Plans are progressing in the merger of Coosa Valley Technical College and Northwestern Technical College. The Technical College System of Georgia today approved Craig McDaniel, president of Coosa Valley Technical College, as the new president of the consolidated college, effective July 1, 2009.

Interim president of Northwestern Technical College Jeff King has been named provost for the merged school. The board has not made any decisions on the school’s name.

The merging of 14 technical colleges across Georgia is expected to save $3.5 million.