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15 community colleges in Georgia worth checking out

While four-year colleges can offer great opportunities to students, not all students fit the four-year mold. The reasons for attending a community college are numerous: to save money on tuition, to bring grades up before transferring to a university, to earn a specific two-year degree, personal enrichment, career enhancement and more. Community colleges in Georgia can vary tremendously, both in academics and student culture. While some of these schools offer a specialized focus, such as military or technical, others offer great opportunities for extracurricular activities and cultural enrichment. All of them do have one thing in common: They provide Georgians with an opportunity to invest in themselves and their futures.

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  • Georgia Military College: Georgia Military College has a nationally acclaimed cadet program for students commissioned to officership by U.S. Army, but its doors -- and its commitment to providing high-caliber education -- are open to civilian students, too. In fact, according to CNN and CollegeMeasures.org, GMC lead all Georgia community colleges in 2011 in terms of student completion and transfer rates.

  • Middle Georgia Technical College: Located in Warner Robins, MGTC offers programming outside of the usual community college box, like aerospace or surgical technology training.

  • East Georgia State College: If you want a little culture along with your degree, consider EGSC where its Vision Series has sponsored notable speakers as diverse -- and prominent -- as Jimmy Carter, Maya Angelou and Cokie Roberts. Come for the quality education; stay for the potentially life-changing lectures.

  • North Georgia Technical College: NGTC is the oldest community college in Georgia and its historical roots run deep. Thanks to a cutting edge technology center and online courses, however, today's students can hone their technical training in ways the schools' founders likely never imagined.

  • Moultrie Technical College: Are you looking for a community college with a course catalogue that rivals some big name universities? According to its official website, MTC boasts more than 140 diploma, certificate and associate degree programs.

  • Augusta Technical College: Augusta Technical College is no one-trick pony: Students can choose from more than 100 programs of study ranging from health care and personal services to information technology and engineering. It recently gained notoriety for launching its nuclear engineering technology program; this type of training is unique among Georgia community colleges and is just one way ATC maintains its competitive edge in the technical training field.

  • Bainbridge College: Want a college with a rustic beauty and convenient degree programs? Situated on 173 acres within the city of Bainbridge, GA, this great college is one of the state's 35 institutes of higher education comprising the University System of Georgia. Offering two-year associate of arts, associate of science, and associate of applied science degrees, this school provides local educational access for the "diverse population of Southwest Georgia and beyond".

  • South Georgia Technical College: SGTC is more than just a college -- it's a historical institution. An Air Force training facility during both world wars and the purchase site of Charles Lindbergh's first plane, South Georgia Technical College continues to provide area Georgians with hands-on, technical training in a number of practical fields.

  • South Georgia College: SGC doesn't just pride itself on its academic prowess -- it is an award-winning athletic powerhouse, too. Students can compete against other campuses in a number of sports, or amongst themselves through a thriving intramural program.

  • Southern Crescent Technical College: Offering a number of campuses, online courses, and both need- and merit-based grants and scholarships, this Atlanta-area community college makes practical higher education more accessible than ever before.

  • Wiregrass Georgia Technical College: Serving 11 counties, Wiregrass Georgia Technical College is one of the largest and best known community colleges in Georgia. It is also well respected for its academic achievement: In 2010, WGTC received the first ever Governor Sonny Perdue Award for Technical College of the Year.

  • Georgia Highlands College: Who says you need to go to a four-year university to get the true college experience? Georgia Highlands College underscores the meaning of student life through its impressive array of sports, clubs and student organizations.

  • Georgia Piedmont Technical College: Formerly DeKalb Technical College, GPTC serves more than 18 thousand students across four campuses in the Atlanta metropolitan area.

  • Gwinnett Technical College: Gwinnett Technical College offers nearly 50 high-tech degrees, certificates or diplomas in a variety of disciplines, but its $7 million, nearly 27 thousand square-foot interactive early childhood education classroom and observation site make it an especially snazzy choice for future teachers and child care providers.

  • Savannah Technical College: STC offers students five separate campuses, but still manages to connect students with a small-campus vibe through festivals, fund raisers and student organizations. STC also prides itself on providing usable, hands-on training in a variety of subjects, from auto repair or nursing to culinary or business.

Community colleges are only one component of the educational opportunities available in Georgia. There are over 30 four-year colleges in Georgia, including the University of Georgia, home of the famous bulldogs. Online colleges in Georgia also offer educational opportunities not only for Georgia residents, but for students all over the world.

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