SGTC leadership says new ranking shows commitment to workforce

AMERICUS, Ga — South Georgia Technical College ranks sixth best among two year colleges in Georgia, according to recent results released by Bestcolleges.com. While the prestige of the honor is exciting for SGTC, the college’s leadership says it also demonstrates the school’s commitment to developing a skilled labor force for the region.

Bestcolleges.com considered several different aspects of the college, including affordability, student-teacher ratio, success rates, and job placements after graduation.

President Dr. John Watford says that SGTC’s goal is to offer its students an affordable education, but also one that arms them with skills to find jobs after graduation and meet the needs of area employers.

“[SGTC partners with] anyone involved in the economic development to try and bring more jobs to our service area as well as prepare the workforce so that potential industries and existing industries who are expanding will be able to depend on our local citizens for their workforce,” Dr. Watford tells News 3.

“Whenever someone from the outside like Bestcolleges.com recognizes us through the external statistics that, yes, you are what you say you are, you are doing what you say you are doing, it means that much more to us. But it also gives us that validity to the community at-large that we are a definite option when considering a post-secondary choice.”

SGTC offers 200 associate degree, diploma, technical certificate, or credit programs of study.

Research from 2011 revealed that only 34% of people who live in Georgia has an associate’s degree or higher education level, but by 2020, it’s projected that 61% of jobs in the state will require some sort of degree.

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