VSU, Southern Crescent Tech Form Pathways Program Partnership
Valdosta State University signed articulation agreements with Southern Crescent Technical College on Monday, May 18, 2015, simplifying student transition between the two institutions of higher education.
The Pathways Program agreement will allow Southern Crescent Technical College students with an Associate of Applied Science to maximize the transfer of credits in order to complete either a Bachelor of Science in organizational leadership or a Bachelor of Applied Science in human capital performance in two years or less at Valdosta State University, noted Andy Clark, vice president for the Division of Enrollment, Marketing, and Communications at VSU.
“I am thrilled to have the articulation agreement between Valdosta State University and Southern Crescent Technical College become a reality,” said Dr. William McKinney, president of VSU. “VSU is committed to building pathways that enable students to take the next step in their pursuit of a bachelor’s degree.”
Referred to as South Atlanta’s premier college for workforce development, Southern Crescent Technical College was established in July 2010 from the merger of Flint River Technical College and Griffin Technical College. The flagship technical college serves more than 7,000 students each year from Butts, Fayette, Henry, Jasper, Lamar, Pike, Spalding, Taylor, and Upson counties and offers nearly 200 associate degree, diploma, and technical certificate programs. It serves an additional 3,500 students through its adult education and continuing education programs.
Southern Crescent Technical College boasts multiple convenient locations, including campuses in Griffin and Thomaston and centers in Jackson, McDonough, Monticello, and Butler. Its mission is to promote lifelong learning and to help stimulate Georgia’s community and economic growth and development.
“I am very pleased to partner with Valdosta State University to provide yet another opportunity for our students to further their education once they finish at Southern Crescent Technical College,” said Dr. Randall L. Peters, president of SCTC. “This new agreement will provide options for our students that they would not have otherwise. It is precisely this kind of articulation that puts meaning to the words ‘seamless education,’ and I look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship between our two institutions.”
The Pathways Program centers on the priorities of Complete College Georgia, an initiative developed to increase the number of Georgians earning a college degree. It is a collaboration between Valdosta State University and partner institutions like Southern Crescent Technical College to allow students with approved Associate of Applied Science or Associate of Applied Technology degrees to maximize the transfer of credits in order to complete a bachelor’s degree in two years or less. Pathways students can expect 51 or more transferable credit hours to be applied to either of the two articulated programs, Bachelor of Science in organizational leadership or Bachelor of Applied Science in human capital performance, both of which are offered completely online.
It is projected that over 60 percent of jobs in Georgia will require a certificate, associate degree, or bachelor’s degree by 2020. Presently, approximately 42 percent of the state’s young adults, its developing workforce, are prepared to such a level, which means that Georgia must not only maintain current graduation levels but also produce an additional estimated 250,000 graduates in upcoming years to remain competitive.
VSU has now signed Pathways Program articulation agreements with 12 Technical College System of Georgia institutions of higher education — Wiregrass Georgia Technical College in Valdosta, South Georgia Technical College in Americus, Southwest Georgia Technical College in Thomasville, Albany Technical College in Albany, Savannah Technical College in Savannah, Gwinnett Technical College in Lawrenceville, Central Georgia Technical College in Macon, Lanier Technical College in Oakwood, North Georgia Technical College in Clarkesville, Altamaha Technical College in Jesup, Ogeechee Technical College in Statesboro, and Southern Crescent Technical College Technical College in Griffin.
Valdosta State University is a premier comprehensive university characterized by outstanding instruction, a wide range of student life opportunities, and a close connection to the community. Established in 1906, the institution's mission is to prepare students to meet global opportunities and challenges through excellence in teaching and learning; to expand the boundaries of current knowledge and explore the practical applications of that knowledge through excellence in scholarship and creative endeavors; and to promote the economic, cultural, and educational progress of the community and region through excellence in service outreach. VSU seeks to accomplish this mission in a dynamic, student-centered learning environment marked by a respect for diverse abilities, backgrounds, and contributions by all members of the university community.
The SCTC Foundation recently received a $10,000 grant for student scholarships from the Upson EMC’s Operation Round Up Program. The program is designed to help a variety of worthwhile community, youth, educational and environmental programs. Through Operation Round Up, each participating Upson EMC member makes a small monthly contribution. Through the collective giving of thousands of members, monies are raised each year to be distributed to 501(c)3 charitable organizations. The student scholarships that will be awarded can be used for tuition, textbooks and/or tools. The student winners also must live in one of the six counties Upson EMC serves, which include Crawford, Pike, Meriwether, Talbot, Taylor and Upson counties.
Graduates were all smiles on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at Southern Crescent Technical College’s annual commencement ceremony held at First Assembly of God Church in Griffin.
This year, over 500 students completed requirements for diplomas or degrees from Southern Crescent Technical College with just over 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 Stephanie Hatmaker, SCTC Radiologic Technology student and Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership recipient.
Commissioner for the Technical College System of Georgia Gretchen Corbin was the keynote speaker at the graduation ceremony. She delivered a heartfelt charge to graduates and congratulated them, challenging them to continue on their path of success. She 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.
Southern Crescent Technical College held its Spring 2015 National Technical Honor Society Induction Ceremony on Thursday, April 16 at 6:00 PM in 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 Ms. Gina Byrd, the Director of Student Accounts for Southern Crescent Technical College, who spoke to the students about the importance of perseverance when working to achieve their goals.
Eighty 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.
- must have a cumulative academic average of 3.75 or above.
NTHS Inductee Cassondra Wilson stated, “Being inducted into NTHS means that all of my hard work is paying off and I’m getting that much closer to achieving my dreams.”
Kate Williams, Director of Library and Media Services, added, “This is recognition of a significant achievement in our students’ lives. Our inductees are a very elite group here at the College and as an advisor, I am proud that we had so many students eligible to be inducted into an organization that recognizes the top career and technical students in the country.”
Stephanie Hatmaker, 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 27, 2015 and hosted by the Griffin Exchange Club.
After an extensive interview process, Hatmaker was chosen from 30 candidates as Southern Crescent Technical College’s nominee for the title of state GOAL winner. Hatmaker was chosen over three other nominees by a judging panel from community leaders and College supporters from the local service area. She will now proceed to regional preliminary judging. Hatmaker 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 2015 GOAL winner and the recipient of the GOAL medallion.
Jack Smith, representing the final selection committee stated, “With four excellent candidates, choosing a winner was very difficult. We were all 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. Stephanie 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.
Jonathan Kimbell, President of the Griffin Exchange Club, presented the winner and final four with a monetary gift for their achievement. Kimbell 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.”
Miles Neville, Chair of the Griffin Area Employer Committee, presented Stephanie with a monetary donation to assist with her expenses as she prepares for the state competition. In additional Catherine Doyle from DeVry University, presented Stephanie with a $26,500 scholarship to complete her Bachelor’s Degree.
In her speech, Hatmaker 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.
Hatmaker’s nominating instructor, Debbie Dawson stated, “I am so very proud of Stephanie. 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 Stephanie Hatmaker, three other students were recognized at the luncheon for their outstanding achievement, character and leadership. They are: Avia Baxter-Spencer – Medical Assisting; Teressa King – Medical Assisting; and Tahesha Silva – Business Management.
Christopher Harrell, Commercial Truck Driving Program Coordinator and Instructor at Southern Crescent Technical College, recently received the 2015 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.
Harrell stated that he “was extremely honored to be named the Rick Perkins winner, although he shares this honor with all of the dedicated instructors at the College.”
Harrell was nominated for the Rick Perkins Award by his fellow instructors at Southern Crescent Technical College. Dr. Randall Peters, President of Southern Crescent Technical College, stated, “Chris Harrell has been recognized as Southern Crescent Technical College’s Rick Perkins winner because of his conscientiousness and genuine commitment as an instructor. I have witnessed his dedication to student learning, high professional standards, and cooperative spirit. His teaching methods and techniques are innovative and he encourages his students to achieve at their highest level. Chris is an excellent representation of the quality faculty and staff at Southern Crescent Technical College.”
Harrell and other nominees were judged by a group of outside individuals. After winning the school title, Harrell 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.