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East Georgia State College

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East Georgia College, one of the fastest-growing two-year institutions in the University System of Georgia, is located in the friendly city of Swainsboro. Considered the access and opportunity hub of east-central Georgia, East Georgia College (EGC) is large enough to provide distinguished educational and cultural experiences for students and the surrounding communities. Still, it is small enough to provide an individualized personal touch assuring supportive, student-oriented quality service. East Georgia College excels in preparing graduates for successful educational opportunities as they continue their education at four-year colleges and universities throughout the state and nation.

East Georgia College offers educational value at an affordable cost with 23 associate of arts degrees designed for easy transfer to four-year institutions. EGC also offers cooperative associate of applied science degree programs, as well as an associate of science in nursing degree in cooperation with Darton College. The college also has an instructional site in Statesboro at 1525-A Fair Road. Small classes, low student-teacher ratios, and dedicated faculty and staff who are committed to student success are the foundations for academic excellence at East Georgia College.

East Georgia College offers online degrees in general studies, psychology, and sociology. Pursuing an online degree at EGC is resourceful: individualized learning and accessible faculty enable students to study and learn at their own comfortable and successful pace, which often translates into goals being reached in a shorter amount of time; and, often, when the cost of gas, parking, housing, and other fees associated with traditional campus-based education is eliminated, students can save money by earning an online degree. The flexibility, convenience, and affordability of an online degree through East Georgia College is a practical first step in completing a highly beneficial college degree.

Approximately 2,000 traditional and non-traditional students attend East Georgia College, which serves a rural, 18-county region with a predominately agricultural and manufacturing economy. Chartered in 1973, the campus spreads over 227 majestic pine-covered acres in Emanuel County and features a unique blend of nine modern buildings in a beautifully landscaped setting. Between classes, after business hours, and on weekends, students, faculty, and staff enjoy the scenic lake, series of nature trails, fitness center, gymnasium, lighted tennis courts, volleyball courts, and an 18-hole disc golf course. Emanuel County is just 16 miles from Interstate 16 and is conveniently located halfway between Savannah and Macon.

The college has a strong community service orientation, offering facilities for community meetings, industrial workshops, training sessions, regional Science Olympiad competitions, basketball, wrestling, and tennis tournaments, science camps, annual regional seminars, arts festivals, and area garden club flower shows. East Georgia College will host the Georgia state intercollegiate disc golf championship in the fall of 2008. The Intercollegiate Disc Golf Union of America sanctions the tournament. The Georgia Rural Economic Development Center, located on the EGC campus, provides unique public/private partnerships and development assistance to a surrounding 21-county region. In addition to a 42 million dollar economic impact, the importance of the college to the region is signified by the outstanding collaborative community relationships, and the 20,000+ area citizens served each year. The Emanuel County Chamber of Commerce recently presented East Georgia College with the "Large Business of the Year" award, further demonstrating its value to the community.

Students have a myriad of opportunities for extra-curricular pursuits through 35 campus organizations. Field trips, lectures, films, concerts, art shows, museums, and drama productions, combined with a comprehensive student activities program, enhance the total learning experience and prepare students for tomorrow's challenges and opportunities. The careful nurturing students receive at East Georgia College contributes to the success stories of our graduates, who can be found among the ranks of teachers, doctors, lawyers, dentists, judges, pharmacists, engineers, and business professionals.

The Vision Series is an East Georgia College program unique to a two-year institution. This privately-funded initiative brings cultural and intellectual enrichment programs to East Georgia College and the broader community. Highlights from Vision Series presentations over the past few years include Nano-technology specialist Dr. James Meindl, President and Mrs. Jimmy Carter, Maya Angelou, UGA History Professor and writer Dr. James Cobb, broadcast journalist Cokie Roberts, Ambassador Andrew Young, author Terry Kay, the Atlanta Pops, the Augusta Symphony Orchestra, Chairman and CEO Emeritus of Georgia Pacific Corporation Pete Correll, the Manhattan Piano Trio, author and television commentator Bruce Feiler, television and movie set designer and EGC alumnus Tim Earls, and many more distinguished guests. All Vision Series lectures and concerts are free and open to the public.

Dedicated to creating a more educated Georgia, East Georgia College provides valuable services through K-12 outreach programs designed to increase academic preparedness. Programs include the Dr. Seuss birthday program for primary school students; Tutoring for primary and middle school students; Campus visitation for 7th graders; PREP Summer Camp for 7th, 8th, and 9th graders; 2nd Grade Exploration, a half-day visitation program that brings 2nd-grade students to campus for a series of educational activities taught by college faculty and assisted by EGC students. All students receive a t-shirt and an EGC coloring book that reinforces the science, history, art and boomerang lessons; EGC Math Initiative, an evaluation of math skills and college math readiness for 11th graders; Ropes Course, a teambuilding and leadership initiative program for 4th – 12th graders; EGC Student Mentoring Program that allows EGC students to work afternoons at the Emanuel County Recreation Department as mentors to middle school at-risk youth; Directions, a collaborative project between area schools and agencies targeted at rising 9th graders and their parents designed to address local dropout rates and the availability of a skilled workforce within Emanuel County {this initiative won the 2006 Andy Olsen Award for Excellence in School Public Relations from the Georgia School Public Relations Association (GSPRA)}; Celebration of Education, a collaborative event sponsored by EGC and Swainsboro Technical College featuring an essay contest and scholarship to promote awareness and the importance of a post-secondary education among students within a 5-county area; Math/Science Partnership Grant, a collaboration among EGC, Georgia Tech, and area school systems to fund educator training on the new Georgia Performance Standards for Math and Science in grade bands of 6 to 8 and 9 to 12; and the Robotics/Science Initiative, a program to excite and challenge middle school students in robotics and other areas of science by touring Georgia Tech's science facilities and other scientific and educational locations.

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