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Savannah Tech growth tops its peers
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SAVANNAH — Figures just released from the Department of Technical and Adult Education Data Center show that Savannah Technical College ranks first among its peer group (12 institutions of similar size serving a similar demographic) in total enrollment growth, credit hours and full-time equivalent (FTE).

For FY07 (July 1, 2006–June 30, 2007) total enrollment at the college grew 5.7 percent, total credit hours were up 5.8 percent and FTE up by 5.8 percent.  

This comparative data includes peer institutions — Albany Technical College, Athens Technical College, Atlanta Technical College, Augusta Technical College, Central Georgia Technical College (Macon), Chatahoochee Technical College, Columbus Technical College, Coosa Valley Technical College (Rome), DeKalb Technical College, Griffin Technical College and Gwinnett Technical College.

Some in the group experienced drops in enrollment of up to 11.8 percent; only three showed growth overall, one remained the same and seven colleges marked decreases in enrollment.

“We’re very pleased that we’ve been able to sustain our growth,” said STC Executive Vice President Reg Hendricks. “It validates that we offer quality programs that are meaningful to graduates, area businesses and the communities we serve.”

And with the start of FY08 (beginning July 1), the pattern is continuing. In the early days of summer quarter 2007, enrollment figures show that 2,699 students are currently enrolled at the multiple campuses of Savannah Technical College — slightly above 2,686, its level of last summer. This is the eighth consecutive quarter of sustained enrollment growth.

Savannah Technical College offers certificate, diploma and degree programs in allied health, business and services and industrial technology, serving Bryan, Chatham, Effingham and Liberty counties with four locations — Savannah, Crossroads, Liberty and Fort Stewart Army Education Center. A fifth location in Effingham will begin registering students Aug. 1.

Savannah Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the associate degree.