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

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

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

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

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

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

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


SCTC Adult Education Graduation Held
SCTC Adult Education Graduation Held

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Graduation Reception Honors 2011-2012 Taylor County GED Graduates
Graduation Reception Honors 2011-2012 Taylor County GED Graduates
Sarah Wilson, Taylor County Certified Literate Commission member, gives words of motivation to the graduates during the ceremony.

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

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


SCTC Facility Coming Soon to Henry County
SCTC Facility Coming Soon to Henry County
Architect's Rendering

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

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

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


SCTC Foundation Hosts Red Carpet Gala
SCTC Foundation Hosts Red Carpet Gala
Pictured L-R: Jack Smith, Foundation Trustee, Red Carpet Gala Emcee; Jeff Stribling, Co-Chair, SCTC Foundation; Robert Brock, Grand Prize Winner; John Tidwell, Grand Prize Winner; Otis Blake, Co-Chair, SCTC Foundation; Dr. Randall Peters, President, Southern Crescent Technical College

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

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

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


Theater Appreciation Students Attend Performance
Theater Appreciation Students Attend Performance
Students in attendance: Edward Ortiz (not pictured). Tina Mathis, Mistey Wall, Nic Burran, Emily Mercer, Angel Williams, Yvonne Strickland, Roderica Jackson, Sydney Downs (not pictured), Rena Taylor, Alexander Cain and Keesha Hooks

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

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


Moore Receives Crawford Scholarship
Moore Receives Crawford Scholarship
Kimberly Moore of Thomaston

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More about computer-based GED testing:

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

Scholarship Recipient Named
Scholarship Recipient Named
Kimberly Moore of Thomaston has been named a 2012 recipient of the Shirley Carver Miller scholarship.

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


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

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

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


Taylor Center Race For Literacy
2012 Taylor County 5K Race for Literacy
Nathan Norton, 20, was the overall winner of the race.

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

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

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


Spring 2012 President's List

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

2012 Fall Semester President's List

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

Crawford County
Heather Bales
Elizabeth Hickman

Dawson County
Jessica Quattrocchi

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

Meriwether County
Gwendolyn Coleman
Adam Griffeth
Brenda Smith

Newton County
Bethany Sewell

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

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

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

Fulton County
Cordarius Weaver

Jasper County
Morris Bedor, Jr.

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

Rockdale County
Daniel Bemis
Alexa Grimes
Charles Ledford

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

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

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

Talbot County
Rodrell Ellison
Vrittney McCoy

Taylor County
Jennifer Dugger


2012 Graduation - Cause for Celebration
2012 Graduation - Cause for Celebration
Celebrating with friends after graduation. L-R: Maria Turner, Miranda Putnal, Jalisa Daniel, Sara Nicholson, Jenna Keith

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

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

Dr. Allen addresses the graduates.

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



Mother and Daughter -Terri Michelle Baker (left) and Donna Marlow (right), both Computer Information Systems majors receive their diplomas.

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






SCTC Student Named as Finalist for the TCSG Student of the Year
SCTC Student Named as Finalist for the TCSG Student of the Year
Sara Polk, SCTC GOAL Winner and
TCSG Finalist

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

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

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

GOAL Finalists

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

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

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

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


SCTC Foundation Drive “Fore” Education Golf Tournament a Success
SCTC Foundation Drive “Fore” Education Golf Tournament a Success
Tournament Partners from Skanska and SCTC Foundation present check from proceeds. L-R: David Hansmann, Project Manager, Skanska; Otis Blake, Jr., Co-Chair, Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation; Jeff Stribling, Co-Chair, Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation; Dr. Randall Peters, President, Southern Crescent Technical College

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

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

Winning team pictured with member of the SCTC Foundation and College. L-R: Joe Brown, Kelly Yielding, Jeff Stribling, Buster Franklin, Todd Feltman, Otis Blake, Jr., Dr. Randall Peters

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

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


Two Local High School Students Win Statewide Art Contest
Two Local High School Students Win Statewide Art Contest Highlighting Manufacturing
Pictured L – R: Song Kang, First Place Winner; Dr. Randall Peters, President, Southern Crescent Technical College; Tamara Ferguson, Third Place Winner; Kirby Meng, Union Grove High School Art Teacher

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

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

Song Kang, First Place Winnner with
Governor Deal

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

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

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

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

Tamara Ferguson, Third Place Winner
with Governor Deal

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

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

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


Student Appreciation Day – Fun for All
Student Appreciation Day – Fun for All
Gathering for fun at Student Appreciation Day 2012 festivities!

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

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


United Bank Donates Scholarships to SCTC Adult Education
United Bank Donates Scholarships to SCTC Adult Education
Pictured: United Bank’s Jim Ogletree and Rebekah Betsill with Len Moore of Southern Crescent Technical College.

April 10, 2012, Griffin, Ga. – United Bank recently presented $950.00 to Southern Crescent Technical College to support Adult Education in the community.

The donation will fund 10 GED scholarships for residents of Butts, Lamar, Pike, Spalding, and Upson counties. These scholarships are awarded by the GED facilitator in each county, and cover the cost of GED testing.

United Bank is proud to be a part of the GED program offered through Southern Crescent Technical College. Receiving a GED is a benefit for both the student and the surrounding community. Pike County GED student Kelsy Dawsey is a shining example of the rewards of getting a GED. U Kelsy recently received the EAGLE Spirit Award which is given annually to the EAGLE delegate that has been chosen by peers to represent Adult Education students statewide as an ambassador and spokesperson for literacy. After getting her GED, she is now attending Berry College and is pursuing a degree in biology with a double minor in chemistry and business. She plans to attend medical school upon graduation. Kelsy shared with United Bank how getting a GED changed her life stating, “Instead of looking back on my life and wondering what I should have or could have done, I am able to look forward to a future that I have the capability of molding.”


KIA Donates Two 2012 Optimas to Southern Crescent Technical College
KIA Donates Two 2012 Optimas to Southern Crescent Technical College
Pictured L-R: Randy Jackson, KMMG Vice President of Human Resources and Administration; Corinne Hodges, KMMG Manager of Public Relations; Dr. Randall Peters, President - Southern Crescent Technical College; Steve Daniel, Provost - Southern Crescent Technical College; Mark Andrews, Vice President - Southern Crescent Technical College

April 5, 2012, Griffin, Ga. – Southern Crescent Technical College was presented the keys to two 2012 Kia Optimas this week in a ceremony at Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG) facility at West Point. Kia made the presentation to SCTC President Dr. Randall Peters for use in the Automotive Technology programs.

“It is our pleasure to make these donations,” said Randy Jackson, KMMG’s vice president of human resources and administration. “Exposing the students of this region to new automotive technology will be a big benefit for those students and also for KMMG as we look to continue hiring the best of the best team members committed to building world-class, high-quality vehicles.”

“We are most appreciative to KMMG for their generous donation to Southern Crescent Technical College,” said Dr. Randall Peters, president of SCTC. “These vehicles will greatly enhance our students experience by providing them with the latest automotive technology and allow them hands-on exposure to the complex technologies on today’s cars. Kia has been a great partner to the Technical College System of Georgia since arriving in this State and we truly appreciate this generous donation to our College.”

Kia previously donated a 2011 Sorento vehicle to SCTC in 2010 as part of an overall donation to the Technical College System of Georgia.

There are currently 241 students enrolled in the associate degree, diploma and technical certificate automotive technology programs on the Flint River Campus and Griffin Campus locations of Southern Crescent Technical College.

Kia first announced it was going to build an automotive manufacturing facility in Georgia in 2006. The Kia Georgia Training Center, operated jointly by Kia and Georgia Quick Start, opened its doors in 2008, and since then, KMMG has hired more than 3,000 team members who now produce the Kia Optima, Kia Sorento, and the Hyundai Santé Fe.


Upson County's Quad/Graphics Named Manufacturer of the Year
Upson County's Quad/Graphics Named Manufacturer of the Year
Pictured L-R: Ron Jackson, Commissioner, Technical College System of Georgia; Chris Cummiskey, Commissioner, Georgia Department of Economic Development; Honorable Nathan Deal, Governor, State of Georgia; Eric Steinbach, Vice President of Operations, Quad Graphics; Jeff Stribling, The Rock Plant Director, Quad Graphics

Atlanta, GA – April 2012: Gov. Nathan Deal today presented The Rock’s Quad/Graphics with the award for Manufacturer of the Year in the category of 151-500 employees.

Quad/Graphics won the award “For its commitment to excellence in manufacturing, community service, and economic growth in Upson County,” according to the remarks read when the award was announced.

Quad/Graphics, one of the world’s leading printers of catalogs and magazines was founded in 1971 by the Quadracci family in rural Wisconsin.

“It was the pledge of our founder, Harry Quadracci, that our team at The Rock would stay committed to Georgia,” said Eric Steinbach, Quad/Graphics corporate vice president of operations for magazines and catalogs. “They have exceeded Harry’s expectations and are the prime reasons for our business success in Georgia.”

Following the path of his father, a pioneer in the printing industry, Harry V. Quadracci built Quad/Graphics from an 11-person team running a rented press and a borrowed binder, into the world’s second-largest provider of print and multichannel solutions.

“Quad’s success is about partnership – without partners, this would not be possible,” said Jeff Stribling, Quad/Graphics plant director. “Thank you to Quick Start for training our employees and making them tech savvy; and thank you to Southern Crescent Technical College for continuing improvements in education.”

Dr. Randall Peters, President of Southern Crescent Technical College stated, “This award reflects on the leadership of Quad Graphics, as well as their active participation in their community. This year marks the 18th annual Manufacturer’s Appreciation Week, meaning that Quad Graphics is only the 18th company in the history of Georgia to be recognized in this fashion. This is an honor reserved for only the best of the best and we are proud of the Quad Graphics team and certainly pleased about our close and continuous relationship with them. I look forward to many more years of partnership with such high performing professionals.”

Three manufacturers are chosen each year in categories based on the size of their employment – 150 or fewer, 151-500, and greater than 500. The other award winners were Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia in West Point and Cartersville’s Applied Thermoplastic Resources as the state’s 2012 Manufacturers of the Year.

The annual awards luncheon, held today in Atlanta, is the highlight of Georgia Manufacturing Appreciation Week, which is co-hosted by the Technical College System of Georgia and the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

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

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