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Savannah Tech and State's Tech Colleges Setting Attendance Records

10/26/2009 - Savannah Technical College enrollment has reached an all-time high for fall quarter 2009 with 5,559 students enrolled, representing a 23.2 percent increase above fall quarter 2008 when 4,514 students were enrolled.

This is the first time STC enrollment exceeded 5,000 students and includes figures for all of the college’s locations in Savannah, Liberty and Effingham counties.

It’s consistent with other technical colleges statewide. Georgia’s Technical College System has also set a new record high with 110,254 students on its 28 college campuses, representing a 24 percent increase over the same time last year when 88,725 students attended classes.  The total also shatters the system’s all-time record enrollment for one quarter, 91,838, which was set in 2003.

Kathy S. Love, Savannah Tech president attributes the growth in part to the economy and in part to the college’s flexibility in offering its programs. “Certainly the economy has something to do with it,” says Love. “People reassess their career paths and often turn to technical education when times are tough. This, in addition to new and more flexible program scheduling, has lead to this phenomenal growth.”

This quarter, the college began offering evening cosmetology and commercial truck driving at its Liberty campus; this past summer, two new programs began in Effingham – welding on-site at Temcor and electrical/mechanical manufacturing technician.

In January, STC will be offering an evening peace officer academy to become “POST certified” in one year, at the Savannah campus. Other new programs include construction management and barbering.

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