Our History…Moultrie Technical College
In the fall of 1964, the original building of Moultrie Area Vocational-Technical School was constructed at a cost of $325,000 at 361 Industrial Drive. The School opened its doors to 40 students, a staff of nine, and five programs of study; Automotive Mechanics, Diesel Mechanics, Machine Shop, Drafting and Design Technology, and Electronics. The following year, Heating & Air Conditioning, Accounting, Secretarial and Clerical Programs were added. Full-time enrollment increased to 100. In 1966, the Welding program was added, and full-time enrollment increased to 180. By the late 1960’s, Cosmetology, Practical Nursing and related instruction (Communication Skills and Mathematics) programs were added. At this time, full-time enrollment had increased to 280.
By the end of the 1970’s, full-time enrollment had increased to 430. Autobody Repair and Consumer Education programs had been added, as well as off-campus Practical Nursing programs in Tifton and Cordele. For the first time, Adult General Education for Colquitt County was added to the offerings of the school. Not only were programs added, a $210,000 expansion was completed which provided growth space for office occupations, the Career Development Center and student lounge, as well as provided space for related subject classrooms. Moultrie Vocational-Technical School was continuing to grow.
In 1990, Adult Education and GED® test preparation expanded to Tift and Worth Counties. Moultrie Tech opened the Tiftarea Technical Center, a 40,000 square-foot campus off I-75 in Tifton, in 1998. On November 20, 2000, Moultrie Area Technical Institute officially changed its name to Moultrie Technical College and began offering Associate of Applied Technology degrees. During this time, Moultrie Tech broke ground for a new 111,000 square-foot, $14 million campus located on Veterans Parkway in Moultrie. This campus officially opened in 2003. In 2001, Moultrie Tech’s service area was expanded to include Turner County. Along with the expanded service area came a new 10,000 square-foot facility with ten additional employees in Ashburn. In the fall of 2001, a 60,000 square-foot expansion was planned for the Tifton campus with construction completed in 2004, including a world class conference center.
In 2005, the original MTC campus on Industrial Drive in Moultrie received a total facelift from floor to ceiling. The Tifton Campus added a 6,000 square-foot Cosmetology lab and space was added to include dual enrollment students from Tift County High School. The same year, the College built a 6,000 square-foot building next to Worth County High School in Sylvester to accommodate dual enrollment students and night courses for adults and continuing education. That building is now utilized by the MTC Adult Education department for GED® test preparation classes. Although the College no longer teaches credit classes from the Turner County Campus facility, dual enrollment classes are still taught at Turner County High School while GED® test preparation classes are offered at a separate site in Ashburn.
MTC’s Tifton Campus saw additional growth in 2009 with the construction of a Fire Science Technology building and then again in 2010 with the building of an Economic Development/Continuing Education facility. On 92 acres of donated farmland in Tift County, the Fish & Wildlife Management program moved into a 1,300 square-foot lodge in 2009 as well.
Today, Moultrie Technical College has grown to a staff of over 140 full-time and 110 part-time employees. More than 140 diploma and certificate programs, as well as eight Associate of Applied Science degrees, are offered. Credit enrollment on a by-term basis is now over 2,000 students and continues to grow. Moultrie Technical College serves Colquitt, Tift, Turner, and Worth counties with campuses in Moultrie and Tifton and online studies reaching students all over the world. In 2013, the MTC Veterans Parkway Campus in Moultrie opened a $10 million Health Sciences building allowing us to serve even more students.
With a conversion from the quarter calendar system to the semester calendar system in the Fall of 2011, MTC now touches over 11,000 lives a year through credit and adult education classes as well as continuing education and specialized industry training. MTC also has the one of the highest numbers of high school students in dual-enrollment programs in the state. The College has seen 13 consecutive years of fall term credit program enrollment growth. MTC boasts a 95-100 percent job placement rate every year and 100 percent pass rates on state board exams in Practical Nursing, Neuromuscular Therapist, Radiologic Technology and Emergency Medical Technician programs. The College’s Surgical Technology program was named one of the Top 5 programs in the nation through the PAE Elite 20 honor.
In the past several years, MTC has acquired and now administers over $6 million in federal grants which are designed to work hand-in-hand with the College’s mission of workforce development and job training. Moultrie Tech also became accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) in December 2013, with a retroactive date of January 2013. This was a monumental achievement for our college.
While change has been constant during Moultrie Technical College’s history, it is evident that Moultrie Tech strives to remain on the cutting edge of technology and delivery of instruction. With the full participation of individual citizens, the collaboration of business, industry and education groups, the College will continue to strive to promote individual student development and to improve the quality of life in the communities we serve.
Everywhere You Turn…Moultrie Technical College