March 20, 2014
Lowndes County, GA - Wiregrass Georgia Technical College was named the first Purple Heart Technical College in the United States. The Military Order of the Purple Heart recognized the college because of their work with veterans. Over 240 veterans are enrolled at Wiregrass Tech as well as 108 active military men and women. The State's Commander of the Order says he's proud to have this campus in Georgia.
"I'm a Vietnam Veteran myself and when we came home, we were not treated very well. And we know now that we have colleges like Wiregrass that are veteran friendly. They know that if they come here, and go to school, that they're going to be treated very well. They can find other veterans here that they can interact with. It just is wonderful to see this kind of support", says Doug Middleton.
Wiregrass Tech has also been named a military friendly school the last 4 years by Military Advanced Education Magazine.