The Heart of Georgia Technical College (HoGTC) is a public, two-year higher education institution conferring degrees up to the associate level. The school is located in the Georgia community of Dublin, the seat of Laurens County, situated quite literally in the heart of the state. The school was established in 1980 and began offering classes four years later in 1984; only in the year 2000 did it finally acquire its present name.
The college’s main campus in Dublin covers a total area of some 65 acres; beyond the main campus, the school operates an outreach campus located in Helena, Georgia, known as the Little Ocmulgee Instructional Center (acquired by the school in the year 2001).
HoGTC receives its academic accreditation from the Council on Occupational Education. A variety of certificate, diploma and degree programs up to the level of associate are available.
The school divides its academic offering into the following areas: General Studies, Adult Education, Allied Health, Business Technology, Public Service, and Technical & Industrial.
The institution has established a fairly strong reputation for itself in the areas of security and law enforcement, mechanics and repair as well as transportation. In terms of program popularity among the students, the most granted degrees are (in descending order) in the areas of nursing and emergency medicine, transportation, mechanics and repair followed by security and law enforcement.
Within the Allied Health field, a student may receive their Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology or in Respiratory Care Technology; diplomas are available in Medical Assisting, Paramedic Technology, Practical Nursing and a few other fields; certificates or credits are available in EMT Intermediate as well as Patient Care Assisting.
The college has an open admissions policy reflecting that of most other two-year public institutions of its sort (in Georgia as in the rest of the country). The schools admissions procedure is neatly summed up in its 5 Key Steps policy aimed at facilitating the process for applicants. These are:
-Conducting a visit to the campus. Guided tours are available to give prospective students a better sense of what life is like at the school, and visitors can even talk with a Career Counselor regarding particular programs of interest.
-Applying for admissions and financial aid. Both applications may be submitted online.
-Requesting transcripts from high schools and colleges attended.
-Taking the Compass placement test. This placement test is mandatory unless an applicant can provide proof of completion of college-level English and math coursework with a grade of C or better.
-Finally, attending orientation and registration (if accepted to the college).
The admissions staff at the HoGTC discriminate applicants into five distinct categories, affecting the standards and requirements to be applied for successful admission: new student, returning student, special admit student, transient student, and transfer student.
Students that need financial aid to attend the college have a few options available to them, principally the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (the school adheres to the Title IV federal academic assistance policies). The school recommends students apply for aid at least four to six weeks prior to the beginning date of the academic term in which they will need it.
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The student body at the college is medium in size, hovering around the 1,500 mark for many years now. Of these, almost the entirety are in-state students, with a little over half typically falling in the full-time category. Caucasian and African-American students represent the bulk of the student body, with roughly equal representation between the two groups.
There are many student clubs and organizations operating on the schools campus and in its surroundings. These include the Phi Beta Lambda business technology club, the Student Government Association, Skills USA, the National Technical Honor Society, and the Student Practical Nurses Association.
There is no on-campus student housing available, though the school does help students find adequate housing in the vicinity when possible.
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