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Baxley Campus of ATC 3-2011 PDF Print E-mail

Baxley Campus of ATC:  Part of the 2nd Fastest

Growing Two-Year Public College


Jesup –   Altamaha Technical College (ATC) is the 2nd fastest growing two-year public college in the United States. With almost 2000 students and 5 campuses (Hazlehurst, Baxley, Jesup, Brunswick and Kingsland), ATC continues its growth trend with the demand for technical education in the region.  The Baxley Campus has approximately 275 students enrolled this quarter.


Dean Walt Pinder shares, “Altamaha Technical College’s Baxley Campus has a variety of diploma and certificate programs for students including Accounting, Business Administrative Technology, Commercial Truck Driving, Criminal Justice, Diesel Equipment Technology, Early Childhood Care and Education, Medical Coding, Practical Nursing and Patient Care Assisting. Additionally, there are 42 online courses that provide more opportunities regardless of a student's geographic location or schedule demands.  High school students are encouraged to attend as dual or joint enrollment students to earn college credits while completing high school.”

Student Affairs Assistant Joann White recalls the Baxley Campus having as many as 5 generations attending classes at the same time. This quarter, four generations of the Herrington family are enrolled at the Baxley Campus: Rebecca Herrington, her son Christopher Herrington, her mother Delorise “Missy” Loughry, and her grandmother Melba Davis. Rebecca Herrington and her mother also work on campus through the college work study program. 

“With a job placement rate of 97.51%, our graduates are well prepared to enter the workforce,” President Lorette Hoover says. Baxley graduates have gone to work for hospitals, doctors' offices, governmental agencies and many more. Commercial Truck Driving Instructor Ronnie Carter can quickly list companies that employ his graduates to include Warner, Snyder, US Express, Coastal Trucking and Trans Am. 

Several Baxley Campus students have recently been selected for awards. The college's EAGLE (Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education) Delegate, student Winifred Nails, was chosen to represent ATC at a statewide Leadership Institute. A Baxley native, Winifred wants to become a Registered Nurse; she has been attending ATC since August of 2009. Sharing the most important lesson she learned from participating in the adult education program, Nails says, “There are no barriers if you apply yourself to achieve and succeed.”

Also from Baxley is the college's GOAL  (Georgia Occupational Award in Leadership)   Delegate, Dianne C. Shumans. A Practical Nursing Student under Instructor Sheryl Nipper,  Shumans anticipates receiving her Practical Nursing Diploma in late 2011.   When asked why she chose a technical education, Shumans states,” Receiving my technical education here at Altamaha Technical College has been perfect for me. Professional skills are taught and practiced;  this will enable me to be an excellent nurse after eighteen months of intense training.”

An upcoming change for ATC is the statewide Quarter to Semester Conversion. This conversion in August 2011 will benefit students and will align all Technical College System of Georgia schools with k-12 and the University System of Georgia's academic calendars. In making the change to semesters, ATC, along with other Georgia technical colleges, will join the 80 percent of colleges and universities in the United States that follow a semester calendar.  Further information about this change can be found on

Spring quarter begins April 4th. For information, call 912-367-1700, 800–645-8284 or log on to













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