Beginning in Fall Semester 2013, students in specific programs of study at Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) will have a new opportunity to gain extra financial assistance towards tuition and fees. The Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant (SIWDG) is a new award that will be offered to students at Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) institutions, such as SWGTC, who are receiving the HOPE Grant and enrolled in one of the three eligible majors. These three programs, which have been identified as high demand careers in Georgia, are Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE), Commercial Truck Driving and Practical Nursing (PN).
Luckily for southwest Georgia residents, SWGTC offers two of these qualifying programs, the ECCE and PN diploma programs, at both their Thomasville and Grady county locations.
Students will automatically qualify for the SIWDG Award if they meet these three criteria:
1. fully admitted to a TCSG institution, such as SWGTC
2. enrolled in early childhood care and education (diploma), practical nursing (diploma) or commercial truck driving (technical certificate of credit)
3. receiving the Hope Grant in that same term
The HOPE Grant is an award given to Georgia residents enrolled in a certificate or diploma program at a TCSG institution. The qualifying GPA for the HOPE Grant will be changing from a 3.0 to a 2.0 in Fall Semester 2013.
This Workforce Development Grant will provide ECCE and PN students taking nine hours or more $500 per semester and those taking eight credit hours or less $250.
“One of the main components of our Technical College System of Georgia and our College’s mission is workforce development. A major goal for our institution is to provide the education and training for students in our service delivery area to meet the workforce needs of our area’s business and industry. We are excited about the financial assistance that can be received by students through the new Workforce Development Grant. This will help attract and retain students in high demand careers in Georgia such as Early Childhood Care and Education and Practical Nursing, two programs that SWGTC offers at multiple locations,” commented Dr. Craig Wentworth, SWGTC president.
The HOPE GED Grant, HOPE Grant, and SIWDG Award can be awarded in the same term, if all other eligibility requirements are met up to cost of attendance. High school students in dual enrollment programs are not eligible for the SIWDG Award.
For more information on Georgia’s Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant please visit www.southwestgatech.edu/workforcedevelopmentgrant.
SWGTC offers more than 80 certificate, diploma, and degree programs. Many of these programs provide training for some of the nation’s fastest-growing career fields including Nursing, Automotive Technology, Clinical Laboratory Technology, and Emergency Medical Technology. More information may be obtained by calling 229-225-4096 or by logging onto www.southwestgatech.edu.
Fall Semester 2013 begins Aug. 20.
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