Atlanta - Coastal Pines Technical College will be the new college name when Altamaha Technical College and Okefenokee Technical College merge in July 2014.
The State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) voted unanimously to approve the new name during its monthly meeting in Atlanta on October 3.
More than 300 suggestions were received after the two colleges invited their students, faculty and staff, and others from their local communities to submit their proposals for a name. In September, the board of directors from both colleges held a combined meeting in Waycross and narrowed the list to the one that they believed best represented their region of the state.
TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson expressed his appreciation for the input that he has received from the colleges’ stakeholders. “Coastal Pines Technical College was the name chosen through participation from the students, faculty, and staff of both colleges along with community leaders and others who live and work throughout the colleges’ 13-county region. I thank the board of directors of both colleges for their choice of the name as well as their continued support through the entire merger process,” said Jackson.
In August, Jackson announced that Okefenokee Technical College President Glenn Deibert would be the president of the merged colleges.
Deibert said that he was glad that this was a relatively easy decision for the colleges’ boards. “A new name is among the first of many decisions that must be made so that the plans to merge the colleges can move forward. The State Board members are pleased with the name and the progress made so far after they approved the merger only two months ago. We can now move forward with next steps in the merger process,” said Deibert.
Altamaha Technical College Acting President Lonnie Roberts added, “I believe the board members feel the name is indicative of two big strengths in this region, the coast and the timber industry. Both are synonymous with Southeast Georgia.”
Altamaha Technical College currently serves Appling, Camden, Glynn, Jeff Davis, Long, McIntosh and Wayne counties, with the main campus in Jesup and additional campuses in Baxley, Brunswick, Hazlehurst and Kingsland.
Okefenokee Technical College serves Bacon, Brantley, Charlton, Clinch, Pierce and Ware counties, with the main campus in Waycross and another campus in Alma.
Together, the two colleges enrolled 4,170 students in credit classes last year.