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DeKalb Tech to consolidate programs

COVINGTON - DeKalb Technical College announced Monday evening that it plans to restructure two technology programs at the school's Covington campus as a result of financial concerns.

On Monday, the DTC Board of Directors approved the closing of the Industrial Systems Technology program and the merging of the Air Conditioning Technology Program, which are both located at the DTC Covington campus. The school plans to merge the air conditioning program with the same program at the DTC Clarkston campus.

According to a press release, the changes became necessary to deal with state budget cuts and consistent low enrollment in the two programs.

Continuing the program "does not represent efficient use of resources in the current scenario of budget reductions," said Dr. Robin Hoffman, president of DTC, in a memo to Dr. Teresa Resch, executive director of academic affairs for the Technical College System of Georgia. "The support of growing, viable programs cannot be accomplished without the redirecting of existing resources."

Currently, 31 students are enrolled in the Industrial Systems program, with 25 students taking one course per quarter for the past year.

The closing of the program would eliminate the need for one full-time faculty position. The consolidation of the air conditioning program would require a transfer of one full-time faculty position from Covington to Clarkston.

Both programs are intended to be phased out at the end of the fall quarter. School officials will make plans for students currently in the Industrial Systems program to complete their studies.

"Students in the programs will be advised and/or counseled, and a personal plan and schedule will be developed for them so that they may accomplish their goal," said Dr. Tanya Gorman, vice president of Academic Affairs for DTC, in a press release. "Business and industry will still be served by offering non-credit training through Economic Development for Industrial Systems programs."

DTC, which is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, continues to operate eight centers in DeKalb, Newton, Rockdale and Morgan counties.

The college, which was established in 1961, currently has 4,000 students enrolled in diploma or degree programs and more than 9,000 in adult education classes to cover more than 100 occupations.

In June, Georgia Perimeter College, which has a campus in Newton County and offers classes in Conyers, closed its Center for Continuing and Corporate Education as a result of harsh economic conditions.

Michelle Floyd can be reached at michelle.floyd@newtoncitizen.com.