2017-11-29 / Front Page

SRTC to provide new opportunities for area students

Dr. Wentworth Dr. Wentworth Shortly after the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia approved the consolidation of Bainbridge State College and Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Southern Regional Technical College was asked to assume responsibility for the technical programs offered by BSC.

It also became apparent it would be in everyone’s best interest to also transfer ownership and operation of the Bainbridge campus. The transfer is proposed for July 2018.

(NOTE: The Early County BSC campus ownership will transfer to ABAC.)

According to Dr. Craig Wentworth, President of Southern Regional Technical College, it means opportunity for growth.

“This is an excellent opportunity for Southern Regional to reach out to the community of Bainbridge and adjacent areas (including Early County) to promote and expand technical training and education to meet area business and industry workforce development needs,” Dr. Wentworth stated. “In turn, this should help with economic development. We are very excited about this opportunity and look forward to working with ABAC and other partners to serve Bainbridge and nearby communities.”

Many residents understand the positive impact an acquisition like this can have on the community. You can count Scott Herrick, a Bainbridge denizen formally educated in business administration and nuclear electrical technology who also served as an electrician in the United States Navy for 21 years prior to entering private industry as a global consultant for maintenance and reliability, as one of them.

“As a maintenance and reliability consultant, I cannot begin to tell you how important this change is. The existing workforce in Bainbridge is, unfortunately, terribly under skilled for the job requirements of modern industry. Over the past decade, the majority of unskilled or low skilled jobs in the area have vanished. The only employers who have ventured into the area have brought most of their required labor with them. This is alarming for our community's financial future and even more so for the youth who are entering the workforce. In the greater scope, the population of workers in skilled fields is diminishing as they reach retirement. Employers are faced with the all too real possibility of having no one skilled enough to maintain their equipment, resulting in skyrocketing losses,” commented Herrick.

The administration at SRTC maintains this will be an excellent opportunity to expand the existing technical division currently housed at BSC, and that the combination of those technical programs and the baccalaureate and associate degree programs offered by ABAC will provide exceptional academic opportunities for area students.

SRTC offers over 148 degree, diploma, and certificate programs that are designed to expedite a student’s access to his or her desired career, and 27 general education courses that transfer to the University System of Georgia institutions and 19 private colleges and universities in Georgia.

“Southern Regional Technical College continues to experience significant growth with a record enrollment of over 3,900 students for the current Fall 2017 semester. The College plans to expand its marketing and outreach of the institution,” continued Wentworth.

SRTC has instructional sites located in Ashburn, Cairo, Camilla, Moultrie, Thomasville, Tifton, and Sylvester.

For the most up-todate information on registration, class dates, and program offerings, log on to www.southernregional.edu or call 888- 205-3449.

Spring Semester 2018 begins Jan. 8. Don’t wait, enroll today!

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