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Columbus Technical College

Columbus Technical College Rating: 3.0/5 (3 votes)

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In the years since its establishment, Columbus Technical College has gone through many transformations. So, too, has its home base, Columbus, Georgia, a former Creek Indian village site 90 miles southwest of Atlanta.

Urban development has led to Columbus expanding its corporate area eight times since the year it was founded, and in 1970, it consolidated with Muscogee County, making it the largest city in Georgia in land area, with 140,000 acres. Meanwhile, in 1961, Columbus Technical College was opening as the Columbus Area Vocational-Technical School, a unit of the Muscogee County School District. Since then, it has undergone several changes of its own.

In 1966, the school merged with the Muscogee Area Vocational-Technical School, and in 1972, it gained accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The school continued to expand and receive recognition for its programs, and in 1985, it was made part of a statewide network of technical schools and renamed the Columbus Technical Institute. It officially received its current name in 2000 with the passing of the Education Reform Act. It remains a unit of the state of Georgia’s technical college system.

Today, the college boasts healthy enrollment figures and an excellent job placement rate. Its main campus encompasses 26 acres on the north side of the Manchester Expressway and 13.6 acres on the south side. The student body comprises mostly local residents who enjoy the college’s solid reputation in technical fields of study, as well as the educational, cultural and historical attractions that the city of Columbus has to offer.

After class, students can enjoy the music at the Springer Opera House or the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, or they can take in a show at the River Center for the Performing Arts. The Columbus Museum, the National Civil War Naval Museum, or the Coca-Cola Space Science Center are good choices for an educational outing, and sports fans can stop by the Columbus Civic Center to watch the American Indoor Football Association’s Columbus Lions or the South Professional Hockey League’s Columbus Cottonmouths square off with their opponents.


Students enroll in one of the following schools: The School of Business, the School of Health Sciences, or the School of Professional and Technical Services, School of General Studies, School of Health Sciences, School of Nursing, or the School of Sciences. Certificates, diplomas, and Associate degrees can all be earned here.

School of Business

Business students can achieve associate degrees in accounting, business, early childhood care, criminal justice, or computer-related fields, as well as diplomas and certificates in areas such as culinary nutrition, homeland security, and hospitality. Many of the school’s programs can be studied online.

School of General Studies

This is a unique program that awards degrees or certificates for general studies such as math, humanities, and basic level business courses. Students who earn these degrees do so in preparation for transfer to a four-year college.

School of Health Sciences

Students enrolled here can earn a degree in less than two years or sharpen up their current skills with a certificate that can be earned in as little as one semester. A wide variety of health programs are offered, such as respiratory care, dental hygiene, and surgical technology.

School of Nursing

The school currently awards the Practical Nursing degree, which is earned in five semesters. Students will receive traditional coursework in class in conjunction with hands-on experience in a clinical setting.

School of Professional and Technical Services

The School of Professional and Technical Services offers a wide variety of programs in everything from cosmetology to cabinet making, automotive technology, welding, and other industrial fields of study.

School of Sciences

The Associate of Science degree in Biology is offered here and this course is commonly taken by students who are preparing to study biology or other sciences in a four-year college or university.

Most Popular Fields of Study


Students applying must be at least 16 years old; applicants to the Health Occupations and Cosmetology programs must be at least 17 years of age. All applicants must submit an application, either through the college itself or through the state of Georgia’s higher education website. Former students who have not attended for at least two quarters and plan to re-enroll should submit the re-admit application.

All applicants should also submit official high school or GED transcripts as well as official transcripts from any colleges attended. Applicants who received a diploma from an institution outside the United States must have their documentation evaluated to ensure that it meets equivalency requirements. All applicants must also pay an application fee as well as the Technology and Instructional Support Fee.

Acceptable COMPASS, ASSET, SAT, or ACT scores no more than five years old must also be submitted by all applicants.

Transfer students will be considered only if they have achieved at least a ā€œCā€ in all courses at their previous institutions.

In addition to the standard application requirements, international students must also submit INS documents and a statement of financial support.

High school students seeking early admission or joint enrollment should submit a joint enrollment application, notify the admissions office of their status as a joint enrollment student, and receive permission from their parents, high school principal and school counselor. Potential Tech Prep students must also obtain these permissions and should notify the admissions office that they will be enrolling as a high school Tech Prep student.

Special Admit, or non-degree seeking students, are not required to submit transcripts or GED scores, but these students will not be eligible for financial aid.

All applicants should contact the school’s admissions office for information on application deadlines.

Financial Aid

Qualified students may receive financial aid from a number of federal, state or local sources. The first step for any student seeking financial aid is to fill out the FAFSA form, which will determine whether the student is eligible for federal assistance through a PELL grant.

Several other federal grants may be available for students as well, and the state of Georgia offers such financial assistance resources as the HOPE grant or the HOPE scholarship. Nearly 80 percent of students here have received either the HOPE grant or the HOPE scholarship. Applications for these can be found online at the Georgia Student Finance Commission website.

Other sources of funding include programs aimed at specific categories of students, such as the Native American Scholarship Fund, veterans’ benefits, or U.S. Army Tuition Assistance. Most students are eligible for the Federal Work Study Program, and students or their parents can apply for any of numerous college loans.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4733rd for the average student loan amount.
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The school does not offer student housing. Approximately 71 percent of students reside in Columbus, and nearly all of the remainder are residents of neighboring counties. In addition, 90 percent of graduates obtain employment within a 50-mile radius of Columbus.

Campus housing may be lacking, but the school encourages student involvement and a sense of community by sponsoring several social and academic organizations. These include the American Welding Society, National Technical Honor Society, and the Student Nurses’ Association.

The school also features a number of services available to its students and members of the Columbus community. These services include the campus bookstore and the library, along with a student affairs office that assists new students in orienting themselves with the campus. The office also provides counseling services and offers specialized programs to specific student populations, such as the nontraditional student community. The Career Connections Center helps students in planning their careers and securing employment upon graduation.

Students with physical or other challenges can take advantage of Student Disability Services, which assists these students in obtaining accommodations that will better facilitate their learning, including interpreters for the hearing impaired and textbooks in alternative formats such as braille.

Student Enrollment Demographics


Sstudents can expect to receive their training from qualified faculty members who have both real-world experience and academic credentials. All instructors at the school hold certifications in the areas they teach. Faculty and staff members continue to learn and grow through programs such as the Academic Technology Committee’s Lunch ’n Learn workshops.

In addition, several faculty members have gone above and beyond the minimum requirements, taking extra courses to benefit their school and their community. For instance, in 2009, 13 Columbus Technical College instructors and staff members completed a Community Emergency Response Team program. The CERT program is offered by the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Department, and in the event of a natural disaster or large-scale catastrophe, graduates of the course will be among the first responders to help the Columbus community.

Additional School Information

The school already has 1,200 students waiting to be admitted into its various healthcare programs. The new Dr. Robert L. Wright Jr. Health Sciences Center, opened in October 2010 on the school’s 26-acre North Campus thanks to a public/private partnership agreement with the state of Georgia and the Columbus Technical College Foundation Inc. The new facility will allow the school to accept at least 50 percent more healthcare students.


Accreditation is provided by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Information Summary

Ranks 107th in Georgia and 3090th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 465 0.24
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 15 0.01
Forcible Rape 40 0.02
Robbery 413 0.21
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 3,342 1.74
Larceny 8,059 4.19
Vehicle theft 1,049 0.55

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Columbus, GA 31904-6572
Surrounding communityMidsize city (inside urban area, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population30,068 (29,452 urban / 616 rural)
Households12,076 (2.44 people per house)
Median Household Income$33,746
Families8,057 (2.99 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Medium
Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingMedium two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAt least 2, but less than 4 academic yrs
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1302

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 4637th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $1,275 $1,275 $2,550
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $254 $254 $254
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $85 $85 $170
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $3,129 $3,129 $4,404
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $17,129 $17,129 $18,404
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $6,129 $6,129 $7,404

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $2,048 $2,168 $2,048 $2,168 $3,848 $4,088
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,600(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $11,000(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,000(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,000(N/C)

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 1 539 94 17 6 548 22 1,248
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 6 2 1 12 21
Aesthetician/Esthetician and Skin Care Specialist 1 1 6 8
Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions, Other 5 1 3 9
Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services, Other 55 8 2 34 2 102
Appliance Installation and Repair Technology/Technician 16 2 6 25
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician 3 2 5
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 47 8 1 36 1 96
Banking and Financial Support Services
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 2 3
Biomedical Technology/Technician
Business Administration and Management, General 13 1 5 1 20
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Cabinetmaking and Millwork 4 4 10
Carpentry/Carpenter 25 3 3 31
Child Care Provider/Assistant 33 3 1 11 1 50
Communications Systems Installation and Repair Technology
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General 31 6 24 62
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 33 4 23 3 63
Customer Service Support/Call Center/Teleservice Operation 23 3 22 1 49
Data Processing and Data Processing Technology/Technician 10 7 1 19
Dental Assisting/Assistant 1 2 5 8
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist 1 12 1 14
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician 3 9 12
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General 1 16 4 22 45
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 21 1 9 1 32
Food Preparation/Professional Cooking/Kitchen Assistant
Game and Interactive Media Design
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General 26 8 45 3 84
Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician 56 4 1 28 1 90
Homeland Security 2 2
Hospitality Administration/Management, General
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology 16 2 23 41
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 2 6 8
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 2 1 3
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 7 1 1 19 28
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management
Machine Shop Technology/Assistant 1 1 9 11
Mammography Technician/Technology
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician 1 1 3 1 6
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians, Other 1 3 4
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder 5 5 4 15
Medical Office Assistant/Specialist 5 2 5 1 13
Medical/Clinical Assistant 8 1 4 13
Medical/Health Management and Clinical Assistant/Specialist 1 1
Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist 1 1 2
Network and System Administration/Administrator 9 6 15
Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide 8 4 1 14 29
Personal and Culinary Services, Other
Pharmacy Technician/Assistant 11 1 3 8 1 26
Phlebotomy Technician/Phlebotomist 9 1 1 15 27
Physical Fitness Technician 2 3 1 6
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant
Plant Nursery Operations and Management
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 4 2 1 2 34 1 44
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 1 1 10 12
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
Surgical Technology/Technologist 12 2 1 17 1 33
Teacher Assistant/Aide
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design
Welding Technology/Welder 13 4 1 32 51

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 3147th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $52,942 ($51,696 male / $41,438 female)
Number of FT Faculty 78 (29 male / 49 female)
Number of PT Faculty 217
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $2,219,761

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