House bill could change name of technical college system

[private]The Georgia House approved a bill Tuesday (HB 315) that would change the name of the state’s network of technical colleges, but the vote was far from unanimous.

House members voted 122-40 to pass HB 315 and send it over to the Senate, but several legislators questioned the need for the name change and the cost – an estimated $14 million – of implementing it.

The bill, which was proposed by Gov. Nathan Deal, would change the name of the Technical College System to the Georgia Career College System.

“I know it’s raised a few conversations over the past several weeks,” said Rep. Chad Nimmer (R-Blackshear), one of the governor’s floor leaders. “A lot of questions have been raised about the expense.”

A group of retired technical college presidents sent a letter to Deal saying the money spent on making the name change would be better used to provide classroom instruction for students. Deal is backing the name change as a marketing tool for the colleges.

The new name will enable state officials to “better market and brand our state for economic development and growth,” Nimmer said.

Rep. Amy Carter (R-Valdosta) said the name change “better aligns with what they (technical colleges) offer their students.”

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