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West Georgia Technical College

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About West Georgia Technical College

West Georgia Technical College (WGTC) is a 2-year public college located in Waco, Georgia. In 2008, WGTC merged with West Central Technical College and became the second largest technical school in Georgia. WGTC offers associate's degrees, as well as certificate programs and continuing education courses. The college has 14 student organizations including honor societies, professional and academic groups, and a student government. WGTC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.


WGTC offers 18 associate's degrees, 28 diplomas, and 66 certificate programs. Additionally, the school provides study abroad and internship opportunities, licensure programs, online education classes, and independent study programs. The TOPS program offers an associate's degree in fire science technology, two diplomas, and seven certificate programs completely online. WGTC has an Economic Development Division, which provides corporate training, business and industry services, and continuing education. Furthermore, students may take courses in adult education, and high school students can earn college credit through the Dual Enrollment program.

The School of Arts and Sciences provides general core education courses in liberal arts, mathematics, social sciences, and physical sciences. Associate's degrees, diplomas, and certificates may be obtained in areas like accounting, business management, cosmetology, criminal justice, culinary arts, and early childhood education through the School of Business and Public Services. The School of Health Sciences has 14 areas of study, including an Associate in Nursing degree program. The School of Trade and Technology offers 12 degrees, diplomas, and certificates. Online classes are offered through the School of Distance Learning.


Students applying to WGTC submit high school transcripts, test scores, and a $25 non-refundable application fee. Depending on a student's background, they may be exempt from placement testing. Additionally, WGTC admits applicants on a first to apply basis and the college accepts students until space is no longer available. Students applying to The School of Health Sciences must fulfill additional admission requirements. Of the 7,331 students attending WGTC in 2011, 72% were part-time, 69% were female, 51% were 24 years old or younger and 65% were Caucasian.

Tuition and Financial Aid

The cost of attending WGTC in 2012 was $85 per unit for Georgia residents and $170 per unit for non-residents. Each semester students must also pay fees that range from $30 - $55, including a registration fee, student activity fee, and an athletics fee. Additionally, students must factor the costs of textbooks and living expenses. Financial aid may be available through various grants and scholarships.

School Type Public, 2-year**
Degrees Offered Associate's, certificate programs**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Rural**
Student Body 7,331 students, all undergraduates in 2011**
Student Housing Does not offer student housing***
Schools and Programs Five schools, more than 110 programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 19 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010:
Associate's: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse (45)
1-2 year certificate: Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General (110)
Less than one year certificate: Nursing Assistant (241)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates (Students who began in 2007) 26% within normal time
27% within 150% of normal time
36% within 200% of normal time**
Admission Rate Open admission policy**
Entering Class Size (Fall 2011) 1,255***
First-Year Retention Rates 52% for full-time and 42% for part-time students**
Application Due Date Rolling admissions*
Tuition (2012) $85 per unit for GA residents, $170 for non-residents (does not include student fees)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Full Time Beginning Undergraduate Students Receiving it) In 2010: Federal grants (63%), state/local government grants and scholarships (89%), institutional grants or scholarships (1%), federal loans (0%)**
Percent of Full Time Beginning Undergraduate Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 96% in 2010**

Sources: *West Georgia Technical College, **College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, ***IPEDS, National Center for Education Statistics

Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, 176 Murphy Campus Boulevard, Waco, Georgia, 30182
  • Phone: (770) 537-6000
  • Website: www.westgatech.edu

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