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West Georgia Technical College

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Following a merger in 2008, West Central Technical College is now known as West Georgia Technical College (WGTC), the second largest technical college in Georgia. WGTC is a division of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), offering higher education to the seven-county service area including Coweta, Carroll, Douglas, Heard, Haralson, Meriwether, and Troup. Apart from the main campus in Waco, West Central Technical College also operates a LaGrange campus, Murphy campus, Franklin site, and Greenville site.


West Georgia Technical College is fully accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). It also holds discipline-based accreditations from other agencies such as National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP), Georgia Board of Nursing, Georgia Board of Cosmetology, and Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

With more than 110 approved programs of study, WGTC is committed to meet the needs of industry, business and an ever-changing community. The institute awards associate degrees, technical certificates of credit, and diplomas in diverse areas of study such as accounting, air conditioning technology, business administrative technology, clinical laboratory technology, dental assisting, rafting technology, fire science technology, health information technology, radiologic technology, and registered nursing.

Continuing education programs at WGTC provide individuals with non-credit training programs designed for personal and professional development and enhancement. The institute also offers adult education programs such as Adult Basic Education (ABE), Adult Secondary Education (ASE) towards completion of the GED, and English as a Second Language (ESL).

WGTC Online:

TOPS stands for Totally Online Programs offered through the distance education division of West Georgia Technical College. It offers degree, diploma, and certificate programs that may be completed totally online. All the courses are presented in an online format, which means that students can complete them from anywhere in the world, without having to attend the traditional classroom.

Schools and Colleges:

West Georgia Technical College offers a variety of degrees, diplomas and certificates through the following academic units: School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Distance Education, School of Health Sciences, and School of Trade and Technology.

Most Popular Fields of Study


Students seeking admission to West Georgia Technical College must hold a General Educational Development diploma (GED) or high school diploma. Applicant must submit a completed application form along with all of their official transcripts and SAT/ ACT scores to WGTC. Transfer students seeking admission to the college must have a good record at their former institution.

Applicants must be 16 years of age or older to be considered eligible for college admission. However, the age requirement for specific programs may vary due to the professional accreditation standards or applicable state or federal laws. International students are also encouraged to apply but they must meet the Federal Title IV definition to be considered eligible for admission.

Financial Aid

West Georgia Technical College provides financial assistance to students through different types of grants, scholarships, loans, and federal work-study programs. All applicants must complete the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Federal and state grants offered at WGTC include LEAP Grant, Georgia Public Safety Memorial (GSPSM) Grant, PELL Grant, Law Enforcement Personnel Dependents (LEPD) Grant, and Federal Supplemental Opportunity Grant (FSEOG).

The college also offers financial aid through various scholarship programs such as HOPE Scholarship, Zell Miller Scholarship, HERO Scholarship, and other private scholarships. Veteran Education Benefits are provided to the veterans and their family members through the Montgomery G. I. Bill, Survivors and Dependents Benefits and Veterans’ Rehabilitation Benefits.

Federal work-study programs enable the students take up a part-time job to be able to meet the college expenses. The institute also helps students find suitable jobs in their field of interest.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4901st for the average student loan amount.
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WGTC boasts a vibrant and active student life. The Student Government Association (SGA) is the voice of the student body. All students are encouraged to get involved in the school’s town hall meetings, activities and events. The Office of Student Activities works directly with the Student Leadership Council, student organizations, and other members of the college to develop and execute educational, social, and community-oriented programs for the college.

The campus houses various student clubs and organizations based on specific academic disciplines, topics, or interests. Some of the active and registered student organizations are Phi Beta Lambda (PBL), SkillsUSA, Student Nursing Association, National Technical Honor Society (NTHS), Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), Student Nursing Association in LaGrange (S.N.A.I.L.s), and Collegiate DECA.

Media and Publications:

VOICES is the annual publication of the West Georgia Technical College. It is released at the end of spring quarter each year. The magazine seeks to exhibit the best examples of the creativity at WGTC.

Campus Facilities:

West Georgia Technical College boasts well-stocked libraries at the Carroll, Douglas, LaGrange, and Murphy campuses. The libraries function as a research center for students, staff, faculty, and community users. The wide-ranging collection of books, reference materials, and online resources emphasize technical training and support the curriculum. The library staff provides reference services as well as training in the use of GALILEO and several other library resources.

WGTC Jobweb is an online extension of West Georgia Technical College’s Career Services Center. The Career Service Center helps students find suitable part-time employment while enrolled at WGTC, and full-time employment after graduation. The center also assists employers in finding potential employees. The services available include referrals for existing students and alumni.

The College also provides equal educational opportunities to qualified students with documented disabilities. Assistance is offered to students with a temporary or permanent physical or psychological disability or learning disorder. The services include classroom accommodation, permission to use audio tapes for classroom lectures, sign language interpreters, tutoring, and other assistive technology.

Student Enrollment Demographics


West Georgia Technical College’s athletic department sponsors men’s and women’s teams in diverse sports such as baseball, basketball, softball, and more. The college is the newest member of the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). The WGTC athletes are nicknamed the Golden Knights and Lady Knights. They also have a cheerleading team.

Intramural Sports:

The College organizes a variety of competitive and recreational sports activities. The students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to participate in team sports such as basketball, softball, volleyball, and flag football. The WGTC athletics and recreation department also offers tournaments in golf and tennis.

Additional School Information

The West Georgia Technical College’s Mentor Connection Program serves to establish a connection between the mentor and students to support self advocacy, and guide committed students to graduation. The program provides a helpful connection to foster the foundation of a safe and comfortable learning environment.


  • West Georgia Technical College. 2011.
  • Peterson. Two-Year Colleges 2010. Peterson’s, 2009. Print.

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Ranks 99th in Georgia and 2835th 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 66 0.27
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.00
Forcible Rape 17 0.07
Robbery 25 0.10
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 210 0.85
Larceny 900 3.64
Vehicle theft 37 0.15

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Waco, GA 30182
Surrounding communityFringe rural area (less than 5 mi. from an urban area)
Total Population2,440 (N/A urban / 2,440 rural)
Households892 (2.74 people per house)
Median Household Income$37,596
Families690 (3.12 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Suburban-serving Single Campus
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-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 District1314

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 4490th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $2,040 $2,040 $4,080
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $588 $588 $588
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 $3,986 $3,986 $6,026
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $12,805 $12,805 $14,845
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $6,233 $6,233 $8,273

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $2,192 $2,362 $2,192 $2,362 $3,992 $4,282
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,207 $1,358
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $6,528 $6,572
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,445(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,245(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)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NJCAA

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 543 58 21 11 1,504 30 2,175
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 11 1 2 45 2 61
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 25 2 1 51 2 81
Aesthetician/Esthetician and Skin Care Specialist 3 14 17
Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services, Other 1 1
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 36 8 4 1 75 124
Barbering/Barber 5 1 1 7
Business Administration and Management, General 3 2 5
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician 4 1 1 8 14
Child Care Provider/Assistant 28 33 3 65
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician 4 1 8 1 14
Computer Installation and Repair Technology/Technician 6 21 2 31
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 3 7 10
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General 65 5 4 155 4 234
Criminal Justice/Police Science 4 16 20
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 23 1 42 66
Culinary Arts/Chef Training 4 4 8
Data Entry/Microcomputer Applications, General 24 3 56 1 84
Data Processing and Data Processing Technology/Technician 15 1 53 71
Dental Assisting/Assistant 11 5 1 1 60 2 81
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist 3 8 11
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General 2 2
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 17 1 2 23 43
Electrical/Electronics Equipment Installation and Repair, General 2 14 1 17
Electrician 3 3
Electrocardiograph Technology/Technician 1 1 2
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 2 2 57 1 62
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields, Other
Fire Science/Fire-fighting 8 8
Fire Services Administration 1 10 11
Food Preparation/Professional Cooking/Kitchen Assistant 5 1 1 7 14
Game and Interactive Media Design 6 1 10 17
General Office Occupations and Clerical Services 26 1 44 1 72
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician 5 1 1 16 23
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician 10 1 25 36
Heavy Equipment Maintenance Technology/Technician 12 12
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology 22 22
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 15 1 1 33 50
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management
Machine Shop Technology/Assistant 10 1 11
Mammography Technician/Technology
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 2 2
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder 1 6 7
Medical Insurance Specialist/Medical Biller 5 1 28 34
Medical Office Assistant/Specialist 10 29 39
Medical Transcription/Transcriptionist 3 10 13
Medical/Clinical Assistant 10 1 21 32
Network and System Administration/Administrator 3 10 14
Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide 53 5 2 1 121 2 184
Pharmacy Technician/Assistant 5 4 9 18
Phlebotomy Technician/Phlebotomist 11 1 2 24 38
Physical Fitness Technician
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing 2 2 4
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer 3 1 26 1 31
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 2 2 1 38 2 45
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General 2 4 1 7
Solar Energy Technology/Technician
Surgical Technology/Technologist 1 2 18 21
Truck and Bus Driver/Commercial Vehicle Operator and Instructor 59 3 106 1 169
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design
Welding Technology/Welder 9 1 1 94 2 107

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 3494th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $49,713 ($48,297 male / $41,273 female)
Number of FT Faculty 136 (49 male / 87 female)
Number of PT Faculty 528
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $3,194,832

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