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SavTech not likely affected by closings

POSTED: January 26, 2012 7:00 a.m.

Savannah Technical College and its satellite campuses on Fort Stewart Army Education Center and in Liberty and Effingham counties, have not been considered for closure amid current talks, according to Gail Eubanks, the school’s executive director of institutional advancement and communications.

Her comments came in response to a Morris News Service report that said Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Ron Jackson told the General Assembly last week that his organization has considered closing 14 satellite campuses that were “under-utilized” to cope with a tightening budget.

Though Eubanks did not comment on the success of any programs at the satellite campuses, the tech school began a series of commercial truck driving classes at its Liberty and Effingham locations in October.

It also offered its first-ever, seven-week “minimester” in the fall to accommodate working students. Director of Admissions Gwendolyn Moore said officials launched the program to maintain flexibility in the wake of the school’s change from a quarterly system to longer semesters.

The school also is a partner in the Liberty College and Career Academy, a joint venture operated by the Liberty County Board of Education in conjunction with Savannah Tech, the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce and the Liberty County Development Authority.

Currently, the program operates out of Bradwell Institute, but once construction is complete on a 50,000-square-foot facility on Airport Road, the Career Academy operations will be closer to Savannah Tech’s Liberty campus.

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