Technical College System of Georgia

Technical College System of Georgia

The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), formerly known as the Department of Technical and Adult Education (DTAE), is the body which supervises the U.S. state of Georgia's 25 technical colleges and two technical divisions in University System of Georgia (USG) institutions, while also surveying the adult literacy program and economic and workforce development programs. The system operates the Georgia Virtual Technical College, a clearinghouse for online technical courses. The Technical College System of Georgia serves the people and the state by creating a system of technical education whose purpose is to use the latest technology and easy access for all adult Georgians and corporate citizens.

The TCSG and USG are completely separate agencies and work entirely independently of each other, except for certain cooperative efforts. Some core courses are transferable between the two, though this was made more difficult when the USG moved to the semester system in 1997, while the TCSG remained on the quarter system. Now, the TCSG is changing to the semester system beginning in Fall (August) 2011. The TCSG has worked with the state budget office to minimize the economic impact of the conversion, believing the a move that is the best interests of TCSG students cannot be delayed.

Beginning in 2008, it was being studied whether some schools should merge. The first was the merger of Georgia Aviation Technical College in Eastman into the USG's Middle Georgia College in 2007, effective July 1. In September 2008, the State Board of Technical and Adult Education voted to merge 13 colleges into six. The board stated that the mergers only affect the administrative functions of the colleges.[1]

When the University System of Georgia mandated semesters in 1998, enrollment fell by several thousand students, and those that remained took fewer courses, causing budget shortfalls which the state legislature had to make up for.[2]


List of technical colleges

USG institutions with technical divisions

Former units of the TCSG

Prior to July 1, 2009, these institutions were independent units of the TCSG; however, they were merged with other institutions.


  1. ^ Consolidation/Merger of Technical Colleges in TCSG - Facts
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  3. ^ Floyd, Michelle (9 April 2011). "Board OKs new name for college". Rockdale Citizen. Retrieved 20 April 2011. 

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