In Academic Year 2016, more than 2,000 WGTC graduates left our hallowed halls with a technical credential in their hands. They are nurses, welders, IT professionals, childcare providers, lab technicians, mechanics, drivers, firefighters, cosmetologists, and more. Our graduates are the backbone of the workforce throughout West Georgia and beyond. And it is the faculty and staff of West Georgia Tech who helped them cross that graduation threshold. They taught, mentored, advised, coached, and encouraged. And they funded. Employee giving provides direct support for student scholarships, Project CARE, Tuition Reimbursement, and Adult Education. At West Georgia Tech, the majority of our employees give, most through payroll deductions, providing direct support for our students and for our college. Our employees exemplify a spirit of giving, positive leadership, and a personal commitment to the West Georgia community.
In 2015, West Georgia Technical College increased its college-wide participation by a staggering 50 percent. A goal of 80 percent total participation rate has been set for the upcoming year.
The 2016 Employee Giving Campaign is called #Why I Give. Faculty and staff at West Georgia Tech are sharing with their peers their own inspiration for giving back to WGTC. The WGTC Institutional Advancement division has produced an internal public relations campaign that features WGTC colleagues and their testimonials, while encouraging others to join.
“I have always had a heart to help people. If I can plant a seed through giving to the Foundation, I know that it can help someone. It doesn’t have to be a whole lot but it’s something.” – Anita Williams, Director of Economic Development, Adamson Square
“For me to be fully invested in WGTC, it’s important to me to put my money where my mouth is. While I wasn’t a WGTC student, it’s important to me to support our students.” – Thomas Meunier, Enrollment Center Coordinator, Carroll Campus
“I give to the Foundation because I know my contribution directly effects the students and staff at WGTC. I see through the Project Care initiative and scholarship programs the profound impact made on the lives of families and students who are so grateful for the assistance. Seeing the funds used for the good of the whole, makes me proud to donate and be a part of an organization that chooses to help its own first. The Foundation changes lives one donation at a time, and because I’m a contributor to this cause, makes me feel like I’m making a difference!”- Julia Watson, Executive Assistant to the President, Adamson Square