South Georgia Technical College

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South Georgia Technical College
Type Junior college
Established 1948
President John Watford
Academic staff
Students 1,946[1]
Undergraduates 1,946[1]
Location Americus, Georgia, USA
Campus Urban (small town);
1,000 acres (4 km²)
Athletics 1 Varsity Sport
Colors Red and White         
Nickname The Jets
Mascot Jet Plane
Affiliations GJCAA (Region XVII)

South Georgia Technical College (SGTC) is a residential college located in southwest Georgia. There are two campuses within the main college; the main college is located in Americus, Georgia, while a satellite campus, located in Cordele, Georgia, offers the same programs. Programs of high interest include criminal justice, nursing, early childcare, marketing, and culinary arts. SGTC serves many neighboring counties including Macon, Sumter, Webster, and Crisp County. In addition many partnerships exist with local business, making it possible for students to obtain part-time jobs.[2]


South Georgia Technical College is located in the heart of Americus, Georgia. Originally SGTC was Air force training facility during World War I and World War II. The facility was known at the time as Souther Air Field (Souther Field). In fact Charles A. Lindbergh bought his first plane; (a Jenny) from Souther Field. Lindbergh was the first to fly from New York to Paris nonstop in “The Spirit of St. Louis” in 1927. Initially in 1948 the school was named South Georgia Trade and Vocational School, until the phrase “trade school” dropped in 1963. After the change the school was identified as South Georgia Technical and Vocational School. Furthermore, the school name changed once more as a result of 1988 a legislative act. Although the name did not become official until Governor Roy Barnes enacted the Educational Reform Bill on November 2, 2000. As of today SGTC offers many associate degree programs ranging from aviation,auto repair, and dental hygiene. New growth and development has accrued since Sparky Reeves [1] was appointed school President in 2004. Sparky Reeves is only the sixth person in the schools rich history to uphold such an honorable position.[3]


South Georgia Technical College is located on the outskirts of Americus, in Sumter County, Georgia just southwest of interstate 75. The small town is a part of Sumter County Historic District, because of its history in railroad and technological advances during the mid-1800s. Thanks to local attorney Samuel H. Hawkins [2] Americus was known as the Metropolis of Southwest Georgia because of its major cotton distribution. The college is 32 miles from the larger city of Albany, Georgia and approximately 2.5 hours away from the state’s capital Atlanta.

Academic Programs of Interest[edit]

  • Aviation
  • Cosmetology
  • Practical Nursing
  • Medical Assisting
  • Avionics
  • Automotive Technology
  • Diesel Technology
  • Heavy Equipment Dealer Service Technology
  • Commercial Driver License Training
  • Police Academy


  1. Georgia 411. Corporation, XAP. "Georgia 411". State of Georgia Education Dept. September 24, 2008
  2. SGTC Accessed Sept. 23, 2008
  3. Windsor Hotel Accessed Sept. 23, 2008
  4. City of Americus Accessed Sept. 23, 2008
  5. Samuel Hawkins Accessed Sept. 23, 2008
  6. [3] Accessed Sept. 23, 2008

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