South Georgia Tech named 6th Best Two-Year College in Georgia
Published 11:00 am Friday, July 8, 2016
AMERICUS — South Georgia Technical College was ranked as the 6th Best Two-Year College in Georgia for 2016 by Best Colleges in Georgia, announced South Georgia Technical College President John Watford, Ed.D. The rankings can be found at http://www.bestcolleges.com/features/best-colleges-in-georgia/#best-two-year-colleges-in-georgia.
“South Georgia Technical College has a tremendous reputation for providing an outstanding two-year education that prepares students for the workforce,” said Watford. “We are very pleased that Best Colleges in Georgia has included us at the number six spot for 2016. This is a tremendous recognition for our outstanding faculty and staff who work diligently to provide students with the tools that they need to be successful in their chosen career fields.”
BestColleges.com is a national recognized provider of college planning resources. The rankings methodology is based upon data curated by the National Center of Education Statistics (NCES). Factors included affordability, enrollment and graduation rates, and additional measures of positive student outcomes. These guides and rankings are designed to provide a comprehensive resource for college-bound men and women exploring academic options with the Peach State.
The University of Georgia with an enrollment of more than 35,000 students and more than 140 degree programs topped the list for the four-year colleges and universities. Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus was listed at 26th. Southeastern Technical College in Vidalia landed in first place on the ranking of the state’s two-year schools.
Notably, all but one of the top 10 two-year schools in Georgia is a technical college that is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG). College of Coastal Georgia is the only non-TCSG college listed in the top 10 and it is listed at 7th. It is also now offering four-year degrees. Andrew College was listed at 12th, Darton was ranked 13th and ABAC was 14th.
Georgia is home to 22 different colleges under the banner of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) as well as many community colleges specializing in military and fine arts programs. Higher education is valuable everywhere, but particularly in Georgia, where the number of jobs requiring a degree exceeds the supply of college graduates.
As of 2011, only 34 percent of adults in Georgia held an associate’s degree or higher; the state estimates that 61 percent of local jobs will require a degree by 2020. According to the U.S. Department of Education, graduates from the top two-year schools in Georgia stand to earn a higher salary than adults without college experience.
“South Georgia Technical College is an excellent choice for an individual that is interested in finding the career of a lifetime. We offer over 200 different associate degree, diploma, or technical certificate of credit programs that individuals can choose from.”