North Georgia Technical College has seen an increase in college-wide enrollment for the spring semester. Enrollment numbers for all three NGTC campuses are up from last year by 2.2%. Currently there are 2,528 of students spanning campuses in Clarkesville, Blairsville and Currahee.
“We are pleased more students are looking to us as the place to continue their education,” said NGTC President Dr. Mark Ivester. “I don’t think there is any one thing that I could attest to the increase. I believe our message is getting out about what NGTC does for students and how we help them transfer from being a student to joining the workforce.”
With NGTC’s tuition at $89 per credit hour, Ivester noted that the institution tends to be a great choice for students. The college also offers tuition-free programs through the Hope Career Grant that include welding, early childhood education, nursing and over 30 more and provides the opportunity for students to earn degrees, diplomas and certificates.
The dual enrollment program with area high schools has also seen an increase with 567 students enrolled this semester.
“By participating in NGTC’s Dual Enrollment Program, our high school students are proactively taking control of their future academic and career goals,” said Kallan Williams, NGTC Director of Admissions and Registrar. “They are no longer waiting to jump in the college experience; they are ready now.”
The dual enrollment program offers high school students the opportunity to take college courses tuition-free. North Georgia Tech covers the cost of tuition, books and most mandatory fees. Students can then continue classes at NGTC after graduation or transfer credits to other colleges and universities.
“More and more students are seeing the benefits of a technical education,” said Williams. “They experience the ins-and-outs of their chosen career field on day one and gain cutting-edge skills and knowledge throughout the entire program. Make no mistake about it, our students are equipped to have long and successful careers after they graduate.”
North Georgia Technical College is the first technical college in the state of Georgia, and is part of the Technical College System of Georgia. Its main campus is in Clarkesville, with additional campuses in Toccoa and Blairsville. For more information, visit northgatech.edu or call 706-754-7700.