Founded under a charter granted by the Georgia state legislature in 1879, the present-day Georgia Military College at Warner Robins offers classes at the Robins Air Force Base. Since the spring of 2003, it has also offered classes in its new building, Elliott Hall, located at the Village at Town Center. This liberal arts community college serves the community of Houston County Georgia and the Robins Air Force Base, and partners with the city government and GEICO of Macon in offering continuing employee education and training programs. This school prides itself in providing students with a unique blend of student academic learning and instruction alongside ethical development.
Students can pursue a variety of degree programs designed to prepare students for entering directly into a career field, or transferring to a senior level university or college. All associate degrees offered are based in the liberal arts, and centered around a core curriculum that enhances student learning. All faculty and staff are trained in their own area of specialization, as well as learner-centered instruction, the unique educational approach taken by all instructors at GMC Warner Robins. A variety of support services are offered to students by way of the Academic Support Services Division, and programs like free tutoring, faculty advisors, placement testing, counseling services, and an early alert program to support students in need of academic assistance.
Academic programs offered at GMC Warner Robins award associate of arts and associate of science degrees upon completion. The academic calendar is run in quarters consisting of eight-week terms. Exciting areas of study under the title of associate of arts include behavioral science, business administration, communications, criminal justice, education, early care and education, general studies, history, information technology, international affairs, logistics management, pre-nursing, psychology and sociology. Under the umbrella of associate of science degree programs students may choose from behavioral science, business administration, communications, criminal justice, education, early care and education, general studies, health & human performance, health & physical education, history, homeland security, information technology, international affairs, logistics management, pre-nursing, psychology and sociology.
GMC Warner Robins describes itself as a Learning Based College, meaning its focus is on student learning and mastery of educational objectives both inside and outside of the classroom. Main tenets of Learning Based Education at GMC include clearly stated student-learning objectives, explicit identification of the knowledge, skills and abilities the student is expected to acquire, and on-going assessment of what the student has learned, the effectiveness of the instruction and the service the college provides. Routine standards are placed on students as well for progress and conduct. All Learning Based ideals are meant to strengthen the students education and character, while promoting both education and ethics.
The school offers an honors program that designed to motivate students to achieve excellence in scholastic, athletic and extra-curricular activities. Awards are presented throughout the year in the form of trophies, plaques, ribbons, medals, certificates, and military sabers. Student academic honors include Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, Cum Laude, highest GPA and the Harold I. Goodrich Award.
All commuter, transfer and transient applicants must demonstrate reasonable potential for success. All entering first time freshmen are required to take the GMC Placement Exam, should they not have met the minimum SAT verbal and math requirements, or ACT score requirements. Students may enroll as commuter, degree-seeking students studying towards associate of arts or associate of science degrees, or personal enrichment students enrolling in coursework for personal benefit only; transient students with temporary permission from another institution to attend GMC during a specific timeframe; and as joint enrollment or early admissions available to talented high school students.
First time freshman must submit a completed application and application fee, an official high school transcript with the date of graduation or its equivalency (GED scores), or adequate SAT or ACT marks for home-schooled students.
Transfer students must submit a completed application and application fee, official transcripts from all post-secondary studies, official documents from military schools like the CLEP or USAFI/DANTES exams, and must complete the GMC Placement Exam should they not have already passed ENG 101 or MAT 109 at a previous institute of post-secondary education.
Joint enrollment and early admissions students must meet a minimum score requirement on the SAT or ACT exams, have a high school GPA of 3.00 or higher on a 4.0 scale, have written approval and recommendation from the high school principal or counselor, written consent of a parent or legal guardian, and be exempt from any learning support requirements.
Admitted students are encouraged to begin the Financial Aid process by contacting one of the schools financial aid specialists. Students may qualify for a combination of federal and/or state grants, state scholarships, institutional scholarships, work study, loans, and other financial aid programs. All students must begin by filling out the FAFSA, available online. Special financial aid programs at include Georgia Military College Foundation Scholarships, the HOPE state scholarship program, the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, and LEAP Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership.
Support services available through the Financial Aid Office include entrance counseling, selective service registration, electronic FAFSA pin requests, assistance completing the FAFSA, the Georgia Student Finance Commission, and information on outside scholarships.
Students interested in calculating the approximate cost of funding their education should use the GMC Cost Calculator available via the schools official website to determine cost per quarter.
The Student Activities Program, administered by the Assistant Dean of students, is designed to encourage student co-curricular and extra-curricular participation in activities, events, and the community, as sponsored by the Student Activities Committee. Areas represented on the committee include athletics, drama, alumni affairs, student services, class representatives, and the cadet corps. Activities may include movies, dances, lectures, guest speakers and entertainers, concerts, field trips, student publications, intramurals, and club activities. A few examples of specific campus clubs and organizations include the Drama Club, the Debate Team, Phi Theta Kappa, the Chess and Checker Club, the Rifle Team and the Adventure Club. Students may also elect to participate in the Student Government Organization at the Main Campus and all Distant Learning Centers.
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The GMC Bulldogs field a variety of intercollegiate athletic teams, hosted by the Milledgeville campus. Teams compete in the NJCAA in football, golf, mens soccer, womens soccer, cross country, womens softball, rifle team, and cheerleading. Milledgeville also offers a sports medicine program to students.
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A variety of additional academic services are available to students. Students in need of improving basic academic skills before enrolling in a post-secondary educational program may enroll in Learning Support Services reading, English and mathematics courses under the pretense of a conditional admission status. The Department of Academic Support Services supplies personal problem assessment, assistance and referral; academic advisement and guidance; career planning assistance; and training programs in study skills, all programs designed to help achieve student success. Academic advising is also available to all students, and based on individual student needs, desires and requirements. All students are offered free tutoring. Library resources include an E-library collection, full internet access, the NewsBank database, access to the Galileo statewide library network, the Georgia Career Information System, and a wide variety of other books and reference materials.
Carrie Petersen earned her Bachelors of Science in Education and a Masters of School leadership at Northern Illinois University. Carrie likes to travel with her husband and two sons.