alexa Wiregrass Georgia Technical College (East Central Technical College)

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Wiregrass Georgia Technical College (East Central Technical College)

Wiregrass Georgia Technical College (WGTC) is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) providing education for an eleven-county service area in south-central Georgia. The schools service area includes Atkinston, Irwin, Lanier, Lowndes, and Wilcox counties. Wiregrass Georgia Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award associate degrees, diplomas, and technical certificates of credit.

Wiregrass Georgia Technical College was formed on July 1, 2010 from a merger of East Central Technical College and Valdosta Technical College. This merger had previously been approved by the State Board of Technical and Adult Education on September 4, 2008, as part of a major series of mergers and geographical restructuring in the TCSG system.

WGTCs full campuses are located in Valdosta, Fitzgerald, Douglas, and Sparks. Some classes are also taught at extended campuses located at Moody Air Force Base in Lowndes County and in Rochelle. In addition, there are "Adult Education Centers" in all 11 counties of the schools service area, offering Basic Education, GED and ESL classes.

In 1968 Lewis Brinson became the first director of Ben Hill-Irwin Area Vocational Institute. On September 21, 1970 200 full-time students enrolled at the institution and on September 15, 1971 the first full-time graduates received their diplomas. On June 9, 1978, a $600,000 campus expansion plan was completed. The school changed from being locally governed to being governed by the state under the direction of the Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education (DTAE). In the fall of 1982, Ben Hill-Irwin Institute began a computer electronics program. It also expanded its machine shop curriculum through a co-op program with Robins Air Force Base in 1983. January 1, 1984 Dr. Ed Green became the new president after the retirement of Brinson.

The school changed its name to Ben Hill Irwin Technical Institute and established a joint degree program with Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) in Tifton, which made it possible for ECTC students to earn an associate degree in applied science from ABAC in 1986.