Southern Crescent Technical College

Alumni Spotlight: Quad Graphics Plant Director Credits Technical Education for Paving Career Path

Jeff Stribling

As a graduate of the Electrical Apprenticeship Program at Macon Technical College, now Central Georgia Technical College, and the Business Management Program in 2010 at Flint River Technical College, now Southern Crescent Technical College, Jeff Stribling credits his technical college experience with giving him the academic and technical skills to prepare him for his many positions at Quad Graphics, Inc.

As an employee of Quad Graphics at The Rock Plant, Jeff has served in various positions. He began as a Finishing Electrician in 1992 and subsequent positions included Finishing Electrical Manager, Production Support Manager, Finishing Operations Manager, and Plant Director in 2010. In addition to his responsibilities as Plant Director at The Rock, in 2018 Jeff was appointed Plant Director of the Charlotte, North Carolina, Quad Graphics Plant. As the Director of two plants, Jeff manages 500 employees at The Rock Plant, and 120 employees at the Charlotte, North Carolina, Plant.

“Years ago and like most people my age, I was young and really didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life,” Jeff said. “Although undecided, I knew that I needed to acquire the skills to better myself, so I enrolled in an Electrical Apprenticeship program.

“Earning a skill to make yourself more employable is critical to a meaningful career,” he added. “Technical education has continued to open doors for me as I have progressed on my professional journey to become a Plant Director.”

Quad Graphics, a company that offers a complete service in both printing and marketing, currently has 57 plants throughout the world, with 47 plants in the United States, and has over 27,000 employees. The annual sales for Quad Graphics is $4.7 billion with over 8,600 clients.  In 2012 Quad Graphics won the Georgia Manufacturers of the Year Award – Medium Manufacturer.

As a native of Thomaston, Georgia, and an active community volunteer, Jeff has served as a member of the Unite Upson Board, the Upson-Lee High School Graphics Arts Advisory Board, and the Georgia Quick Start Advisory Board. He has also served as Chair of the Thomaston-Upson Chamber of Commerce, Vice-Chair of the Southern Crescent Technical College Board of Directors, and Chair of the Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation. In addition to his leadership roles to support Southern Crescent Technical College, Jeff has facilitated corporate donations from Quad Graphics to the Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation in excess of $340,000. To demonstrate Jeff’s commitment to community partnerships in Upson County, he has been heavily involved with industrial development and was instrumental in starting the Industrial Maintenance Roundtable, which meets monthly for members to discuss related issues.

Jeff’s commitment to technical education, his professional accomplishments in the technical field, his community service to improve the quality of life for the citizens in his community, and his steadfast commitment to the mission of Southern Crescent Technical College and the Technical College System of Georgia are standard examples of the alumni qualities pursued by all technical colleges. He was selected as Southern Crescent Technical College’s Alumni of the Year 2018 nomination for the Technical College System of Georgia.

“I strongly believe in the value of technical education and believe that it has the ability to change your life, as it did mine,” Jeff stated.

 

Do you know any alumni of Southern Crescent Technical College (formerly Flint River Tech or Griffin Tech) who contribute to their community and inspire others to do the same? We’d like to reach out to them as a potential spotlight as well. Send their name and contact information to Foundation@sctech.edu.

*Southern Crescent Technical College was formed in 2010 as a result of a merger between Flint River Technical College in Thomaston and Griffin Technical College in Griffin.  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, and Upson counties. Currently offering over 200 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 for students 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.