SCTC students Robert Cannon, Dominic Green, Tina Sweatman, and Mary Holmes pictured with Chef Richard Axford from Kendal College

Four Southern Crescent Technical College (SCTC) students recently participated in the culinary trip of a lifetime as exchange students at the Lakes Hotel School at Kendal College in Cumbria, United Kingdom. During their month-long stay, SCTC students Robert Cannon, Mary Holmes, Dominic Green, and Tina Sweatman were able to study and work under top chefs in various local eateries including a Michelin-rated restaurant as they learned to prepare authentic European cuisine.

Students embarked on this journey on May 18, 2017 and returned home on June 15, 2017. During the day, the students studied under Kendal College’s Chef Richard Axford and his team of culinary instructors where they worked alongside Kendal College students to prepare food for the two College restaurants, The Castle Dairy Restaurant and The Restaurant at Kendal College.

“We had a chance to work on both the serving side and the preparation side of the restaurant as well as the pastry and savory side of the kitchen. I was able to learn their unique techniques and philosophies about the food they prepared,” Dominic Green said.  “It was an amazing experience and so different from my job working in a quick-serve restaurant in an American kitchen.  My culinary skills were put to the test and it was a great learning experience.”

The Lakes Hotel School at Kendal College in Cumbria, United Kingdom has launched the career of hundreds of hospitality and catering professionals since its creation in 2004, with many of them going on to work in some of the finest hotels and restaurants, both nationally and internationally. The unrivalled facilities and dedicated teaching team allow for a learning environment that nurtures the talent of tomorrow. The kitchens, restaurant and café all operate on a commercial basis, giving students the kind of real-world experience that prepares them for work in this exciting and challenging environment. During their time at the Lakes Hotel School, students have the opportunity to work with top chefs and develop a real understanding of the value of Cumbrian food and Classical Cuisine.

The four SCTC students each received a $2,000 scholarship to offset the cost of the trip. The scholarship opportunity was provided by the Culinary Arts Advisory Committee and the Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation with funds raised from the SCTC Food and Wine Pairing Event held in April of this year under the leadership of SCTC Culinary Arts Program Coordinator Chef Patrick Boutier.

These students stayed at a bed and breakfast adjacent to Kendal College, which made for convenient access to their daily activities. SCTC Culinary Instructor Chef Barry Levey accompanied the students for the first portion of the trip. Chef Levey made a connection with a local restaurant owner where students were able to participate in an additional one-day internship under Chef Leon at The Moon on High Gate. Tina Sweatman stated, “Chef Leon shared with us the practical knowledge that goes along with owning a business and working in a kitchen and talked to us about the financial responsibilities of running a successful restaurant.  It was a great experience to be a part of and especially interesting to work with him because he knew all of his recipes by heart. ”

According to the students, they all felt that their training in the SCTC Culinary Arts program sufficiently prepared them for the tasks presented on the trip. They were able to quickly adapt their knowledge to the different styles and methods presented in the kitchen.  This overall experience gave them the opportunity to be exposed to a variety of European cuisines and cooking techniques. Robert Cannon said, “While we may use many of the same foods, we definitely noticed distinct differences in their cuisine. They used a large number of purees to accompany their meals, pickled and cured foods were incorporated in nearly every course, and, charcuterie is a staple in almost every restaurant. We loved the food, but as we neared the end of our trip, we were able to cook Southern comfort food for the group and they absolutely loved it!”

The educational experience abroad was not limited to the kitchen. Cannon continued, “The Lakes District and surrounding countryside are beautiful. We enjoyed walking around the city of Kendal, especially near the river. We grew to know several of the students and town’s people who helped us learn the history and many facets of British culture.” During their trip, students were able to travel on weekends, including an excursion to London to see popular tourist attractions such as Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and the London Bridge.

“Thanks to the remarkable hospitality and kindness demonstrated by the Kendal College culinary team, our students felt welcome, protected and any initial hint of fear or apprehension immediately disappeared. As a result, their study abroad experience became a wonderful journey of personal discovery and growth, forever transforming their perspective on future life and career,” Chef Boutier commented. “As an educator, I think Study Abroad Programs contribute tremendously to the enrichment of our educational system by not only exposing our students to different cultures, flavors and landscapes, but more importantly, by providing our students with the opportunity to develop and hone essential critical thinking skills. The same critical thinking skills will become so important as they grow into their careers and access management level positions.”

Chef Axford stated, “It’s been a pleasure to meet, nurture and have a lot of laughs with the fantastic students from Southern Crescent Technical College. Tina, Dominic, Robert and Mary are different in so many ways and their abilities must not be underestimated. To come to England and perform so well is a testament to the quality instruction at Southern Crescent Technical College. We are sad to see them go but I hope a lifetime memory has been achieved.”

Just before their return, Mary Holmes stated, “I realize that I should not be afraid of what’s outside of my comfort zone. This trip has allowed me to catch the travel bug, even if it’s just within the United States. I want to travel, experience different cultures, and add to my culinary repertoire.”

 

Dr. Alvetta Thomas (right) presents outgoing board chair Scott Swafford with a plaque for his service.

At the June 21st meeting of the Southern Crescent Technical College (SCTC) Board of Directors, President Dr. Alvetta Thomas recognized Scott Swafford at his last meeting for his twelve years of faithful service to the College.  Swafford has served on the board for the past nine years and as chair for the last two years.  Prior to serving on the SCTC Board of Directors, he served on the Flint River Technical College Board of Directors and Board of Trustees.

“I have enjoyed serving the College both on the Board of Trustees and the Board of Directors. I look forward to staying involved at some level and will always be a champion for Southern Crescent Technical College.  This College does great things in all of our communities by training graduates to meet the workforce needs of local business and industry.”

Swafford continued as he expressed his gratitude to the other board members of SCTC for their efforts to become “one college” after the merger and for their role in creating opportunities for the citizens we serve.

Dr. Thomas stated, “We cannot thank Scott enough for his steadfast support of Southern Crescent Technical College in the community. He has been a diligent servant, a strong leader and was pivotal in the success of the merger between Flint River Technical College and Griffin Technical College.  I know that I can call on Scott at any time and he will always be ready and willing to assist.”

For his service and support, Swafford was presented a plaque from the College, a plaque from the Technical College Directors Association and a clock machined by students in the Machine Tool Technology program and painted by the students in the Auto Collision Repair programs at Southern Crescent Technical College.

Scott serves as the Chief Operating Officer of United Bank and represented Upson County on the Southern Crescent Technical College Board of Directors.

The Southern Crescent Technical College Board of Directors serves both in a community advisory capacity and in a limited administrative capacity, performing certain oversight responsibilities as designated by State Board policy. The local Board is comprised of 14 members from the business and industrial communities from nine counties in the service area comprised of Butts, Fayette, Henry, Jasper, Lamar, Pike, Spalding, Taylor and Upson counties. State Board Policy defines the role and responsibilities of the local Board. Board members are selected because of their experience, ability, and dedication to deal with issues that relate to the mission of occupational education and are without contractual, employment, or personal financial investment in the school.

About Southern Crescent Technical College:

Southern Crescent Technical College is a multi-campus unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and serves the workforce and community needs of Butts, Fayette, Henry, Jasper, Lamar, Pike, Spalding, Upson, and Taylor counties. The College is a public, accredited, two-year post-secondary institution serving a diverse student population by offering academic credit programs and services, adult education, continuing education and programs customized for business and industry.  Southern Crescent Technical College is committed to excellence and is characterized by outstanding instruction, a comprehensive commitment to state-of-the-industry training and workforce development, and a close connection to the community. As the College grows, Southern Crescent Technical College will continue to expand its educational programs and facilities to provide students with enhanced opportunities for career success. For more information on Southern Crescent Technical College or its offerings, please visit www.sctech.edu.

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Dr. Alvetta Thomas, President of Southern Crescent Technical College, is pleased to announce the Spring Semester 2017 President’s List. In order to obtain this distinction, a student must be enrolled full time and maintain a perfect grade point average of 4.0. The following students are included on this list:

 

Butts County

Karah Anderson

Zachary Bowman

Clifford Brown

Angela Childs

Timothy Fuller

Beverly Harris-Walker

Demarkus Hughley

Ashley Johnston

Ariel Lawrence

Morgan Morris

Aubrey Pendley

Alexander Perry

Anthony Rivera Freire

Jalyn Smith

Colleen Warren

Dale Washington

William Weaver

 

Carroll County

Serena Sanderson

 

Clarke County

Tara Thurmond

 

Clayton County

Terry Bryant

Dedrick Clark

Maria Cordova-Medina

Takisha Croff

Arvis Dancy

Joni Dean

Barry Elder

Jeffrey Fludd

Terry Henderson

Stephanie Hudgins

Wesley Isibor

Rasheed Jagun

Jessica Johnson

David Jones

Kimberlin King

Ainsworth Lawson

Angelique Manisa

Stefan Marquadt

Sasha Mattis

Stacie McQuagge

Thanh Nguyen

Tamisha Parker-Williams

Denise Plummer

Shanika Roberts-Joplin

Courtney Sellers

Jose Serafin

Shawn Watkins

LaTonya White

Emmanuel Wood

 

Coweta County

DeAnn Bresser

Eric Capes

Ted Carver Jr.

Brittany Johnson

Aric Lundy

Jared McCurry

Rachel Meadows

Patricia Pater

Isaac Wells

 

Fayette County

Michael Allen

Frank Alston

Ryan Bell

Kathleen Edmondson

Amber Harrington

Matthew Lyle

Randy Moseng

Frances Pass

Lauren Rogers

Elvia Santiago

Rita Steiger

Anthony Trujillo

Daniel Whitis

Nicholas Yancey

Zapporah Yisrael

 

Fulton County

John Howard

Jamilyn Pridmore

 

Henry County

Nathan Alfred

Lise Augustin

Jennifer Ballance

Trevor Boykin

Alfonso Bradley III

Tonia Brown

Jonathan Bundrick

Amber Cameron

Shirley Choice

Alon Colbert

Josue Cortez-Guerra

Madissen Coryell

Alex Cruz

Brian Danekes

Shawn Danforth

Cordarien Evans

Jazlynn Foster

Rosiane Garius

Lawrence Gober

Abby Grizzle

Jessica Ham

Jazmine Harris

Brittney Harrison

Taylor Henderson

Lara Hester

Brian Hickman

Steven Higginbotham

Duc Hoang

Chelsea Ivey

Joseph Jacoby

Henry Jones

Tierra Jones

Courtney Jordan

Vaughn Joseph

Jennifer Kanniard

Alan-Michael Kelly

Jennifer LeGates

Zachary Lohmann

James Lovett

Chakela Morrissette

Thach Nguyen

Mussolin Nyathi

Mallory Pelchat

Michael Perkerson

De Juria Pettis

Julio Pinero

Corey Ragan

Jamia Reddick

Kaley Roland

Mercedez Roquemore

Anaith Sanchez-Gomez

Antonio Saunders

Jessie Searcy

Lucas Shook

Aspen Smith

Summer Smith

John Snow

Nadine Sutton

Tiffany Sweeney

Kendall Talley

Brittany Thomas

Monica Tillman

Christian Tucker

Gerardo Vega De La O

Taylor Walters

Ishmael Williams

Kayla Williams

Eric Woods

Joshua Wooley

Chad Young

 

Jasper County

Calvin Brady

Courtney Johnston

Tyler Mills

William Tillman

 

Lamar County

Katieann Carden

Antwane Davis

Matthew Dayton

Jesse East

Daniel Gibson

Jennifer Hand

Kimberly Massengale

Phaedra Proctor

Bobbie Saye

Renee Scott

Alishia Simpson

 

Meriwether County

Daniel   Norris

Joy Shafer

 

Monroe County

Jordan Rogula

Tiffany Smith

 

Muscogee County

Shokoufeh Kecxon

 

Newton County

Joseph Anderson

Jesse King

 

Pike County

Tracy Boswell

Adrian Bruton

Bobby Bunn

Kaleigh Cole

Ashley Faircloth

Jamie Harper

Amber Hayes

Bonnita Herring

Casance Kendrick

James Madison

Summer Metts

Lisa Minick

Shelby Peters

Chasity Reagan

Sumer Smith

Jakob Trucks

 

Rockdale County

Christopher Bird

Alexandria Danya

 

Spalding County

Jason Altreche

Jacob Bohler

Diane Brackett

Kelly Brooks

Savannah Brown

Jeremy Bushroe

Natalie Calkins

Shiela Marie Catarata

Lisa Chambley

Felicia Collum

Tyler Crumsey

Elzenia Dantzler

Daphane Dilbeck

Xena Dinkins

Eric Dockery

Susan Dockery

Matthew Doran

Terry Dorsey

Bethany Engel

Michael Gormley

Jennifer Harbin

Mary Holmes

Katlyn Holt

Hunter Kilgore

Gerald Lamar

Cecilia Leon Arce

Hunter Lowman

Cory Martin

Jonathon McDaniel

Abigail McMillian

Michael Mitchell

Kara Nelson

Chanel Nicholson

Ashley Polk

Laurie Pritchett

Joseph Pruitt

Kimberleigh Reynolds

Patricia Robins

Miranda Rushton

Savannah Shockley

Hannah Standish

Brandy Timmons

Cassandra Vaughan

Cassandra Welch

Dannesha White

David Whiting

James Williams

Kevin Williams

Sharon Wilson

 

Upson County

James Allen

Marisa Bartlett

Joshua Birdsong

Christopher Bollinger

Nicholas Burnette

Shadoe Dunnahoo

Zollan English

Alyssa Foster

Joshua Green

Joshua Grosso

Nicholas Kennedy

Misty Lawrence

Christina Lollar

Christina Mckissick

George Sanders

Todd Smith

Jennifer Vaughn

Crystal Warmack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Southern Crescent Technical College student Brian Weston was selected by an external panel of judges to serve as officer for Georgia Student Government Association (GSGA) during the Technical College System of Georgia State Student Organizations and Planning Committees retreat held recently at the Unicoi State Park and Lodge in Helen, GA.

Brian is an Orthopaedics Technology student and serves as SCTC Student Government Association (SGA) President on the Flint River Campus. He was recently named State Parliamentarian for GSGA during a state officers retreat in Helen for SkillsUSA, Phi Beta Lambda, National Technical Honor Society, and GSGA student organizations.

Also attending and representing SCTC at the state level were Cherryl C. Burks, Director of Student Support Services, who will serve as State Executive Director and Mia Collier, Move On When Ready Coordinator, who will serve as a State Officers Advisor for Georgia Student Government Association. Kim Yevick is on the planning committee for Phi Beta Lambda and Diana Kendrick serves on the SkillsUSA planning committee.

This retreat is held annually for all students that were recently elected as State Officers for their organization. The three day conference consists of StrengthsQuest Assessment, leadership training, business etiquette, teambuilding activities, group projects, panel interviews, position selections and final presentation of their plan of work.

After earning a Gold medal at the state SkillsUSA competition that was held in late March in Atlanta, Trevor Boykin is competing this week in the Plumbing competition at the National SkillsUSA competition in Louisville, Kentucky.

SCTC President Dr. Alvetta Thomas said in response to Trevor attending the National Competition, “We are so very proud of Trevor, his dedication to his studies and all that he has accomplished. We are all pulling for him and wishing him the best of luck and hoping that he is able to bring home the GOLD!”

Trevor’s plumbing instructor and SkillsUSA advisor Billy Elliott is accompanying Trevor on the trip.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled work force.  They are a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical, and skilled service occupations, including health occupations.

Pictured L-R: SCTC President Dr. Alvetta Thomas, Judge Jan Hunt, David Campbell

Southern Crescent Technical College President Dr. Alvetta Thomas is pleased to announce the recent appointment of David Campbell to the College’s board of directors. Campbell was sworn in by Spalding County Probate Judge Jan Hunt at the June 21st meeting.      Campbell will represent Henry County on the board and currently serves as the Region External Affairs Manager for Georgia Power Company.

“I am pleased to welcome Mr. Campbell to the Southern Crescent Technical College board of directors,” Dr. Thomas stated.   “As a member of several civic and charitable organizations, he is very community minded and demonstrates strong leadership capabilities. I’m certain his knowledge will be invaluable as we move forward in executing our vision for the college,” Dr. Thomas concluded.

The Southern Crescent Technical College Board of Directors serves both in a community advisory capacity and in a limited administrative capacity, performing certain oversight responsibilities as designated by State Board policy. The local Board is comprised of 14 members from the business and industrial communities from nine counties in the service area comprised of Butts, Fayette, Henry, Jasper, Lamar, Pike, Spalding, Taylor and Upson counties. State Board Policy defines the role and responsibilities of the local Board. Board members are selected because of their experience, ability, and dedication to deal with issues that relate to the mission of occupational education and are without contractual, employment, or personal financial investment in the school.

About Southern Crescent Technical College:

Southern Crescent Technical College is a multi-campus unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and serves the workforce and community needs of Butts, Fayette, Henry, Jasper, Lamar, Pike, Spalding, Upson, and Taylor counties. The College is a public, accredited, two-year post-secondary institution serving a diverse student population by offering academic credit programs and services, adult education, continuing education and programs customized for business and industry.  Southern Crescent Technical College is committed to excellence and is characterized by outstanding instruction, a comprehensive commitment to state-of-the-industry training and workforce development, and a close connection to the community. As the College grows, Southern Crescent Technical College will continue to expand its educational programs and facilities to provide students with enhanced opportunities for career success. For more information on Southern Crescent Technical College or its offerings, please visit www.sctech.edu.

A grant that enables students at Southern Crescent Technical College and other technical education students in Georgia to receive free tuition now has a name that more accurately reflects the grant's goals.

The HOPE Career Grant, formerly known as the Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant (SIWDG), is available to qualified students who enroll in select majors specifically aligned with one of 12 industries in which there are more jobs available in Georgia than there are skilled workers to fill them. These industries were identified by Gov. Nathan Deal's "High-Demand Career Initiative" and the General Assembly as strategically important to the state's economic growth.

"We continuously seek ways to help our Georgia students attain a high-quality, affordable education that leads to a productive career," Gov. Deal said. "This grant is an important piece in our tool kit of educational assets, and helps students prepare to enter those industries in the state that have the greatest workforce needs."

The grant, which was implemented in 2013 for three key industries, now benefits qualified students who enroll in the following 12 program areas: certified engineer assistant, commercial truck driving, computer programming, computer technology, diesel equipment technology, early childhood care and education, health science, industrial maintenance, movie production/set design, practical nursing, precision manufacturing, and welding and joining technology.

Southern Crescent Technical College offers several programs covered by the HOPE Career Grant including: Allied Health (including Practical Nursing, Pharmacy Technology, Surgical Technology, Phlebotomy Technician, Nurse Aide, MRI and CT Scan Specialist, Hemodialysis Technician) Computer Technology (including Computer Programming, Computer Networking, Web Site Design), Early Childhood Care and Education, Film Technology, Machine Tool Technology, Industrial Systems Technology, Commercial Truck Driving, Diesel Equipment Technology, and Welding and Joining Technology.

Dr. Alvetta Thomas, President of Southern Crescent Technical College said, "As the state tries to facilitate filling open positions in critical industries, the extra measure of assistance through the HOPE Career Grant can make a huge difference in assisting students. This is an incredible opportunity and we hope interested students will take advantage of it. If you have been thinking about pursuing a career in one of these fields, now is the time!"

“While some of the HOPE Career Grant programs offered at SCTC have been around for quite a while, such as Early Childhood Care and Education and practical nursing, others programs like Film Technology, are more recent additions in response to needs within the business community”, Thomas said.

“A Georgia student who qualifies for one of these grants pays absolutely no tuition, and in some cases the grants cover fees and equipment as well,” said Gretchen Corbin, commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia, which offers more than 200 programs in the industries targeted by the grant. “This is a great opportunity for students in our 22 colleges and the Georgia companies who seek them. We believe the new name will help students understand that a rewarding career is the end goal of the grant.”

The HOPE Career Grant opportunities are open for any qualified student pursuing a certificate or diploma at a public college in Georgia, although students within the Technical College System of Georgia are the main beneficiaries. The number of certificates or diplomas in these 12 areas awarded to technical college students in the 2016 academic year was 16,514, up from 11,289 in 2013.

Utility Club Members Pictured L-R: Barbara Jo Cook, Vice President for Advancement – Southern Crescent Technical College; Former Griffin Utility Club President Yvonne Langford; Nancy Blake, Southern Crescent Technical College Trustee

The Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation received a donation of $31,500 on May 20, 2017, from The Griffin Utility Club for an endowed RN scholarship.  The Utility Club is dissolving after ninety years of volunteer service to the Griffin-Spalding County community and members recently voted to disperse the assets to organizations that the Club has supported.

Since the Club’s inception, the Griffin Utility Club and its members have supported various projects and scholarships in accordance with the mission of the organization. A general nursing scholarship was established in 1948 which will continue as an endowed RN scholarship at Southern Crescent Technical College.  The first Griffin Utility Club RN Scholarship will be awarded for Fall Semester 2018 and will become an annual award.

During The Utility Club’s history, members have averaged over 4,000 volunteer hours a year in community service endeavors and special projects supported by the organization. In addition, The Utility Club has donated thousands of dollars raised through club fundraising efforts to numerous community projects that have enriched the lives of Griffin and Spalding County residents.

In a joint proclamation from the Spalding County Board of Commissioners and the City of Griffin Board of Commissioners, the Boards recognized and paid tribute to The Griffin Utility Club for the many decades of accomplishments, contributions, and truly altruistic service made to the citizenry.  The legacy of The Griffin Utility Club is one that will live forever, thanks to the foresight and fortitude of community-minded members with servants’ hearts.  Since education efforts were a priority for The Griffin Utility Club, the legacy of the Club will live on through the lives of Southern Crescent Technical College students.

A crowd of nearly 150 people gathered on Thursday, May 18, 2017 to celebrate the official groundbreaking of the second building at the Southern Crescent Technical College Henry County location.

Southern Crescent Technical College President Dr. Alvetta Thomas welcomed the guests and kicked off the program by saying, “This is really a dream come true. You all made education a priority and I thank this wonderful county for what you have done for your citizens.”

Thomas went on to outline several of the features of this building as well as the building’s importance to the workforce needs of Henry County.

Located just behind Building A, this 82,500 square foot multi-level, state-of-the-art facility will house various medical, computer, and industrial training programs designed to meet the immediate needs of the area. The modern, open-concept plan and floor-to-ceiling glass throughout the structure is ideal for viewing students at work in the labs and will be a showpiece of the building’s sophisticated architecture.

Included in the plan for Building B are classrooms and hands-on lab spaces to support a number of new and expanding programs. Automotive Technology, Auto Collision Repair, Mechatronics, Environmental Technology, Associate of Science in Nursing - RN, MRI/CT Scan, Phlebotomy, Cardiovascular Technology, Vascular Technology, Nurse Aide, and a myriad of Computer Information Systems Technology programs including Computer Programming, Computer Networking, Database Specialist, Web Site Design, and Web Application Development will soon be offered at the SCTC Henry County Center.

Following Dr. Thomas, Gretchen Corbin, Commissioner for the Technical College System of Georgia, addressed the crowd and went on to say that there are several key factors that are considered when a new building is proposed.   Corbin stated, “When the community stands up and says education is a priority like you all have, we know it is going to be an easy partnership.  I cannot thank the local and state elected officials and the business and education community of Henry County enough for their efforts.”

Corbin further discussed the impact of a technical college presence in Henry County by stating, “A skilled workforce will keep Henry County economically competitive.”

Senator Rick Jeffares, State Representative Brian Strickland, State Representative Demetrius Douglas, Henry County Board of Commissioners Chair June Wood, McDonough Mayor Billy Copeland, and Chamber President David Gill each had an opportunity to address the guests and offer insight into the building’s significance and their role in this process. Each of these key individuals, along with State Representative Andy Welch, played an integral part in this special occasion.

For the design and construction of Building B, the Technical College System of Georgia contributed $20,958,000 in state general obligation bond financing. Henry County contributed an additional $5 million and the City of McDonough donated an additional $1 million in SPLOST funds for this project.

Site preparation and construction lead by Garbutt Construction Company began in early March. Construction is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2018 with classes slated to begin Fall Semester 2018. Praxis3 served as the architects for the impressive facility.

Southern Crescent Technical College President Dr. Alvetta Thomas stated, “We are beyond excited to be celebrating the groundbreaking for this important asset to our college community. The Henry County business, education and government communities have long been supporters of Southern Crescent Technical College and this project is a model for true collaboration between all of these partners. This building is a great example of teamwork, dedication and vision and shows the commitment to education and workforce development from the leaders and citizens of Henry County.”

The event culminated with an official groundbreaking with those individuals that were instrumental in making this project a reality.

This new facility is the second of eight buildings originally proposed for SCTC’s Henry County location. It will be a major addition to the educational infrastructure of Henry County and will bring more options for technical education within range of every resident in the area.  The SCTC Henry County Center is located immediately east of Henry County High School and the Henry Academy for Advanced Studies, built on 25 acres of land donated to Southern Crescent Technical College by the Henry County Board of Education.

With the addition and expansion of the SCTC Henry County Center, many students will be able to begin and finish their education in Henry County. Building B will be a huge asset to the Henry County Center, allowing for more programs to be offered at this location. The 35,000 square foot Building A at the Henry County Center opened in January of 2013 and offers Business Management, Early Childhood Education, Criminal Justice, Logistics, CISCO Computer Networking as well as various general purpose and pre-allied health classrooms and labs.

As the College grows, Southern Crescent Technical College will continue to expand our educational programs and facilities to provide students with enhanced opportunities for career success. For more information on Southern Crescent Technical College or its offerings, please visit www.sctech.edu.

Southern Crescent Technical College is planning Open House events on the Butts, Henry, Jasper, and Flint River locations where interested students can “Get the Scoop” about Southern Crescent Technical College. During these events, the application fee will be waived for those in attendance.  In addition, prospective students can learn about new programs, receive a guided campus tour, interact with instructors and see their exciting program demonstrations, speak with financial aid representatives to check out the options available for reduced tuition and enjoy the food, fun, and prizes!

Open House events are scheduled as follows:

Jasper County Center    Tuesday, May 23, 2017              5-7 pm

Flint River Campus:      Thursday, June 8, 2017              5-7 pm

Henry County Center:     Saturday, June 3, 2017             9 am – 12 pm

Butts County Center:     Thursday, June 15, 2017            5-7 pm