THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - Wednesday's merger of Moultrie Technical College and Southwest Georgia Technical College will bring more than a new name.
The goal of the new Southern Regional Technical College goal is to provide even greater opportunities to students.
Folks from around the Thomasville community came out to the former Southwest Georgia Technical College campus to celebrate a newly merged college that took almost a year to finalize.
"Obviously we're so excited," said President Dr. Craig Wentworth. "We've been waiting for this day for a long time. It's just really a great, historic, and momentous day."
The merger with Moultrie Tech created Southern Regional Technical College to serve seven area counties—Colquitt, Grady, Mitchell, Tift, Thomas, Turner, and Worth.
"I think that the naming committee of our Board of Directors thought having 'Regional' in the name was an accurate reflection of the new college," said Dr. Wentworth.
And Dr. Wentworth said they now have over 150 courses for students to choose from to provide them with the skills they need for the future.
"It's all about getting into the workforce, isn't it?" said Commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia Gretchen Corbin. "At the end of the day, an education is about getting a job and a career."
And many nontraditional students such as Stacey Holmes said the merger offers more convenience to students with busier schedules.
"Most of these students here are not traditional," said Holmes. "They're moms, they have to go to school at night. So opening up more sections in each course will probably be beneficial, and bring in more of a student body."
The new college also hopes to lead the region in the number of dually-enrolled high school students this fall.