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Colleges Agree to New Pathway for I.T. Students
Colleges Agree to New Pathway for I.T. Students

Officials from Middle Georgia State College and Southern Crescent Technical College in Griffin signed an agreement today that will provide a pathway for SCTC students studying information technology to seamlessly continue their studies and obtain a bachelor’s degree in I.T. from Middle Georgia State.

Dr. Christopher Blake, president of Middle Georgia State, and Dr. Randall Peters, president of Southern Crescent, met in Macon to sign an articulation agreement between the two institutions. The agreement stipulates that Middle Georgia State will accept certain credits from SCTC students who have graduated with a degree in computer information systems technology, including majors in computer programming, database specialist, internet specialist, or networking specialist.

“This is yet another collaboration with our technical college system brethren to open doors to their students who wish to transition into one of our bachelor’s degree programs,” said Blake. “With the field of information technology so much in demand these days, we are delighted to be able to make it easier for students to acquire additional knowledge that will help them advance their career.”

The agreement, which becomes effective for SCTC students graduating after January 1, 2015, specifies that in addition to accepting SCTC general education courses, as previously identified by the University System of Georgia, the credits from five information technology courses at SCTC will satisfy 15 hours of credit in the bachelor’s degree I.T. program at Middle Georgia State. In the past, some technical college courses did not transfer to University System institutions, meaning some students had to re-take courses if they continued on to USG schools.

“As evidenced by more than a dozen new partnerships over the past year, we are committed to removing barriers that might impede the progress of students who want to take their studies and in-demand skills to a higher level,” Blake said.

Dr. Peters added, “We love being involved in creating paths that make it easier for students to succeed, and we like the potential in this one for students to avoid needlessly having to re-take courses, adding to the cost of their education. We’re pleased and delighted to be involved in this effort.”


Southern Crescent Technical College Announces GOAL Final Four
Southern Crescent Technical College Announces GOAL Final Four
Pictured L to R: Stephanie Hatmaker , Avia Baxter-Spencer, Teressa King and Tahesha Silva

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 2, 2014, at a GOAL Recognition Reception held during the Thomaston – Upson County Rotary Club Meeting in Thomaston, Georgia.

Chosen as finalists are:  Avia Baxter-Spencer – Medical Assisting; Stephanie Hatmaker – Radiologic Technology, Teressa King – Medical Assisting; and Tahesha Silva – Business Management.

 

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 30 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 2015 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.  


SCTC Inducts 44 into National Technical Honor Society
SCTC Inducts 44 into National Technical Honor Society
Fall 2014 SCTC National Technical Honor Society Inductees

Southern Crescent Technical College held its Fall 2014 National Technical Honor Society Induction Ceremony on Thursday, November 6 at 7:00 PM at the SCTC Event Center.  The National Technical Honor Society is a nonprofit organization established to honor student achievement and leadership in career and technical education, promote educational excellence, award scholarships, and enhance career opportunities for the NTHS membership. 

The keynote speaker for the ceremony was Mr. Scott Ross.  The Director of the Henry and Butts Centers for Southern Crescent Technical College where he oversees the day to day operations.

Forty-four Southern Crescent Tech students were inducted at Thursday's ceremony. In order to be considered for membership in the NTHS Chapter at Southern Crescent Technical College, students must be a diploma or degree student with a cumulative academic average of 3.75 or above.

Gamilfran Butler, one of the inductees, statedI didn't really understand the importance and history of the NTHS until tonight. I am the proud mom of nine children, three of which are in the National Honor Society in high school. It makes them proud of their mom to know that I am not only telling them that education is key but I'm showing them. I'm honored to be a part of such an awesome program.”

 

The inductees were:  Lauren Nichole Adams, Courtney Danielle Akinosho, Paul J. Almeda, Anthony Montez Brockinson, Gamilfran Dianne Butler, Darryle James Bland, Taryn Joy Bray, DeAngela Clark, Crystal Gale Collins, Brian Eric Davison, Jr., Matthew Clifton Doran, Casey Michelle Duff, Randi Leah Duke, Anthony Figueroa-Vega, Kimberly Marie Franklin, Lashamela Shuntae Harris, Amber Nicole Hayes, Rebecca Ann Hill, Jana Rae Holley, Varicia Taffaira Hughes, Marlena V. Huntley, Shonyatta Stanley Jackson, Christopher C. James, Lisa Marie Kimmel, Jahaira Ivette Laureano, C. Michelle Loggins, Sandra Kay McDonald, Elizabeth Mendez, Doniesha S. Mosley, Timothy Caleb Noung, Cara Denise Provence, Naomi Rachel Reynolds, Lori Elizabeth Roberts, Ryan Reza Salehzadeh, Krystle Nicole Senft, Tahesha Renee Silva, Taylor Alexandria Storey, Darlene Grace Tallman, Raven Shakaun Thomas, Amy Lorraine Turner, Karen Jaysda Vann, Timothy Eric Vogt, Dawn Marie Westberg, and Lauren Ashley White.


Southern Crescent Technical College Announces GOAL Dynamic Dozen
Southern Crescent Technical College Announces GOAL Dynamic Dozen
Front: Crystal Fallin, Avia J. Baxter-Spencer, Stephanie Hatmaker, Caitlyn Hodges, Marva Marshall-Charles Back: Sonia McKeen, Tahesha Silva, Amy Lambert, Teressa King, Tiffany Obert, Nicolette Smith, Antonio Figueroa-Vega

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 Monday morning, November 10, 2014, at a GOAL Recognition Breakfast held at the Flint River Campus.

Chosen as finalists are:  Avia Baxter-Spencer – Medical Assisting; Crystal Fallin – Business Administrative Technology; Antonio Figuero-Vega – Culinary Arts; Stephanie Hatmaker - Radiologic Technology; Caitlyn Hodges - Early Childhood Care and Education; Teressa King – Medical Assisting; Amy Lambert – Medical Assisting; Marva Marshall-Charles – Culinary Arts; Sonia McKeen – Accounting; Tiffany Obert - Medical Assisting; Tahesha Silva – Business Management; and Nicolette Smith – Health Care Science.

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 an original group of 30 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.  


New Paralegal Studies Courtroom Receives Donation
New Paralegal Studies Courtroom Receives Donation
Pictured (L to R): Scott Silvis, Paralegal Studies Program Coordinator; Barbara Jo Cook, Vice President for Advancement; William T. Simmons, Sixth District Judicial Court Administrator

The Sixth Judicial Administrative District represented by William T. Simmons, District Court Administrator, made a special presentation of a United States flag, a Georgia flag, and the Georgia seal for the new Paralegal Studies Moot Courtroom.     

The Paralegal Studies program began almost 10 years ago and currently has 75 students in the program.  The mission of the Paralegal Studies Program is to prepare students to work as a paralegal in a variety of legal environments, including law firms, corporations and government offices.  The moot courtroom/classroom is new to the program and will assist to further the program’s mission by immersing students daily in a courtroom environment, making them more comfortable in a setting that makes most people uncomfortable.  Additionally, the room can be utilized in mock trials and other role playing activities in which the students learn to assist attorneys in litigation. At the same time, the room remains fully functional as a classroom, capable of seating over 25 students, with laptop computers available for use by all students.

Scott Silvis, Paralegal Studies Program Coordinator stated, “The donations are a critical element in creating a realistic courtroom environment for the students.  We are grateful for this donation to our program and without the U.S. flag, the Georgia flag, and the Great Seal of Georgia, the courtroom would not be complete.”


30 Students Selected as GOAL Nominees
30 Students Selected as GOAL Nominees
2015 SCTC GOAL Nominees

Southern Crescent Technical College recently announced the nomination of 30 students for the 2015 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) at a reception held October 22, 2014.  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 2015.

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 2015 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

Balance, Jennifer

Culinary Arts

Patrick Boutier

Banks, Edith A.

Medical Assisting

Diana Kendrick

Baxter-Spencer, Avia J.

Medical Assisting

Mettie Hogan

Bell, Lani R.

Radiologic Technology

Debbie Dawson

Borja, Nicholas R.

Welding & Joining Technology

Philip Shaw

Brewington, Jasmine R.

Medical Assisting

Diana Kendrick

Brown, Ferringhetti L.

Air Conditioning Technology

Ricky Henson

Cruce, James M.

Internet Specialist-Web Site Design

Charles Cash

Eubanks, Ashley N.

Internet Specialist-Web Site Design

Charles Cash

Fallin, Crystal R.

Business Administrative Technology

Kim Yevak

Figueroa-Vega, Anthony

Culinary Arts

Barry Levey

Flaugher, Megan L.

Medical Assisting

Mettie Hogan

Gomez, Nelida Y.

Radiologic Technology

Debbie Dawson

Grant, Stephanie H.

Internet Specialist-Web Site Design

Charles Cash

Hatmaker, Stephanie M.

Radiologic Technology

Debbie Dawson

Hodges, Caitlyn M.

Early Childhood Care/Education

Lynn Futral

King, Teressa

Medical Assisting

Mettie Hogan

Lambert, Amy B.

Medical Assisting

Sandra Fender

Marshall-Charles, Marva

Culinary Arts

Barry Levey

McClendon, Shaina

Surgical Technology

Tammy Hatcher

McKeen, Sonia M.

Accounting

Felecia Barkley

Obert, Tiffany Y.

Medical Assisting

Sandra Fender

Parks, Christina D.

Surgical Technology

Benson Bradley

Silva, Tahesha R.

Business Management

Christi Ellington

Smith, Nicolette

Health Care Science

Tammy Hatcher

Sposaro, Monica A.

Surgical Technology

Tammy Hatcher

Stewart, Joshua C.

Radiologic Technology

Dana Breeser

Trenova, Tirana

Surgical Technology

Benson Bradley

Wedge, Katherine A.

Accounting

Felecia Barkley

Williamson, Aunterius

Accounting

Amy Garcia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Frank Jolly Memorial Scholarship Established
Frank Jolly Memorial Scholarship Established
Pictured (L to R): Len Moore, Chris Fain (Fall 2014 Frank Jolly Memorial Business Management Scholarship Recipient), and Nan Jolly Moore

The Frank Jolly Memorial Business Management Scholarship is a $250 tuition and textbook scholarship awarded to a currently enrolled part-time or full-time Southern Crescent Technical College student in good academic standing in a business management program of study.  This scholarship is named in memory of Victor Franklin Jolly, who retired after 41 years as a prominent banker and community leader not only in Griffin, Georgia, but across the state and the southeast.  He served as president and Chief Executive Officer of Commercial Bank and Trust Company from 1974 until his retirement in 1991. This scholarship reflects his firm support of business education and is provided through the generous donations of Mr. Jolly’s daughter, Nan Jolly Moore and her husband, Len Moore, both former employees of Griffin Technical College/Southern Crescent Technical College.  Mr. Jolly passed away April 2011.  

Southern Crescent Technical College Business Management student Chris Fain was the first recipient of this scholarship. 


SCTC Announces President's Lists
SCTC Announces President's Lists

September 22, 2014 – Dr. Randall Peters, President of Southern Crescent Technical College, is pleased to announce the Spring and Summer Semester 2014 President’s Lists. 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:

SPRING SEMESTER

 

Butts County

Aliceson Baker

Joshua Cox

Samantha Crowe

Jordanann Garmon

Candessa Goolsby

Janet Gregg

Chelsea Jordan

Ricardo Perez

Angela Quitugua

 

Clayton County

Lauren Adams

Adeyemi Adeoye

Donita Benson

Thamara Bouloute

Amanda Brooks

Alfredo Calvillo-Baraja

Caitlyn Card

Bertin Cayo

Bobby Clark

Nicola Gabbidon

Anthony Gladden

Jacob Gregory

Patricia Hernandez

Kimberly Hopper

Kristina Hutto

Loryn Jones

Andrew Magness

Shawana McNeal

Robert McSwain

Jill Mixon

Dorothy Rowe

Narong Sinphoon

Shannon Smith

Stephen Smith

Taylor Storey

Juwanna Tripp

Cierra Walker

 

Coweta County

Michael Newman

Christy Smith

Monica Sposaro

Michael Stanford

Ryan Wakeman

Nicole Walters

Timothy Walman

 

Fayette County

Erica Allgood

Cassidy Bigham

Stewart Crisp

Heather Davis

Morgan Hammond

Luke Hornberger

Sandra Hornsby

Horst Karnau

Alysonn Kastenbauer

Micah Larios

Jeanne Lewis

Christina Martin

Luis Montanez

Chris Morgan

Courtney Morgan

Adam Pendleton

Rachel Roberson

Lori Roberts

Elise Stinson

Jabra Thomason

Jena Vail

 

Fulton County

Hollis Kinnett

Jeffrey Rodriguez

Akia Taylor

Cordarius Weaver

Robert Wright

 

Henry County

Rhonda Abrams

William Alexander

Jennifer Ballance

Ami Barker

Avia Baxter-Spencer

Benjamin Bradford

Kimberly Callahan

Travis Capps

Christy Clay

Larry Coleman

Chad Cook

Lauren Davis

Meghan Dee

Danielle Douglas

Danya Douglas

Crystal Folds

Jose Galvan

Samantha Geiger

Rochelle Goodin

Jessica Grizzell

Alejandro Guevara

Stephanie Hatmaker

Estella Hornes

Timothy Hrinko

Ashley Hutton

Melton Johnson

Christina Jones

Cecilia Leon Arce

Merritt Manders

Sarah Murray

Amitabh Pandey

Jared Parrish

Tammy Perry

Brandi Reid

Randy Robinson

Jacob Ryan

Tahesha Silva

Kristi Snellgrove

Timothy Snyder

Yasmin Stigler

Tina Swartz

Tirana Trenova

Lewis Voyles

Brandon Wall

Courtney White

Kimberly Wolff

Chad Young

 

Jasper County

Heather DeBoer

Adam Kimball

Donnie Moore

 

Lamar County

David Boyd

John Carter

Caleb Dawson

Rachel Dingler

Ashley Eubanks

Matthew Evans

James Gentry

Charlotte Hicks

Kristin Kinnard

Larry Lewis

Phillip Manderson

Phillip Norman

Amanda Prince

Michael Sherred

 

Meriwether County

Orlona Clemons

Joshua DeVore

Daniel Peterson

 

Monroe County

Tomekia Smith

Reginald Wiggins

 

Peach County

Desiree Smith

 

Pike County

Timothy Blair

Tim Burgess

Brian Conway

James Cruce

Crystal Diaz

Barry Fulton

Nicole Harris

Brittany Lumley

Brian Nickels

James Parks

Quentin Rouseau

April Salter

Jennifer Stephens

Brad Whitfield

 

Spalding County

Wesley Arnold

Jeanetta Banks

Lani Bell

Johnathan Bryant

Khadijah Burden

Crystal Busbin

Tammy Carter

Sarah Collins

Kady Dixon

Matthew Doran

Arkemn Driver

Rex Duke

Michelle Escott

Frances Flassig

Kerri Gebler

Magdalia Ghersi

Nelida Gomez

Michael Goss

Kiera Harps

Howard Harris

Shonta Hixon

YuanYuan Huang

Morgan Jackson

Rajinder Lamar

Angela Marchant

Travis Mayes

Frank Miller

Josef Miller

Shanna Powell

Naomi Reynolds

Angela Sealey

Sahara Shuburte

Kenneth Smith

Lisa Smith

Carenthal Terrell

Jennifer Waltz

Samantha Warden

Charketa Williams

 

Taylor County

Terrence Terry

 

Upson County

Montavious Ausbrooks

Jessica Birdsong

Katherine Brown

Khesha Burden

Candyce Chauncey

Michael Clay

Cymberlee Cleveland

Bonnie Fields

Chad Gilbert

Griffin Goude

John Johnston

Tonja McAfee

Chasen Nicholson

Kayla Parker

Andrea Paulk

Sara Perry

Jennifer Reid

Brenda Rios

Heather Rush

Karen Salter

Michelle Silver

Alisha Simpson

George Snipes

Nathaniel Snyder

Mazie Weaver

Jeremy Wright

 

SUMMER SEMESTER

 

Butts County

Kody Hood

 

Clayton County

Malenna Atkins

Caryn Karanicas

Jahaira Laureano

Brandon Mitchell

Searista Turner

 

Cobb County

Tanesha Nichols

 

Fayette County

Cassidy Bigham

Sandra Hornsby

Micah Larios

Melissa Miller

Lori Roberts

Lyndsey Wade

 

Henry County

Britany Bassett

Bethany Bryant

Randi Duke

Anthony Figueroa-Vega

Crystal Folds

Rochelle Goodin

Christina Pankey

Brandi Reid

Jessie Romines

Phillip Rood

Ashley Steele

Micah Still

Ashley Stinchcomb

Stephanie Striplin

Amy Turner

Jonathan Westcott

 

Jasper County

Donnie Moore

 

Lamar County

David Boyd

 

Pike County

Jessica McEntyre

 

Spalding County

Lashamela Harris

Melanie Moss

Lauren White

 

Taylor County

Crystal Sanford


SCTC Named to Victory Media’s 2015 Military Friendly ® Schools List
SCTC Named to Victory Media’s 2015 Military Friendly ® Schools List

Southern Crescent Technical College announced today that it has been designated a 2015 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting the military and civilian worlds.

Now in its sixth year, the Military Friendly® Schools designation and list by Victory Media is the premier, trusted resource for post-military success. Military Friendly® provides service members transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities.

The Military Friendly® Schools designation is awarded to the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation. The methodology used for making the Military Friendly® Schools list has changed the student veteran landscape to one much more transparent, and has played a significant role over the past six years in capturing and advancing best practices to support military students across the country.

Southern Crescent Technical College President Dr. Randall Peters, an Army veteran of over 22 years, said of the Military Friendly designation, “I am thrilled to see that our college has been named as a Military Friendly institution.  It is my personal goal to see that our veterans are treated with dignity and respect, and that they know that we are not only willing and able but eager to help them through the process of completing their education.  We have many programs that are attractive to vets, and I intend to see that those who have served have as good an experience here as they can have anywhere in the country.  I want them to know they are welcome and that we are here to help.”

The survey captures over 50 leading practices in supporting military students and is available free of charge to the more than 8,000 schools approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill funding.

About Southern Crescent Technical College

Southern Crescent Technical College, a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, is an institution of higher education that delivers relevant technical education at the associate degree, diploma, and certificate levels and workforce training programs via traditional and distance learning formats that promote lifelong learning and impact economic development in the west central Georgia region that spans south of Atlanta and north of Macon. Southern Crescent Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees.

Why Attend Southern Crescent Technical College

Southern Crescent Technical College offers over 120 programs of study in Allied Health, Business Technology, Computer Information Systems, Personal Services, Public Safety, and Technical and Industrial. We have Career Services available to help our Veterans choose a program of study and to assist them with employment upon completion of their associate degree, diploma or technical certificate of credit. Our fees and tuition are among the lowest in the country. All programs and college credit classes are approved by VA for payment of education benefits. Financial aid in the form of FAFSA, HOPE Scholarship, and HOPE Grant are available if the Veteran is eligible.

About Military Friendly® Schools:

The Military Friendly® Schools designation process includes extensive research and a data-driven survey of schools nationwide approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill funding. The school survey, methodology, criteria and weightings are developed with the assistance of an independent Academic Advisory Board comprised of educators from schools across the country. The survey is administered for free and open to all post-secondary schools who wish to participate. Criteria for consideration can be found on our website, http://www.militaryfriendly.com, and a complete list of schools can be found through our Schools Matchmaker tool on http://www.gijobs.com.

About Victory Media:

Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned business serving the military community since 2001. Our data-driven lists are published in G.I. Jobs®, Military Spouse, and Vetrepreneur® media channels, republished in periodicals such as USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Bloomberg BW, and frequently cited on national TV by NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and others. 


Georgia Military College and SCTC Sign Articulation Agreement
Georgia Military College and SCTC Sign Articulation Agreement

On September 29, Lieutenant General William B. Caldwell IV, President of Georgia Military College (GMC), and Dr. Randall L. Peters, President of Southern Crescent Technical College(SCTC), signed an agreement to formally recognize that both schools are committed to the establishment of an educational partnership to better serve currently enrolled and future students at both institutions.  The two institutions have entered into an Articulation Agreement in support of Complete College Georgia to assist and promote the transferability of the Associate of Applied Science degrees from SCTC to the Bachelor of Applied Science degrees at GMC with a major in Business Management, Supervision and Management, Allied Health, and Film Arts. 

The agreement states that any Southern Crescent Technical College student who graduates from Southern Crescent with an Associate of Applied Science degree is guaranteed admission into Georgia Military College’s Bachelor of Applied Science program, with complete transferability of all courses.  Further both schools pledge their support for future collaborative efforts to support the economic and workforce development needs of the communities each serve. 

Lt. Gen. Caldwell noted that, “With today’s commitment, GMC is excited to continue to be a part of the effort to support Governor Nathan Deal’s Complete College Georgia initiative, which directly supports the needs of students who desire an education to futher their goals.  This articulation agreement with SCTC is our 38th with colleges and universities in Georgia, and we will continue to pursue agreements to provide as many opportunities as possible for our students.”

Dr. Peters stated, “I am confident that today’s agreement is in the best interests of both institutions, and that, long term, together GMC and SCTC will provide opportunities that simply do not exist today for our students otherwise.  I look forward to a long and productive partnership with Georgia Military College.”

 


SCTC to Give FREE GED Practice Tests
SCTC to Give FREE GED Practice Tests

Southern Crescent Technical College Office of Adult Education plans to give free GED Practice Tests for a limited time to any student interested.  The See For Free program will be held on September 30 and October 2 at the Community Development Center in Thomaston.  At this time, students will be able to take the practice test to measure their skills and knowledge to see if they are ready to pass the GED test.  Students can also learn about GED preparation classes and other resources available to prepare them for the GED test.  To learn more or to schedule a free GED Ready practice test, contact 706.646.6121.  The SCTC Community Development Center is located at 115 East Main Street in Thomaston.                         

About GED Testing Service: The GED test has opened doors to better jobs and college programs for more than 19 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 one 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 diploma.

 


SCTC Plans to Hold Active Shooter Drill
SCTC Plans to Hold Active Shooter Drill

The Upson Emergency Management Agency, Southern Crescent Technical College Police Department and Upson Regional Medical Center are making plans to conduct an Active Shooter Exercise on October 2, 2014.  The drill is being conducted in order to test and improve the community’s overall preparedness for a true emergency event of this nature. 

According to Southern Crescent Technical College Police Chief Ken Troisi, “This fictional exercise simulates an Active Shooter Incident.  Exercise participants will simulate gunfire with blank firing weapons and law enforcement’s response to an active shooter incident. Fire and EMT responders will simulate crime scenes and treat volunteers who are pretending to be victims.”

Chief Troisi goes on to say, “This incident is not real; however the response activities during the fictional exercise will be practiced in a manner that is as realistic as possible.” Southern Crescent Technical College Police Department, Upson County EMA, Upson Regional Medical Center, Upson County Sheriff’s Office, Upson County Coroner, Upson County Volunteer Fire, City of Thomaston Police Department, City of Thomaston Fire Department, Mid Georgia Ambulance and Georgia State Patrol Post 26 will all be active participants in this exercise.

The areas where the exercise will take place will be clearly marked on the Southern Crescent Technical College Flint River Campus in Thomaston.  For your safety, and in order to complete the exercise in a realistic environment, the exercise area will not be open to the public. We ask for your patience and support if the exercise disrupts your daily routine.

According to Ready, a national public service advertising (PSA) campaign designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters, there are simple steps that Americans can take to prepare themselves and their loved ones for emergencies:  be informed, make a plan, build a disaster supply kit, and get involved through opportunities that support community preparedness.  By gathering supplies to meet basic needs, discussing what to do during an emergency with your family in advance, and being aware of the risks and appropriate actions, you will be better prepared for the unexpected and can help better prepare your community and the country.  Please visit www.ready.gov or call 1-800-BE-READY to learn more about preparedness activities.


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.


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