Mission, Vision, Values, & History
Southern Crescent Technical College, a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, located south of Atlanta, delivers relevant technical education, adult education, and learning opportunities via various instructional modalities at the associate degree, diploma, and certificate levels to promote service, workforce development, and economic development.
Southern Crescent Technical College is guided by the practice of the following core values:
- Academic Excellence
- Student Success
Southern Crescent Technical College will emerge as the preeminent technical college that prepares students to become globally work-ready.
- History of Southern Crescent
- History of Griffin Technical College
- History of Flint River Technical College
History of Southern Crescent Technical College
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 eight counties of the South Atlanta region including Butts, Fayette, Henry, Jasper, Lamar, Pike, Spalding, 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, Henry, or Jasper counties.
Both in equipment and in 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 students for tomorrow’s workforce.
On June 16, 2011, the Flint River Campus opened the 32,000 Industrial Training Facility - Building E. This facility has nine classrooms, five training laboratories, nine faculty offices, and one administrative office area with an adjacent meeting site and houses various technical programs. Total construction costs were roughly $6.3 million, with another $1.26 million allocated to furnish and equip the facility.
Groundbreaking for the 85,000 square foot Medical Technology Building on the Griffin Campus was held July 28, 2011. This three-story building houses the Dental Assisting, Medical Assisting, Orthopaedic 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 house faculty and staff.
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.
Construction of the 35,700 square foot, $7.5 million Henry County Center Building A was completed in 2014. Located in McDonough, Georgia, this building sits adjacent to Henry County High School on 25 acres of land generously donated by the Henry County Board of Education. The second building located at the Henry County Center is nearing the end of construction and is set to open January 2019. Building B is an 82,500 square foot multi-level, state-of-the-art training facility that will house various medical, computer, and industrial training programs designed to meet the immediate workforce needs of the area. The modern, open concept plan and floor to ceiling glass throughout the structure is ideal for viewing students at work in the labs and will be a showpiece of the building's sophisticated architecture.
The Education and Training Complex at Ellis Crossing, located adjacent to the Griffin Campus, was opened in January of 2018. This 65,000 square foot property was purchased and redesigned with funds raised from the 2008 Spalding County SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax). This space will be an extension of the Griffin Campus and has been retrofitted to house the Film Technology program.
As the future unfolds under the leadership of President Dr. Alvetta Peterman Thomas, 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.
History of Griffin Technical College
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 Post-Secondary 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, 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 that 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.
Griffin Technical College and Flint River Technical College merged in July 2010 to form Southern Crescent Technical College.
History of Flint River Technical College
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 primary counties outside of Upson that are 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.
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 serves as new locations for Adult Education, Economic Development programs, and the Child Care Resource and Referral Agency. The Community Development Center (as the new location was named) provides more space to deliver these programs and it frees up locations on the main campus for new credit classes.
In 2006, the Georgia Legislature approved $7.5 million in funding for a new industrial training center to be placed on the main campus. Building D, consisting of 16,000 square feet, now houses the Welding and Joining Technology, Air Conditioning Technology, Commercial Truck Driving, and Construction trades.
In 2007, the One Georgia Authority and the Department of Community Affairs awarded approximately $1 million dollars for an 8,000 square foot expansion of the Taylor County Center. This Center provides 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 which expanded and renovated the library on the main campus. The addition added approximately 1,400 square feet of floor space for library materials as well as designated space for computer stations and office space.
Flint River Technical College and Griffin Technical College merged in July 2010 to form Southern Crescent Technical College.