New grant available for WGTC students
by Celia Shortt
As the new West Georgia Technical College campus in Coweta started classes this week, it also announced a new grant available to its students.
This fall, WGTC students who have the HOPE Grant could be eligible for more financial aid from Georgia’s Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant Award (SIWDG). This award is available to students in the Commercial Truck Driving, Early Childhood Care and Education and Practical Nursing programs.
“West Georgia Technical College strives to make education accessible to as many students as possible,” said WGTC President Dr. Skip Sullivan. “This is a significant step in technical education that will provide more options for students.”
“The SIWDG gives West Georgia Tech another available resource that will help students,” said Vice President of Student Affairs Tonya Whitlock. “To some students, receiving this grant might be the extra encouragement needed to take that step and enroll in one of these programs.”
To be eligible for the SIWDG, students must be fully admitted to WGTC, enrolled in the previously mentioned programs, and receiving the HOPE Grant for the same term.
Other information includes:
• A student can receive the HOPE GED Grant, HOPE Grant, and SIWDG in the same term if all other eligibility requirements are met up to cost of attendance.
• Students in the Commercial Truck Driving Program are eligible for the SIWDG Award for one term only.
• High school students who are dual-enrolled are not eligible for the SIWDG Award.
WGTC has four major areas of programs — trade and technical programs, allied health professions, arts and science and business and public service.
The Coweta Campus allowed them to expand their programs in allied health and arts and sciences, including being the only WGTC campus to offer the physical therapist assistant program.
Specifically, the Coweta Campus offers classes in business administration, criminal justice, early childhood development learning and instruction, and computer technology. Core classes in English, psychology and other disciplines are also be available.
The SIWDG Award comes on the heels of the recent change in the HOPE Grant requirements that allows students with a 2.0 GPA to receive the HOPE Grant.
For more information on eligibility for the SIWDG Award and the HOPE Grant, go to www.westgatech.edu.
West Georgia Technical College has campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties, and additional class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties. WGTC offers more than 115 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study.
A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the third largest of the state’s 25 technical colleges, and officials note that it is one of the fastest-growing, two-year colleges in the nation.