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History

South Georgia Technical College has a long, rich history dating back to before World War I. Prior to being used as a college, the land, on which SGTC now stands, was an Air Force Training Base during WWI and WWII. In fact, Charles A. Lindbergh purchased his first airplane (a Jenny) at Souther Field in 1923. He later flew non-stop from New York to Paris in 1927 in the “Spirit of St. Louis.” Since that time South Georgia Technical College has continued to soar. The school was originally named South Georgia Trade and Vocational School when it was first opened in 1948. It was the second technical and vocational school in Georgia. Seventy-five students enrolled that first year in six programs ranging from six to twelve months in length. The original programs offered were: Diesel Mechanics, Aircraft and Aircraft Engine Mechanics, Auto Mechanics, Radio and Television Repair, Cabinet Making, and Upholstery Refinishing. The aviation and diesel programs are still active today. The “trade school” name was dropped in 1963 and the school became known as South Georgia Technical and Vocational School. The name changed again in 1988 to South Georgia Technical Institute when the Department of Technical and Adult Education was created by a legislative act, and the school came under the governance of the new department. South Georgia Tech opened a satellite campus in Cordele in July of 1990, and that addition was known as the Crisp County Center. On November 2, 2000 our school officially became South Georgia Technical College. This opportunity was brought about with the passing of Governor Roy Barnes’s Education reform bill. Today, South Georgia Technical College offers a variety of Associate of Applied Science degrees, Diploma programs, and Technical Certificates of Credit. Program areas include health care and personal services, business, industrial, and transportation technologies. Adult literacy classes are currently taught in all of the six counties in our service area, which includes Sumter, Schley, Macon, Marion, Webster, and Crisp Counties. Sparky Reeves was named President of South Georgia Technical College in 2004. He is only the sixth man to hold this honor. Under his leadership, the college is anticipating continued growth and development in southwest Georgia.

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