DOUGLAS, GA (WALB) - One of the economic stimulators of this small city is South Georgia State College. The school was created in 2013 from the consolidation of South Georgia College in Douglas and Waycross College.
The multi-campus institution serves more than 2,600 students and has an impact of $70 million to the area. School leaders say the consolidation forced them to refocus their resources and create a new strategic plan.
"We are considered a brand new institution both by the system and by the SACS commission on colleges. So as a new institution we had to reinvent ourselves," said President Dr. Virginia Carson.
School leaders saw a big drop in enrollment after the consolidation, but they're hoping to attract more students with some new programs.
They've added a Bachelor's Degree in Biological Sciences, which will begin this fall.