Augusta Technical College
Augusta Technical College is a two-year college based in Augusta, Georgia. Academics Recently all Associate of Applied Technology degree programs have been changed to Associate of Applied Science degrees. The mission of the college is to promote the educational, economic, and community development of the Central Savannah River Area. History Augusta Technical College was founded in 1961 as Augusta Area Vocational-Technical School. It was merged with Richmond Area Vocational School in 1966 and renamed to Augusta Area Technical School. In 1987 it was renamed again to Augusta Technical Institute, and took its current name in 2000. The school has four campuses, one in Augusta, another in Thomson, the third in Waynesboro and the fourth in Grovetown. All campuses are accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). As a technical college it is governed by Technical College System of Georgia. Augusta Technical College offers associate degrees, diplomas, and technical certificates of credit. Over 100 programs of studied are offered including; Allied Health and Nursing, Business and Personal Services, Information and Engineering Technology and Industrial Technology. Augusta Tech continues to grow and recently launched two new programs. The Nuclear Engineering Technology program is an effort to address the nuclear industry's increasing need for a well-trained nuclear workforce, and the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program will prepare more registered nurses in a field that continues to be in demand. Financial aid options are available via the Georgia Hope Scholarship and Grant, Federal FAFSA/PELL Grants, loans, and several local scholarship opportunities. Augusta Tech also maintains an office at Fort Gordon, servinc military service members, retirees, and their spouses. The Georgia Hope Grant is available for these groups. Celebrating 50 years of eduacation that works, Augus
a Tech continues to grow. The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), formerly known as the Department of Technical and Adult Education (DTAE), is the body which supervises the U.S. state of Georgia's 25 technical colleges and two technical divisions in University System of Georgia (USG) institutions, while also surveying the adult literacy program and economic and workforce development programs. The system operates the Georgia Virtual Technical Connection, a clearinghouse for online technical courses. The Technical College System of Georgia serves the people and the state by creating a system of technical education whose purpose is to use the latest technology and easy access for all adult Georgians and corporate citizens. The TCSG and USG are completely separate agencies and work entirely independently of each other, except for certain cooperative efforts. Some core courses are transferable between the two, though this was made more difficult when the USG moved to the semester system in 1997, while the TCSG remained on the quarter system. Now, the TCSG is changing to the semester system beginning in Fall (August) 2011. The TCSG has worked with the state budget office to minimize the economic impact of the conversion, believing the a move that is the best interests of TCSG students cannot be delayed. Beginning in 2008, it was being studied whether some schools should merge. The first was the merger of Georgia Aviation Technical College in Eastman into the USG's Middle Georgia College in 2007, effective July 1. In September 2008, the State Board of Technical and Adult Education voted to merge 13 colleges into six. The board stated that the mergers only affect the administrative functions of the colleges. When the University System of Georgia mandated semesters in 1998, enrollment fell by several thousand students, and those that remained took fewer courses, causing budget shortfalls which the state legislature had to make up for.