The Best Two-Year Colleges in Georgia
Georgia Military College, Sandersville Technical College, Augusta Technical College
The fascinating thing about the public educational system of Georgia is the fact that it went through 3 different governments in the period from 1776 until the 1870’s. Throughout the turbulent times and the very prosperous times, the state has provided a sound public education system for its young men and women. In fact, some of the nation’s top schools were born out of this tradition: the University of Georgia, Georgia Technical Institute and Emory have few equals on the national level.
While some students may begin their quest to attend these top institutions with only a dream of succeeding, Georgia’s public two-year colleges can help smooth that path. From military schools with a tradition going back over 200 years to modern institutions with guarantees or ‘warranty’ systems for employers of graduates, Georgia community college options will not disappoint, from Atlanta to Savannah and down to Macon. Here are the best two-year colleges found in the state of Georgia.
To get a feel of the tradition and classical character of education in the Old South, Georgia Military College is difficult to top. Its liberal arts focus makes it unique among community colleges, putting it more in line with the military academies it shares a strong bond with. Georgia Military College students enter the Milledgeville location with numerous options in Associate of the Arts, Associate of Science and Associate of Applied Science degrees. Highlights of the AA offerings include Pre-Nursing, History, Sociology, Criminal Justice and General Studies; AS degrees include International Affairs, Behavioral Science, Information Technology and Psychology.
The core curriculum in each of the degree programs at Georgia Military College is very much in line with what is being taught at private colleges and universities around the state. For this reason, students will find it a smooth transition when moving on to complete a four-year degree at one of the state schools. The school was established in the late 1800’s by the state assembly on what were then Georgia capitol grounds, and today it also has a college prep school which runs from grades 6 to 12.
Reflecting a confidence and quite modern approach to the educational system, Sandersville Technical College offers a warranty to back up the degrees, diplomas and certificates awarded by its governing bodies. These warranties tell employers that the student is guaranteed to have received the training necessary to perform the duties required of the profession. If such skills appear to be lacking, further education will be offered to correct the situation. This very practical minded approach is welcomed by students and employers alike, with the AAS degree and certificate programs in Allied Health, Transportation, Business, Trade/Industrial and General Studies seeing more students every year.
Key degree programs include Business Administration Technology, Internet Specialist, Accounting, Computer Information Systems (Networking or Computer Support focus) and Early Childhood Care and Education. Diplomas in Medical Nursing and Practical Nursing are offered at Sandersville, with EMT and Healthcare Assistant certificates also an important part of the curricula.
Augusta, an important stop on the PGA tour and one of Georgia’s oldest cities, is also home to one of the best community colleges in the state: Augusta Technical College. Established as a vocational school in the early 1960’s, Augusta Tech has continued to grow and add programs which reflect the needs of the local community. Here coursework is offered in Cosmetology and Barbering, as well as Welding and Machine Operation. Of course, considering the location, many consider the Golf Course Management Degree and Diploma to be highlights of the Augusta Tech curricula.
Courses in Landscaping and Greenhouse Tech are also offered at Augusta, but the standard Allied Health Program offerings are available as well. Respiratory Care and Radiologic Tech degrees can be pursued, along with the AAS in general Health studies and EMS training. Augusta Tech also offers numerous programs in Social Sciences and the Humanities.
If the mark of a community college’s success is in a high percentage of graduates that find work in the months following graduation, then Southwest Georgia Technical College has got to be considered one of the top schools in the state. The most recent estimates have put the students’ employment rate at 98% in the period of six months after finishing their studies at SGTC. Academic programs at SGTC reflect the rural environment of North Thomasville, where the school is located, with Agricultural Tech curricula and Drafting Technology.
Students hoping to enter the business or healthcare industries will find a quality roster of options at Southwest Georgia Tech as well. In Allied Health Programs, everything from associate degrees in Nursing (Bridge or Generic) and Clinical Laboratory Technology are available, along with Respiratory Care, Pharmacy Tech and Surgical Technology. Computer programs are reflected in the Business Department curricula, with CIS Networking Specialist degrees offered alongside degrees in Accounting and Business Administrative Technology.
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