The Mission of Middle Georgia Technical College, a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, is to contribute to the economic, educational, and community development of the state by providing quality academic and technical education to the citizens of middle Georgia. The College offers associate degree, diploma, and technical certificate of credit programs, adult education services, continuing education, and customized business and industry workforce training through traditional and distance education delivery.
Consistent with this mission, Middle Georgia Technical College affirms the following philosophy:
The faculty and staff of Middle Georgia Technical College, believe it is the College's responsibility:
- To provide academic and technical education through both traditional and distance delivery methods.
- To design and staff programs that will meet the needs of business and industry by training, retraining, and upgrading skills and work habits that promote maximum productivity.
- To establish a foundation for lifelong learning that will enhance the potential of the individuals in the Middle Georgia area to become more productive, responsible, and upwardly mobile members of society.
- To provide appropriate adult educational opportunities to promote literacy among the general public and workforce personnel.
- To promote public awareness of the value of academic and technical education.
- To collaborate with other postsecondary and secondary institutions to provide a seamless educational system.
Middle Georgia Technical College was originally established as Houston Vocational Center in the summer of 1973. The Georgia Board of Education, in conjunction with the Houston County Board of Education, the Middle Georgia Area Planning and Development Commission, and the community, opened Houston Vocational Center for the purpose of providing vocational educational programs to secondary and post-secondary students. The official ground-breaking ceremony was held on November 11, 1972. The President of the Technical College (then Center Director) was hired July 1, 1973, and the remainder of the initial staff was on board by January 1, 1974. Classes began January 1974, and the first students graduated at the end of the Fall Quarter of 1974.
In 1982, the Houston County Board of Education began construction on vocational additions for each of the county's high schools to provide on-campus vocational instruction for secondary students and to allow Houston Vocational Center to move toward a state-of-the-art postsecondary educational facility. During the period two additional wings were added to the present structure dedicated to offering postsecondary programs during the day. Upon completion of the transition to a total postsecondary institution, Houston Vocational Center was named Houston Area Vocational Center in July 1985, and granted an expansion to a four-county service area of Houston, Peach, Pulaski and Dooly counties.
In January 1986, Houston Vocational Center became a state institution operated by the newly created State Board for Postsecondary Vocational Education. In August, 1987, the Board of Directors for Houston Vocational Center conducted a community survey to determine a school name which reflected the newly assigned service area. As a result of this survey, Houston Vocational Center was officially renamed Middle Georgia Technical Institute. In July 1988, the reorganization effort statewide resulted in a name change for the department to the Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education and, in turn, an organizational change renamed our governing board to the Georgia State Board of Technical and Adult Education.
Based upon a 1988 study prepared by the Middle Georgia Area Planning and Development Commission and the preparation of a Strategic Long-Range Plan by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia (1991-1992), the 1992 Georgia General Assembly approved funding for the land purchase, program development and pre-architectural drawings for a relocated campus. During the 1993 General Assembly session, funds were approved to construct the relocated campus on the 83-acre site in Houston County. In March 1998, Middle Georgia Technical Institute completed the relocation to the new campus.
In November 1990, Middle Georgia Technical Institute became the fiscal agent and service provider for the Adult Literacy program within its four-county service area. Since accepting this responsibility, Middle Georgia Technical College has established Adult Literacy Centers in all the counties served.
In January of 1999, the State Board of Technical and Adult Education granted approval for Middle Georgia Technical Institute to award Associate of Applied Technology Degrees. After making application and receiving approval from the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education, accreditation was extended to include the award of associate degrees. In July 2000, the Georgia State Board of Technical and Adult Education approved the change of the school’s name from Middle Georgia Technical Institute to Middle Georgia Technical College.
The Technical College provides credit programs leading toward certificates, diplomas and associate degrees. The Continuing Education Department offers courses designed to meet specific needs identified by the community. The Economic Development Programs Department serves the community through specialized training and Quick Start training.
Middle Georgia Technical College operates in an environment that displays a wide range of demographic characteristics with substantial variations in population, personal income, educational attainment, and economic development. Dealing with the spectrum of both urban and rural economies, Middle Georgia Technical College works with local authorities to diversify the tax base and meet the educational needs of the citizenry.
Equal Opportunity Institution
As set forth in its student catalog, Middle Georgia Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, gender, religion, disability, age, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, disabled veteran, veteran of the Vietnam Era, spouse of military member or citizenship status (except in those special circumstances permitted or mandated by law). The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the administration of the College nondiscrimination policies:
Vice President of Administrative Services
80 Cohen Walker Drive
Warner Robins, Georgia 31088