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SCTC Holds Adult Education Graduation
SCTC Holds Adult Education Graduation

Southern Crescent Technical College honored 411 graduates at the 2014 Commencement Exercises for the Adult Education program.  There were 77 graduates that participated in the ceremony which was held at 7:00 pm at First Assembly of God Church in Griffin.  Receiving awards for Scholastic Achievement were Lindsay James and Carmen Trujillo-Guerrero.  These two individuals achieved the highest overall GED score for the year.  Luis Castro, President of MAXIMIZEBIZ and Speaker for the John Maxwell Team, delivered a powerful and motivating keynote address to the graduates, urging them to continue their path to success.

Southern Crescent Technical College provides testing services for the General Educational Development (GED ®) Test at two GED Testing Centers located in Griffin and Thomaston. The GED Test is a group of subject tests that certifies the successful test-taker has high school level academic skills. The credential is recognized by most educational and business organizations as the equivalent of a high school diploma.

In order to prepare individuals to pass the GED, the Adult Education Program has classes that are specifically designed for adults who have different needs, backgrounds, and skills. A flexible program has been designed which meets the needs of any individual wishing to participate. Programs are located at our two main campuses in Griffin and Thomaston, as well as Butts, Fayette, Henry, Jasper, Lamar, Pike, and Taylor counties.

For more information about the GED and Adult Education program, please call the Flint River Campus at 706-646-6121 or the Griffin Campus at 770-229-3176.

 

 

 


Mark Andrews Named to New Position at SCTC
Mark Andrews Named to New Position at SCTC
Mark Andrews, SCTC Executive Vice President

Thomaston native Mark Andrews has been appointed as Executive Vice President of Southern Crescent Technical College effective July 1st.  His primary office will be on the Flint River campus although he will regularly travel to all other SCTC locations.  His duties will include those of his former position, Vice President of Economic Development, in addition to assuming the role of coordinating the operations of the satellite centers.

Andrews said, “It is with great honor and gratitude that I accept this new responsibility.  I am excited about the opportunity to continue working with stakeholders in our service area to expand the mission of Southern Crescent Technical College.”

Andrews earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Georgia and a master’s degree in human resources management from Troy University.  Currently, he is a resident in the education leadership doctoral program at Valdosta State.  He has over twenty-five years of experience in human resource management prior joining Southern Crescent Technical College.

SCTC President Randall Peters stated, “With Mark’s strong background in economic development I am confident that he will continue to build business, educational and community partners for the College throughout our service area. I look forward to working with Mark in his new role.”

Mark and his wife Donna have two daughters, Eleta and Harriett.


SCTC Foundation Hosts Ninth Annual Red Carpet Gala
SCTC Foundation Hosts Ninth Annual Red Carpet Gala
Pictured L-R: Randy Howell, Foundation Trustee, Red Carpet Gala Emcee; Christina Phillips – Grand Prize Winner; Chris Piland – Foundation Trustee and Event Emcee; June Wood, Grand Prize Winner; Dr. Randall Peters, President, Southern Crescent Technical College

The Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation's ninth annual Red Carpet Gala, held on August 9, 2014, on the Griffin Campus, received well over 300 guests who enjoyed an evening of fine dining, music, and fundraising.  The guests eagerly demonstrated support for Southern Crescent Technical College through their lively participation in a reverse raffle and by generously bidding during both a silent and a live auction.  Early estimates indicate that proceeds from the event will be in excess $50,000 with that money going to support the needs of the College including student scholarships.  The evening culminated with June Wood and Christina Phillips splitting the $5000 grand prize in the reverse raffle and donating $1000 back to the Foundation.

Chris Piland, SCTC Foundation Trustee, enlivened the crowd as the event's emcee.  Fellow Foundation Trustee Randy Howell and The Party Time Band provided the evening's entertainment, playing a variety of musical selections which encouraged the guests to dance.

SCTC President Dr. Randall Peters expressed gratitude on behalf of the College and thanked those in attendance which were comprised of representatives from thirty-four area businesses as corporate sponsors and dozens of other faithful friends of the College.  Attendees had an opportunity to bid on approximately 250 silent and live auction items and in-kind services which were donated from nearly 200 individuals and businesses.  Silent auction items ranged from jewelry, vacation trips, handmade pieces, home décor items, artwork, autographed books, electronics, fine dining coupons, and an assortment of other items and services. 

During the event, a special presentation was made to the families of Dr. William R. King, Jr. and Rev. S.J. Westbury for donations made to the Foundation and naming opportunities for the College.  This presentation officially named the Surgical Technology Suite in the Medical Building the Dr. William R. King, Jr. Surgical Technology Suite and the conference room on the first floor of the Medical Building was officially named the Rev. S.J. Westbury Conference room.

The Red Carpet Gala was a phenomenal success, primarily due to the unwavering support of those who attended and those who so generously donated items for auction.   The Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation expressed its great appreciation when Emcee and Foundation Trustee Chris Piland stated, "The College deserves the very best we can offer in our support, and the communities have surely risen to the occasion with their attendance and their donations.  We are very thankful for their generosity."


Southern Crescent Technical College Police Department Named 2014 Agency of the Year
Southern Crescent Technical College Police Department Named 2014 Agency of the Year
Southern Crescent Technical College Chief of Police Ken Troisi

Approximately 500 people were in attendance as Southern Crescent Technical College Police Department was named Agency of the Year at the District Attorney’s 8th Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Banquet hosted by D.A. Scott Ballard.  This year’s event was held at Fayetteville First Baptist Church on May 15, 2014.

Each year, a law enforcement department within the circuit, which is comprised of Fayette, Spalding, Pike, and Upson counties, is selected as Agency of the Year.  The Southern Crescent Technical College Police Department was presented with the Plaque for Agency of the Year by D.A. Scott Ballard.  “This year, we recognize a small agency.  The population it serves is high-risk for drugs, theft, sexual assault and violence.  Despite its small budget, the chief has assembled an impressive array of talented officers who inspire confidence and maintain order – so much so that we seldom hear of illegal activity from his jurisdiction.  His officers interact often with the people they protect and can regularly be found teaching classes.”  Accepting the plaque was SCTC Chief of Police Ken Troisi.

Among the many awards and recognitions at the banquet were Officer of the Year, Service to Youth Award, Compassion for Victims Award, Teamwork Award, Community Service Award, Overcoming Adversity Award, Lifetime Achievement Award, Agency of the Year, and the Heart of a Hero Award.  Governor Nathan Deal sent his regards, “To tonight’s honorees, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your dedication to your profession, the great State of Georgia, and its citizens.”


Southern Crescent Technical College Recognized as a Purple Heart College
Southern Crescent Technical College Recognized as a Purple Heart College
Pictured L-R: Dr. Randall Peters, President, Southern Crescent Technical College; Mr. Doug Middleton, State Commander, Military Order of the Purple Heart, 1000 Chapter; Mr. Benson Bradley, Advisor, Student Veterans of America; Mr. Donald Greathouse, Advisor, Student Veterans of America; Mr. John Flener, Commander, Military Order of the Purple Heart, 1000 Chapter; Ms. Gail Daniel, Advisor, Student Veterans of America

The Southern Crescent Technical College community supporters joined veteran employees and students on Wednesday, June 9, 2014 for a luncheon to support the College as it was named a Military Order of the Purple Heart Distinction College. 

This designation is part of a planned effort to reach out to the military community and offer exceptional service to Veterans.  Dr. Randall Peters, President of Southern Crescent Technical College, stated, “I am determined to give the Veterans a better experience at Southern Crescent Technical College than anywhere else they can go.  We are in the process of opening a Veteran’s Center so they can receive individualized attention in their education, job search, VA benefits, and more and we are honored to receive this prestigious designation.”

The Griffin Marine Corps League Detachment 1196 presented the Colors to the group of over 125 attendees.  Following the presentation, Master Sergeant Earnest Childs, Jr. sang the National Anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by SCTC Veteran’s Club President Sergeant Sean Gilmore.  

Presenting the College with the Proclamation as a Military Order of the Purple Heart College was Corporal John Flener and Colonel Doug Middleton of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, 1000 Chapter.  State Commander Doug Middleton stated, “We thank Southern Crescent Technical College for its dedication and support in assisting America’s veterans.”

Also receiving recognition was Mr. Benson Bradley, Mr. Donald Greathouse, and Mrs. Gail Daniel for their role as advisor of the SCTC Veterans Club, Student Veterans of America.  All work hard to keep the College’s Veteran Students involved in the community and at the College.

For more information on the Veteran’s program, please contact 770.229.3095 or va@sctech.edu.


SCTC Foundation Receives $10,000 Grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation
SCTC Foundation Receives $10,000 Grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation

Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation, Inc. received a $10,000 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.  The grant will be used to implement an advocacy program to expand Adult Education enrollment and student success in Henry County.

Southern Crescent Technical College provides testing services for the General Educational Development (GED ®).  The GED Test is a group of four tests that certifies the successful test-taker has high school level academic skills.  The credential is recognized by most educational and business organizations as the equivalent of a high school diploma.

In order to prepare individuals to pass the GED, the Adult Education Program has classes that are specifically designed for adults who have different needs, backgrounds, and skills.  A flexible program has been designed which meets the needs of any individual wishing to participate. 

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards grants to organizations in communities served by Dollar General. The literacy grants support nonprofit organizations that provide literacy services such as adult basic education, GED preparation, English language acquisition or programs for youth who struggle with reading.  

The Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation promotes the cause of higher education at Southern Crescent Technical College by acquiring and administering cash, grants, and other funds and properties principally from industries, businesses, individuals, corporations, other organizations, associations or foundations, as well as from faculty, staff, alumni, and other friends of the College.  In addition, the Foundation assists students by providing scholarships and provides assistance to the College for the support and development of the College in its educational, cultural, social, civic, and professional endeavors and development.  The Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation is a non-profit corporation established under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education as part of the company’s mission of Serving Others for over 20 years.  Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $92 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than five million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education. For more information about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and its grant programs, visit www.dgliteracy.org.


Pike Adult Education Classes Are On the Move
Pike Adult Education Classes Are On the Move

Southern Crescent Technical College’s Adult Education classes will now be held at the Concord Baptist Church, 9670 Hwy 18, beginning July 10.  Classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, from 9am until noon.

Bro. Chris & Jenny Teasley from Concord Baptist Church sated, “It is our pleasure to partner with Southern Crescent Technical College to provide an opportunity for adults of all ages to get their GED, and we look forward to seeing this dream become a reality!”  

Adult Education classes are free to those in need of assistance with taking the GED tests or who are seeking to improve basic skills in reading, writing or math for the purpose of improving employability, self-improvement or to better assist children/grandchildren with schoolwork. 

Southern Crescent Technical College’s Adult Education program has multiple locations in Butts, Fayette, Henry, Jasper, Lamar, Pike, Spalding, Taylor and Upson counties.  We are proudly working to help each of our students to reach his/her goals! Please visit our website at www.sctech.edu for a complete list of our Adult Education locations.  We are also currently offering English as a second language classes in Fayette, Henry and Spalding counties. 

If you are interested in attending classes, please contact us at our main campus in Griffin at 770-229-3176 or email us at ctucker@sctech.edu

 


SCTC’s Georgia Film Institute Becomes Reality
SCTC’s Georgia Film Institute Becomes Reality

On June 4, 2014, the State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia approved the first five film and television technical certificates of credit created by Southern Crescent Technical College (SCTC) of Griffin. It is the system and state’s first for-credit curriculum aimed at training workers for Georgia’s growing film industry.  The Film & TV Production certificates include:  Accounting Assistant, Administrative Support Assistant, Hair & Make-up Technician, On-Set Production Assistant, and Production Scenic Technician.  Other certifications are currently being developed for grips, gaffers, electricians, on-set medics, food craft workers, and more.

Southern Crescent Technical College will open the Georgia Film Institute (GFI) this fall offering the initial five certificates with additional certificates available in upcoming semesters.  Scott Votaw, a former Hollywood producer and Griffin native, has been named the Executive Director of the GFI, effective July 1.  The college held its first recruiting event for the institute in April with over 80 prospective students attending.

Every student who receives a certificate will take two basic courses in film, FILM 1010 and 1020, as well as other courses in specific fields of study.  The basic courses teach skills of film and television production such as terminology and protocols of the industry.  In addition, the college plans to begin offering an associate of applied science degree in film and television production by Fall 2015.

The film industry has grown tremendously in the state over the past few years, due primarily to the Georgia Film Tax credits provided by legislation.  Film companies may receive up to 30% tax credit for every dollar spent on production and post-production in Georgia.  Tax credits can then be sold to other companies for a reduced rate of as much as 12% to use toward their Georgia state tax liability. 

Dr. Randall Peters, President of Southern Crescent Technical College stated, “We are thrilled to roll out the first certificates for the Georgia Film Institute and to see this project become a reality.  With the recent boom in film and television production in Georgia, we are excited to provide highly-skilled and properly-trained workers for this growing industry.  With the addition of several production studios to the state, including Fayetteville’s Pinewood Studios in our own back door, we expect the Georgia Film Institute to be an integral component for successful workforce development.”

 

About SCTC:  Southern Crescent Technical College is a public, accredited, two-year post-secondary college serving the workforce and community needs of the citizens of the South Atlanta region.  Currently offering over 100 programs in the areas of allied health, business, computers, technical/industrial and professional and personal services, Southern Crescent Technical College trains students in the latest technology through programs that are specifically designed to meet the needs of local business and industry.  From short certificate programs to diploma programs to associate degree credit programs, the College offers students the state-of-the-art training needed to make a swift transition into the workforce and help stimulate the economic growth and development of this community. In addition, Southern Crescent Technical College offers Adult Education/GED preparation courses and specifically designed industry training and continuing education courses to train today’s students for tomorrow’s workforce.

For more information, visit www.sctech.edu or call 770.228.7348.

 


FREE Adult Education Classes - Making a Difference
FREE Adult Education Classes - Making a Difference

How much does it cost to prepare for the GED exam?  How much does it cost to improve English as a Second Language Skills?  How much does it cost for an illiterate adult to learn to read? 

Not a penny.  Adult Education classes are free!

Southern Crescent Technical College’s Adult Education classes are currently offered in 19 locations across our nine-county service area. Citizens of Butts, Fayette, Henry, Jasper, Lamar, Pike, Spalding, Taylor and Upson counties:  if you or a friend or family member needs to improve upon skills so that you can pass the GED, go to college, better communicate to your family, friends or in your community or better assist your children with homework, let us help you!

For class locations or contact information, visit the Southern Crescent Technical College website at www.sctech.edu or call us at 770-229-3176. 

We also offer GED Testing.  The GED Test is not free; however, we do have a number of scholarship opportunities available for our enrolled students.  GED Testing is available in Griffin and Thomaston. 

Don’t let opportunities pass you by!  Improve necessary skills today---for free!


Holston Named Scholarship Recipient
Holston Named Scholarship Recipient
Ms. Melissa Holston and her nominating instructor, Mrs. Chelsea McGhee.

Melissa Holston of Thomaston has been named a 2014 recipient of the Shirley Carver Miller scholarship.  The purpose of the Shirley Carver Miller Scholarship is to reward GED graduates by providing a financial incentive to work toward continuing their education at one of Georgia’s technical colleges. Ms. Holston is a former student of the Southern Crescent Technical College Adult Education program in Upson County.  She was nominated for this scholarship by Upson READ, Upson County’s Certified Literate Community Commission, and her former SCTC Adult Education instructor, Mrs. Chelsea McGhee.  Ms. Holston received her GED in 2013 from Central Georgia Technical College and is currently pursuing a Practical Nursing Associate Degree at Southern Crescent Technical College. 

Upon notification of the award, Holston stated, “I am very thankful to all those who have helped and supported me in my endeavors. None of it would have been possible without your encouragement.”

 

                                             


Southern Crescent Technical College to be Recognized as a Purple Heart College
Southern Crescent Technical College to be Recognized as a Purple Heart College

Southern Crescent Technical College is making plans for a Veterans Celebration to be held on June 4, 2014 at 11:30 am in the Event Center on the Griffin Campus to honor students, faculty and community veterans and their service.  During this celebration, Southern Crescent Technical College will be recognized as a Purple Heart College for its efforts to support those who serve or have served the United States military.  Southern Crescent Technical College is only the second college in Georgia to be presented with this honor.

First instated by George Washington in 1872, the Purple Heart is the oldest military decoration and was the first American service award made available to the common soldier.  It is specifically awarded to any member of the United States Armed Services wounded or killed in combat with a declared enemy of the United States of America.  It is the mission of the Military Order of the Purple Heart to foster an environment of goodwill among combat wounded veteran members and their families, promote patriotism, support legislative initiatives, and serve as a reminder for the sacrifices of those who defend our freedom.  As a recipient of the distinction of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Southern Crescent Technical College pledges to do these things as well as support military veterans and provide an atmosphere for learning and awareness.

For more information, please contact 770.229.3095 or va@sctech.edu.


2014 Graduation - Cause for Celebration
2014 Graduation - Cause for Celebration
Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and SCTC President Dr. Randall Peters

Graduates were all smiles on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at Southern Crescent Technical College’s annual commencement ceremony held at First Assembly of God Church in Griffin. 

This year, nearly 700 students completed requirements for diplomas or degrees from Southern Crescent Technical College with 200 graduates choosing to participate in Thursday’s ceremony.  All students were recognized for their achievements with words of encouragement from President, Dr. Randall Peters and Crystal Busbin, SCTC Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership recipient. 

Georgia’s Lt. Governor Casey Cagle was the keynote speaker at the graduation ceremony.  He is a bold leader with conservative values, faithfully serving the state of Georgia in the Senate for twelve years until his ascension to the Office of Lieutenant Governor in 2006.  He delivered a heartfelt charge to graduates and congratulated them, challenging them to continue on their path of success.  He offered them words of support as they continue to achieve success in both their personal and professional life.  

The graduation ceremony was certainly a time for celebration as students were rewarded for both their achievements and sacrifices in their pursuit of educational goals and dreams.  The graduates have worked diligently for this great accomplishment and should be commended for their dedication to education.                        

 


TCSG State Board Approves Tuition Increase Starting in Fall 2014
TCSG State Board Approves Tuition Increase Starting in Fall 2014

Atlanta- The state board that oversees the Technical College System of Georgia has approved the system’s request for a tuition increase of $4 per credit hour starting with the upcoming fall semester.

The board voted unanimously to accept the increase during their monthly meeting at the TCSG’s Atlanta office on May 1.

When the increase goes into effect, students at the 24 TCSG colleges will pay $89 per credit hour in a standard program. The average tuition for a full, 15-hour course load in the fall will cost $1,335, plus books and fees.

TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson told the board members that the system has done all that it can to hold down enrollment costs but that operational expenses, including those for cutting-edge technology programs, keep rising.  “Georgia’s technical colleges still offer great value for the students that we serve, and our programs result in high job placement rates for our graduates.  TCSG tuition, even with the increase, remains relatively low compared to other states.  Still, we understand the concerns of that our students and their families may have regarding any additional cost. Our college presidents and their staff are committed to continuing to help their students obtain the financial help that they deserve, including some valuable new assistance from the state,” said Jackson. 

Last year, almost 82,000 of the 151,000 students who enrolled in the TCSG colleges were HOPE recipients, with the vast majority using the HOPE Grant. Even with the latest increase, students who qualify for the HOPE Grant will have about 73% of their tuition funded, leaving them responsible for paying only the smaller portion.  And thousands of TCSG students will benefit from three new types of tuition assistance that Georgia will add this year.

Starting in the fall, the new Zell Miller HOPE Grant will pay 100 percent of tuition for students who enroll in certificate and diploma programs and maintain a 3.5 grade point average or better. It is estimated that the Zell Miller Grant will benefit at least 16,000 TCSG students.

In addition, the state’s FY2015 budget will fund the expansion of Georgia’s Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant (SIWDG), meaning that TCSG students who enroll in any one of seven high-demand program areas – practical nursing, early childhood care and education, commercial truck driving, welding, healthcare technologies, diesel mechanic and information technology – can use the SIWDG as a supplement to their HOPE Grant.  Combined, the two grants will cover all of the cost of their tuition as well as some of their books and fees.  Over the next year, an estimated 12,000 TCSG students are expected to make good use of the SIWDG.

Also new this year, TCSG students who need additional financial assistance will be eligible to apply for a one percent loan through the Georgia Student Finance Commission.  Students who graduate with a 3.5 GPA or better will have their loan forgiven.

Many students can also reduce the cost of their TCSG education if they qualify for the federal Pell Grant, which is awarded based on their financial need. Last year, more than 91,000 TCSG students utilized the Pell Grant to help pay for their tuition, books and fees.


SCTC and Cisco Combine the Power of the Internet and Education at New Cisco Academy
SCTC and Cisco Combine the Power of the Internet and Education at New Cisco Academy

Helping Students Prepare for ICT Careers

 

Southern Crescent Technical College (SCTC) recently announced the launch of a networking skills training academy to be housed at the new SCTC Henry County Center in collaboration with Cisco, the worldwide leader in networking that transforms how people connect, communicate, and collaborate. The courses are delivered in partnership with Cisco Networking Academy, a global education program that helps students prepare for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) careers such as network security and administration, technical support, and healthcare IT; professional certifications; and higher education in engineering, computer science, and related fields.

The Cisco Academy at the Henry County Center will initially offer four courses in the Cisco Certified Networking Associates (CCNA) Cisco Specialist Program and three advance courses in the Cisco Certified Networking Professional (CCNP) certification track along with the Cisco Security Course. Cisco Voice over IP training will soon follow. These programs will be delivered through Cisco NetSpace, Networking Academy’s cloud-based learning and collaboration environment. The online course materials were developed by Cisco and a team of global educators and offer features such as network simulation exercises, labs, and assessments that provide remedial feedback to help reinforce important concepts. Certified instructors provide hands-on support in specially equipped labs to facilitate learning and track student progress.

Southern Crescent Technical College plans to partner with local businesses to identify internship and career opportunities for graduates. In addition to networking and ICT skills, the Networking Academy courses reinforce 21st century career skills such as problem-solving, communication, and teamwork.    

Cisco Networking Academy has equipped more than 4 million students in 165 countries with ICT and networking skills. To learn more, please visit www.netacad.com or www.sctech.edu

 

About Southern Crescent Cisco Academy

 

Southern Crescent Technical College in Griffin has been a Cisco Academy training center for 14 years with huge success.  CIS Instructor Steven White has been recognized by Cisco with an award of Instructor Excellence at the Expert level. Former students are working with Microsoft, Google, The Southern Company, Orange Business Services, Cox Communication, CBeyond, CompuCom, Overture Networks, State and Local Governments and AT&T just to name a few. Hundreds of students have started their careers with us and continued on to become the top leaders of the industry.  For more information on this program, please contact Steven White at 770-467-6041 or swhite@sctech.edu.

 


Two Local Students Receive Honors in Statewide Manufacturing Appreciation Design Contest
Two Local Students Receive Honors in Statewide Manufacturing Appreciation Design Contest
Pictured L-R: Larry Callahan, CEO, Pattillo Industrial Real Estate; Claire Adams, MAW Art Contest Winner; Danielle Sands, MAW Art Contest Winner; Pedro Cherry, Vice President, Community and Economic Development, Georgia Power

Claire Adams, a fifth grader at Pike County Elementary School and Danielle Sands, an eighth grader at Pike County Middle School were recently honored in Atlanta for their artwork supporting Georgia’s manufacturing industry.

Adams received third place honors and Sands received second place honors in their respective divisions of the 2014 Manufacturing Appreciation Week (MAW) student design contest. They were each presented with certificates and scholarship checks at the MAW Governor’s Awards Luncheon held at the Georgia International Convention Center on April 17, 2014. 

 

“These students are our best and brightest, and our future in manufacturing depends on them,” said Larry Callahan, CEO of Patillo Industrial Real Estate, as the awards were presented.

 

Students from around the state submitted design entries featuring Georgia manufacturers and their products. Winners were named for grades 9-12, 6-8, and K-5.

During the ceremonies, Gov. Deal named Georgia’s 2014 Manufacturers of the Year: Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation in Savannah and Brunswick in the large manufacturer category (more than 500 employees); Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas in Monroe in the medium manufacturer category (150-500 employees); and Tucker’s ddFoodSolutions in the small manufacturer category (fewer than 150 employees).

Co-hosted by the Technical College System of Georgia and the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the awards luncheon is the highlight of MAW, celebrated this year April 14-18. This is the 20th year celebrating Manufacturing Appreciation Week in Georgia.     


SCTC Students Win Big at State Competition
SCTC Students Win Big at State Competition

Members of the SkillsUSA organization at Southern Crescent Technical College returned from their annual state competition with nine medals, including two gold.

The Georgia SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Conference (SLSC) was held on March 13-14 in Atlanta at the Georgia International Convention Center, and STC sent 16 students to the event.

The Georgia SLSC offers SkillsUSA members the chance to compete in nearly 90 competitions, most of which are based on national standards and send the gold medal winner on to national competition.

SCTC students participated in nine contests and placed in six, resulting in 12 of the school’s 16 attending students receiving medals.

Winners included:

GOLD: Vladimyr Hilaire – Medical Terminology; Chris Creel - Plumbing

SILVER: Lisa Smith – Commercial Baking; Cale Stich – Plumbing; Kimberly Garlin – Customer Service; Tyler Jacob - Internetworking

BRONZE: Michael Payne – Plumbing; Cassandra Welch – Cosmetology; Alexander Cain – Extemporaneous Speaking

Students receiving a gold medal will represent Georgia at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Missouri in June.

 


Elizabeth Hitchcock named Southern Crescent Technical College’s EAGLE winner
Elizabeth Hitchcock named Southern Crescent Technical College’s EAGLE winner
L-R: Melissa Gordon, Vice President for Adult Education; Carol Tucker, Nominating Instructor for Spalding County, Elizabeth Hitchcock, Southern Crescent Technical College EAGLE winner and SCTC President Dr. Randall Peters.

Melissa Gordon, Vice President for Adult Education, recently announced that Elizabeth Hitchcock recently represented Southern Crescent Technical College’s Adult Education Program at the EAGLE (Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education) Leadership Institute in Atlanta.  The Leadership Institute recognizes and honors those students who have demonstrated superior achievement in adult education classes and programs.

Adult Education teachers from each College nominated students for selection at the local program level to participate in the EAGLE Program at the State level.  From these students, one student (called an EAGLE delegate), was selected to represent the local program at the State Leadership Institute. At the Institute, twenty-seven delegates participated in a comprehensive program of professional development sessions focusing on increased leadership, communication and life management skills.  The delegates also enjoyed a trip to the Georgia Aquarium.

Ms. Hitchcock was chosen from the winners of the local EAGLE competition for Southern Crescent Technical College Adult Education’s Service Delivery Area (SDA) which consists of the following nine counties: Butts, Henry, Jasper, Lamar, Fayette, Pike, Spalding, Taylor and Upson.  Of the nine county SDA, three locations were represented in the EAGLE competition.  Participants were judged on a speech and interview session by judges: Barbara Jo Cook, Xenia Johns, Brent Mayes and Dr. Dawn Hodges.  The following are local EAGLE winner names and nominating instructors for the three counties that were represented in the SDA competition:  Rebecca Kirby, nominated by Erin Dickey from Butts County; Elizabeth Hitchcock, nominated by Carol Tucker from Spalding County; and Tiffany Kate Smith, nominated by Chelsea McGhee from Upson County.

EAGLE is the first statewide program in the nation that recognizes and rewards excellence among students enrolled in adult education programs.  This student recognition program is designed to create greater awareness of educational opportunities that are available in local communities across the state and to foster greater involvement in lifelong learning pursuits.

The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) through its Office of Adult Education (OAE) sponsors the annual Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE) Leadership Institute.


SCTC Foundation Hosts Annual Gala
SCTC Foundation Hosts Annual Gala
Pictured L-R: Dr. Randall Peters, President, Southern Crescent Technical College; Raffle Winner Laurie Holmes; Jeff Stribling, Chair, SCTC Foundation; Raffle Winner Ed Braun; Steve Daniel, Provost, Southern Crescent Technical College

The Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation's annual Foundation Gala, held on March 22, 2014 in Building E on the Flint River Campus, received nearly 200 guests who enjoyed an evening of fine dining, music, and fundraising.  The guests eagerly demonstrated support for Southern Crescent Technical College through their lively participation in a reverse raffle and by generously bidding during both a silent and a live auction.  Early estimates indicate that proceeds from the event will total just over $19,000 with that money going to support the needs of the College that are unmet by state funding.  The evening events culminated with Laurie Holmes from Colony Bank and Ed Braun from Columbus’ KIA AutoSport splitting the $5000 grand prize in the reverse raffle with $1000 being donated back to the Foundation.  In the true spirit of philanthropy, Ed Braun donated his portion of the winnings back to the Foundation to be used to support the College.

Jeff Manley, SCTC Foundation Trustee, enlivened the crowd as the event's emcee.  Fellow Foundation Trustee Randy Howell and The Party Time Band provided the evening's entertainment, playing a variety of musical selections which encouraged the guests to dance.

SCTC President Dr. Randall Peters expressed gratitude on behalf of the College and thanked those in attendance which were comprised of representatives from twenty area businesses as corporate sponsors and many other faithful friends of the College.  Attendees had an opportunity to bid on over 100 silent and live auction items and in-kind services which were donated from local individuals and businesses.  Silent auction items ranged from jewelry, vacation trips, handmade pieces, home décor items, artwork, autographed books, electronics, fine dining coupons, and an assortment of other items and services. 

The Foundation Gala was a phenomenal success, primarily due to the unwavering support of those who attended and those who so generously donated items for auction.   The Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation expressed its great appreciation when Chair Jeff Stribling stated, "The College deserves the very best we can offer in our support, and the communities have surely risen to the occasion with their attendance and their donations.  We are very thankful for their generosity."

 


Spending Associated with Southern Crescent Technical College has Nearly $72 Million Impact on Region
Spending Associated with Southern Crescent Technical College has Nearly $72 Million Impact on Region

UGA economist: technical college are ‘an enduring pillar’ of state’s regional economy

How much does the area served by Southern Crescent Technical College benefit economically from spending that is either directly or indirectly related to the college?

According to Dr. Jeffrey M. Humphreys, director of the Selig Center for Economic Growth at the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business, it adds up to $71,997,872.

The economic impact has just been released in a new report from Dr. Humphreys that details his analysis of the system’s economic data for the 2012 fiscal year.

His study also found that the technical colleges’ spending results in close to 15,000 public and private sector jobs. Humphreys reported that for each job created on a TCSG college campus, one off-campus job exists because of college-related expenditures.  One in every 264 nonfarm jobs in Georgia, he said, occurs because of spending associated with a TCSG college.

"The fundamental finding is that each of the TCSG colleges, including Southern Crescent Technical College, creates substantial economic impacts in terms of output, value added, labor income, and employment. These economic impacts demonstrate that continued emphasis on technical colleges as an enduring pillar of the regional economy translates into jobs, higher incomes, and greater production of goods and services for local households and businesses,” said Humphreys.

The TCSG commissioned Humphreys to calculate the importance that spending connected to the state’s technical colleges has for their service delivery areas, which range in size from two to eleven counties. Southern Crescent Technical College serves Butts, Fayette, Henry, Jasper, Lamar, Pike, Spalding, Taylor, and Upson counties.  Several categories of college expenditures were reviewed for the study, including personnel salaries and fringe benefits, college operations, capital construction projects, and student spending, to name a few.

The result, put in the context of the taxpayer investment, indicated that the $13,378,912 state appropriation for Southern Crescent Technical College in 2012 supported the enrollment of 10,597 students, generated $71,997,872 in local spending, and helped to sustain almost 881 college-related jobs.

 “As you can see from this study, Southern Crescent Technical College has a significant and lasting impact on the communities we serve.  Not only are we providing the trained workforce needed to sustain business and industry in our local service area, but the mere existence of the college in the community is an economic stimulus,” stated, Southern Crescent Technical College President Dr. Randall Peters.

Statewide, the $315 million state appropriation for the TCSG in 2012 helped to train almost 153,000 technical college students, contributed to $1.2 billion in direct and indirect spending in communities throughout Georgia, and was a factor in almost 15,000 public and private sector jobs.

“The spending factor alone is a sizable return on the   state’s investment in the TCSG, and it would be significantly higher if we   were to add the economic value that our graduates create once they leave   college and meet employers’ needs for a skilled workforce,” said Ron Jackson,   commissioner of the TCSG.

The study did not attempt to measure the value in terms   of the increased earnings of TCSG graduates or the colleges’ role in helping   the state to attract and retain companies with high-skill, good-paying   jobs.  Nor did it calculate the impact of the TCSG’s Quick Start   program, a state economic development incentive that provides customized   training free of charge to new and expanding businesses.

The full report, The Economic Impact of Technical   College System of Georgia Institutions on their Service Delivery Area   Economies in FY 2012, is available online at https://tcsg.edu/download/TCSG_Impact_2012_Economic_Activity_1.2014.pdf

The following is a list of the 24 TCSG colleges and   their economic and employment impact on their service delivery areas in   2012.  For a map of the colleges’ service delivery areas go to https://tcsg.edu/tech_map.php

 

About SCTC:  Southern Crescent Technical College is a public, accredited, two-year post-secondary college serving the workforce and community needs of the citizens of the South Atlanta region including Butts, Fayette, Henry, Jasper, Lamar, Pike, Spalding, Upson, and Taylor counties.  Currently offering over 100 programs in the areas of allied health, business, computers, technical/industrial and professional and personal services, Southern Crescent Technical College trains students in the latest technology through programs that are specifically designed to meet the needs of local business and industry.  From short certificate programs to diploma programs to associate degree credit programs, the College offers students the state-of-the-art training needed to make a swift transition into the workforce and help stimulate the economic growth and development of this community. In addition, Southern Crescent Technical College offers Adult Education/GED preparation courses and specifically designed industry training and continuing education courses to train today’s students for tomorrow’s workforce.

About the TCSG: The 24 colleges of the Technical College System of Georgia offer affordable education and excellent training in more than 600 certificate, diploma and two-year associate degree programs. Students of all ages take advantage of low tuition, outstanding instructors, hands-on learning and state-of-the-art equipment to gain the skills needed for today’s in-demand jobs. In 2013, the TCSG colleges delivered 2.4 million credit hours of instruction to more than 151,000 students. The TCSG is online, too, serving 72,000 students through the system’s Georgia Virtual Technical Connection.

TCSG students enjoy the benefits of Georgia’s HOPE grant and scholarship and the federal Pell grant which can pay for a significant portion of a TCSG education.

The TCSG Office of Adult Education delivered programs to 71,000 adult learners in 2013, including GED preparation and testing services that enabled almost 16,000 men and women to earn their GED credential.

The TCSG Quick Start program provided customized workforce training to almost 58,000 employees of new and expanding companies in Georgia.

For more information about the TCSG and links to the 24 TCSG colleges, go to www.tcsg.edu

 


SCTC Students Shine at PBL Competition
SCTC Students Shine at PBL Competition

Congratulations to Southern Crescent Technical College students for their efforts and representation at the recent Phi Beta Lambda Regional Competition held February 21, 2014 at Central Georgia Technical College.  Winners included: 

Katherine Brown - 1st place, Justice Administration; 2nd place, Retail Management                                               

Crystal Fallin - 2nd place, Job Interview; 4th place, Word Processing 

Kimberly Garlin - 4th place, Hospitality Management; 4th place, Management Concepts 

Nancy Hill - 2nd place, Justice Administration; 3rd place, Word Processing

Tyler Jacob - 1st place, Networking Concepts; 1st place, Network Design 

Khadijah Mohammed - 1st place, Information Management; 5th place, Computer Concepts 

Parisha Searcy - 3rd place, Help Desk 

Crystal Fallin/Sherry Caldwell - 3rd Battle of the Chapters Event

These students will compete again in Atlanta in April to determine eligibility for the National Leadership Conference, which will be held in Nashville in June.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association with a quarter million students preparing for careers in business and business-related fields. Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) is for postsecondary students and Professional Division for business people, FBLA-PBL alumni, educators, and parents who support the goals of the association.


Instructor Receives Rick Perkins Award
Instructor Receives Rick Perkins Award
Kelly Batchelder, 2014 RPA Winner

Kelly Batchelder, an English Instructor at Southern Crescent Technical College, recently received the 2014 Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Education.  The Rick Perkins Award is the equivalent to being named Teacher of the Year at Southern Crescent Technical College.

Batchelder stated that she “was extremely honored to be named the Rick Perkins winner, although she shares this honor with all of the dedicated instructors at the College.”

Batchelder was nominated for the Rick Perkins Award by her fellow instructors at Southern Crescent Technical College.  Dr. Randall Peters, President of Southern Crescent Technical College, stated, “Kelly has been recognized as Southern Crescent Technical College’s Rick Perkins winner because of her conscientiousness and genuine commitment as an instructor.  I have witnessed her dedication to student learning, high professional standards, and cooperative spirit.  Her teaching methods and techniques are innovative and she encourages her students to achieve at their highest level. Kelly is an excellent representation of the quality faculty and staff at Southern Crescent Technical College.”

Batchelder and other nominees were judged by a group of outside individuals. After winning the school title, Batchelder will represent Southern Crescent Technical College as an ambassador for technical education and will compete on the consortium and state level.  The state Rick Perkins winner will be announced in April.


SCTC Announces Fall Semester President’s List
SCTC Announces Fall Semester President’s List

Dr. Randall Peters, President of Southern Crescent Technical College, is pleased to announce the Fall Semester 2013 President’s List. In order to obtain this distinction, a student must be enrolled full time and maintain a perfect grade point average of 4.0. The following students are included on this list:

Butts County

Destinie Clements

Joshua Cox

Herman Evans

Cassandra Goodrum

Candessa Goolsby

Shirley Harwell

Stephen Hill

Kody Hood

Christa Johnson

Winfred Johnson

Olivia Keel

Rebecca Kirby

Kimberly Mccarty

Ricardo Perez

Jacob Waits

Darnell Walker

 

Clayton County

Adeyemi Adeoye

Paul Almeda

Donita Benson

Latasha Burwell

Alfredo Calvillo-Baraja

Caitlyn Card

Jacquelyn Carter

Bertin Cayo

Bobby Clark

Lakeshia Cowins

Krystal Dopson

Anthony Gladden

Jacob Gregory

Datoria Henderson

Patricia Hernandez

Kristina Hutto

Andres Icaza

Tara Jean

Justin Jones

Thorin Knuerr

Thomas Lawhorn

Todd Magee

Andrew Magness

Sonya Mallory

Shakira McCloud

Robert McSwain

Latisha Mitchell

Jill Mixon

Gabriel Nwagwu

Laverne Shaw

Shannon Smith

Stephen Smith

Xavier Smith

Taylor Storey

Juwanna Tripp

Marco Vivaldo

 

Coweta County

Sabrina Brossoit

Jennifer Burch

Michael Cohernour

Robert Gentry

Donald Ingels

Angela M. Moore

Michael Newman

Christy Smith

Kelly Smith

Kenneth Street

Russell Street

Ryan Wakeman

 

Fayette County

Cassidy Bigham

Jill Cosby

Brian Davis

Heather Davis

Sandra Hornsby

Brittany Jones

Ashley Kuhn

Jeanne Lewis

Christy Meehan

Darren L. Merrill

Tiffany Minter

Luis Montanez

Chris Morgan

Jennifer North

Francis Richbourg

Rachel Roberson

Chasity Robinette

Erica Smith

Heather Smith

Elise Stinson

Damian Tanvier

Taniyah Tucker

 

Fulton County

Reginald Culpepper

Brittney Little

Therick Mosely

Cordarius Weaver

Robert  Wright

 

Gwinnett

Jessica Wong

 

Hart County

Nicholas Pfrogner

 

Henry County

Rhonda Abrams

Clinton  Acree

Jennifer Ballance

Ami Barker

Troy Bennett

Sharon Besse

Derrick  Bishop

Ariel Blackburn

Monica Blevins

Keisha S. Brown

Travis Capps

Jacquelyn Carrier

Lakin Caulder

Harrison Churchman

Jeremy Coleman

Larry Coleman

Tyler Coleman

Oshane Colquehoun

Joshua Crook

Gary Culpepper

Dori Dean

Jonathan Demarco

Alishia Dorsett

Shakilya Dorsey

Danielle Douglas

Lyneisha Fletcher

Crystal Folds

Teresa Ghant

Nicole Gomez

Larry Gronau

Adriane Hart

Stephanie Hatmaker

Jade Hernandez

Vladimyr Hilaire

Nam Hoang

Estella Hornes

Ashley Hutton

Duane Jennings

Melton Johnson

Robert Jones

Jennifer Jordan

Kristen Kimberl

Shayna Lake

Jessica Lewis

Nichole Maness

Amanda McCart

Charles McCrary

Amitabh Pandey

Janelle Parchment

Jalpa Patel

Jody Pelt

Tammy Perry

Jacob Raines

Kimberly Reese

Allison Rice

Angela Richardson

Celeste Richardson

Ashley Riggins

Randy Robinson

Aldo Roque

Carolyn Scarano

Krystle Senft

Benjamin Smith

Bradley Sobik

Tina Swartz

Russell Thomas

Amy Turner

Seth Upchurch

Joshua Varnadoe

Maria Varnadoe

Brittany Warr

Tracy Watts

Melissa Wheatley

Courtney White

Emir Williams

Christy Winton

 

Jasper County

Adam Kimball

Cooper Sanvidge

 

Lamar County

Larry Barnes

John Carter

Melissa Dingler

Rachel Dingler

Rodney Dingler

Jackie Driskell

Ashley Eubanks

Rachel Garmon

Kristin Kinnard

Larry Lewis

Phillip Manderson

Cameron Mitchell

Shinica Murphy

Phillip Norman

Lisa Pippin

Amanda Prince

Susin Reynolds

Michael Sherred

Anthony Stevens

Montressa Wilkerson

Tracy Zellner

 

Meriwether County

Orlona Clemons

Lindsey Crooks

Keiosha Godfrey

Natalie Mattocks

Daniel Peterson

Kimberly Smith

Andrew Spier

 

Monroe County

Zachary Etheridge

Reginald Wiggins

 

Newton County

Charles Chafin

Audrey Cleary

Kimani Heath

Bethany N. Sewell

 

Pierce County

Elaina Richards

 

Pike County

Brian Banks

Angela Burdette

Tim Burgess

Whitney Cook

Rodricus Corbin

James Cruce

Carl Davis

Barry Fulton

Jennifer Harper

Bri Isenhour

Carol Kierstein

Shonda Knight

Kane Marlow

Anna Monroe

Brian Nickels

Caliente Rouseau

Ketisha Rouseau

April Salter

Debra Smith

Jennifer Stephens

Lisa Sudduth

Mark Whatley

Brad Whitfield

 

Spalding County

Adjo Agbovi

Jalisha Bowden

Johnathan Bryant

Khadijah Burden

Rhonda Burkhalter

Crystal Busbin

Tammy Carter

Sullivan Chainey IV

Joel Chaney

Amanda Cook

James Cooper

Darlene Dean

Matthew Doran

Robin Eagle

Miriam Eberhart

Kristi Gibson

Howard Harris

Helen Hicks

Steven Hurley

Grant Jackson

Frances Jimmerson

Waynesa Joiner

Kristie Jordan

Erin Kelley

Courtney Lee

Angela Marchant

Katie Mast

Francie Moore

Brittany Mullins

John Norrod

Donna Osborne

William Quinn

Callum Reid

Bryan Smith

Lisa Smith

Richard Todd

Faith Toenniges

Lewis Voyles

Sheila Walker

Jennifer Waltz

Lauren White

 

Taylor County

Jessica Wainwright

 

Upson County

Jessica Bailey

Kyle Brown

Anthony Buckman

Michael Clay

Cymberlee Cleveland

Philip Coppersmith

Gary Corley

Hailey Craft

Chad Gilbert

Gail Heelan

Tonja McAfee

Amanda Muse

Johnathon Nobles

Sara Perry

Jennifer Reid

Kayla Richards

Brenda Rios

Randy Robinson

Heather Rush

Ti'Keya Searcy

Alisha Simpson

Candy Smith

George Snipes

Cody Sollenberger

James Ward

Mazie Weaver

Deiondra Wilkins

Sheena Wilson

Jeremy Wright


Busbin Chosen as SCTC GOAL Winner
Busbin Chosen as SCTC GOAL Winner
Pictured L-R: Dr. Jasper Foust, GOAL Coordinator; Debbie Dawson, Nominating Instructor; Crystal Busbin, 2014 GOAL Winner; Dr. Randall Peters – President, Southern Crescent Technical College

Crystal Busbin, a Radiologic Technology student at Southern Crescent Technical College, was named local winner of the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) program at a luncheon held January 21, 2014 and hosted by the Griffin Exchange Club.

After an extensive interview process, Busbin was chosen from 44 candidates as Southern Crescent Technical College’s nominee for the title of state GOAL winner. Busbin was chosen over three other nominees by a judging panel from the Griffin-Spalding Chamber of Commerce.  She will now proceed to regional preliminary judging.  Thomas will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Atlanta in late April where, for two-days, she will compete with GOAL finalists from the other state technical college campuses.  A panel of leaders from the business, industry and government sectors will interview them and choose one to be the state’s 2014 GOAL winner and the recipient of the GOAL medallion. 

Bonnie Pfrogner, representing the Griffin-Spalding Chamber of Commerce and the Griffin Area Employer Committee stated, “With four excellent candidates, choosing a winner was very difficult.  The Chamber was proud to assist in this process and to have the opportunity to select the school winner to represent Southern Crescent Technical College and this community.”

Dr. Randall Peters, President of Southern Crescent Technical College, stated, “The purpose of the GOAL program is to spotlight the importance of technical education in today’s world and to recognize outstanding achievement by students in Georgia’s technical colleges.  Crystal is a fine example of the excellent leadership of our student population and I know she will go on to represent Southern Crescent Technical College well.”

To be considered for the GOAL title, a student must be nominated by their instructor.  All candidates were judged on a speech and interview on the value of technical education and the winner was chosen based on grades, character, attitude, leadership, attendance, personal goals, and enthusiasm.

David Dunson, President of the Griffin Exchange Club, presented the winner and final four with a monetary gift for their achievement.  Dunson remarked, “It has been a pleasure for the Griffin Exchange Club to host the local GOAL program for the past 40+ years and it gives us great pride to see the impact that Southern Crescent Technical College and these students make on our community.”

Griffin Area Employer Committee and presented Crystal with a monetary donation to assist with her expenses as she prepares for the state competition.

In her speech, Busbin emphasized the importance of technical education and the opportunities it has offered her in her life. She stated that technical education has been her path toward dreams coming true for herself and her family and encouraged others to allow technical education to assist in fulfilling their dreams.

Busbin’s nominating instructor, Debbie Dawson stated, “I am so very proud of Crystal.  She is a wonderful ambassador for Southern Crescent Technical College and promotes technical education to everyone she meets.  She relates well to all students at the College and will carry the spirit of the entire student body with her as she competes at the state level.”

The GOAL program is sponsored by the Technical College System of Georgia and is the first statewide program in the nation that recognizes and rewards excellence among students enrolled in the technical colleges.

In addition to Crystal Busbin, three other students were recognized at the luncheon for their outstanding achievement, character and leadership.  They are: Katie Mast – Culinary Arts, Eula M. Redding – Early Childhood Education, and Christy Smith – Radiologic Technology.


Elizabeth Hitchcock named Southern Crescent Technical College EAGLE winner
Elizabeth Hitchcock named Southern Crescent Technical College EAGLE winner
L-R: Melissa Gordon, SCTC Vice President for Adult Education; Carol Tucker, Nominating Instructor for Spalding County; Elizabeth Hitchcock, Southern Crescent Technical College EAGLE winner and SCTC President Dr. Randall Peters.

Melissa Gordon, Vice President for Adult Education, recently announced that Elizabeth Hitchcock has been chosen to represent Southern Crescent Technical College’s Adult Education Program at the EAGLE (Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education) Leadership Institute in Atlanta.  The Leadership Institute recognizes and honors those students who have demonstrated superior achievement in adult education classes and programs. 

Ms. Hitchcock was chosen from the winners of the local EAGLE competition for Southern Crescent Technical College Adult Education’s Service Delivery Area (SDA) which consists of the following nine counties: Butts, Henry, Jasper, Lamar, Fayette, Pike, Spalding, Taylor and Upson.  Participants were judged on a speech and interview session by judges Barbara Jo Cook, Xenia Johns, Brent Mayes and Dr. Dawn Hodges.  Also nominated were:  Rebecca Kirby, nominated by Erin Dickey from Butts County and Tiffany Kate Smith, nominated by Chelsea McGhee from Upson County.

 

EAGLE is the first statewide program in the nation that recognizes and rewards excellence among students enrolled in adult education programs.  This student recognition program is designed to create greater awareness of educational opportunities that are available in local communities across the state and to foster greater involvement in lifelong learning pursuits.

The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) through its Office of Adult Education (OAE) sponsors the annual Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE) Leadership Institute.


Southern Crescent Technical College Announces GOAL Final Four
Southern Crescent Technical College Announces GOAL Final Four
Pictured L to R: Dr. Randall L. Peters, SCTC President, Eula M. Redding, Crystal Busbin, Christy Smith, and Katie Mast

Four students from Southern Crescent Technical College have been selected as local finalists for the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL), according to Dr. Jasper Foust, coordinator for the local GOAL program.  These students were announced Tuesday afternoon, December 3, 2013, at a GOAL Recognition Reception held during the Thomaston – Upson County Rotary Club Meeting in Thomaston, Georgia.

Chosen as finalists are:  Crystal Busbin – Radiologic Technology, Katie Mast – Culinary Arts, Eula M. Redding – Early Childhood Education, and Christy Smith – Radiologic Technology. 

The Technical College System of Georgia sponsors the GOAL program statewide.  Locally, GOAL is sponsored by the Griffin-Spalding Chamber of Commerce, the Griffin Exchange Club, the Griffin Area Employer Committee and the SCTC Student Government Association and coordinated by officials from Southern Crescent Technical College.

“The GOAL program,” said Foust, “seeks to spotlight the importance of technical education in today’s world and to recognize outstanding achievement by students in our state’s technical colleges.”

According to Foust, the Screening Committee of administrators at Southern Crescent Technical College selected the four finalists from 44 students who were nominated for this recognition by their instructors.  Prior to being named as a finalist, these students completed an extensive interview process to prepare them for the state competition to be held in April.

“A Selection Committee of individuals from outside the school will now interview and evaluate these four students, “ explained Foust “and the one judged most outstanding will compete with representatives from Georgia’s other technical colleges for the 2014 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership medallion.”

The student, who is selected as the State GOAL Winner by demonstrating excellence in leadership, will receive the grand prize of a new automobile. 


SkillsUSA Hosts Annual Food Drive
SkillsUSA Hosts Annual Food Drive
Mike Howard, SkillsUSA Advisor prepares to deliver the collected food.

Southern Crescent Technical College SkillsUSA student organization recently wrapped up the 19th Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive where a total of 2110.5 pounds of food was collected by the College to be distributed to needy families in local communities.   The collected food was delivered to the First Baptist Church Food Pantry in Griffin, The House of Care in Thomaston, and the Salvation Army in Jackson.


SCTC Raises Funds for Griffin-Spalding United Way
SCTC Raises Funds for Griffin-Spalding United Way
Chili Cook Off Winners: People’s Choice Winners – SCTC IE Division, Pictured (L-R): Bethany Trice, Thomas Harris, Paul Scott, Brent Mayes; Judge’s Choice Winner, Gary Kennedy

Faculty, staff and students recently gathered together for a friendly competition for a good cause.  Southern Crescent Technical College (SCTC) hosted a Chili Cook-Off  on Tuesday, November 20, 2013 on the Griffin Campus with proceeds benefitting the Griffin Spalding United Way.  

Mark Andrews, Vice President for Economic Development at SCTC coordinated the event and stated, “Our goal was to raise $1000 for this event and we were able to slightly surpass this by collecting $1036.00.  It was a fun event and any day that we were able to bring our College community together to help others, is a good day in my book!”

 Twenty-three teams competed and tickets were sold at $5.00 each which entitled the patrons to 5 samples or 2 bowls of chili. Competition included a Judges’ Award, won by Gary and Linda Kennedy (of the Advancement Division) and a Peoples’ Choice Award, won by the SCTC Institutional Effectiveness Division.

William Pickett, SCTC Carpentry Instructor built trophies for each award and monogrammed aprons were also given to the winners.  Music was provided by Bridgewater Bluegrass Band of which SCTC Officer Mike Duck is a member.


Georgia TCFA Announces the late Otis D. Blake, Jr. as Volunteer of the Year
Georgia TCFA Announces the late Otis D. Blake, Jr. as Volunteer of the Year
Pictured L-R: Dr. Randall Peters, President, Southern Crescent Technical College; Ron Jackson, Commissioner, Technical College System of Georgia; Mrs. Nancy Blake; Louise Blake York; Otis Blake, III; Barbara Jo Cook, VP for Advancement, Southern Crescent Technical College accept the 2013 TCFA Volunteer of the Year Award on behalf of Otis D. Blake, Jr.

The Technical College Foundation Association of Georgia (TCFA) recently honored the late Otis D. Blake, Jr. as 2013 Volunteer of the Year. Mr. Blake’s family was in attendance to accept the award as he was recognized and remembered during the association’s annual awards dinner, held at the Hyatt Regency in Savannah on November 5, 2013. 

This year’s awards recognized three Georgians for their generous contributions of time, talent and monetary support that they have given to their Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) college.  

“As a group, the members of the foundation boards at Georgia’s 24 technical colleges embody the very best ideals of philanthropy, leadership and volunteerism through their dedicated service to their local colleges,” said TCFA President Bob Hutchison. “Each year, we ask our foundations to help us honor those special people among us who quietly go about their work but deserve to be recognized for their contributions to their colleges and what they’ve done to improve the education and lives of students.” 

This year, the TCFA membership chose to recognize two individuals as their 2013 Volunteers of the Year.  In addition to Mr. Blake, Gary Johnson, a Statesboro banker who was nominated by his fellow members on the Ogeechee Technical College Foundation, also received the award. The late Otis D. Blake, Jr. was nominated by the Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation.    

The recipient of the TCFA 2013 Benefactor of the Year award was Harold Mays, a retired Augusta businessman, who was nominated by the Augusta Technical College Foundation.  

“We’re grateful to these outstanding friends and their families who care very strongly about technical education and contribute so much of their time, money and effort to their TCSG college.  Their work has made a huge difference in the lives and careers of so many students,” said TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson.  

Each of the winners received a commemorative Fräbel glass sculpture, the “Flame of Excellence.”

TCFA 2013 Volunteer of the Year

The late Otis D. Blake, Jr. 

Otis D. Blake, Jr., consistently provided remarkable volunteer service to Southern Crescent Technical College (SCTC) through his involvement, generous gifts, and dedicated service on the college foundation’s Board of Trustees.   

The college lost a remarkable and much-loved friend on August 4, 2013, when he died after sustaining injuries in a fall.  

Blake was a charter member of the Griffin Technical College (GTC) Foundation and served as its chairman. His strong, quiet leadership helped to bring two colleges and their foundations together during the merger of Flint River Technical College and Griffin Technical College, which together became SCTC.  

As a member of both the GTC and SCTC foundations, he attended many events, college groundbreakings, ribbon cuttings and graduations.  He was also a strong supporter of adult education and was on the front row for many GED graduations.  

Blake pushed hard for the college being included in the Spalding County SPLOST funding and was instrumental in helping to secure $6 million in funding for the acquisition and construction of additions to the campus. In recent years, he played a vital role in securing major cash gifts for the college’s new Medical Technology Building.  

To recognize and reflect his ongoing dedication and outstanding commitment to education, Blake’s wife, Nancy, and his family made a donation to the SCTC foundation in honor of his 80th birthday.  A plaque presentation had been planned for him and was set to occur during the foundation’s Red Carpet Gala, which was scheduled for August 10, 2013.  Regrettably, he died a week earlier.  The Blake family still wanted to attend the gala, where they accepted the bronze plaque in his honor.  

Today, the plaque is proudly hung in the Otis D. Blake, Jr. Presidential Boardroom at Southern Crescent Technical College. 


SCTC Announces GOAL Dynamic Dozen
SCTC Announces GOAL Dynamic Dozen
Pictured L to R seated: Darlene Dean, Robert Wright, Caliente’ Rouseau L to R Standing: Crystal Jimmerson, Christy Smith, Crystal Busbin, Lisa Smith, Katie Mast, K.T. Rouseau, Shayna Lake. Not pictured: Eula Redding, Tiffany Minter

Twelve students from Southern Crescent Technical College have been selected as local finalists for the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL), according to Dr. Jasper Foust, coordinator for the local GOAL program.  These students were announced Wednesday morning, November 14, 2012, at a GOAL Recognition Reception held at the Flint River Campus.

Chosen as finalists are:  Crystal Busbin-Radiologic Technology; Darlene Dean-Cosmetology; Crystal Jimmerson-Radiologic Technology; Shayna Lake-Radiologic Technology; Katie Mast- Culinary Arts; Tiffany Minter-Health Care Science/Respiratory Care; Eula M. Redding-Early Childhood Care/Education; Calienté Rouseau-Cosmetology; Ketisha “K. T.” Rouseau-Business Management; Christy Smith-Radiologic Technology; Lisa Smith-Culinary Arts/Business Management; and Robert Wright-Business Administrative Technology/Electronics Technology. 

The Technical College System of Georgia sponsors the GOAL program statewide.  Locally, GOAL is sponsored by the Griffin-Spalding Chamber of Commerce, the Griffin Exchange Club, the Griffin Area Employer Committee and the SCTC Student Government Association and coordinated by officials from Southern Crescent Technical College.

 “The GOAL program,” said Foust, “seeks to spotlight the importance of technical education in today’s world and to recognize outstanding achievement by students in our state’s technical colleges.”

According to Foust, the Screening Committee of administrators at Southern Crescent Technical College selected the twelve finalists from 44 students who were nominated for this recognition by their instructors.  Prior to being named as a finalist, these students completed an extensive interview process to prepare them for the state competition to be held in April.

The student, who is selected as the State GOAL Winner by demonstrating excellence in leadership, will receive the grand prize of a new automobile. 


Adult Education Program Excels
Adult Education Program Excels
Back row L-R: Carol Tucker, Rhonda Jenkins, Judy Cook-Snider, Erin Dickey, Joe Grubbs; Front row L-R: Chelsea McGhee, Janis Waits, Melissa Gordon, Nancy Ricker

The Southern Crescent Technical College Adult Education program recently received recognition at their State conference for outstanding achievements during Fiscal Year 2013.  The program was recognized for Overall Achievement of Educational Gain Benchmarks for its classes in Adult Basic Education, Adult Secondary Education and English as a Second Language.  It also received recognition for the Greatest Use of Volunteer Support in a medium size program, 1201-2499 students served annually.

Southern Crescent Technical College President Dr. Randall Peters stated, “What an accomplishment for the Adult Education Department and the entire College.  Congratulations to these instructors and the entire Adult Education program for the vital role they play in educating our local community.”

 

                                             


Griffin Police Train with SCTC Criminal Justice Program
Griffin Police Train with SCTC Criminal Justice Program
(L-R) K-9 Officer Trey Williams, K-9 Officer Brett Upson, K9 Officer Colt Tolen, SCTC Criminal Justice Technology Program Coordinator Jeremy Bennett and Instructor Larry Wright pictured in front of the SCTC Public Safety Training Facility

Griffin Police Department K9 Units were on campus recently to train collaboratively with the Southern Crescent Technical College (SCTC) Criminal Justice Program.  Members from the Griffin Police Department K9 Unit and SCTC Criminal Justice Program utilized the on-site Public Safety Training Facility to deploy K9's after "bad guys" to demonstrate realistic training.  This training is one of several initiatives that are currently taking place in collaboration with the Criminal Justice Program and law enforcement within the College’s service area.


44 Students Selected as GOAL Nominees
44 Students Selected as GOAL Nominees

Southern Crescent Technical College recently announced the nomination of 44 students for the 2014 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) at a reception held October 31, 2013.  The annual GOAL program recognizes students who possess excellence in leadership and ability. 

"The purpose of the GOAL program," said Dr. Jasper Foust, GOAL Coordinator, "is to spotlight the outstanding achievement by students in Georgia's technical colleges and to emphasize the importance of technical education in today’s global workforce."  The local GOAL winner will speak on behalf of Southern Crescent Technical College to promote technical education throughout the community and state.

A screening committee at Southern Crescent Technical College will review each of the instructors’ nominations then conduct personal interviews with the students.  Finalists will then be chosen to compete to be the Southern Crescent Technical College GOAL winner for 2014.

The finalists will take part in another round of interviews and evaluations by representatives from local business and industry. That panel will consider the students’ qualities including academic achievement, personal character, leadership abilities and enthusiasm for technical education. 

The student judged most outstanding will be designated as the college’s GOAL winner and move on to the regional preliminary judging; then three from each region, which will make up the nine finalists, will attend competition for the state GOAL award and selection as the Technical College System of Georgia’s 2014 student of the year where they will have the important responsibility of traveling the state as the ambassador for the entire technical college system. 

Chosen for recognition by their instructors, the nominees from Southern Crescent Technical College include:

 

GOAL NOMINEES 2014

Name

Program

Nominating Instructor

Abrams,   Rhonda

Radiologic   Technology

Dana   Breeser

Arnold,   Wesley M.

Culinary   Arts

Barry   Levey

Beck,   Rochelle

Dental   Assisting

Lynn   Futral

Brweington,   Jazmine

Medical   Assisting

Mettie   Hogan

Busbin,   Crystal

Radiologic   Technology

Debbie   Dawson

Dawson,   Daniel

Business   Management

Michael   Cook

Dean,   Darlene G.

Cosmetology

Susan   Allen

Dillon,   Melanie

Central   Sterile Processing

Tammy   Hatcher

Engel,   Corey

Culinary   Arts

Barry   Levey

Eubanks,   Ashley

Internet   Specialist-Web Site Design

Charles   V. Cash

Fesmire,   Jessica

Business   Management

Tahesha   Wade

Gebler,   Kerri

Paralegal   Studies

Scott   Silvis

Greathouse,   Kelley

Medical   Assisting

Mettie   Hogan

Hale,   Alfonso

Air   Conditioning Technology

Ricky   Henson

Harrison,   Ginny

Medical   Assisting

Diana   Kendrick

Hemphill,   Sheila Renee

Cosmetology

Deanne   Allen

Herrington,   Carol

Medical   Assisting

Sandra   Fender

Hobbs,   Teresa

Accounting

Lynn   Futral

Humphrey,   Tiesha

Health   Care Science/Surgical Technology

Benson   Bradley

Jimmerson,   Frances Crystal

Radiologic   Technology

Dana   Breeser

Kendrick,   Shaun

Medical   Assisting

Mettie   Hogan

Lake,   Shayna

Radiologic   Technology

Dana   Breeser

Lance,   Gena

Medical   Assisting

Diana   Kendrick

Lockett,   Dezmond

Internet   Specialist-Web Site Design

Charles   V. Cash

Marchant,   Angie

Internet   Specialist-Web Site Design

Charles   V. Cash

Martin,   David

Health   Care Science

Tammy   Hatcher

Mast,   Katie

Culinary   Arts

Patrick   Boutier

McSwain,   Robert

Air   Conditioning Technology

Ricky   Henson

Minter,   Tiffany

Health   Care Science/Respiratory Care

Steve   Cooper

Murray,   Heather

Medical   Assisting

Sandra   Fender

Northern,   Steven

Health   Care Science/Respiratory Care

Shellie   Morgan

Perry,   Tammy

Computer   Programming

Caren   Smith

Redding,   Eula M.

Early   Childhood Care/Education

Lynn   Futral

Reid,   Brandi

Health   Care Science/Surgical Technology

Benson   Bradley

Rouseau,   Caliente

Cosmetology

Kim   Rawlins

Rouseau,   Ketisha "K.T."

Business   Management

Christi   Ellington

Simpson,   Alisha

Business   Management

Christi   Ellington

Skeeter,   Wanda

Health   Care Assistant/Surgical Technology

Tammy   Hatcher

Smith,   Christy

Radiologic   Technology

Debbie   Dawson

Smith,   Lisa

Culinary   Arts/Business Management

Jennifer   Edwards

Snipes,   George

Air   Conditioning Technology

Tony   Martin

Westbrooks,   Jennifer

Medical   Assisting

Diana   Kendrick

Williams,   Charlene

Health   Care Science/Surgical Technology

Benson   Bradley

Wright,   Robert

Business   Administrative Technology/

Electronics Technology

Karla   Weaver

Abrams,   Rhonda

Radiologic   Technology

Dana   Breeser

Arnold,   Wesley M.

Culinary   Arts

Barry   Levey

Beck,   Rochelle

Dental   Assisting

Lynn   Futral

Brewington,   Jasmine

Medical   Assisting

Mettie   Hogan

Busbin,   Crystal

Radiologic   Technology

Debbie   Dawson

Dawson,   Daniel

Business   Management

Michael   Cook

Dean,   Darlene G.

Cosmetology

Susan   Allen

Dillon,   Melanie

Central   Sterile Processing

Tammy   Hatcher

Engel,   Corey

Culinary   Arts

Barry   Levey

Eubanks,   Ashley

Internet   Specialist-Web Site Design

Charles   V. Cash

Fesmire,   Jessica

Business   Management

Tahesha   Wade

Gebler,   Kerri

Paralegal   Studies

Scott   Silvis

Greathouse,   Kelley

Medical   Assisting

Mettie   Hogan

Hale,   Alfonso

Air   Conditioning Technology

Ricky   Henson


SCTC Kicks Off Don’t Text and Drive Campaign
SCTC Kicks Off Don’t Text and Drive Campaign
Dr. Peters pledges to not text and drive.

Southern Crescent Technical College has kicked off a Don’t Text and Drive pledge as part of an It Can Wait safety campaign.  This portion of the campaign began with SCTC President, Dr. Randall Peters being the first to sign the pledge at the annual Fall Festival held on the Flint River Campus on October 17, 2013. 

Peters stated after signing, “I’ve taken the pledge and I promise to not text and drive and I urge you to do the same.  Far too many people lose their life, become seriously injured or harm others due to distracted driving.  There is nothing that important…It can wait!”

The Don’t Text and Drive campaign will continue until the Thanksgiving break with a weekly sign-up on both the Griffin and the Flint River Campuses.  Students, faculty, staff and the community are encouraged to pledge to not text and drive.

 


SCTC Vice President Weighs in on National Forum
SCTC Vice President Weighs in on National Forum
Dr. Dawn Z. Hodges

Dr. Dawn Hodges, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Southern Crescent Technical College recently released her thoughts and insight as well as a comprehensive overview on recent changes in the academic world in a feature article titled “Georgia’s Higher Education Initiatives Focus on Graduation” published in Planning for Higher Education, a journal of the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP). This journal is published four times a year and accommodates content from planning stories to peer-reviewed academic articles.

The article focuses on recent changes to higher education in Georgia. Hodges commented, “I am very encouraged and energized by the activities and initiatives happening in higher education in Georgia. Many of them have been a long time in the planning, and I have hoped to see some of them come to fruition during my career. Most of us who choose a career in higher education do so because we care about students and their success; we want them to become productive citizens and have meaningful careers of their own. And, what is good for students is good for our state’s economy as well. I see the momentum moving us in the right direction. Planning journal articles are featured in Mojo discussions, with a few articles released weekly.”

Dr. Hodges continued, “Writing the article helped me put into perspective all the hard work we’ve done in Georgia higher education over the last few years.  It reminded me that it was all worth it!”

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SCTC Instructor Chosen as National Technical Instructor of the Year
SCTC Instructor Chosen as National Technical Instructor of the Year
David Cooley - RSES 2013 Technical Instructor of the Year

Congratulations to Southern Crescent Technical College Air Conditioning Technology Instructor David Cooley for being named the Technical Instructor of the Year by the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES).  This prestigious award is presented each year to a technical instructor for providing exceptional high quality programs.

The award will be presented at the RSES Annual Awards Luncheon during the RSES North American Conference held on Thursday, October 24, 2013 in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. 

Cooley has been an adjunct instructor in the Air Conditioning Technology program at Southern Crescent Technical College for over 20 years, teaching primarily in the evening program. He is retired from the University of Georgia Griffin Campus, where he was the senior HVACR maintenance engineer. With the recent growth of the program at the Griffin campus, Cooley now teaches part time both day and evening. 

Ricky Henson, Air Conditioning Technology Program Coordinator, stated, “This is something to be very proud of… not only for David, but for our college as well.  In today’s highly competitive, high-tech world, whether it is business, industry, or education, we need every advantage we can get.  This award is proof that we know our stuff and we are good at what we do. David is certainly a great HVACR instructor and we are fortunate to have him on our team here at SCTC!”

 


SCTC Automotive Program Receives National Accreditation
SCTC Automotive Program Receives National Accreditation

The automotive training program at Southern Crescent Technical College (SCTC) has received accreditation by NATEF and The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).  SCTC’s automotive program has been recertified at the highest level, Master Automobile Service Technology, which includes certification in Automatic Transmissions, Manual Drive Train, Engine Repair, Suspension and Steering, Brakes, Electrical/Electronics, Heating and Air Conditioning, and Engine Performance.

To achieve this coveted recognition, the school’s automotive training program underwent rigorous evaluation by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). Nationally accepted standards of excellence in areas such as instruction, facilities, and equipment were used.

“This is great news for automotive-minded young people and their parents,” said Donald Seyfer, NATEF Chair. “Because this program increases cooperation between local education and industry leaders, it gives added assurance that Southern Crescent Technical College's graduates will be employable entry-level technicians. As a result of the quality education provided by SCTC, the motoring public will benefit since better repair technicians will join the work force.” Upon completion of the evaluation, NATEF recommended that Southern Crescent Technical College be accredited by The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). ASE is a national non-profit organization which tests and certifies repair technicians, in addition to accrediting automotive training programs. 

Monte McCraw, Automotive Technology Program Coordinator added, “During the past few months, we have worked closely with NATEF to make certain that our program would meet strict industry standards, and now we are delighted to join the ranks of the ASE accredited training programs. Students will be assured of a quality education, and shop owners will be assured of getting quality job applicants.”

                                             


Upper Iowa University and Southern Crescent Technical College Sign Articulation Agreement
Upper Iowa University and Southern Crescent Technical College Sign Articulation Agreement

Upper Iowa University, Fayette, Iowa, and Southern Crescent Technical College, have signed an articulation agreement that will make it easier for Southern Crescent students to transfer to Upper Iowa University to complete a bachelor’s degree.

“Our goal is to help students access an affordable degree program at Upper Iowa University,” said UIU President William R. Duffy, Ed.D., Ed.S. “We are committed to partnerships like this to help us serve the educational needs of students. We look forward to working closely with students from SCTC.”

Southern Crescent Technical College is composed of two campuses and three centers that serve nine counties of the South Atlanta region including Butts, Fayette, Henry, Jasper, Lamar, Pike, Spalding, Taylor and Upson. It was formed in July 2010, by the merger of Flint River Technical College (FRTC) and Griffin Technical College (GTC). SCTC offers approximately 200 choices of programs with associate degrees, diplomas, and technical certificates of credit in the areas of business, health, technical and industrial, computer information systems, and public service.

About Upper Iowa University Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, not-for-profit university providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs and leadership development opportunities to more than 6,200 students—nationally and internationally—at its Fayette campus and learning centers worldwide. Upper Iowa University is a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and self-paced degree program. For more information, visit www.uiu.edu.


Current Version of GED Test to Expire at End of 2013
Current Version of GED Test to Expire at End of 2013

The current version of the GED test will expire at the end of 2013. The current version, known as the 2002 Series GED test, will be replaced with the new 2014 GED test on January 2, 2014.

Those who have taken the 2002 Series GED test, but not passed all five parts, have until the end of 2013 to pass or they will need to start over again in 2014 with the new GED test in order to receive their high school credential.

“The GED test opens doors to college, better jobs, the respect adults deserve, and the satisfaction of earning a high school credential,” said Melissa Gordon, Vice President for  Adult Education at Southern Crescent Technical College. “So we want to be sure that everyone is aware of this deadline. GED test-takers must act now to finish and pass before the current test expires.”

“Support is available.  We have free classes in each of our 9 counties: Butts, Fayette, Henry, Jasper, Lamar, Pike, Spalding, Taylor and Upson,” said Ms. Gordon.  “We can help adult learners get prepared to take the parts of the GED test they still need to pass. We want you to succeed!”

Interested GED test-takers can find more information at www.sctech.edu/adulted or at www.finishtheged.com

Southern Crescent Technical College offers GED Testing at our Griffin and Thomaston locations.  Scheduling information can be found at www.gedcomputer.com or by contacting our class locations in any of our 9 counties. 

“To anyone who has already started the GED test, your future is calling. By passing the GED test, you can answer that call,” said Randy Trask, president and CEO of GED Testing Service. “You owe it to yourself. Don’t miss the chance to turn one small step into your next big opportunity in life.”

The GED test has opened doors to better jobs and college programs for more than 18 million graduates since 1942. Last year nearly 800,000 adults sat for the GED test, which is accepted by virtually all U.S. colleges and employers. As the creator of the official GED test, GED Testing Service has a responsibility to ensure that the program continues to be a reliable and valuable pathway to a better life for the millions of adults without a high school credential. Learn more at GEDtestingservice.com.


SCTC Foundation Hosts Red Carpet Gala
SCTC Foundation Hosts Red Carpet Gala
Pictured L-R: Jeff Stribling, Chair, SCTC Foundation; Brian Brock, Sara Heller, Dr. Randall Peters, President, Southern Crescent Technical College

The Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation's eighth annual Red Carpet Gala, held on August 10, 2013, on the Griffin Campus, received well over 300 guests who enjoyed an evening of fine dining, music, and fundraising.  The guests eagerly demonstrated support for Southern Crescent Technical College through their lively participation in a reverse raffle and by generously bidding during both a silent and a live auction.  Early estimates indicate that proceeds from the event will be close to $50,000 with that money going to support the needs of the College.  The evening culminated with Brian Brock and Sara Heller splitting the $5000 grand prize in the reverse raffle and donating $1000 back to the Foundation.

Jack Smith, SCTC Foundation Trustee, enlivened the crowd as the event's emcee.  Fellow Foundation Trustee Randy Howell and The Party Time Band provided the evening's entertainment, playing a variety of musical selections which encouraged the guests to dance.

SCTC President Dr. Randall Peters expressed gratitude on behalf of the College and thanked those in attendance which were comprised of representatives from thirty area businesses as corporate sponsors and many other faithful friends of the College.  Attendees had an opportunity to bid on approximately 250 silent and live auction items and in-kind services which were donated from individuals and businesses.  Silent auction items ranged from jewelry, vacation trips, handmade pieces, home décor items, artwork, autographed books, electronics, fine dining coupons, and an assortment of other items and services. 

During the event, a special presentation was made by the family of Otis D. Blake, Jr., to officially name the boardroom on the Griffin Campus the Otis D. Blake Presidential Boardroom in honor of Mr. Blake’s 80th birthday.  A bronze plaque was presented to the family by Dr. Peters which will permanently hang in the boardroom.  Blake has served as the Foundation Chair for the last ten years and was one of the founding members of the Foundation on the Griffin Campus.  He has been a longtime supporter of the College, and through his leadership the Red Carpet Gala was born and has become a major fundraiser for the Foundation.  This presentation was especially timely with the unexpected passing of Mr. Blake the weekend prior to the Gala.

The Red Carpet Gala was a phenomenal success, primarily due to the unwavering support of those who attended and those who so generously donated items for auction.   The Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation expressed its great appreciation when Chair Jeff Stribling stated, "The College deserves the very best we can offer in our support, and the communities have surely risen to the occasion with their attendance and their donations.  We are very thankful for their generosity."

 


SCTC Announces Summer Semester President’s List
SCTC Announces Summer Semester President’s List

Dr. Randall Peters, President of Southern Crescent Technical College, is pleased to announce the Summer Semester 2013 President’s List. In order to obtain this distinction, a student must be enrolled full time and maintain a perfect grade point average of 4.0. The following students are included on this list:

Butts County

Karen Jacobs

April McMillan

Geoffrey Miller

Shannon Trauth

 

Clayton County

Bobby   Clark

Lety Etier

Kristina Hutto

Sharon  Manya

Kendra Richardson

Steven  Salinsky

Ebony   Thomas

 

Coweta County

Marshall Dearing

Melissa Leblond

Kenneth Street

 

Fayette County

Donald  Foster

Jeanne Lewis

Robert Linscheid

Darren Merrill

John Thompson

Jessica Vines

 

Fulton County

Robert Wright

 

Henry County

Kathryne Badosky

Troy Bennett

Keisha  Brown

Wanda Bruce

Danielle Douglas

Christina Jones

Jennifer Lormand

Nicole  Poling

Mistey Wall

Karltez White

Emir Williams

 

Jasper County

Bruce Turner

 

Lamar County

Larry Barnes

 

Meriwether County

Anne Auger

 

North Carolina

Kelsy Weavil

 

Pike County

Carol Lacy

Aubrey Pickett

April Salter

 

Rockdale County

Wesley Owens

 

Spalding County

David Ali

Terrell Ball

Shane Bass

Joel Chaney

Amanda Cook

Rex Duke

April French

Stephanie Gilbert

Howard Harris

Joseph Kennedy

Elmer Kohorst

David Manning

Toni Neal

Whitney Ritter

Angela Sealey

Bryan Smith

Jayni Tutson

Christine Wiley

 

Upson County

Chelsee Best

Jeri Holt

Jason Middlebrooks

Kellie Rogers


SCTC Makes Progress on Henry County Center
SCTC Makes Progress on Henry County Center
Construction continues on the SCTC Henry County Center

Southern Crescent Technical College (SCTC), a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, will soon have a physical presence in Henry County.  The Henry County Center is under construction and is slated to be completed before the end of the calendar year.  The majority of the external components of the structure have been completed and the main focus of the work has now moved to the interior.  Upon completion and final inspection, the building will be turned over to the College for the reminder of the furnishings and equipment to be installed.

The 35,000 square foot facility will house a variety of classrooms, offices, and laboratory spaces, which will host a wide-ranging assortment of classes.  To date, plans for program offerings include Cisco Computer Networking, MRI/CT, Criminal Justice Technology, Business Management, Early Childhood Care and Education, general core and pre-health program classes with additional programs being added as the center develops. Although many of the programs offered at the SCTC Henry County Center will require students to attend a portion of their educational experience on the Griffin Campus, many students will be able to begin their education in Henry County, with some able to finish their entire programs locally.

The Henry County business and education communities have long been supporters of SCTC.  Currently, SCTC is offering courses at the Academy for Advanced Studies on the Henry County High School campus.  The new Southern Crescent Technical College facility will be a major addition to the educational infrastructure of Henry County and will bring technical education within range of every resident in the area.  The SCTC Henry County Center is located immediately east of Henry County High School, built on land donated to Southern Crescent Technical College by the Henry County Board of Education. 


SNAP Units on Patrol for Campus Safety
SNAP Units on Patrol for Campus Safety

Southern Crescent Technical College is proud to announce the launch of SNAP Units for campus safety. SNAP (Student Night Auxiliary Patrol) Units provide safety escorts to the SCTC faculty, staff, and student community during weekday evening hours. Duties include performing safety escorts and general parking lot security patrol in designated SNAP Unit golf carts or on foot on and around campus. The SNAP Units are supervised and operated in conjunction with the SCTC Department of Public Safety, Criminal Justice Program, and Office of Student Affairs.  SNAP Units are non-sworn officers acting solely as an extension of the Department of Public Safety and the Office of Student Affairs.

Xenia Johns, Vice President for Student Affairs at SCTC stated, “We can never do enough to ensure the safety and well-being of our students and staff while on campus.  The addition of the SNAP Units will greatly assist in these measures, providing extra eyes, ears, and safety presence on campus.”

SNAP Units are an initiative on behalf of the SCTC Emergency Preparedness Team, Office of Student Affairs, and the Student Government Association (SGA) with SGA donating the funds to purchase the equipment to implement the program.  The SNAP Units are now in service at the Griffin Campus during the hours of 1pm-10pm (Monday-Thursday) with plans to expand to other SCTC locations in the very near future.

SNAP units are clearly marked blue golf carts with SNAP Unit reflective lettering displayed and flashing amber-colored lights .  They are equipped with portable radios as a direct line to the SCTC Campus Police.  The SNAP student operators are Criminal Justice students and are dressed in blue reflective safety vests.

 


Kroger Awards Three Culinary Arts Scholarships
Kroger Awards Three Culinary Arts Scholarships
(Back row - pictured L to R: Southern Crescent Technical College Culinary Arts Advisory Member Tom Hamilton, SCTC Culinary Arts Instructor Chef Patrick Boutier, Kroger Food Safety Manager Chef John Szymanski, and Griffin Kroger General Manager Billy Butts. Front row – pictured L to R: Scholarship Winners Karen Betz, Lisa Pippin, and April Salter.

Congratulations to Karen Betz, Lisa Pippin, and April Salter, recipients of the first Kroger Culinary Arts Tuition, Textbook & Toolbox Scholarship.  This $250 tuition, textbook and toolbox scholarship is awarded to a currently enrolled part-time or full-time Southern Crescent Technical College student in good academic standing in a Culinary Arts program of study. 

In conjunction with the Southern Crescent Technical College Culinary Arts Advisory Committee, Kroger donated six scholarships to be awarded Fall and Spring semesters.

 

                                             


SCTC Students Win Big at SkillsUSA National Competition
SCTC Students Win Big at SkillsUSA National Competition
(Pictured L – R) Schneatha Higgins – Esthetics Model; Stephanie Scott – Esthetics – Silver Medal; Ryan Adams – Early Childhood Education – Gold Medal; Jeremy Wright – Welding Sculpture – Gold Medal

Congratulations to Southern Crescent Technical College students Jeremy Wright, Ryan Adams and Stephanie Scott for earning the honors as the top students in the nation in their category and bringing home gold and silver medals from the 49th Annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) in Kansas City, Missouri.                                

Ryan Adams, an Early Childhood Care and Education student on the Griffin Campus, received top honors and the coveted gold medal in Early Childhood Education.  Adams competed under the leadership of instructor Kathy Weber. His competition evaluated his ability to demonstrate developmentally appropriate practices and showcase his ability to prepare and implement learning activities for children 3 to 5 years old.                                               

Jeremy Wright, a Welding and Joining Technology student on the Flint River Campus, also placed first in Welding Sculpture, receiving a gold medal for his performance.  He competed under the leadership of his instructor Chris Patterson.  The competition evaluated Wright’s ability to develop a design and produce a welding sculpture of that design, as well as deliver a presentation regarding all aspects of the design creation. 

Griffin Campus Cosmetology student Stephanie Scott received a silver medal in the Esthetics competition.  Under the direction of instructor Kim Rawlins, her competition evaluated the contestants' techniques and professionalism in the field of skin care which included a hands-on basic facial demonstration and a day time and fantasy make-up application which she performed on model and classmate Schneatha Higgins. 

“I’m enormously proud of these students’ achievements at the national competitions and am excited to display these medals at our College,” said Dr. Randall Peters, Southern Crescent Technical College President. 

The 2013 SkillsUSA Championships showcased the nation’s best career and technical students to demonstrate their excellence in both job skills and leadership. This year, the national competitions featured 98 occupational and leadership skill events and nearly 6,000 competitors. 

 


GED Graduates Receive Scholarship
GED Graduates Receive Scholarship
Tiffany Kate Smith, Hayley Goins

Hayley Goins and Tiffany Kate Smith are 2013 recipients of the Helen and Vernon Crawford scholarship.  This scholarship is to benefit students who have completed a literacy program and wish to pursue post-secondary education.    Both are former student of the Southern Crescent Technical College Adult Education program in Upson County and were nominated by their former Adult Education Instructor, Mrs. Chelsea McGhee, and Upson County’s Certified Literate Community Commission, Upson READ.  Ms. Goins is currently enrolled for her second semester at Southern Crescent Technical College to become a Health Care Assistant.  She plans to continue her education by obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and specialize in neonatal nursing.  Ms. Smith is currently enrolled at Southern Crescent Technical College as well, pursuing a Medical Assisting degree.  She is the proud mother of 16-month old, Dayna.  Ms. Smith was also a recipient of the Shirley Carver Miller Scholarship that was awarded in June.


GED Graduate Receives Scholarship
GED Graduate Receives Scholarship
Tiffany Kate Smith

Congratulations to Tiffany Kate Smith for recently being named a 2013 recipient of the Shirley Carver Miller Scholarship.  The purpose of this scholarship is to reward GED® graduates by providing a financial incentive to work toward continuing their education at one of Georgia’s technical colleges.  Ms. Smith is a former student of the Southern Crescent Technical College Adult Education program in Upson County.  She was nominated by her Adult Education Instructor Mrs. Chelsea McGhee and Upson County’s Certified Literate Community Commission, Upson READ.  Ms. Smith is currently enrolled in Southern Crescent Technical College pursuing a Medical Assisting Degree and hopes to one day become employed at a local hospital.

Smith stated “I had no choice but to push toward my goals in order to be a better provider for my child.”  Ms. Smith is the proud parent of 16-month old Dayna and hopes to encourage other young mothers to work toward obtaining their personal goals to make way for a better, more self-sustaining future.  
 
 
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
 
 
 


SCTC Announces Spring Semester President’s List
SCTC Announces Spring Semester President’s List

Dr. Randall Peters, President of Southern Crescent Technical College, is pleased to announce the Spring Semester 2013 President’s List. In order to obtain this distinction, a student must be enrolled full time and maintain a perfect grade point average of 4.0. The following students are included on this list:

Butts County

Janet Gregg

Olivia Keel

Vito Sesco

Shannon Trauth

 

Clayton County

Shaunee Campbell

Bobby Clark

Krystal Dopson

Somnang Eng

Melanie Giddings

Diane Givens

Datoria Henderson

Maritza Jeffery

Jarrold Kelly

Lakisha Mahan

Sharon Manya

Robert McSwain

Matthew Mullis

Wasana Phouangmalay

John Prosser

Milton Rooks

Steven Salinsky

Leonard Sanders

Xavier Smith

Ebony Thomas

Tina Washington

Tywanda Williams

 

Coweta County

Peter Barnes

Melanie Betsill

Layla Foles

Samantha Green

Howard Hottensen

Mionne McCauley

Rhonda Ramos

Christy Smith

Kenneth Street

Russell Street

 

Crawford County

Heather Bales

 

Fayette County

Jill Cosby

Jacob De La Garza

Lanier Dixson

Sandra Forero

Luke Hornberger

Shannon Jones

Robert Linscheid

Nathan Mathis

Theodore Millman

Tiffany Minter

Chris Morgan

Betelhem Obse

William Peavy

Kenneth Peterson

Aletha Posey

Dustin Ruth

Stephanie Scott

Troy Serapion

Patricia Shirley

Frank Simpson

John Thompson

Chaka Waide

Cerena Wandersee

Danielle Williams

 

Gordon County

Sharon Stanley

 

Gwinnett County

Lee Michele Mitchell

 

Henry County

Rhonda Abrams

Kathryne Badosky

Troy Bennett

Derrick Bishop

Cara Bolen

Ansley Boothe

Shannon Borden

Keisha Brown

Regina Brown

William Bush

Jonathan Camp

Martavious Clemmons

Korinda Dawson

Kyla Dominguez

Errol Dyer

Joshua Eberhart

Zechariah Evans

Tammy Feloss

Denita Floyd-Jones

Crystal Folds

Philip Ganes

Christopher Glaze

Laura Gourdet

Larry Gronau

Amanda Hall

Dustin Hardison

Jodi Hatcher

Stephanie Hatmaker

Scott Hess

Joshua Hood

Jonathan Howard

Shonyatta Jackson

Tyler Jacob

Duane Jennings

Sherman John

Melton Johnson

Christina Jones

Letisha Jones

Robert Jones

Tyson Krantz

Christopher Layson

Ellen Mangaroo

Amanda McCart

Charmaine Moore

Rhonda Moore

Will Murray

Kelley Nash

Melissa Norman

Daniel Ostberg

Joshua Pelt

Tammy Perry

Raymond Purl

Jamie Reeves

Allison Rice

Angela Richardson

Celeste Richardson

Marti Robinson

Randy Robinson

Carolyn Scarano

Rachel Smith

Randy Smith

Egleydie Solis

Yvonne Strickland

Allan Sweat

LaToya Thomas

Savannah Waller

Melissa Wheatley

Christie White

Emir Williams

Jennifer Worthy

 

Lamar County

Jake Brinkley

Cecil Cox

Melissa Dingler

Jackie Driskell

April Evans

Shontia Evans

Cherrie Felton

Michelle Ford

James Gentry

Samatha Hofer

Jessica Jones

Gena Lance

Mark Landis

Matthew Owensby

 

Meriwether County

Anne Auger

Richard Bulloch

Natalie Mattocks

Daniel Peterson

Caleb Pitts

 

Monroe County

Brian Gossett

Shantina Jordan

 

Newton County

Charles Chafin

Patrick Faulds

Cathy Hinton

Jacqueline Lowman

Brandy Lowry

Jason Parrott

Bethany Sewell

 

Pike County

Jordan Buchanan

Raymond Cotter

Dontavis Dennis

Kenneth Eagle

Jennifer Harper

Sarah Jackson

Pamela Jarvis

Carol Kierstein

Kolby Lynch

Robert Pope

Ketisha Rouseau

April Salter

Erin Severs

Andrea Sutherland

Pamela Sweat

Shelby Tilson

Mark Whatley

 

Putnam County

Faith Gresham

 

Spalding County

Amy Agnew

Wesley Arnold

Terrell Ball

Zanina Berry

Glenn Best

Charles Britt

Ricky Brittian

Emily Brock

Johnathan Bryant

Crystal Busbin

Melinda Callahan

Joel Chaney

Christopher Chappell

Linda Clemons

Monica Cobb

Tiffany Collier

Amanda Cook

Jeremiah Cordeiro

Gregory Elliott, Jr.

Shanna Fletcher

Ryan Forrest

Sheldon Hancock

Joshua Harp

Howard Harris

Kelsey Hatlee

Thomas Henderson

Jason Hicks

James Hughes

Cameron Hutcherson

Kristie Jordan

Elmer Kohorst

Ken Leaks

Angela Marchant

Crystal Marchant

Wanda Massey

Travis Mayes

Ketta Morrow-Glover

Chitrang Patel

Kelly Pounds

Patricia Ridgeway

Angela Sealey

Arica Slaughter-Banks

Catheryne Smallwood

Braddock Smith

Bryan Smith

Lisa Smith

Jayni Tutson

Floyd Walker

Raina Wells

Billie White

Christopher Wilson

Olin Witherington

Mark Yevick

 

Taylor County

James Tidwell

Vicki Wainwright

 

Upson County

Wanda Bennett

Troy Blount

Amber Bunn

Crystal Byrd

Candyce Chauncey

LaToya Colbert

Sharell Dallas

Kathy Eppinger

Richard Foster

Cortney Harden

Katherine Kelly

Chelsie Mathews

Jason Middlebrooks

Johnathon Nobles

Ashley Palmer

Chadwick Parks

Sara Perry

Thomas Raines

William Rawls

Kenny Rickman

Randy Robinson

Haley Smith

Angela Stepp

Walter Williams

Jeremy Wright

Casey Young

 

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2013 Graduation - Cause for Celebration
2013 Graduation  - Cause for Celebration
SCTC student and GOAL recipient Romera Thomas receives her diploma from Dr. Randall Peters

Graduates were all smiles on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at Southern Crescent Technical College’s annual commencement ceremony held at First Assembly of God Church in Griffin. This year, nearly 700 students completed requirements for diplomas or degrees from Southern Crescent Technical College with 288 graduates choosing to participate in Thursday’s ceremony.  All students were recognized for their achievements with words of encouragement from President, Dr. Randall Peters and Romera Thomas, SCTC Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership recipient. 

Dr. Belle Wheelan, President of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, was the keynote speaker at the graduation ceremony.  Her career spans over 30 years and includes the roles of faculty member, chief student services officer, campus provost, college president and Secretary of Education.  She delivered a charismatic charge to graduates and congratulated them, challenging them to continue on their path of success.  She offered them words of support as they achieve success in both their personal and professional life.  

The graduation ceremony was certainly a time for celebration as students were rewarded for both their achievements and sacrifices in their pursuit of educational goals and dreams.  The graduates have worked diligently for this great accomplishment and should be commended for their dedication to education.


SCTC Plans to Discontinue the Student Loan Program
SCTC Plans to Discontinue the Student Loan Program

Dr. Randall Peters, President of Southern Crescent Technical College (SCTC) announced today plans to discontinue the College’s participation in the Federal Student Loan Program, effective with the Fall 2013 semester.  This decision was based on the average amount being borrowed by students and the debt ratio and financial burden associated with these funds. 

Peters stated, “While I understand that this will be a severe hardship on a few, my assessment of the program after operating it for five semesters is that the program is not doing what it was intended to do, and in fact, may be operating to the severe detriment of both the College and individual students.”

Unless a graduate enters into specific types of eligible programs such as public service occupations or teaching in Title I schools, student loans are not forgivable and are not eligible to be included in bankruptcies.  At the level of the average student loan issued at SCTC, many of our graduates will be saddled by a repayment burden that is not in congruence with anticipated salaries.  In other words, a student participating in the program may wind up with a loan repayment amount that is higher than what can be paid, based on the graduate’s occupation and salary, with no way to get rid of the debt short of paying it off. 

Peters explained, “This is a potential financial nightmare that our students do not want or need.  I honestly do not want to put our students in a situation that creates this type of financial hardship.  As a matter of fact, for the fiscal year 2013, which will end on June 30, Southern Crescent Technical College will have issued over $10 million in student loans, and less than 4% of that amount will have been used for tuition, fees, or books by our students.” 

Financial aid will still be available for qualifying students in the form of HOPE, PELL, third party scholarships and other financial assistance.

When a student departs SCTC, whether by dropping out or by graduating, the college has no control over whether the student loan is repaid or not. In fact, if the student loan default rate exceeds a certain level, which seems very possible considering the rate at which SCTC students have been receiving these federal loan funds, the College would not only lose the authority to issue student loans, but could potentially also lose the authority to issue Pell grants and all other sources of Federal Title IV grants and loans for student education. This would be a far more serious loss to everyone than not being able to get a student loan.  

Peters continued, “As I said above, while I do understand that the loss of a student loan may be severe for some, I do not believe that is the case for most.  Given the risk/benefit considerations, it is simply not in the best interests of either SCTC or our students to continue the student loan program.  HOPE, Pell and third party scholarships have been sufficient for most since the college was founded—and I sincerely believe they will be going forward.  There are also additional alternative sources of funding, such as the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and other sponsored forms of assistance.   If you absolutely cannot afford to continue at SCTC without a student loan, please see someone in our Foundation offices to explore scholarship options. 

I do not anticipate reconsideration of this decision.  At this point, all Southern Crescent Technical College students need to consider how their education will be paid for going forward without the addition of funding from student loans.”

For more information on the discontinuation of the Student Loan Program, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at Griffin Campus: (770) 228-7368 or Flint River Campus : (706) 646-6138.

For more information on student scholarships, please contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at (770) 229-3417.


Governor Deal Signs Bill to Expand Access to Technical Colleges
Governor Deal Signs Bill to Expand Access to Technical Colleges
Governor Nathan Deal pictured with the TCSG Presidents after signing HB 372.

At the Technical College System of Georgia 2013 Leadership Summit, Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law legislation that will lower the GPA requirement for the HOPE Grant, which goes to students in the technical college system. By expanding access to the HOPE Grant, HB 372 will strengthen the state’s workforce development efforts.

“We need more college or technical college degrees in order to attract and fill the jobs of tomorrow,” Deal said. “This additional benefit will provide Georgians with greater access to school at a relatively small cost to the state.”

This bill will drop the GPA requirement for the HOPE Grant back to a 2.0 after it increased to 3.0 two years ago for budgetary reasons. Recent growth in Lottery revenues will cover the additional $5 million to $8 million this expansion will cost. In the first six months of this fiscal year, deposits were up $32 million, a 7.6 percent increase over the same period the year before.

“In recent years, Georgia has seen a large drop in technical college enrollment – much larger than in our University System,” Deal said. “For some students enrolled in a technical school, the loss of scholarship money put higher education out of reach. This law will provide greater access to school and to a brighter career for thousands of Georgians.”


First Tiger Travel Abroad Group Returns from Exciting Trip
First Tiger Travel Abroad Group Returns from Exciting Trip
Back row, left to right: (instructors) Tanga Elam, Mike Howard, Kelly Batchelder, Leslie Ratliff; (front row: students) Sabrina Robinson, Erin Hopper, Carrie Crosby, Calli Fulcher, Howard Hottensen

A group of 12 students and faculty made SCTC history this spring break. The group traveled to the iconic cities of London and Paris for an 8-day tour. While adjusting to jet lag and snow, the group visited the National Gallery, Big Ben, and the Tower of London. Some of them snapped pictures from the eye of London and walked through the alleys of East London for a chilling Jack the Ripper evening tour. They dined on fish & chips, curry, and juicy hamburgers at the Hard Rock Cafe. The group then traveled through the chunnel, an underwater train, to arrive in sunny Paris on Monday afternoon. For the next three days, the group toured Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, Versailles, and the Louvre museum. French cuisine was not to be missed, and a definite favorite of the group were the delicious macaroons, a small cake-like treat available in various flavors and colors. They ended the tour with an evening cruise down the River Seine, admiring the illuminated Eiffel Tower as they glided past.

SCTC’s Travel Abroad program not only offers students exposure to other cultures, it also allows classroom discussion to truly come alive, and sets the students apart when applying for future jobs. SCTC in London and Paris? Who would have thought? In fact, SCTC is eager to plan another trip across the seas for next summer, but your student interest needs to be known. So, if you’re interested in exploring new cultures, visiting iconic sites, and making new friends, contact Kelly Batchelder at kbatchelder@sctech.edu.  Bon voyage!


Two Local Students Receive Honors in Statewide Design Contest
Two Local Students Receive Honors in Statewide Design Contest
Danielle Sands, honorable mention winner; Dr, Randall Peters, President of Southern Crescent Technical College; Sierra Manesh, first place winner

Sierra Manesh, a senior at Union Grove High School and Danielle Sands, a seventh grader at Pike County Middle School, recently shared a stage with Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle in honor of Georgia’s manufacturing industry.

 Manesh received first place honors and Sands received an honorable mention in their respective divisions of the 2013 Manufacturing Appreciation Week (MAW) student design contest. Their certificates and scholarship checks were presented by Lt. Gov. Cagle at the MAW Governor’s Awards Luncheon held at the Georgia International Convention Center on April 3, 2013. 

 

“These young students are our best and brightest, and our future in manufacturing depends on them,” said Larry Callahan, CEO of Patillo Industrial Real Estate, as the awards were presented.

Students from around the state submitted design entries featuring Georgia manufacturers and their products. Winners were named for grades 9-12, 6-8, and K-5.

During the ceremonies, Lt. Gov. Cagle named Georgia’s 2013 Manufacturers of the Year: Southwire Company in Carrollton and Douglas in the large manufacturer category (more than 500 employees); Nordson Corporation’s Swainsboro facility in the medium manufacturer category (150-500 employees); and Savannah’s DIRTT Environmental Solutions in the small manufacturer category (fewer than 150 employees).

 

Co-hosted by the Technical College System of Georgia and the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the awards luncheon is the highlight of MAW, celebrated this year April 1-5. This is the 19th year celebrating Manufacturing Appreciation Week in Georgia.     


SCTC Students Win Big at State Competition
SCTC Students Win Big at State Competition

Congratulations to Southern Crescent Technical College SkillsUSA students who attended the state competition March 22 – 24, 2013 in Atlanta! A total of 14 medals (7 Gold, 4 Silver, and 3 Bronze) were awarded to SCTC students. Great job to everyone involved!

 Medals were awarded as follows: 

GOLD: Ryan Adams - Early Childhood/Preschool Teaching Assistant, Stephanie Scott (Shaquetha Higgins-model) - Esthetics, Chris Creel - Plumbing, Noah Zell - Internetworking, Jeremy Wright - Welding Sculpture, Taylor Steele - Medical Math, Jessica Callaway - Job Skills A

SILVER: Emily Sain & Tianna Storey - Promotional Bulletin Board, William Bush - Diesel Mechanics, Jon Gallagher - Internetworking, Alexander Cain - American Spirit

BRONZE: Darrell Gresham - Customer Service, Carlette King (Samatha Hofer-model) - Nail Care, Lisa Smith – Commercial Baking

Students receiving a gold medal will represent Georgia at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Missouri in June.


Local GED Student Named State Runner-Up
Local GED Student Named State Runner-Up
Carol Tucker, SCTC Adult Education Instructor pictured with Zachary Jenkins

GED student Zachary Jenkins represented Southern Crescent Technical College’s Adult Education program at the Exceptional Adult Georgia in Literacy Education (EAGLE) competition and professional development during the week of March 18, 2013.  Having first won the distinction as Spalding County’s EAGLE delegate in November, Mr. Jenkins went on to win the Southern Crescent Technical College title later that same month.  He advanced, at the state level into the Final 8 and was named First Runner Up, for the State of Georgia, winning $500 and an I Pad. 

Mr. Jenkins has earned his GED and is currently enrolled in the Criminal Justice program at Southern Crescent Technical College.  His goal is to become a Georgia State Trooper. 

The Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE) Program celebrates adult learners in pursuit of excellence. The program recognizes and honors students who have demonstrated exceptional achievement in statewide adult education classes. The concept of EAGLE is one designed to create a greater awareness of educational opportunities that are available in local communities across the state and to foster involvement in lifelong learning pursuits.

Adult Education teachers in public, private, and grantee agencies nominate students at the local program level to participate in the EAGLE recognition program at the state level. Selection criteria include student character, attitude, attendance, leadership and community involvement and activities. From this group, one student is selected to represent the local program at the state EAGLE Leadership Institute based on an interview, essay and speech. 

The EAGLE Leadership Institute is a two day event designed to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of each of the EAGLE delegates and provide professional development sessions focused on increasing leadership, communication and life management skills.

Every EAGLE delegate is considered an ambassador and spokesperson for literacy serving local communities and the state by promoting lifelong learning. Since its inception in 1993, the EAGLE Award program has recognized more than 1600 outstanding students across the state. In additional to serving as volunteer role models for family members, friends, neighbors and co-workers, EAGLE delegates serve as mentors, peer tutors, and recruiters of other students into local adult education programs.

Individually and collectively EAGLE delegates tell the adult education story in ways that no one else can articulate and in ways that others, pursuing lifelong learning goals, can readily understand. The EAGLES make a difference in their families and their respective communities and we salute them. Mr. Jenkins is no exception!  Since November, he’s spoken to a number of community organizations, telling not only his story, but increasing awareness of the opportunities that exist for many others in the Southern Crescent Technical College delivery area.  Completion of the GED for those lacking a high school diploma, improving basic skills needed in today’s workplaces and post-secondary education, or improving English-language skills—all of this is possible, in free Adult Education classes offered in each of Southern Crescent Technical College counties.  For information about classes near you, visit our website at www.sctech.edu or call us at 706-646-6121 or 770-229-3176.    

 


Schyla Avery Memorial Scholarship Awarded
Schyla Avery Memorial Scholarship Awarded
Pictured from left to right: Southern Crescent Technical College Respiratory Care Technology Instructor Monique McCreary, Kenneth Avery and Southern Crescent Technical College Scholarship Recipient Janelle Parchment.

Southern Crescent Technical College Student Janelle Parchment is the first recipient of the Schyla Avery Memorial Scholarship.  The Schyla Avery Memorial Scholarship is a $250 scholarship awarded for the purchase of program required textbooks, uniforms, equipment, and supplies to a currently enrolled Southern Crescent Technical College student pursuing a degree in Respiratory Care Technology. 

The scholarship is named in memory of Schyla Nicole Avery, who received an associate of applied science degree in respiratory care technology from the College.  Ms. Avery died in a tragic house fire in 2011. 


Radiologic Technology Chosen as 2013 GOAL Winner
Radiologic Technology Chosen as 2013 GOAL Winner
Romera Thomas, 2013 SCTC GOAL Winner pictured with Dr. Randall Peters, SCTC President

January 29, 2013 –Romera Thomas, a Radiologic Technology student at Southern Crescent Technical College, was named local winner of the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) program at a luncheon held January 29, 2013 and hosted by the Griffin Exchange Club.

After an extensive interview process, Thomas was chosen from 59 candidates as Southern Crescent Technical College’s nominee for the title of state GOAL winner. Thomas was chosen over three other nominees by a judging panel from the Griffin-Spalding Chamber of Commerce.  She will now proceed to regional preliminary judging.  Thomas will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Atlanta in late April where, for two-days, she will compete with GOAL finalists from the other state technical college campuses.  A panel of leaders from the business, industry and government sectors will interview them and choose one to be the state’s 2013 GOAL winner and the recipient of the GOAL medallion. 

Bonnie Pfrogner, representing the Griffin-Spalding Chamber of Commerce and the Griffin Area Employer Committee stated, “With four excellent candidates, choosing a winner was very difficult.  The Chamber was proud to assist in this process and to have the opportunity to select the school winner to represent Southern Crescent Technical College and this community.”

Dr. Randall Peters, President of Southern Crescent Technical College, stated, “The purpose of the GOAL program is to spotlight the importance of technical education in today’s world and to recognize outstanding achievement by students in Georgia’s technical colleges.  Romera is a fine example of the excellent leadership of our student population and I know she will go on to represent Southern Crescent Technical College well.”

To be considered for the GOAL title, a student must be nominated by their instructor.  All candidates were judged on a speech and interview on the value of technical education and the winner was chosen based on grades, character, attitude, leadership, attendance, personal goals, and enthusiasm.

Matthew Middleton, President of the Griffin Exchange Club, presented the winner and final four with a monetary gift for their achievement.  Middleton remarked, “It has been a pleasure for the Griffin Exchange Club to host the local GOAL program for the past 40+ years and it gives us great pride to see the impact that Southern Crescent Technical College and these students make on our community.”

Griffin Area Employer Committee and presented Romera with a monetary donation to assist with her expenses as she prepares for the state competition.

In her speech, Thomas emphasized the importance of technical education and the opportunities it has offered her in her life. She stated that technical education has been her path toward dreams coming true for herself and her family and encouraged others to allow technical education to assist in fulfilling their dreams.

Thomas’ nominating instructor, Dana Breeser stated, “I am so very proud of Romera.  She is a wonderful ambassador for Southern Crescent Technical College and promotes technical education to everyone she meets.  She relates well to all students at the College and will carry the spirit of the entire student body with her as she competes at the state level.”

The GOAL program is sponsored by the Technical College System of Georgia and is the first statewide program in the nation that recognizes and rewards excellence among students enrolled in the technical colleges.

In addition to Romera Thomas, three other students were recognized at the luncheon for their outstanding achievement, character and leadership.  They are Tomeka Ross - Medical Assisting; Hector Duron - Radiologic Technology, and Stephanie D. Scott – Cosmetology.          


SCTC Breaks Ground for New Henry County Center
SCTC Breaks Ground for New Henry County Center
Breaking Ground. Pictured (l-r) Rodney Smith, Senior Vice President, Parish Construction Group; Mayor Billy Copeland, McDonough; Tony Aeck, Board Chair, Lord, Aeck, & Sargent Architecture; Kay Pippin, President, Henry County Chamber of Commerce; Ron Jackson, Commissioner, Technical College System of Georgia; Dr. Randall Peters, President, Southern Crescent Technical College; Dr. Ethan Hildreth, Superintendent, Henry County Schools; J. Michael Brewer, Chair, Southern Crescent Technical College Board of Directors; State Senator Rick Jeffares; State Representative Andy Welch.

January 14, 2013 –  Hardhats, loose soil, shovels, and a gathering of many people can only mean one thing: a groundbreaking ceremony is about to begin.

Nearly 200 people joined Southern Crescent Technical College officials on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at the entrance to what will eventually be an eight-building campus in Henry County to break ground on the first building. 

SCTC President, Dr. Randall Peters stated, “What an exciting day for technical education in Henry County!  We are thrilled to hold the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Southern Crescent Technical College Henry County Center and to celebrate this achievement with members of the Henry County Board of Education, the Chamber, the business and industry community, and local and state officials who have made the Henry County Center a reality for students.  It is going to be a beautiful facility and we are anxiously anticipating its construction and opening.  The Center will be an asset to the College and a strong partner to the educational system of Henry County by offering technical education to all students in the area.” 

Representatives from Henry County Schools, other post-secondary institutions, Henry County and city government officials, as well as representatives from the Technical College System of Georgia and numerous state government elected officials were on hand to celebrate the grand occasion.  

The ceremony was the culmination of many years of efforts by business community members and education and government officials to bring a technical college campus to Henry County and its citizens.  The property sits immediately to the west of Henry County High School and the new Academy for Advanced Studies.  Two access points to the campus will be available from Highway 81 and Tomlinson Street in McDonough.  There will also be a link directly between the high school and the college campus to provide easy access for high school students in dual enrollment classes and college students taking classes at the Academy for Advanced Studies. 

The two-story structure is expected to be completed in 2014 and ready to accept students soon thereafter. 

 


Current Version of GED Test to Expire at end of 2013
Current Version of GED Test to Expire at end of 2013

December 17, 2012 —Southern Crescent Technical College announced that the current version of the GED test will expire at the end of 2013. The current version, known as the 2002 Series GED test, will be replaced with the new 2014 GED test on January 2, 2014.

Those who have taken the 2002 Series GED test, but not passed all five parts, have until the end of 2013 to pass or they will need to start over again in 2014 with the new GED test in order to receive their high school credential.

“The GED test opens doors to college, better jobs, the respect adults deserve, and the satisfaction of earning a high school credential,” said Janice Tarleton, Chief GED Examiner of Southern Crescent Technical College. “So we want to be sure that everyone is aware of this deadline. GED test-takers must act now to finish and pass before the current test expires.”

Melissa Gordon, Interim Vice President for Adult Education at Southern Crescent Technical College said, “We can help adult learners get prepared to take the parts of the GED test they still need to pass. We want you to succeed!”

Interested GED test-takers can find more information at finishtheGED.com.

Southern Crescent Technical College offers paper-based and computer-based testing at our locations in Griffin and Thomaston.  For information about dates and the registration process, visit our website at www.sctech.edu or call our Griffin location at 770-229-3176 or Thomaston at 706-646-6121. 

Free preparation classes are also available locally.  For more information, please contact:

Butts County – Erin Dickey – 770-229-3176 – edickey@sctech.edu

Fayette County – Nancy Ricker – 770-487-8910 – nricker@sctech.edu

Henry County – Joe Grubbs – 770-229-3176 – jgrubbs@sctech.edu

Jasper County – Joan Bell – 706-468-8924 – jbell@sctech.edu

Lamar County – Katie Dallas – 770-358-4859 – kdallas@sctech.edu

Pike County – Moneika Ivey – 770-567-8929 – mivey@sctech.edu

Spalding County – Joe Grubbs – 770-229-3176 – jgrubbs@sctech.edu

Taylor County – Rhonda Jenkins – 478-862-2323 – rjenkins@sctech.edu

Upson County – Marquita Traylor – 706-646-6121 – mtraylor@sctech.edu

The GED test has opened doors to better jobs and college programs for more than 18 million graduates since 1942. Last year nearly 800,000 adults sat for the GED test, which is accepted by virtually all U.S. colleges and employers. As the creator of the official GED test, GED Testing Service has a responsibility to ensure that the program continues to be a reliable and valuable pathway to a better life for the millions of adults without a high school credential. Learn more at GEDtestingservice.com.

 


Instructor Receives Rick Perkins Award
Instructor Receives Rick Perkins Award
Dr. Randall Peters, President and Michael Cook, 2013 Rick Perkins Award Recipient

Mr. Michael Cook, a Business Management Program Coordinator and Instructor at Southern Crescent Technical College, recently received the 2013 Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Education.  The Rick Perkins Award is the equivalent to being named Teacher of the Year at Southern Crescent Technical College.

Cook stated that he “was extremely honored to be named the Rick Perkins winner, although he shares this honor with all of the dedicated instructors at the College.”

Cook was nominated for the Rick Perkins Award by his fellow instructors at Southern Crescent Technical College.  Dr. Randall Peters, President of Southern Crescent Technical College, stated, “Mr. Cook has been recognized as Southern Crescent Technical College’s Rick Perkins winner because of his conscientiousness and genuine commitment as an instructor.  I have witnessed his dedication to student learning, high professional standards, and cooperative spirit.  His teaching methods and techniques are innovative and he encourages his students to achieve at their highest level.  Mr. Cook is an excellent representation of the quality faculty and staff at Southern Crescent Technical College.”

Mike Cook and other nominees were judged by a group of outside individuals. After winning the school title, Cook will represent Southern Crescent Technical College as an ambassador for technical education and will compete on the consortium and state level.  The state Rick Perkins winner will be announced in April.

Other nominees included:  Dianna Kendrick – Program Coordinator for Medical Assisting; Peggy Grady – Clinical Coordinator for Practical Nursing; Kim Yevak – Business Administration Instructor; Patrick Pierre Boutier – Program Coordinator for Culinary Arts; and Karla Weaver – Department Chair for Business Technology and Program Coordinator for Business Administration.


Southern Crescent Technical College Announces GOAL Dynamic Dozen
Southern Crescent Technical College Announces GOAL Dynamic Dozen

Twelve students from Southern Crescent Technical College have been selected as local finalists for the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL), according to Dr. Jasper Foust, coordinator for the local GOAL program.  These students were announced Wednesday morning, November 14, 2012, at a GOAL Recognition Reception held at the Flint River Campus.

Chosen as finalists are:  Jennifer Barfield – Medical Assisting; Thomas Bastyr – Networking Specialist; Hector Duron – Radiologic Technology; Layla Foles – Surgical Technology; Eric Girault – Business Management; Megan Brooke Jones – Cosmetology; Ebony Patterson – Medical Assisting; Tomeka Ross – Medical Assisting; Stephanie Scott – Cosmetology; Katina Skipper – Medical Assisting; Alton Spells – Environmental Horticulture and Tomera Thomas – Radiologic Technology;

 

The Technical College System of Georgia sponsors the GOAL program statewide.  Locally, GOAL is sponsored by the Griffin-Spalding Chamber of Commerce, the Griffin Exchange Club, the Griffin Area Employer Committee and the SCTC Student Government Association and coordinated by officials from Southern Crescent Technical College.

 “The GOAL program,” said Foust, “seeks to spotlight the importance of technical education in today’s world and to recognize outstanding achievement by students in our state’s technical colleges.”

According to Foust, the Screening Committee of administrators at Southern Crescent Technical College selected the twelve finalists from 59 students who were nominated for this recognition by their instructors.  Prior to being named as a finalist, these students completed an extensive interview process to prepare them for the state competition to be held in April.

The student, who is selected as the State GOAL Winner by demonstrating excellence in leadership, will receive the grand prize of a new automobile. 


59 Students Selected as GOAL Nominees
59 Students Selected as GOAL Nominees

Southern Crescent Technical College recently announced the nomination of 59 students for the 2013 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) at a reception held October 31, 2012.  The annual GOAL program recognizes students who possess excellence in leadership and ability. 

"The purpose of the GOAL program," said Dr. Jasper Foust, GOAL Coordinator, "is to spotlight the outstanding achievement by students in Georgia's technical colleges and to emphasize the importance of technical education in today’s global workforce."  The local GOAL winner will speak on behalf of Southern Crescent Technical College to promote technical education throughout the community and state.

A screening committee at Southern Crescent Technical College will review each of the instructors’ nominations then conduct personal interviews with the students.  Finalists will then be chosen to compete to be the Southern Crescent Technical College GOAL winner for 2013.

The finalists will take part in another round of interviews and evaluations by representatives from local business and industry. That panel will consider the students’ qualities including academic achievement, personal character, leadership abilities and enthusiasm for technical education. 

The student judged most outstanding will be designated as the college’s GOAL winner and move on to the regional preliminary judging; then three from each region, which will make up the nine finalists, will attend competition for the state GOAL award and selection as the Technical College System of Georgia’s 2013 student of the year where they will have the important responsibility of traveling the state as the ambassador for the entire technical college system. 

Chosen for recognition by their instructors, the nominees from Southern Crescent Technical College include:

 

GOAL NOMINEES 2013

Name

Program

Nominating Instructor

Heather Bales

Internet Specialist-Web Site Design

Charles Cash

Michelle Banks

Medical Assisting

Diana Kendrick

Jennifer Barfield

Medical Assisting

Diana Kendrick

Thomas Bastyr

Networking Specialist

Steven White

Tina Bean

Criminal Justice Technology

Steven Marks

Sandy Brady

Business Administrative Technology

Karla Weaver

Krystal Cannon

Radiologic Technology

Debbie Dawson

Terrence A. Cole

Air Conditioning Technology

Ricky Henson

Jennifer N. Combs

Criminal Justice Technology

Lemuel Mercado

Gwendolyn M. Dallas

Criminal Justice Technology

Lemuel Mercado

Hector Duron

Radiologic Technology

Steven Marks

Crystal Evans

Medical Assisting

Lynn Futral

Donald Fleming, Jr.

Computer Programming

Gordon Carns

Layla Foles

Surgical Technology

Benson Bradley

Eric Girault

Business Management

Jennifer Edwards

Monica Graham

Radiologic Technology

Debbie Dawson

Brandon J. Greggs

Business Management

Christi Ellington

Jodi Hatcher

Accounting

Steven Marks

Elizabeth Hickman

Cosmetology

Susan Allen/Deanne Allen

Rebecca Hill

Criminal Justice Technology

Donald Greathouse

Loretta House

Medical Assisting

Mettie Hogan

Stanley Johnson

Networking Specialist

Gordon Carns

Megan Brooke Jones

Cosmetology

Kimberly Rawlins

Carol Kierstein

Computer Programming

Caren Smith

Kassie Lamb

Applied Technical Management

Lynn Futral

Khrista Lancaster

Cosmetology

Jeannie Kimbell

Christopher Lawrence

Air Conditioning Technology

Ricky Henson

Susan Lentz

Pharmacy Technology

Lisa Soares

Christina Martin

Paralegal Studies

Scott Silvis

Jenneth Martin

Radiologic Technology

Debbie Dawson

Angela Mathis

Cosmetology

Artis Lary

Michael Mizell

Technical Specialist

Shellie Morgan

Lowell Newton

Health Care Assistant/Surgical Technology

Tammy Hatcher

Nanjene Ogletree

Criminal Justice Technology

Homer Daniel

Lillian C. Parrott

Criminal Justice Technology

Donald Greathouse

Ebony Patterson

Medical Assisting

Diana Kendrick

Israel Patterson

Culinary Arts

L. Diane Bertschin

Wasana Phouangmalay

Surgical Technology

Benson Bradley

Julia Povlich

Environmental Horticulture

Greg Huber

Tomeka Ross

Medical Assisting

Mettie Hogan

Stephanie D Scott

Cosmetology

Mercedes Worthy

Thomas Philip Shore

Surgical Technology

Benson Bradley

Katina Skipper

Medical Assisting

Mettie Hogan

Kimberly Smith

Cosmetology

Susan Allen/Deanne Allen

LaKendrick Smith

Radiologic Technology

Dana Breeser

Susan C. Smith

Criminal Justice Technology

Donald Greathouse

Alton Spells

Environmental Horticulture

Greg Huber

Angela Stepp

Health Care Assistant/Surgical Technology

Tammy Hatcher

Shalan Stewart

Criminal Justice Technology

Lemuel Mercado

Lacey Thomas

Internet Specialist-Web Site Design

Charles Cash

Romera Thomas

Radiologic Technology

Dana Breeser

Sunzi Thomas

Internet Specialist-Web Site Design

Charles Cash

Kendra Thompson

Cosmetology

Mercedes Worthy

Sochea Ung

Business Management

Michael Cook

Tara Waterman

Business Administrative Technology

Karla Weaver

Nicholas Wheeless

Criminal Justice Technology

Forest Edd Sanders

Vandeera White

Medical Assisting

Sandra Fender

Mark Cameron Wilson

Air Conditioning Technology

Tony Martin

Morris Winkles

Internet Specialist-Web Site Design

Charles Cash


Solar Panel Technology offered at SCTC
Solar Panel Technology offered at SCTC

October 16, 2012 – During the Summer of 2012, the Electrical Systems Technology program at Southern Crescent Technical College officially began teaching a new course in renewable energy. The course, Photovoltaic Systems, focuses on solar panel technology and installation. The course features advanced training equipment and a small scale solar panel array system that can generate about 3000 watt hours of energy each day.

Alan Stanfield, the program coordinator for Electrical Systems Technology, recognized the need for renewable energy training in the Southern Crescent service area and led in the development of the new course. Adjunct instructor of the Electrical Systems program, Dr. Jerry Spoon, has also assisted in teaching and developing the Photovoltaic course.

In addition, the City of Griffin Electric Department has shown its support by offering tours for students at the solar array field located near the Griffin Water Works. The City of Griffin Electric Department  recently assisted by providing the necessary equipment to install grounding rods for the solar panel system on the Southern Crescent Campus. Dr. Randall L. Peters, President of SCTC, expressed his gratitude for the City of Griffin donating its time and resources to make this program safe and successful.  He stated, “Mr. Stanfield and Dr. Spoon are dedicated to giving our students an edge in the electrical field.  With solar power becoming more affordable and more widely known, we are excited to begin this program here at Southern Crescent”.

The new Photovoltaic Systems course offers graduates of the program a wider range of knowledge pertaining to the electrical field. Alan Stanfield also believes it can promote industry development in our area, as well as greater awareness of the benefits of solar technology.


SCTC Announces New Board Member
SCTC Announces New Board Member

Southern Crescent Technical College recently welcomed a new member to the Board of Directors.  Ms. Mattye J. Troutman Gordon of Reynolds, GA, has been appointed by the State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia.  She was officially sworn in by Judge DeWitt Simonton, Spalding County Probate Judge, during a joint meeting of the Board and the Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation held at Southern Crescent Technical College.

Mattye Troutman Gordon is a retired State of Georgia employee from the Peach County Department of Family and Children Services.  She retired with 34 years of faithful service and has two children and two grandchildren.  Ms. Gordon will represent Taylor County.

        Board Chair Michael Brewer stated, “Southern Crescent Technical College is proud to have Ms. Gordon serve our college.  She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience and will provide us with great assistance as we expand both our educational offerings and physical structures.”

The local Board of Directors approves supplemental policies to ensure that student needs are met and local industry and community needs for programs and services are provided by the College.


Scholarship Recipient Named
Scholarship Recipient Named
Bianca Norwood of Thomaston has been named a 2012 recipient of the Helen and Vernon Crawford Scholar

October 1, 2012 - Bianca Norwood is a 2012 recipient of the Helen and Vernon Crawford Scholarship.  This scholarship is awarded to students who have completed an adult education program and wish to pursue post-secondary education.    Ms. Norwood is a former student of the Southern Crescent Technical College Adult Education program in Upson County.  She was nominated by her former Adult Education Instructor, Mrs. Chelsea McGhee, and Upson County’s Certified Literate Community Commission, Upson READ.  Ms. Norwood is currently enrolled at Southern Crescent Technical College, pursuing a double major in Accounting and Business Management.  She plans to continue her education by obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Business.  Her future hopes and dreams include becoming a CFO of a major company or owning her own business.  Ms. Norwood is a current volunteer at the Community Development Center where she attended Adult Education classes.  She hopes to be an inspiration to current students, influencing them to continue their education beyond a GED.  Ms. Norwood states, “Obtaining my GED was not the ending point, it was just the beginning.”


Graduation Reception Honors 2011-2012 Taylor County GED Graduates
Graduation Reception Honors 2011-2012 Taylor County GED Graduates

September 10, 2012 - Taylor County’s Certified Literate Community Commission hosted a team of evaluators on September 19 - 20, 2012. An assessment of the 21 years since the beginning of the local commission resulted in an announcement that a recommendation would be made to the State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia to designate Taylor County as one of the Certified Literate Communities in Georgia. The Commission has been a participant in the State of Georgia’s Certified Literate Community Program (CLCP) since 1991.

 

Communities participating in the program analyze their specific needs, create public awareness of these needs, ensure that relevant learning opportunities are offered, and evaluate the progress of the literacy program in order to provide opportunities for citizens to improve their basic skills.  A ten-year goal, established in 1991, was for 1328 individuals needing adult education services to be served. The goal was surpassed with 2261 being served.  During the next ten-year interval, another 1819 individuals were served. 

 

A culminating celebration of the milestones of the Taylor County Certified Literate Commission including the announcement of the team’s recommendation, was held at the Southern Crescent Technical College Taylor County Center on Thursday, September 20, 2012. A large number of attendees representing various organizations and businesses; elected officials; current and former adult education faculty, staff and students; and community members were present.

 

Executive Director of the Taylor County CLCP, Charlie Hicks, presided over the program.  Taylor County High School’s JROTC Honor Guard presented the colors.  Michelle Westbrook sang The Star Spangled Banner and Pastor Veronica Lewis, St. Phillips A.M.E. Church, gave the invocation.  Mayor Fred Waller of Reynolds welcomed the group, and Adult Education student, Annie Shorter, read an inspirational poem. Dr. Dawn Hodges, Vice President for Academic Affairs, was the guest speaker.  Billie Izard, Executive Director for the State’s Certified Literate Community Project, presented Charlie Hicks with a certificate of service for having worked with the CLCP program for more than 20 years.  Several others in attendance recognized Mr. Hicks for his commitment and vision.  Closing remarks were made by Southern Crescent Technical College’s Vice President for Adult Education, Len Moore. 

 

Taylor County’s CLCP has acted as a local advisory committee for the Taylor County Adult Education Program at Southern Crescent Technical College and has offered support for the program, its students, and its faculty and staff.  The CLCP has sponsored a many of activities since 1991. Highlights include sponsorship of the Taylor County Spelling Bee (1998-2006); sponsorship of the 5K Run/Walk for Literacy (2007-present); sponsorship of student recognition events, field trips and scholarships; assistance in securing grants ( to include  the local facility’s initial construction(1995) and addition to that facility (2008); donation of educational tools and supplies for the local adult education program; support for the creation of college classes at the Southern Crescent Technical College Taylor County Center; support for the offering of GED Testing at the Southern Crescent Technical College Taylor County Center; and annual recognition ceremonies for Taylor County GED graduates. 

 

CLCPs across Georgia promote literacy by involving the whole community. By making literacy a community-wide commitment, CLCPs mobilize a diversity of key resources to promote and support literacy training. Improved literacy in a community means stronger children, families, and workers.


Medical Technology Building signed over to SCTC
Medical Technology Building signed over to SCTC

Griffin, GA – On September 19, 2012, Provost Steve Daniel from Southern Crescent Technical College (SCTC) met with individuals from Georgia State Financing Investment Commission (GSFIC), Lord, Aeck and Sargent Architectural Firm, SKANSKA, and the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) to sign the Medical Technology Building over to SCTC. 

The Radiologic Technology and Dental Assisting programs will be the first to hold classes in the new state of the art building. Furniture will be installed in the upcoming month with equipment following for the remaining programs. 

Steve Daniel stated, “This project was 10 years in the making, and we are beyond thrilled to see this happening today. We would like to thank the Governor and the Legislature for appropriating the funds for this project. The architectural firm of Lord, Aeck and Sargent is to be commended for the amazing design of the building. Also, TCSG, GSFIC and SKANSKA worked hard to make this project as seamless as possible for the College.” 

On July 7, 2011, Skanska USA Building Inc. and Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission entered into contract to construct an 80,000 square foot Medical Technology Building on the Griffin Campus of Southern Crescent Technical College. 

Designed by Lord, Aeck and Sargent with extensive input from program coordinators and faculty members, the Medical Technology Building will house the Dental Assisting, Medical Assisting, Orthopeadic Technology, Pharmacy Technology, Practical Nursing, Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Care Technology, Surgical Technology, Emergency Medical Technician, and Paramedicine programs. Additionally, the building has 12 classrooms, two biology labs, and a chemistry lab to support these allied health programs. The second and third floors contain office suites that will house faculty and staff, along with an executive office for the academic dean responsible for the college’s medical related programs of study. 

The negotiated cost of construction for this project is $15,072,285, with an estimated completion date of September 2012. The budget for furniture, fixtures, and equipment is an additional $2,500,000. Southern Crescent Technical College anticipates an additional three months to equip and furnish the building in preparation for Spring Semester 2013. Many programs will move existing equipment to the new building, which will allow for the expansion of existing programs and the creation of new programs, for many new program offerings on the Griffin Campus have been placed on hold because of current space constraints.


SCTC Adult Education Graduation Held
SCTC Adult Education Graduation Held

September 6, 2012 – Southern Crescent Technical College honored 574 graduates at the 2012 Commencement Exercises for the Adult Education program. There were 127 graduates that participated in the ceremony held at 7:00 pm at First Assembly of God Church in Griffin. Receiving awards for Scholastic Achievement were Michaela Savoy and Athena King. These two individuals achieved the highest overall GED score for the year. Assistant Commissioner of Administrative Services Lisa Eason of the Technical College System of Georgia was the keynote speaker. 

Southern Crescent Technical College provides testing services for the General Educational Development (GED ®) Test at two GED Testing Centers located in Griffin and Thomaston. The GED Test is a group of five subject tests that certifies the successful test-taker has high school level academic skills. The credential is recognized by most educational and business organizations as the equivalent of a high school diploma. 

In order to prepare individuals to pass the GED, the Adult Education Program has classes that are specifically designed for adults who have different needs, backgrounds, and skills. A flexible program has been designed which meets the needs of any individual wishing to participate. Programs are located at our two main campuses in Griffin and Thomaston, as well as Butts, Fayette, Henry, Jasper, Lamar, Pike, Taylor, and Talbot counties.

For more information about the GED and Adult Education program, please call the Flint River Campus at 706-646-6121 or the Griffin Campus at 770-229-3176.


Technical College System of Georgia Approves Tuition Increase for 2013
Technical College System of Georgia Approves Tuition Increase for 2013

Atlanta – September 6, 2012 - The state board that oversees the Technical College System of Georgia today approved the system’s request for a tuition increase of $10 per credit hour starting next year. 

TCSG students at the 25 TCSG colleges will pay $85 per credit hour beginning in the spring 2013 semester. As a result, tuition for a full, 15-hour course load will cost $1,275 next semester, or $150 more than today. 

Three-quarters of TCSG students use HOPE to help pay for their tuition, mostly in the form of the HOPE grant, which pays $60.75 per credit hour. With the increase, students who enroll under the HOPE grant will pay $364 in out of pocket tuition for a full semester, up from the $214 that they currently spend. In addition, the TCSG board approved a new $50 institutional fee beginning in spring 2013 and a $50 fee for online courses starting in fall 2013. TCSG students will pay, on average, a total of $223 in fees starting in the spring. 

Once the expense of books is added in, usually about $500, the total cost to attend a TCSG college full-time for a semester next year will be just under $2,000. The out-of-pocket cost for students who qualify for the HOPE grant will be about $1,086. 

Many students can reduce the cost of their TCSG education if they qualify for the federal Pell grant, which is awarded based on financial need. Last year, more than half of the 170,000 students who enrolled at TCSG colleges utilized the Pell grant. 

“A tuition and fee increase was made necessary by the rising expenses to deliver our programs and lower state appropriations,” said TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson. “A state technical college education remains an excellent value compared to the cost, yet we fully understand the impact that any additional expense has on our students. The colleges will do all that they can to provide sources of financial assistance to those who need it most. We’re committed to seeing that all of our students get the opportunity they deserve to be a part of Georgia’s 21st century workforce.” 

About the TCSG: The 25 colleges of the Technical College System of Georgia offer affordable education and excellent training in more than 600 certificate, diploma and two-year associate degree programs. Students of all ages take advantage of outstanding instructors, hands-on learning and state-of-the-art equipment to gain the skills needed for today’s in-demand jobs. In 2012, the TCSG colleges delivered 2.7 million credit hours of instruction to 170,000 students. The TCSG is online, too, serving 85,000 students through the system’s Georgia Virtual Technical Connection. Many TCSG students enjoy the benefits of Georgia’s HOPE grant and scholarship and the federal Pell grant, which will pay for a significant portion of a TCSG education. 

For more information about the TCSG and links to a technical college in your area, go to www.tcsg.edu


Graduation Reception Honors 2011-2012 Taylor County GED Graduates
Graduation Reception Honors 2011-2012 Taylor County GED Graduates

September 10, 2012 - Wednesday, September 5, 2012, a reception was held in honor of nineteen Taylor County citizens who earned their GED® during 2011-2012 through Southern Crescent Technical College. Faculty and staff members of the Adult Education program, along with members of the Taylor County Certified Literate Commission attended the event. Of those graduates in attendance, each has already enrolled in college or has begun the application process. Whether the initial intent for earning a GED® was for self-satisfaction, employment purposes or for continued education, each of these graduates acknowledged that his or her GED® was just the beginning toward post-secondary education opportunities that would allow him/her to better assist children with their schoolwork and to improve employment opportunities. 

Adult Education classes, designed to assist an individual in preparing to take the GED® Tests, are free! These classes are offered in Butler at the Southern Crescent Technical College, Taylor County Center. Classes are offered in the mornings, afternoons and evenings. Individuals who are 16 or 17 years old must complete additional paperwork for admission. For more information about adult education classes, please call 478-862-2323


SCTC Facility Coming Soon to Henry County
SCTC Facility Coming Soon to Henry County

August 15, 2012 - Southern Crescent Technical College (SCTC), a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, will soon have a physical presence in Henry County. The Henry County Center is slated to be sent out to bid in the coming weeks and will consist of one two-story building of approximately 35,000 square feet. Housed in the new building will be a variety of classrooms, offices, and laboratory spaces, which will host a wide-ranging assortment of classes. Although many of the programs offered at the SCTC Henry County Center will require students to attend a portion of their educational experience on the Griffin campus, many students will be able to begin their education in Henry County, with some able to finish their entire programs locally.

The Henry County business and education communities have long been supporters of SCTC. Currently, SCTC is offering courses at the Academy for Advanced Studies on the Henry County High School campus. The new Southern Crescent Technical College facility will be a major addition to the educational infrastructure of Henry County and will bring technical education within range of every resident in the area. The SCTC Henry County Center will be located immediately east of Henry County High School, built on land donated to Southern Crescent Technical College by the Henry County Board of Education. Additionally, the City of McDonough has been instrumental in providing access to infrastructure to make the implementation of the new building a much lower operating cost than originally conceived. The College has been working on the plan for over a year, contributing $2.5 million of college funds, and securing approximately $6 million of state funds to complete the building project. This building, one of eight included in the master plan, will include parking areas, a main roadway into the site, and facilities to provide both student support services as well as academic instruction to students of Henry County. Future facilities include buildings which will create an entire Henry County Campus for Southern Crescent Technical College.

Included in the plan for the initial building are general purpose classrooms to house general core and pre-health program classes, a CISCO networking lab and classroom with plans to host a CISCO Networking Academy program, computer classrooms, life science labs, and a unique MRI/CT simulator which will be used for advanced education for graduates already holding Radiography certifications. In addition, programs such as Criminal Justice and Business Management are planned to be offered at this location. The Henry County facility has been designed with sustainability in mind, with a holistic approach to conservation of resources such as water and power when compared to a typical classroom facility. The design has targeted a 60% reduction in power consumption over the national average for similar university buildings, and the intent of the design is to be a LEED certified silver building.


SCTC Foundation Hosts Red Carpet Gala
SCTC Foundation Hosts Red Carpet Gala

August 13, 2012 - The Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation's seventh annual Red Carpet Gala, held on August 11, 2012, on the Griffin Campus, received well over 300 guests who enjoyed an evening of fine dining, music, and fundraising. The guests eagerly demonstrated support for Southern Crescent Technical College through their lively participation in a reverse raffle and by generously bidding during both a silent and a live auction. Early estimates indicate that proceeds from the event will be in excess $40,000 with that money going to support the needs of the College. The evening culminated with John Tidwell and Robert Brock splitting the $5000 grand prize in the reverse raffle and donating $1000 back to the Foundation. Jack Smith, SCTC Foundation Trustee, enlivened the crowd as the event's emcee. Fellow Foundation Trustee Randy Howell and The Party Time Band provided the evening's entertainment, playing a variety of musical selections which encouraged the guests to dance.

SCTC President Dr. Randall Peters expressed gratitude on behalf of the College and thanked those in attendance which were comprised of representatives from twenty-four area businesses as corporate sponsors and dozens of other faithful friends of the College. Attendees had an opportunity to bid on approximately 250 silent and live auction items and in-kind services which were donated from individuals and businesses. Silent auction items ranged from jewelry, vacation trips, handmade pieces, home décor items, artwork, autographed books, electronics, fine dining coupons, and an assortment of other items and services. 

The Red Carpet Gala was a phenomenal success, primarily due to the unwavering support of those who attended and those who so generously donated items for auction. The Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation expressed its great appreciation when Co-Chair Otis Blake Jr. stated, "Tonight is a grand night for Southern Crescent Technical College. The campus has never looked so elegant, and the eager participation of our guests truly overwhelms us. We could not have asked for a more impressive turn-out.” In addition, Co-Chair Jeff Stribling stated, “The College deserves the very best we can offer in our support, and the communities have surely risen to the occasion with their attendance and their donations. We are very thankful for their generosit


Theater Appreciation Students Attend Performance
Theater Appreciation Students Attend Performance

July 7, 2012 - Last Saturday, twelve SCTC students joined Instructors David-Matthew Barnes and Leila Wells Rogers for a performance of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest at the Georgia Shakespeare Festival in Atlanta. The students, most of who are enrolled in Theatre Appreciation (THEA 1101) and/or are members of SCTC’s Performing and Literary Arts Student Association (PALASA), organized the off-campus trip specifically because they had studied and performed scenes from the play in class.

For more info about the Georgia Shakespeare Festival: http://www.gashakespeare.org/.


Moore Receives Crawford Scholarship
Moore Receives Crawford Scholarship

July 16, 2012 - Kimberly Moore of Thomaston has been named a 2012 recipient of the Helen and Vernon Crawford Scholarship. Helen and Vernon Crawford first began their work in literacy at Literacy Action in the 1980's and soon became strong advocates for advancing the literacy of anyone who wished to learn to read. Vernon was a greatly loved physics professor at Georgia Tech and served in collegiate administrative positions after his retirement, culminating in the position of Acting Chancellor of the University System of Georgia. In that capacity, he and Helen traveled the state of Georgia and witnessed the serious need for more education among Georgians in all subjects. Dr. Crawford, who was a former member of the DTAE Board of Directors, Mrs. Crawford and Mrs. Shirley Miller, wife of then Governor, Zell Miller, traveled the state, introducing the Certified Literate Community Program. These scholarships are Helen and Vernon Crawford's legacy to all of Georgia to continue and excel in what they helped to begin.

Ms. Moore was nominated for this scholarship by Upson READ, Upson County’s Certified Literate Community Commission, and her former Southern Crescent Technical College (SCTC) Adult Education instructor, Mrs. Chelsea McGhee. Ms. Moore attended Adult Education classes at the SCTC Community Development Center in Thomaston and received her GED in 2010. She has recently completed certificates in Patient Care and Certified Nursing and is now working toward an Associate degree in Health Care Sciences at Southern Crescent Technical College. Ms. Moore’s ultimate goal is to become a Registered Nurse.


Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation Receives $5,000 Grant from the Dollar General Literac
Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation Receives $5,000 Grant from the Dollar General Literac

July 12, 2012 – Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation, Inc. received a $5,000 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. The grant will be used to implement an advocacy program to expand Adult Education enrollment and student success in Spalding County.

Southern Crescent Technical College provides testing services for the General Educational Development (GED ®). The GED Test is a group of five subject tests that certifies the successful test-taker has high school level academic skills. The credential is recognized by most educational and business organizations as the equivalent of a high school diploma.

In order to prepare individuals to pass the GED, the Adult Education Program has classes that are specifically designed for adults who have different needs, backgrounds, and skills. A flexible program has been designed which meets the needs of any individual wishing to participate.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards grants to organizations in communities served by Dollar General. The literacy grants support nonprofit organizations that provide literacy services such as adult basic education, GED preparation, English language acquisition or programs for youth who struggle with reading.

The Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation promotes the cause of higher education at Southern Crescent Technical College by acquiring and administering cash, grants, and other funds and properties principally from industries, businesses, individuals, corporations, other organizations, associations or foundations, as well as from faculty, staff, alumni, and other friends of the College. In addition, the Foundation assists students by providing scholarships and provides assistance to the College for the support and development of the College in its educational, cultural, social, civic, and professional endeavors and development. The Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation is a non-profit corporation established under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education. Since 1993, the Foundation has awarded more than $71.2 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 4.1 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy, a general education diploma or English proficiency. For more information on the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and a complete list of grant recipients, visit http://www.dgliteracy.org.


TCSG State Board Approves New Fee Structure for GED ® Test-Takers
TCSG State Board Approves New Fee Structure for GED ® Test-Takers

June 21, 2012 - ATLANTA – Georgia’s adult learners who want to improve their education have easy access to free programs that offer adult education and GED preparation through the Technical College System of Georgia’s (TCSG) Office of Adult Education. The only cost that adult learners have to pay is the GED test fee. Now, for the first time since 2007, that fee is set to rise in July to $32 for each part of the test under a plan approved on May 3, 2012, by the state board that oversees the TCSG.

The total cost for the five-part test will be $160 and goes into effect on July 1, 2012, after the TCSG, its colleges, and the local testing centers work to inform Georgians about the price change.

The new price structure applies to all current tests and coincides with the nationwide implementation of a computer-based GED test. The TCSG Office of Adult Education is currently piloting the computer-based test at two technical college locations and plans to implement it at all GED testing centers statewide by year-end.

This is the first price increase for the GED test in five years, when the previous cost for each of the five test components rose from $13 to the current $19 (or $95 for the full test battery). The new price factors in the cost of the development, implementation, delivery and use of the test, including the computer-based version.

“The computer-based GED test is being implemented nationwide, and Georgia is one of the first states to use it. This is an important step for our state since the new GED test that’s scheduled for release in 2014 will be only available on computer. Our ability to begin student preparation early will be a plus for our test-takers. We’ve been working in close collaboration with the national GED Testing Service in Washington, D.C. to ensure that Georgia’s adult learners can make an easy and successful transition to the paperless test,” said Beverly Smith, TCSG assistant commissioner for adult education.

Evaluations from over 600 GED test-takers who took the computer-based test at the two pilot test centers at Gwinnett Technical College and Ogeechee Technical College have been positive about the experience. Even students with minimal computer skills found that the experience was easier than they first thought.

Once fully deployed, the computer-based GED test will provide additional benefits to Georgia’s test-takers, including the use of basic technology that’s required for many job applications as well as in training programs and workplaces. From hospitals to construction sites, computer use is a common skill that’s expected in today’s job market. Technology integration in the workforce will continue trending upward, and Georgia’s adult learners will gain from using the basic keyboarding skills required to take the GED test on computer.

According to Nicole M. Chestang, executive vice president of the GED Testing Service, “Georgia’s test-takers will also benefit by receiving instant unofficial scores for four of the five subject tests, and in 2014 GED testing on computer will add a significantly enhanced and expanded score report – rather than the current pass/fail approach. Also, in 2014 test-takers will be able to receive not just the traditional high school equivalency, but also a new career- and college-ready endorsement for easier entry into the workforce and college training programs.”

Qualified students who cannot afford the fees will be eligible to apply for grants through the TCSG colleges and local community organizations. All of the other essential adult education programs, including Adult Basic Education, GED test preparation classes, college and career advisement, and English as a Second Language classes, remain available free of charge to any Georgian. Last year, almost 80,000 Georgians took advantage of easy access to those programs.

Smith stated that the new cost structure should not deter anyone, regardless of their income, from taking and passing a test that will change their lives for the better, including the potential for a higher-paying job and access to a college education. “Students who think that they won’t be able to cover the cost or who need other assistance shouldn’t hesitate to get more information from their local GED testing center or the TCSG Office of Adult Education. Individuals who qualify based on need can get help with access to grant money from the TCSG Foundation, TCSG college foundations, and local literacy partners. And we’re actively seeking more individual, civic, and corporate donors who are willing to help the more than 1.2 million adult Georgians who need a GED diploma,” said Smith.

Smith added, “In FY 2011, almost 28,000 people took the GED test in Georgia and over 19,000 passed it and earned their GED diploma. More than 9,500 people received fee assistance to take the test, and we expect to substantially increase that number in the coming year.”

There are added benefits for completing the program and passing the tests. “Once they earn a GED diploma, the state presents graduates who are Georgia residents with a $500 HOPE voucher that can be used to enroll at a TCSG college, which in turn opens the door to receive the HOPE grant,” said Smith.

The HOPE grant, which is separate from the voucher, will pay for a large portion of the state technical college tuition. To keep the HOPE grant, students must maintain at least a 3.0 college grade point average.

A list of all of Georgia’s GED testing centers and more information is available at https://tcsg.edu/forAdultLearners.php

More about computer-based GED testing:

  • Test-takers can register online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • They can go online day or night to schedule a test and even schedule on a test day.
  • Easy choice of a test center location, day and time that’s convenient to the test-taker.
  • Instant unofficial results given at completion of most tests (except for the Language Arts – Writing test).
  • There’s increased time for testing with a substantial reduction of administrative tasks.
  • Increased security - electronic tests are downloaded/uploaded with no internet connection during testing.
  • Ability to expand GED test centers in more Georgia counties with the use of existing local computer labs.

Scholarship Recipient Named
Scholarship Recipient Named

June 21, 2012 - Kimberly Moore of Thomaston has been named a 2012 recipient of the Shirley Carver Miller scholarship. The purpose of the Shirley Carver Miller Scholarship is to reward GED graduates by providing a financial incentive to work towards continuing their education at one of Georgia’s technical colleges in any field of study of their choosing. Ms. Moore was nominated for this scholarship by Upson READ, Upson County’s Certified Literate Community Commission, and her former Southern Crescent Technical College (SCTC) Adult Education instructor, Mrs. Chelsea McGhee. Ms. Moore attended Adult Education classes at the SCTC Community Development Center in Thomaston and received her GED in 2010. She is currently working toward certificates in Patient Care Assisting and Certified Nursing Assistant at Southern Crescent Technical College. Ms. Moore’s ultimate goal is to become a registered nurse.


Adult Education Honor Society Nominees Recognized
Adult Education Honor Society Nominees Recognized

May 30, 2012 - Southern Crescent Technical College inducted its first group of Adult Education students and graduates into the National Adult Education Honor Society (NAEHS) on Wednesday, May 2, 2012. Adult Education instructors nominated 63 inductees based on attendance, cooperation and work ethics. Inductees were presented letters of recommendation for employment from the NAEHS headquarters, an NAEHS membership certificate, and a pin during the ceremony. The mission of the National Adult Education Honor Society is to provide meaningful recognition to deserving adult education students, to improve student employment opportunities, to develop student ambassadors for local adult education programs and to create adult education awareness with school administrators and state legislators.

Adult Education offers free classes to individuals seeking to improve basic skills allowing them to better compete in today’s workforce, strengthen family foundations, or exercise full citizenship. Many students have the goal(s) of obtaining the GED® , entering post-secondary education , or learning English as a second language. Southern Crescent Technical College offers Adult Education classes in Butts, Fayette, Henry, Jasper, Lamar, Pike, Spalding, Talbot, Taylor and Upson counties.


Taylor Center Race For Literacy
Taylor Center Race For Literacy

April 30, 2012 - The 2012 Taylor County 5k Race for Literacy was held on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at the Reynolds Ball Park, South Liberty Street, in Reynolds, Georgia. The race, the fifth in the series, is sponsored by the Taylor County Certified Literate Community Program and registered with the 2012 Run and See Georgia Grand Prix Series and the Macon Track Club’s Piedmont Sports Medicine Place Series.

Nathan Norton, 20, was the overall winner of the race with a time of 17 minutes, 23 seconds (picture shown below). The female winner was Heather Trana with a time of 20 minutes. Approximately 145 runners participated in the race.

The Taylor County Certified Literate Community Program, a participating member of Georgia’s Certified Literate Community Program and an official advisory committee of Southern Crescent Technical College’s Department of Adult Education, is an advocacy program in support of adult education and literacy. Proceeds from this race will provide for General Education Development (GED) Credential Scholarships for persons in need and have demonstrated academic success.


Spring 2012 President's List
Spring 2012 President's List

May 30, 2012 – Dr. Randall Peters, President of Southern Crescent Technical College, is pleased to announce the Spring Semester 2012 President’s List. In order to obtain this distinction, a student must be enrolled full time and maintain a perfect grade point average of 4.0. The following students are included on this list:

2012 Fall Semester President's List

Butts County Erin Buck Destinie Clements Stephanie Dunn Misty Durden Reginald Fish Brandon Garland Kenneth Ingram Leah Jones Kimberly Mccarty Patricia McWilliams William Norsworthy Amber Paredes Scott Perkins Catherine Stark Kerri Womack

Crawford County Heather Bales Elizabeth Hickman

Dawson County Jessica Quattrocchi

Fayette County Cory Anderson Chase Armbrust Payton Black Rebecca Bruner Erin Coleman Aleksey Curran Minh Dinh Nancy Dodgen Kathy Gibson Patricia Hawthorne Kaleab Jenrette Madison Lovelace Nicholus Martin Jennifer North Aletha Posey John Prosser Samantha Pugh Ronald Reams Patricia Shirley Megan Stenner Brenyanna Stephens April Turner Eric Vogel Joseph Wierzbicki Jaclyn Wilkerson

Meriwether County Gwendolyn Coleman Adam Griffeth Brenda Smith

Newton County Bethany Sewell

Pike County Karen Alexander Ashton Bennett Kayla Brooks Rhiana Brooks Ashley Brown Kelley Cooper Walter Duke Jessica Ellerbee Jonathan Eskew Alan Hanvey Nataliya Hendren Marc Henry Carol Kierstein Donna Marlow Jake Marlow Ketisha Rouseau James Ryder Wendy Smith Christopher Turner Carrie Walrath Matthew Weger

Upson County Wanda Bennett Jessica Bentley Brett Byous Amanda Coleman William Conine Brittany Dawson Benjamin Dean Kemetrice Ellerbee Shervonne Foster Ginger Lamb Timothy Ledbetter Tomi Mangrum Mark Matson Gerald McBride Arnetta Miller Marilyn Mullis Justin Nix Rebecca Parker Heath Porter Benjamin Ragan Marcos Ruiz Villa Michelle Silver Micheal Smith Susan Smith Keith Snow Rodney Tigner Kalonda Washington Kristi Whittaker Karen Wood Jeremy Wright

Clayton County Tonya Anthony Kodjovi Apedjinou Christina Bryant Shaunee Campbell Michael Coogler Patricia Cooper-Manga Kimble Crane Franklin DeNeal Duc Dinh Marife Eckler Beverly Gaither Monego Gaye Stephanie Harrington Alexander Hill Sybil Hill Kristina Holloway James Hulbert Maritza Jeffery Stanley Johnson Andrea Jones April Jones Ajah Kitt Marianna Leverett LueVater Mabry Patrick Maloney Calvin Murray Tamara Poole Deneen Richards Johao Soriano Luther Sullivan Marcia Turner Marco Vivaldo Larry Watson Laarni Worthey Rakhel Yisrael

Fulton County Cordarius Weaver

Jasper County Morris Bedor, Jr.

Lamar County Evelyn Bentley Terri Bosarge Jonathan Brown Justin Bush Daniel Cuviello Melissa Dingler Matthew Doss Quesha Foster Janese Gonzalez Cherie Hayes Summer Marlyne Trent McCormick Matthew Owensby Jelita-Akeisha Robinson Robert Rowe Sherry Tatum Veronica White

Rockdale County Daniel Bemis Alexa Grimes Charles Ledford

Spalding County Alisha Acree Stuart Adams Naveed Ahmad Tina Bean Brett Bell Zanina Berry Michael Bonacci Sandy Brady Deidre Brooks Jamie Carter Layla Clark Fredricus Colbert Rekeia Davis Sharon Davis Anastasia DiFilippantonio Jason Duell James Dykes Kenneth Eagle Ryan Forrest Haleigh Harker Joshua Harp Jessica Hawkins Thomas Henderson Travis Hilger James Hughes Cameron Hutcherson Jared Johnson Nick Keene Christopher Laster Emily Leslie Rebecca Long Anthony Maxwell Jennifer McClure Chase Murdock Jessica Napier Jessica Osborne Jahkira Patterson Donna Price Patricia Ridgeway Krissy Roberts Loren Scibetta Lisa Smith Mary Smith Dejuan Stargell Taylor Steele Angela Sweatmon Michael Tate Deidre Thurmon Charles Twilley Ashley Wallace Kimberly Weston Kayla Wigley Hebah Zaman Neda Zaman

Coweta County Thomas Bastyr Valerie Cannon Stephen Dayton Beau Hightower Alan Jones Lindsey Kerce Emily Sain Christy Smith Patricia Smith Marie Strausbaugh Johnny Terrell

Henry County Gail Bowen William Bush Haylee Callaway Jessica Callaway John Capone Jr. Jesse Chaffin Mark Covington Timothy Cox Jonathan Day Charles Dougherty Donald Fleming Jr Natalie Garrett Kayla Gittens Laura Gourdet Amanda Hall Andrew Haschle Jason Hickman Kelli Insinna Eunice Jackson Tyler Jacob Elna Jeantine Wesley Kerr Matthew King Bradley Kuhns David LaCroix Wesley Lanier Stephanie Lewis Marya Lindsay Jenneth Martin Wayne Martin Turreana Mathis Susan McIntosh Brittany Miller Rhonda Moore Khanh Nguyen NgocBich Nguyen Mary Osborne Jerry Pabon Wilnick Pacius Megan Pass Israel Patterson Melodie Pierre Franklin Price Kenda Purdy Donna Roberts Johanna Sanchez Denise Sanders Kimberly Scott Krystle Senft Joshua Shears Jasmien Sims Lacey Thomas Michelle Weaver Tiffany Whitaker Joycelyn Williams Necole Wilson Kerry Young

Talbot County Rodrell Ellison Vrittney McCoy

Taylor County Jennifer Dugger


2012 Graduation - Cause for Celebration
2012 Graduation - Cause for Celebration

May 11, 2012 - Graduates were all smiles as Southern Crescent Technical College held the annual commencement ceremony at First Assembly of God Church in Griffin as students received their diplomas on Thursday, May 10, 2012.

This year, approximately 600 students completed requirements for diplomas or degrees from Southern Crescent Technical College with nearly 160 choosing to participate in Thursday’s ceremony. All students were recognized for their achievements with words of encouragement from President, Dr. Randall Peters and Sara Polk, SCTC Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership recipient.

Dr. Ivan Allen, Former Interim President of SCTC and President of Middle Georgia Technical College in Warner Robins, was the keynote speaker at the graduation ceremony. He congratulated the graduates and urged them to continue on their path of success. He offered them words of support as they achieve success in both their personal and professional life.

The graduation ceremony was certainly a time for celebration as students were rewarded for both their achievements and sacrifices in their pursuit of educational goals and dreams. The graduates have worked diligently for this great accomplishment and should be commended for their dedication to education.


SCTC Student Named as Finalist for the TCSG Student of the Year
SCTC Student Named as Finalist for the TCSG Student of the Year

Atlanta, GA—April 26, 2012 Sara Polk, a Business Management and Criminal Justice student from Southern Crescent Technical College was honored as one of nine finalists for the Technical College System of Georgia’s 2012 Student of the Year award during a dinner at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel in Atlanta on April 26.

The award is part of the system’s annual GOAL (Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership) program, which recognizes the best student at each of the state’s 25 technical colleges and a Board of Regents college with a technical division. “There are more than 190,000 students attending Georgia’s technical colleges, so it’s an exceptional accomplishment to be named a finalist for the Technical College System of Georgia’s Student of the Year award,” said TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson. Polk has earned this achievement because she has excelled in the classroom and is a great role model for others at the college and in her community.”

Judging for the award starts at each college and continues on to the regional level. At the state level, the nine finalists are interviewed by a panel of judges representing business, industry and higher education in Georgia. At each step, the students are rated on their academic accomplishments, leadership qualities, involvement in their local communities, and future aspirations.

The competition for the award is intense, for not only is the state winner named Georgia’s technical college student of the year and ambassador for technical education, the student also gets the keys to a brand-new Chevrolet Cruze, presented by Chevrolet and the local Chevrolet dealers, long-time sponsors of the GOAL program.

About the TCSG: The Technical College System of Georgia oversees 25 technical colleges throughout the state serving more than 190,000 students. Affordable access to high-quality, 21st century technical education programs that lead to in-demand jobs is a big reason why enrollment at the TCSG colleges is up by almost one-third over last three years.

The system also manages Quick Start, the internationally-known economic development incentive that offers workforce training for new or expanding businesses and industries in Georgia. Quick Start is one of the nation’s oldest and most successful programs for attracting new investment to the state and promoting job creation.

TCSG colleges offer small classes, hands-on experience and focused instructor attention in more than 600 programs, including healthcare, manufacturing technologies, aerospace, logistics, agribusiness, life sciences, energy and the environment, and much more. In addition, the TCSG oversees the state’s adult education and GED preparation and testing programs.


SCTC Foundation Drive “Fore” Education Golf Tournament a Success
SCTC Foundation Drive “Fore” Education Golf Tournament a Success

April 24, 2012 – The Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation recently hosted the Drive “Fore” Education Golf Tournament at Sun City Peachtree in Griffin in partnership with Skanska, Inc. At the conclusion of the tournament, a check totaling $20,378.00 was presented to the Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation from money raised at this event.

The Lauderdale style tournament was held on April 23, 2012 and had 28 teams participating. The Impact Outsourcing Solutions team of Todd Feltman, Buster Franklin, Joe Brown, and Kelly Yielding took home first place. Second place went to Jesse Foley, Tim Taylor, Ryan Carter, and Kelvin Hall. Third place winners were Keith Wesley, Doug Wesley, Curtis Hardwick, and Buren Goss. Fourth place winners were Dan Carr, Ryan Galasso, David Black, and Polo Bascuut.

John Lloyd, Jim Shaw, Brian Karlowicz, and Curtis Hardwick each won Closest to the Pin titles and the Longest Drive prize went to Jesse Foley.

Birdie Sponsors for the tournament included: Dixie Electric Company; Impact Office Interiors; Impact Outsourcing Solutions; Lord, Aeck & Sargent Architecture; Norcom, Inc.; Perkins-Shibaura Engines; Precision Concrete Construction, Inc./Argos; and United Bank Investment and Trust Services.


Two Local High School Students Win Statewide Art Contest
Two Local High School Students Win Statewide Art Contest

Atlanta, GA—April 19, 2012: Song Kang and Tamara Ferguson, both 12th graders from McDonough’s Union Grove High School, shared a stage with Gov. Nathan Deal today in honor of Georgia’s manufacturing industry.

Kang took first place and Ferguson received third place in the t-shirt category of the 2012 Manufacturing Appreciation Week (MAW) student design contest. For their efforts, Kang received a $ 500 scholarship and Ferguson received a $100 scholarship check, presented at the MAW Governor’s Awards Luncheon at the Georgia International Convention Center

Kang’s talents are abundant as this is the third year she has won an award in the t-shirt competition; placing second in 2009 and first in 2011.

Gov. Deal congratulated all the winners of the contest, and praised the commitment to manufacturing they symbolize. “I really appreciate the fact that you would see it important to recognize these fine young folks,” he said.

Students from around the state submitted design entries featuring Georgia manufacturers and their products. The three design categories were placemat, poster and t-shirt.

Dr. Randall Peters, Southern Crescent Technical College president stated, “We were thrilled to be able to submit such exceptional artwork from these individuals and to have their artwork chosen to represent manufacturing in the state of Georgia. They are both talented young women and well-deserving of this honor.”

During the ceremonies, Gov. Nathan Deal named Georgia’s 2012 Manufacturers of the Year: Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia in West Point in the large manufacturer category (more than 500 employees); Quad/Graphics’ facility in The Rock in the medium manufacturer category (150-500 employees); and Cartersville’s Applied Thermoplastic Resources in the small manufacturer category (fewer than 150 employees).

To underline his support for manufacturing and making Georgia the best place to do business, Gov. Deal used the opportunity to sign HB 386, the Georgia Jobs and Family Tax Reform Plan, before the awards presentation ceremony. HB 386 eliminates the state sales tax on energy used in manufacturing and provides a variety of tax cuts for Georgians.

Co-hosted by the Technical College System of Georgia and the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the awards luncheon is the highlight of MAW, celebrated this year April 16-20. This is the 18th year celebrating Manufacturing Appreciation Week in Georgia.


Student Appreciation Day – Fun for All
Student Appreciation Day – Fun for All

April 12, 2012 – SCTC students always welcome a break from classes, especially when they are treated to a day filled with food, fun, games, and prizes!

Student Government Association hosted the annual Student Appreciation Day on March 29, 2012 on the Flint River Campus and April 12, 2012 on the Griffin Campus. Students enjoyed barbeque lunch while participating in various games and activities, group exercise and hanging out with friends. Students were also able to participate in a car show and talent show and capped the afternoon off with an Open Mic Event. Students had a blast while indulging in everyone’s favorite - cotton candy, popcorn and snow cones!


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