Wiregrass Georgia Technical College is reopening to the public beginning Monday, July 27. The college will continue to operate on a four-day work week opening at 7:30am Monday through Thursday and closed on Friday. This week also kicks off the college’s Free Application Week Fall Semester admission. “Our Admissions, Financial Aid, and Advising and Retention Centers will be ready to safely meet with applicants starting Monday, July 27”, shared Angela Hobby, Vice President of Enrollment Management. “We are encouraging everyone to wear a mask/face covering when on campus due to the limited ability for social distancing in offices.” Those who apply next week will be eligible to have their application fee waived. Fall Semester classes begin August 18.
The college is preparing and ready for Fall Semester with in-person or face-to-face classes in areas that require or expect hands on learning. Some course work will still be taught through hybrid or online methods. “We have been preparing for months for a safe return for our students,” shared Dr. Tina K. Anderson, Wiregrass President. “We are ready to change at a moment’s notice if we need to switch back to all online classes.” The college successfully started back with limited labs during Summer Semester in program areas like Welding, Nursing, Cosmetology, and more. The college followed the suggested guidelines to ensure safety and protection for the students and instructors.
For those who will have classes online, the college is ready to provide technology for students by lending laptops, and intel sticks, or students can purchase technology in the bookstore using financial aid funds. The college’s IT department has provided mobile hot spots in parking lots and WIFI is available inside buildings on each campus to accommodate students with connectivity issues at home. The college has a detailed return plan that will be available on the college’s website.
New for Fall Semester is the Occupational Studies Associates Degree. This new program is ideal for high school students who have taken elective courses in various areas through Wiregrass’ Dual Enrollment program. Alone, those course credit hours would have not contributed to a degree unless the student enrolled into those specific programs and completed all of the program required courses under the degree track. With the new Occupational Studies degree, these course credit hours collectively can be applied toward the new associate’s degree.
The college is asking if you are sick or have a fever not to come to the campusand instead to consider virtual avenues for communication and assistance. While on campus, masks are expected and students are asked to social distance. For more information about the programs and opportunities this Fall at Wiregrass, please visit www.wiregrass.edu.