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.
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:
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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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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!
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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
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.
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.
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:
Angela M. Moore
Darren L. Merrill
Keisha S. Brown
Bethany N. Sewell
Sullivan Chainey IV
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.