Change coming for Ga. tech schools

ATLANTA - The state Technical College System board has voted to raise a quarterly tuition cap for students taking more than 12 hours.

Currently, full-time technical college students pay an average of $432 for 12 hours, and they are not charged for additional hours. Starting with the winter quarter, those taking between 13 and 15 hours will see the cost rise by as much as $108.

Two-thirds of the students are taking 12 credit hours or less and will be unaffected. Others will have the extra cost absorbed by HOPE scholarship payments.

Officials said Thursday that less than 10 percent of quarterly enrollment, about 9,000 students, will incur the additional out-of-pocket expense, generating another $10 million annually for the technical college system.

Also, the state Technical College System board has named leaders of three school administrations formed by mergers.

Thirteen of Georgia's technical colleges will become six schools on July 1.

The board Thursday made Bobby Arnold, president of Griffin Technical College, as president-designee for the combined Griffin and Flint River technical colleges.

Southeastern Technical College president Cathy Mitchell is president-designee for the combined Southeastern and Swainsboro technical colleges.

Skip Sullivan, president of West Central Tech, will head the combined West Central and West Georgia colleges.

The board earlier approved Sanford Chandler over Appalachian, Chattahoochee and North Metro, and Craig McDaniel over Coosa Valley and Northwestern.

A president-designee has yet to be named for the East Central and Valdosta merger.

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