Dear Parent and Family Member of Wiregrass Georgia Technical College Students:
Welcome to Wiregrass Georgia Technical College! We believe establishing a relationship with parents and family members is an important component of a successful college experience for Wiregrass Georgia Technical College (WGTC) students. We believe that the parents and family have an essential role of support for their student. We encourage our parents to be active in their student’s college experience but at the same time allow them to grow and develop into self-advocates. This website is designed to give you, the parent, the tools and resources you need to make your child's transition a smooth one.
Below are some important things that we feel you, as a parent, need to be aware of:
- Access to your child’s educational record - Once a student is enrolled in college, their educational record belongs to them. Under FERPA Laws, a student’s educational record may not be released to anyone other than the student without written consent from the student. If you would like to have access to your child’s educational record they must provide a completed Waiver of Confidentiality Form to the Office of the Registrar. The only exception to this law is for release of Directory Information. Directory Information may be requested on any student from any person or entity. Click for Definitions of Directory Information. Students may complete an Objection to Release of Directory Information which will enable the college to mark their directory information as confidential.
- Campus Safety – Colleges across the nation are looking at ways to provide a safe and nurturing learning environment. Wiregrass is part of this national discussion and has implemented several programs to provide resources, security, and support to students. The college now requires all students taking a College Success course to complete two programs that provide guidance on situations that can lead to harmful and negative consequences. Wiregrass has partnered with Everfi to offer students access AlcoholEdu and Haven. AlcoholEdu is an interactive online program aimed at reducing the negative consequences of alcohol use among college students. Haven is an interactive online program that addresses the issues of sexual assault, sexual harassment, relationship violence, and stalking. Both programs will hopefully allow your college student to make the right choices for them, know the warning signs associated with both subjects, and the resources available to help in any situation related to either subject. In response to other campus safety concerns, Wiregrass annually executes active shooter drills, weather emergency drills and campus security evaluations. The college has a police department that provides campus police officers on the Ben Hill-Irwin, Cook, Coffee and Valdosta Campuses both day and evening.
- Financial Aid – More than half of all college students receive some sort of federal or state financial assistance in paying for tuition and fees for college. Wiregrass and all Georgia colleges are in a unique position to be able to offer access to many forms of state funded aid programs such as the HOPE Grant, HOPE Scholarship, Zell Miller Grant, Zell Miller Scholarship and the Federal Pell Grant. It is important for students to be aware of deadlines associated with applying for financial aid, re-applying for that aid annually, and dates for when tuition and fees must be paid by. These dates are posted regularly on the college website and communicated to students via their student email and social media accounts.
- How can you know what is going on at the college? That is easy! Wiregrass provides a lot of public communication through various social media accounts and on the website. We encourage you check this site regularly for updates on the Homepage and to become a Fan. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Pinterest. Not only do we provide insight into the daily life of a college student through these sites, but we also provide important dates, events, and changes on these sites. It is a great way for you to help your student stay on top of things.
We encourage you to come out and let us tell you about what is going on at Wiregrass. You’ll be glad you did! We look forward to meeting you!
Wiregrass Georgia Technical College encourages visitations from individuals and groups at any time during normal operating hours. Prospective students and other individuals including groups (clubs, organizations, and local school class groups) wishing to visit any one of the campus locations may contact one of the following individuals to schedule a campus tour:
Director of Recruitment
High School Services Coordinator
High School Services Coordinator
Click here to submit a request for information to be mailed or emailed.