger, more efficient colleges. Once the CGTC-MGTC merger is complete, the system will have successfully merged 17 colleges into eight, leaving 24 colleges statewide.
As the previous mergers have shown, students at CGTC and MGTC should experience little change in the day-to-day operation of their campuses but will gain the benefit of the colleges’ shared instructional and technical resources. No campuses will be closed and the colleges’ other programs, including adult education, continuing education and customized workforce training for business and industry, will continue as before.
Jackson told the board that he will work with the colleges’ leadership, their local boards of directors and regional stakeholders to make sure that the merger process goes as smoothly as possible.
“Everything that we do will be in the very best interest of our students and their communities,” said Jackson. “Our intent is to create a fiscally stronger institution and one that makes the most strategic and efficient use of all of its education resources.”
Duplication of administrative roles could lead to several executive jobs being eliminated through attrition, reassignment, or a reduction in force.