Southern Crescent Technical College, a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, is an institution of higher education that delivers relevant technical education at the associate degree, diploma, and certificate levels and workforce training programs via traditional and distance learning formats that promote lifelong learning and impact economic development in the west central Georgia region that spans south of Atlanta and north of Macon.
Southern Crescent Technical College is structured through ongoing assessment and strategic planning to emerge as the preeminent technical college that develops students to become globally work-ready employees through the unification of focused instruction, access to industry-relevant technology and facilities, and a culture of engagement, communication, and support.
Southern Crescent Technical College is guided by the practice of the following core values:
Southern Crescent Technical College was formed in July of 2010 as a result of a merger between Flint River Technical College and Griffin Technical College. The newly formed Southern Crescent Technical College serves the workforce and community needs of the citizens in the nine counties of the South Atlanta region including Butts, Fayette, Henry, Jasper, Lamar, Pike, Spalding, Taylor, and Upson counties. Southern Crescent Technical College students are served at the Flint River Campus in Thomaston, the Griffin Campus in Griffin, or at one of the centers in Butts, Jasper, or Taylor counties.
Both in equipment and facilities, Southern Crescent Technical College is constantly working to provide the most current, hands-on training to help stimulate the economic growth and development of this community. The tradition of academic excellence continues as the College expands and updates its facilities to help prepare today’s student for tomorrow’s workforce.
On June 16, 2011 the Flint River Campus opened the 32,000 Industrial Training Facility – Building E. This new facility houses Electronics, Diesel Equipment, and Automotive. This building has nine classrooms, five training laboratories, nine faculty offices, and one administrative office area with an adjacent meeting site. Total construction costs were roughly $6.3 million, with another $1.26 million allocated to furnish and equip the facility.
Groundbreaking for the Medical Technology Building on the Griffin Campus was held July 28, 2011. This three story building will house the Dental Assisting, Medical Assisting, Orthopeadic Technology, Pharmacy Technology, Practical Nursing, Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Care Technology, Surgical Technology, Emergency Medical Technician, and Paramedicine programs. The building has 12 classrooms, two biology labs, and a chemistry lab to support these allied health programs. The second and third floors contain office suites that will house faculty and staff. The negotiated cost of construction for this project is $15,072,285 with an estimated completion date of September 2012. After the building’s completion, Southern Crescent Technical College anticipates an additional three months to equip and furnish the building in preparation for classes beginning Spring Semester 2013. The budget for furniture, fixtures, and equipment is an additional $2,500,000. Many programs will move existing equipment to the new building, which will allow for the expansion of existing programs and the creation of new programs, as many new program offerings on the Griffin Campus have been placed on hold because of current space constraints.
SCTC is also making plans for a March 2012 groundbreaking for the 35,700 square foot, $7.5 mllion Henry County Center. Located in McDonough, Georgia, this building will sit adjacent to Henry County High School on 25 acres of land generously donated by the Henry County Board of Education.
Plans are also currently being developed for a new 30,000 square foot, $7.5 million facility on the Griffin Campus to house adult education classes and continuing education programs as a result of an educational SPLOST passed by the citizens of Spalding County. Funds will be collected by the end of January 2014 and SCTC will begin construction shortly after.
Fall of 2011 marked a noted change in the operations of Southern Crescent Technical College as the college transitioned from the quarter to the semester system.
As the future unfolds, Southern Crescent Technical College will continue to offer the latest certificate, diploma and associate degrees designed to prepare students to enter the work force immediately upon graduation. The formation of Southern Crescent Technical College as a flagship technical college in the state provides students with expanded educational programs, greater access to college resources and technology, and enhanced opportunities for career success. In addition, business and industry now benefit from a larger pool of qualified, skilled graduates and expanded access to state-of-the-art facilities and equipment.
In April 1961, an agreement between Upson County and the City of Thomaston created the Upson County Area Vocational-Technical School. Upson Tech was the seventh vocational-technical school established in Georgia. After two years of planning and organizing, the school began classes in September of 1963 in a temporary building in north Thomaston. The school offered four programs of study.
In September 1964, a new facility was completed on U.S. Highway 19 South that is now considered the main campus. The new facility allowed for programs of instruction to increase to eleven. The school served an eight-county area. Additional facilities were added in 1975, 1978, 1991, 1996, and 2007.
In 1988, the Georgia Legislature created a new Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education. The change allowed local schools to become a part of a unified state system with governance vested in a state board. This change became effective for this institution in 1988. The change also caused the institution’s name to become Upson Technical Institute.
Since 1963, several programs of instruction have been added to reflect the changing employment opportunities in the institution’s service area. Likewise, programs have been deleted due to a lack of student interest and/or employer needs.
In 1989, in addition to the main campus located in Upson County, a major effort was begun to establish outreach centers in the three other primary counties served by the institution. As a result of this effort, the institution developed full-time services in Crawford, Taylor, and Talbot counties. Associated with this expansion of services, the institution changed its name to Flint River Technical Institute. The name was selected to reflect the geographic area served by the institution that borders the Flint River.
Major changes occurred in the year 2000. Flint River Technical Institute applied for and received permission to offer the Associate of Applied Technology degree in Computer Information Systems, Electronics, Early Childhood Care and Education, and Secretarial Science. The first associate degree general education courses were offered in Spring Quarter, beginning March 20, 2000. On July 6, 2000, the name of Flint River Technical Institute officially became Flint River Technical College. Continued growth necessitated further expansion in 2004 when the Flint River Technical College Foundation acquired the former Thomaston Mills corporate office complex. This location in downtown Thomaston served as new locations for Adult Education, Economic Development Programs, and the Child Care Resource and Referral Agency. The Community Development Center (as named) provided more space to deliver these programs and freed up locations on main campus for new credit classes.
In 2006, the Georgia Legislature approved funding for a new industrial training center to be placed on the main campus location with approved funding of $7.55 million. A new building (Building D) consisting of 16,000 square feet was also started in 2006. Phase one has been completed providing much needed classroom and lab space to the Welding and Joining Technology program. A phase two construction on Building D is currently underway with plans to complete the remaining two thirds of the interior for classroom and lab space for Air Conditioning Technology, Commercial Truck Driving, and Construction trades. It was also in 2006 that the Associate of Applied Technology degree was changed to Associate of Applied Science degree.
In 2007, the One Georgia Authority and the Department of Community Affairs awarded approximately one million dollars for an 8,000 square foot expansion of the Taylor County Center. This center will provide expanded classroom and lab areas for training programs for the citizens of Taylor County and surrounding areas. Also in 2007, a $300,000 donation from the Windhover Foundation of Quad Graphics was obtained that will expand and renovate the library on the main campus. The addition will add floor space for library materials as well as designated space for computer stations and office space. The addition will add approximately 1,400 square feet to the current area.
Since the first students began classes in temporary quarters in September of 1963, Griffin Technical College has been expanding in both facilities and programs offered. The College was originally named the Griffin-Spalding County Area Vocational Technical School and operated under the supervision of the Georgia Department of Education. The first 48,000 square foot building was completed in 1966, and the first expansion of the school was completed in 1978 with the addition of 18,748 square feet of classroom space.
In 1985, the State Board of Postsecondary Vocational Education was established and existing schools were encouraged to join this network. Griffin Tech joined the system in July of 1987 and adopted the name Griffin Technical Institute. Governor Joe Frank Harris elevated the Board to a Department in July 1988, changing the name to the Department of Technical and Adult Education.
In August of 1990, a 26,000 square foot office, classroom and lecture hall was added to the existing facility. The new Academic Building followed in the spring of 1995 which provided 15,297 square feet of additional classroom and office space. In September 1995, seven acres were acquired from the City of Griffin, and in February 1997, an additional two acres vacated by the Georgia State Patrol Station were acquired providing an additional 7,223 square feet of classroom and office space.
In March of 2000, Governor Roy Barnes approved legislation to change the name of Georgia’s technical institutes to colleges. On July 6, 2000, Griffin Technical Institute officially became Griffin Technical College and began offering students more options for their education. The term “technical college” more accurately reflects the quality and levels of services provided by these institutions to the citizens of Georgia.
Griffin Technical College extended its commitment to public service in December 2001 by adding an additional facility in Jasper County. The Jasper County Center, located in Monticello, offers adult education courses as well as a variety of courses which support the degree and diploma programs offered on the main campus in Griffin.
In December 2003, Griffin Technical College added an additional 70,000 square feet of state-of-the-art classroom and laboratory space, complete with a new library, student center, bookstore, and dining hall. This addition has allowed the College to expand its program offerings to continue to meet the needs of students and local business and industry.
Located in Jackson, the Butts County Center opened in January of 2008 and offers Adult Education, courses for college students, dual enrollment students, and training for those in the workforce who want to improve their job skills. Additionally, the Butts County Center also provides students from the area with a more convenient setting to meet their educational goals.