Wiregrass Tech Celebrates Brooks County

August 23, 2017

Quitman, GA -- Wiregrass Georgia Technical College held a celebration event in Brooks County, Tuesday, August 22. Harlie and Susan Bodine graciously opened their home for this special event. The event was held to highlight the many Wiregrass Tech and Brooks County accomplishments, thank those in attendance, and to ask leaders to continue their support.

Brooks County students made up 4.8% of Wiregrass Tech’s total enrollment during FY17. The college has over 150 Degree, Diploma and Technical Certificates of Credit programs, giving students the skills needed to be successful in the workforce. Brooks County also had 40 students in Wiregrass Tech’s Adult Education/GED program during year FY17. That is 40 students who are either ready to go to work, or continue their education.

Last school year 111 Brooks County High School students received 419 credit hours through the Wiregrass Tech Dual Enrollment program, making Brooks County High one of the largest Wiregrass partners in the program. The Dual Enrollment funding covers 100% of tuition. Fees are exempted and textbooks are provided. Dual Enrollment courses taught at Brooks County High are: Culinary Arts, Cosmetology, Nurse Aide, Computer Information, General Education Core Classes, Mechatronics (Pre-Engineering), and Web Design. Dual Enrollment is available to all 9th – 12th graders. Degree-level courses are transferable to colleges in the University System and the Technical System of Georgia plus many more. College credits count toward high school graduation rigor requirements and HOPE and Zell Miller HOPE Scholarship rigor requirements.

The Wiregrass Foundation South, through its gracious donors, has also played a part in Brooks County student success by providing books, supplies, and financial assistance. Scholarships available for Brooks County High School students are The James C. Fryslie Scholarship and The Sue and James C. Fryslie Scholarship. Funds to transport Brooks County High students to annual Geekfest event on the Valdosta Campus was provided, as well as, supplies for the Brooks County High Cosmetology Lab and equipment for Mechatronics. Fees for GED exams were also provided by generous donors.

Wiregrass Tech President Dr. Tina Anderson thanked the community for working in support of student success. She thanked Harlie and Susan Bodine for hosting the event, along with Brooks County School Superintendent Dr. Vickie Reed, and HR Director Tony Anderson for their support of student excellence. She also thanked Dr. Ed and Rhonda Mark for their support of the Health Sciences programs at Wiregrass. Dr. Anderson recognized Laura Jo’s and the Wiregrass Culinary Arts Program and students for providing the appetizers, the Wiregrass Foundation South, and everyone who attended for making this event a success. To provide suggestions for ways Wiregrass can meet your business or industry needs, please call 229-333-2126.