The purpose of the Economic Development Department at Wiregrass Georgia Technical College is to meet the training needs of businesses, industries, and individuals throughout the eleven-county service area. The Economic Development Department provides continuing education, contract training, and other services to enhance the skill levels of the area’s workforce.
The department provides short term instruction in areas such as technical, business, industrial, health/safety, childcare, management/supervisory, and leadership. The delivery of this training is offered through either continuing education offerings or contract training opportunities through an employer.
Continuing Education programs at Wiregrass Georgia Technical College offers courses, workshops, seminars, and special events to meet the lifelong learning needs of the community. These non-credit educational offerings emphasize career development, personal growth, and cultural enrichment and are a significant educational service. Learning formats are designed to assist in updating present occupational skills and to teach new skills for current and projected job requirements. Course offerings may include but are not limited to those in the technical areas of electrical and advanced manufacturing; health/safety areas such as CPR, first aid, blood-borne pathogens, and AED; and business areas such as computer software applications, real estate, customer service, and supervisory and management. Personal enrichment courses such as conversational Spanish, floral design, sign language, and more are offered to individuals who seek learning opportunities. The college also offers courses for Professional Learning Units (PLUs) through the Economic Development Department.
Customized Contract Training is provided to meet a company’s specific training needs. Through collaboration between the college and the company, a training program is designed to enhance the skill level of a company’s workforce. The programs include but are not limited to training consultation, training analysis, course development, and instruction. Facilities are available on the WGTC campus, or courses can be delivered on site or at another location suitable for the type of training required. The cost for training varies depending upon the complexity of the training. An evaluation is conducted to ensure that the training outcomes meet the objectives of the company.
Georgia Teacher Academy for Preparation and Pedagogy
The Georgia Teacher Academy for Preparation and Pedagogy (GaTAPP) program enables those individuals with a Bachelor’s degree or higher to transition into the teaching profession through an alternative path; an associate degree is acceptable in certain CTAE areas. To be eligible for GaTAPP, the teacher candidate must have secured a provisional teaching position in a P-12 classroom. GaTAPP candidates will begin with a two-week summer course and take various courses/seminars throughout the school year. The non-credit certification program is conducted through extensive training, classroom observations, and field experiences. The program takes 1-3 years to complete all requirements for certification. Wiregrass is approved for the GaTAPP comprehensive path in all subject areas and began its first class on July 8, 2013. However, as an expert in technical and career education, Wiregrass is a leading GaTAPP provider for CTAE teachers and is the only technical college in the state of Georgia to be approved to offer the GaTAPP program.
Application, tuition, and more information can be found at: https://www.wiregrass.edu/academics/gatapp.
For more information, contact Patty Hancock, GaTAPP Coordinator, (229) 333-2100, Ext. 2130 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
QuickStart provides award winning training assistance to new and expanding industries to help growing companies achieve maximum productivity in a minimal amount of time. Each QuickStart program is specific to that business and is developed by highly trained professionals. Most QuickStart projects include training plan development, facilities and equipment, instructor training, pre-employment training, and on-the-job training with usually little to no cost to the company.
E-Learning and Testing/ACT Training Center
E-Learning and Testing at Wiregrass Georgia Technical College is an on-line delivered education system designed for the entire community. The E-Learning and Testing Center offers computer-delivered certification and licensure tests, workforce development for business and industry, skill acquisition/upgrades, and enrichment programs.
E-Learning courseware category offerings include: adult education, test preparation (GED®, SAT/ACT, LSAT, GMAT, GRE and more), computer basics, information technology, healthcare, real estate, writing, business, management/leadership skill development, industrial technology, safety skills, ESL, personal enrichment, graphic design and paralegal training. Some courses are also available in Spanish.
E-Testing at Wiregrass Georgia Technical College includes a variety of tests inside the technical, trade,
vocational, and professional disciplines.
For more information concerning Economic Development at Wiregrass Georgia Technical College, call (229) 333-2122.
Notice and Responsibilities Regarding this Catalog
The information in this College Catalog and Student Handbook accurately reflects current policies and procedures at the time of publication. Students are admitted to the College under and are subject to the provisions of the WGTC Catalog and Student Handbooks for the term they initially enroll. Students in all programs are admitted under and are subject to the provisions of the College Catalog and Student Handbook and applicable addendums for the term they are admitted to the program at Wiregrass Georgia Technical College. If for any reason a break in enrollment occurs, students must reapply and satisfy the College Catalog and Student Handbook requirements for the term of their re-entry to any program. The provisions of this catalog are not to be regarded as an irrevocable contract between Wiregrass Georgia Technical College and the student. The College reserves the right to change any provision or requirement at any time.