SRTC gives “State of the College” amidst Bainbridge campus acquisition

Published 4:36 pm Tuesday, April 3, 2018

The past three years have seen plenty of changes for Southern Regional Technical College (SRTC). Beginning with the July 1, 2015 merger of Moultrie Technical College (MTC) and Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) to form the new SRTC, improvements have been prevalent for the college as a whole. From administration to instruction, faculty to staff to students, nearly every corner of SRTC has been enhanced, though the college’s mission remains: to be a top-tier college that will provide greater access to services and programs for the students and communities they serve.

Now, as the College prepares for the upcoming acquisition of the former Bainbridge State College Campus on July 1, 2018, there is even more reason for stakeholder excitement across our region. The acquisition (pending SACS-COC approval) will add four additional counties to the SRTC service delivery area which will soon include a geographic territory that extends from the Interstate 75 corridor in the east to the Alabama state line in the west.

Enrollment and Personnel

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In January 2018, Southern Regional Technical College (SRTC) announced it had achieved record enrollment for the second consecutive term. For the Spring 2018 Semester the College realized a 9.4% increase in total enrollment with a 10.4% increase in full-time equivalency when compared with Spring 2017 figures. The latter number being the largest across all TCSG institutions. Both of these numbers significantly outpace the state average for each of those categories, which are 2.2% and 0.8%, respectively.

This announcement comes on the heels a 2017 Fall Semester that saw a 9.0% and 10.2% increase in total enrollment and full-time equivalency, respectively, when compared to Fall Semester 2016. All numbers are courtesy of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) data center.

SRTC’s total enrollment continues to sit well above the 3,700 students and the College continues to maintain one of the largest dual enrollment programs in the state, with around 1,400 students taking advantage of that opportunity. The Dual Enrollment program allows high school students to receive Carnegie unit credit from their respective high school and postsecondary credit hours from the College for the same course.

With the recent changes to the program, any student enrolled in a Georgia high school (9th – 12th grade) that meets the dual enrollment and admission requirements of the College is eligible to participate in the program.

SRTC anticipates increases across the board – in dual enrollment, credit enrollment, adult education, and non-credit enrollment – when the College officially assumes operation of the technical programs housed in Bainbridge on July 1, 2018. Pending SACS-COC approval SRTC-Bainbridge will offer 24 technical and industrial programs, SRTC-Midtown Center will offer adult education and cosmetology, SRTC-Blakely will offer 12 technical and industrial programs plus adult education, and SRTC-Donalsonville will offer adult education.

The new College will employ over roughly 300 full-time personnel, 90 part-time staff members, and more than 200 adjunct instructors that will be tasked with providing the highest level of service and education possible to students in both credit and non-credit programs.

Benefits to our Students

SRTC will serve an eleven-county area with locations in Ashburn, Bainbridge, Blakely, Cairo, Camilla, Donalsonville, Moultrie, Sylvester, Thomasville, and Tifton.  Moreover, Florida residents of Gadsden, Jefferson, and Leon counties qualify for in-state tuition. The Bainbridge – Shotwell Campus, Moultrie – Veterans Parkway Campus, Thomasville Campus, and Tifton Campus are full-service locations, meaning students have access to student affairs and enrollment services, academic offerings, and adult education (GED). The Moultrie – Industrial Drive instructional site offers predominately Industrial Technology programs (e.g., Welding and Joining, HVAC, Automotive Technology, etc.) while the Grady County instructional site offers select credit programs, high school dual-enrollment, and adult education.

Additionally, adult education services are offered in Camilla, Sylvester, and Ashburn.

The college offers over 150 programs in the classroom / labs and for online students. Within the classroom setting there has been a significant expansion of night classes at all full-service campus locations.

SRTC currently collaborates with Baconton Community Charter School, Bishop Hall Charter School, Cairo High School, Colquitt County High School, Mitchell County High School, Pelham High School, Thomas County Central High School, Thomasville High School, Tift County High School, Tiftarea Academy, Turner County High School, and Worth County High School on dual enrollment. Upon completion of the acquisition of the former Bainbridge State College (pending SACS-COC approval), SRTC will also serve Bainbridge High School, Early County High School, Miller County High School, and Seminole County High School.

SRTC offers over 150 degree, diploma, and certificate programs that are designed to get you quickly into your desired career, and 27 general education courses that transfer to the University System of Georgia institutions and 19 private colleges and universities in Georgia. SRTC has instructional sites located in Ashburn, Cairo, Camilla, Moultrie, Thomasville, Tifton, and Sylvester for the convenience of our students.

The College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). SACSCOC is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. For the most up-to-date information on registration, class dates, and program offerings, log on to or call (888) 205 – 3449.