STC has Third-Highest Enrollment Increase in Georgia's Technical Colleges for Fall Semester
October 5, 2017 – Southeastern Technical College (STC) saw a 10% increase in enrollment for the 2017 Fall semester. In addition to the increase in overall enrollment, the Move On When Ready (MOWR) program saw a 72% increase from last semester.
The increase was third-highest among schools in the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), with Gwinnett Technical College posting a growth of 11% and Coastal Pines Technical College increases by 16%.
“The numerous careers available in our region for people with the skills STC training offers coupled with the low cost of attendance continues to make STC a great value," said STC President Larry Calhoun. "It is encouraging to see more students taking advantage of the tremendous opportunities afforded them. With a job placement rate of 98.4% and demand for STC graduates far exceeding supply, we are optimistic that enrollment growth will continue.”
Another big driver for the fall increase was the Move On When Ready program. MOWR is the Georgia-based dual enrollment program that allows high school students to take college-level courses while earning high school credit at the same time. These courses will transfer to any TCSG or University System of Georgia college or university if the student continues their post-secondary education. In addition, these hours will not count towards their HOPE Grant or Scholarship caps.
"It took a huge jump," Shirley Dowd, High School Initiatives Coordinator, said about the increase in STC’s Move On When Ready Program. "We now have 453 high school students taking courses this semester at STC."
With STC’s dual enrollment program/MOWR, the student can earn credit for college and high school without having to pay for college tuition and books. These classes can be in any field, ranging from Mathematics and English to Automotive and Nursing.
According to Dowd, the leap in enrollment numbers is a result of more students and parents being aware of the program and the benefits it can offer to those who plan to continue their education after high school.
"They're literally getting started on their careers," Dowd said.
For more information about Southeastern Technical College, visit www.southeasterntech.edu or call 912-538-3100 or 478-289-2200.