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The Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation has made plans to host An Evening in Monte Carlo: Casino Night Fundraiser on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at Park Lane in Thomaston. Guest will go “all in” to support this event which will include Blackjack, Poker, Roulette, and Craps.

Proceeds from this event will be used to benefit the SCTC Foundation for special projects such as student scholarships and campus expansion.

Tickets for this event are $85 each and corporate sponsorships are available. For more information, please contact 770.229.3417 or foundation@sctech.edu.

SCTC Tiger Antione Daniel
SCTC Tiger Antione Daniel

The Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA) Division III basketball coaches have named Antione Gresham from Southern Crescent Technical College as Men's GCAA Division III Player of the Week for Jan. 16 - Jan. 22, 2017.

Antione is a 5-10 sophomore point guard from Lithonia, GA. Antione attended Lithonia High School.  He averaged 18 points, 9.3 assists, 6 rebounds and 2.7 steals for the week.

About SCTC Tiger Athletics: The Southern Crescent Technical College Tigers began our athletic program in 2010 and compete in men's basketball and women's basketball as Division III members of the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA), which is Region XVII of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).  Southern Crescent Technical College is home to the 2015 NJCCA Region XVII Men’s Basketball Region Champions and District VII Runner-Up (where SCTC competed against the final 16 Division III teams in the country) as well as the NJCCA Region XVII Coach of the Year, Calvin Sinkfield.

Dr. Roslyn Johnson-McCurry, 2017 Rick Perkins Award Winner
Dr. Roslyn Johnson-McCurry, 2017 Rick Perkins Award Winner

Dr. Roslyn Johnson-McCurry, Early Childhood Education Instructor at Southern Crescent Technical College, recently received the 2017 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.

Dr. Johnson-McCurry stated, "I am extremely honored to be named the Rick Perkins Award winner for Southern Crescent Technical College, although I share this great honor with all of the dedicated instructors at the College.”

Dr. Johnson-McCurry was nominated for the Rick Perkins Award by her fellow instructors at Southern Crescent Technical College. Dr. Alvetta Thomas, President of Southern Crescent Technical College, stated, “Dr. Roslyn Johnson-McCurry has been recognized as Southern Crescent Technical College’s Rick Perkins winner because of her conscientiousness and genuine commitment as an instructor.  I have witnessed her dedication to student learning, high professional standards, and cooperative spirit.  Her teaching methods and techniques are innovative and she encourages her students to achieve at their highest level. Roslyn is an excellent representation of the quality faculty and staff at Southern Crescent Technical College and I could not be more pleased with her award.”

Johnson-McCurry and other nominees were judged by a group of outside individuals. After winning the school title, she 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.

Adrienne Dore, SCTC 2017 EAGLE Delegate
Adrienne Dore, SCTC 2017 EAGLE Delegate

Sharon Cloud, Dean for Adult Education, recently announced that Adrienne Dore has been chosen to represent Southern Crescent Technical College’s Adult Education Program at the EAGLE (Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education) Leadership Institute in Atlanta. The Leadership Institute recognizes and honors those students who have demonstrated superior achievement in adult education classes and programs.

Prior to being named the SCTC EAGLE delegate, Mrs. Dore was nominated by her instructor, Curtis Ward, to participate in the local EAGLE competition. Adult Education instructors at Southern Crescent Technical College were each able to nominate students for this competition. From these nominated students, one student (called an EAGLE delegate), was selected to represent Southern Crescent Technical College at the State Leadership Institute. At the Institute, local delegates from technical colleges throughout Georgia will participate in a comprehensive program of professional development sessions focusing on increased leadership, communication and life management skills.  Ms. Dore was chosen by a panel of judges and was judged on a speech and interview session.

EAGLE is the first statewide program in the nation that recognizes and rewards excellence among students enrolled in adult education programs. This student recognition program is designed to create greater awareness of educational opportunities that are available in local communities across the state and to foster greater involvement in lifelong learning pursuits.

The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) through its Office of Adult Education (OAE) sponsors the annual Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE) Leadership Institute.

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The Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation awarded 73 scholarships totaling $30,050 for students enrolled in the College for Spring Semester 2017.

Of those, the Foundation awarded 44 Internal Tiger Campaign scholarships totaling $17,550.  Internal scholarships are funded from contributions from the SCTC faculty and staff primarily thorough monthly payroll deduction to the Internal Fundraising Campaign. In addition, the Foundation awarded 29 external scholarships totaling $12,500. External scholarships are funded from contributions from business partners, foundations and generous donors within our service community as well as SCTC faculty and staff for program-specific scholarships not included in the Internal Tiger Campaign.

Congratulations to the following students who were awarded Internal scholarships:

The Bill Walden Memorial Textbook Scholarship is a $300 textbook scholarship established in memory of former SCTC Business Management instructor Bill Walden for his commitment and contributions to the College. The Foundation awarded 11 $300 scholarships for a total of $3,300.  Those receiving the scholarship for the Spring 2017 Semester are:

Terry Bryant, Networking Specialist

Kayla Brooks, Business Technology

Shelia Catarata, Associate of Science in Nursing

Dorothy Etienne, Business Administrative Technology

Yvette Garcia, Paralegal/Accounting

Carlita Hatch, Forensic Science

Stephanie Hudgins, Bus Tech/Comp Spec/Web Design

Wesley Isibor, Air Conditioning Technology

James Kilpatrick, Drafting

Carla Martin, Respiratory Care

Kelli Screven, Dental Assisting

 

The GED/Advancement-to-College Textbook Scholarship is a $250 textbook scholarship awarded to a recent Southern Crescent Technical College GED graduate (completed within the last 12 months) who scored over 580 on the GED test and who has enrolled in Southern Crescent Technical College. The Foundation awarded three $250 scholarships for a total of $750.  Those receiving the scholarship for Spring 2017 Semester are:

Jantavius Barron, Business Management

Adrienne Dore, Business/Human Resources

Katelyn Walker, Cosmetology

 

The High School-to-College Textbook Scholarship is a $300 textbook scholarship awarded to a recent high school graduate (graduated within the last 24 months) who is enrolled at Southern Crescent Technical College. The Foundation awarded three $300 scholarships for a total of $900. Those receiving scholarships for the Spring 2017 Semester are:

Breanna Allen, Associate of Science in Nursing

Shelia Catarata, Associate of Science in Nursing

Brianna Moore, Business Administrative Technology

 

The John Bradley Memorial Toolbox Scholarship is a $250 toolbox scholarship for the purchase of program-required tools, uniforms, equipment, and/or supplies established in memory of John Bradley, former Automotive Collision and Repair instructor at the College, who died of cancer in 2006. The Foundation awarded 13 $250 scholarships for a total of $3,250.  Those receiving the scholarship for the Spring 2017 Semester are:

Clayman Bankston, Cosmetology

Rosemary Beasley, Culinary Arts

Jeremy Brooks, Culinary Arts

Taylor Dunham, Radiologic Technology

Traci Durden, Radiologic Technology

Wesley Isibor, Heating and Air Conditioning Installation

Jessica Johnson, Radiologic Technology

Misty Lawrence, Radiologic Technology

Makayla Milner, Medical Assisting

Patricia Robins, Radiologic Technology

Antonio Saunders, Associate of Science in Nursing

Kristian Scoggins, Cosmetology

Kelli Screven, Dental Assisting

 

The Trevor Alexander Memorial Tuition Scholarship is a $250 tuition, fees and/or books scholarship to a student who is eligible for the HOPE Grant/Scholarship but is not eligible for The PELL Grant. It was established in memory of Trevor Alexander, an Assessment Specialist at the College, who died of cancer in August 2013. The Foundation awarded five $250 scholarships for a total of $1,250.  Those receiving the scholarship for the Spring 2017 Semester are:

Taylor Dunham, Radiologic Technology

Jessica Johnson, Radiologic Technology

Misty Lawrence, Radiologic Technology

Brianna Moore, Business Administrative Technology

Ashley Pue, Nurse Aid

 

The SCTC Tuition Scholarship is a $900 tuition scholarship to a student who is not eligible for the HOPE Grant/Scholarship, WIOA and/or The PELL Grant. Applicants for this scholarship may also include those who have capped-out on HOPE financial aid. The Foundation awarded nine $900 scholarships for a total of $8,100l.  Those receiving the scholarship for the Spring 2017 Semester are:

Terry Bryant, Networking Specialist

Dorothy Etienne, Business Administrative Technology

Carlita Hatch, Forensic Science Technology

Carla Martin, Respiratory Care

Alissa Perez, Orthopedic Technology

Patricia Robins, Radiologic Technology

Antonio Saunders, Associate of Science in Nursing

Kelli Screven, Dental Assisting

Nigel Wattley, Heating and Air Conditioning Installation

 

Congratulations to the following students who were awarded External Scholarships:

The Connell & Wheeler Trial Lawyers Tuition, Textbook & Toolbox Scholarship is a $250 tuition, textbook and toolbox scholarship that was awarded to:

Patricia Robins, Radiologic Technology

 

Cooper Family Culinary Arts Tuition, Textbook & Toolbox Scholarship is a $250 tuition, textbook and toolbox scholarship in the Culinary Arts program donated by Mr. and Mrs. Barry Cooper. The Foundation awarded two $250 scholarships for a total of $500 to:

Rosemary Beasley, Culinary Arts

Jeremy Brooks, Culinary Arts

 

The SCTC Culinary Arts Advisory Committee Tuition, Textbook & Toolbox Scholarship is a $250 tuition, textbook and toolbox scholarship awarded to student in the Culinary Arts program. Funds from the annual Food and Wine Pairing contribute to this scholarship. The Foundation awarded two $250 scholarships for a total of $500 to:

Rosemary Beasley, Culinary Arts

Jeremy Brooks, Culinary Arts

 

Culinary Arts Travel Abroad is a $1,500 tuition, textbook and toolbox scholarship which requires a bench test, essay and completed application for a SCTC student to attend culinary classes at Kendall College in England with funds raised by the SCTC Culinary Arts Advisory Committee. The Foundation awarded four $1,500 scholarships for a total of $6,000 to:

Robert Cannon, Culinary Arts

Dominic Greene, Culinary Arts

Mary Holmes, Culinary Arts

Tina Sweatman, Culinary Arts

 

The Designs Created International, LLC CIS Scholarship is a $250 tuition, textbook, and toolbox scholarship is awarded to a student in a Computer Information Systems program and established by Brett Bell, SCTC graduate. The Foundation awarded a $250 scholarship to:

Stephanie Hudgins, Business Technology/Web Design

 

The Georgia Power Company Scholarship is a $250 toolbox scholarship for the purchase of program-required tools, uniforms and/or equipment. The Foundation awarded eleven $250 scholarships for a total of $2,750 to:

Rosemary Beasley, Culinary Arts

Taylor Dunham, Radiologic Technology

Wesley Isibor, Heating and Air Conditioning Installation

Ingrid Israel, Associate of Science in Nursing

Jessica Johnson, Radiologic Technology

Misty Lawrence, Radiologic Technology

Makayla Milner, Medical Assisting

Alissa Perez, Orthopedic Technology

Patricia Robins, Radiologic Technology

Antonio Saunders, Associate of Science in Nursing

Kelli Screven, Dental Assisting

 

The George Capo, D.O. Medical Assisting Tuition, Textbook & Toolbox Scholarship is a $250 tuition, textbook and toolbox scholarship awarded to a student in the Medical Assisting program. The Foundation awarded the $250 scholarship to:

Kirby Wimberly, Medical Assisting

 

The Frank Jolly Memorial Business Management Scholarship is a $250 tuition and textbook scholarship to a student in a Business Management program. Established in memory of Victor Franklin Jolly, who retired after 41 years as a prominent banker and community leader. He served as president and Chief Executive Officer of Commercial Bank and Trust Company from 1974 until his retirement in 1991. This scholarship is provided through the generous donations of Mr. Jolly’s daughter, Nan Jolly Moore and her husband, Len Moore, both former employees of Griffin Technical College/Southern Crescent Technical College. Mr. Jolly passed away April 2011. The Foundation awarded a $250 scholarship to:

Kathleen Edmondson, Business Management and Accounting

 

The MAACA / Tim Derrick Memorial Scholarship is a $250 textbook and toolbox scholarship awarded to a student in an Air Conditioning Technology program. Established in memory of Tim Derrick, Chief HVAC inspector for the City of Atlanta, HVAC contractor, and HVAC instructor, who died of brain cancer in 2005, and was a longtime member of the Metropolitan Atlanta Air conditioning Contractors Association (MAACA). The Foundation awarded one $250 scholarship to:

Wesley Isibor, Heating and Air Conditioning Installation

 

The Justin Peeples Memorial CIS Scholarship is a $250 textbook and toolbox scholarship awarded to a student in the Computer Information Systems program. Established in memory of Justin Peeples, a Computer Network Specialist student at the College. Justin died from injuries sustained in an automobile accident in 2011. The Foundation awarded one $250 scholarship to:

Stephanie Hudgins, Business Technology/Web Design

 

The Elmer L. Peters Memorial Law Enforcement Officer Scholarship is a $500 scholarship awarded for tuition and fees, program-required textbooks, uniforms, equipment, and/or supplies to a degree-seeking student in Criminal Justice Technology. Student must also be a post-certified officer currently serving in a law enforcement position. Established in memory of Elmer L. Peters, who retired after 25 years with the City of Dayton, Ohio, Police Department and 13 years with the Dekalb County Sheriff’s Office in Smithville, Tennessee. This scholarship reflects his firm support of higher education, and his thought that professional police officers need professional level education and training. Mr. Peters passed away May 2013. The Foundation awarded one $500 scholarship to:

Shahagony Barber, Criminal Justice 

 

The Schyla Avery Memorial Scholarship is a $250 scholarship awarded for the purchase of program required textbooks, uniforms, equipment, and/or supplies to a student pursuing a degree in Respiratory Care. Established in memory of Schyla Nicole Avery, who received an AAS degree in Respiratory Care from the College, and died in a tragic house fire in 2011. The Foundation awarded one $250 scholarship to:

Carla Martin, Respiratory Care

 

The SCTC Medical Assisting Tuition, Textbook & Toolbox Scholarship is a $250 tuition, textbook and toolbox scholarship awarded to a student in the Medical Assisting program. The Foundation awarded one $250 scholarship to:

Makayla Milner, Medical Assisting

 

The Upson EMC Foundation Tuition, Textbook & Toolbox Scholarship is a $250 tuition, textbook and toolbox scholarship. Student must be a Georgia resident and must live in one of the six counties Upson EMC serves: Crawford, Pike, Meriwether, Talbot, Taylor and Upson. The Foundation awarded one $250 scholarship to:

Kayla Brooks, Business Technology  

Eric Capes, 2017 SCTC GOAL Winner
Eric Capes, 2017 SCTC GOAL Winner

Eric Capes, 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 November 29, 2016 and hosted by the Griffin Exchange Club.

After an extensive interview process, Capes was chosen from 26 candidates as Southern Crescent Technical College’s nominee for the title of state GOAL winner. Capes was chosen over three other nominees by a judging panel from community leaders and College supporters from the local service area. He will now proceed to regional preliminary judging.  Capes will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Atlanta in late April where, for two-days, he 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 2017 GOAL winner and the recipient of the GOAL medallion.

Lamar County Department of Family Children Services Board Member Patsy Mann, represented the final selection committee at the luncheon and 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. Mark Andrews, Executive Vice -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. Eric is a fine example of the excellent leadership of our student population and I know he 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.

Matthew Middleton, President of the Griffin Exchange Club, presented the winner and final four with a monetary gift for their achievement. Middleton 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.”

During the luncheon, the Griffin Area Employer Committee representative Miles Neville presented Eric with a monetary donation to assist with his expenses as he prepares for the state competition.

In his speech, Capes emphasized the importance of technical education and the opportunities it has offered him in his life. He stated that technical education has been his path toward dreams coming true for himself and his family and encouraged others to allow technical education to assist in fulfilling their dreams.

Capes’ nominating instructor, Christopher Booth stated, “I am so very proud of Eric. He is a wonderful ambassador for Southern Crescent Technical College and promotes technical education to everyone he meets.  He relates well to all students at the College and will carry the spirit of the entire student body with him as he 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 Eric Capes, three other students were recognized at the luncheon for their outstanding achievement, character and leadership. They are: Mary Holmes – Culinary Arts, Jessica Johnson – Radiologic Technology, and David Wilson – Industrial Systems Technology.

Pictured L to R: David Wilson, Mary Holmes, Jessica Johnson and Eric Capes
Pictured L to R: David Wilson, Mary Holmes, Jessica Johnson and Eric Capes

Four students from Southern Crescent Technical College have been selected as local finalists for the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL), according to Dr. Jasper Foust, coordinator for the local GOAL program. These students were announced Tuesday afternoon, November 15, 2016, at a GOAL Recognition Reception held during the Thomaston – Upson County Rotary Club Meeting in Thomaston, Georgia.

Chosen as finalists are: Eric Capes – Radiologic Technology, Mary Holmes – Culinary Arts, Jessica Johnson – Radiologic Technology, and David Wilson – Industrial Systems Technology.

The Technical College System of Georgia sponsors the GOAL program statewide. Locally, GOAL is sponsored by the Griffin-Spalding Chamber of Commerce, the Griffin Exchange Club, the Griffin Area Employer Committee, and the SCTC Student Government Association and coordinated by officials from Southern Crescent Technical College.

“The GOAL program,” said Foust, “seeks to spotlight the importance of technical education in today’s world and to recognize outstanding achievement by students in our state’s technical colleges.”

According to Foust, the Screening Committee of administrators at Southern Crescent Technical College selected the four finalists from 26 students who were nominated for this recognition by their instructors. Prior to being named as a finalist, these students completed an extensive interview process to prepare them for the state competition to be held in April.

“A Selection Committee of individuals from outside the school will now interview and evaluate these four students, “ explained Foust “and the one judged most outstanding will compete with representatives from Georgia’s other technical colleges for the 2017 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership medallion.”

The student, who is selected as the State GOAL Winner by demonstrating excellence in leadership, will receive the grand prize of a new automobile.

 

welding-accreditation

Southern Crescent Technical College’s Welding Technology programs have recently earned National Center for Construction Education and Research certification as an accredited training and education facility.

The NCCER accreditation means SCTC welding students will be training at an official NCCER training and educational facility. Those students will have an opportunity to take the NCCER test, and upon successful completion, will be NCCER certified.

The NCCER credential is submitted into a national registry that allows organizations and companies to track the qualifications of a potential employee. Students also receive an industry-recognized card indicating which assessments they have completed.

“Earning this accreditation is another example of how Southern Crescent Technical College is training our future workforce to meet the needs of business and industry,” said SCTC President Dr. Randall L. Peters. “Achieving the NCCER accreditation for our welding program was a priority because it really does have a positive impact when one of our graduates enters the job market with this certification.  This accreditation is an outside validation of the high quality and standards that we expect from all of our programs and I am proud of the efforts that went into achieving this notable certification.”

Earning the NCCER certification gives students an added advantage as they enter or reenter the workforce, according to SCTC welding instructor David Wiley. “Companies who are hiring will often ask if you have the NCCER certification and that can sometimes be the difference in being chosen for the position,” Wiley stated.

SCTC began the NCCER accreditation process a few years ago. In order to become accredited through NCCER, instructors must take a 40-hour course and each potential NCCER training facility goes through a rigorous process of establishing industry standards within the facility.

NCCER was created in 1996 with the support of more than 125 construction CEOs and various association and academic leaders who united to revolutionize training for the construction industry. With the common goal of developing a safe and productive workforce, a standardized training and credentialing program was created for the industry. The program has evolved into curricula for more than 70 craft areas and a complete series of more than 70 assessments offered in over 4,000 NCCER-accredited training and assessment locations across the United States.

The Welding and Joining Technology program is offered on both the Griffin and Flint River Campuses of Southern Crescent Technical College.

 

Commissioner Gretchen Corbin (left) and Dr. Randall Peters (center) accept the donation from Mayor Billy Copeland (right) and the McDonough City Council
Commissioner Gretchen Corbin (left) and Dr. Randall Peters (center) accept the donation from Mayor Billy Copeland (right) and the McDonough City Council

At a recent meeting of the McDonough City Council, the City of McDonough presented a $1 million check to fund the construction of a second building at the Southern Crescent Technical College Henry County Center.

These funds were made possible through funds which were set aside in the city’s Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) IV account for “a joint project with the Technical College System of Georgia, which will expand the existing campus” of the Southern Crescent Technical College Henry County Center, located at 300 Lakemont Drive in McDonough.

Mayor Billy Copeland said he began collaborating with local officials in 2007 to get a college to locate in McDonough, and had experienced many road blocks along the way. Southern Crescent Technical College and the Technical College System of Georgia accepted the challenge, opening the first building in Henry County in July of 2014.

“Tonight is a dream come true to me and I think for the entire council,” said Copeland. “This is probably the first and last time in my life that I’ll touch a check with that many zeros.”

The groundbreaking ceremony for the approximately 82,500 square foot building is scheduled for mid-January. Praxis3 is the architect and Garbutt Construction will be building the new addition to the campus which is scheduled for completion March 2018.

Technical College System of Georgia is contributing $20,958,000 in state general obligation bond financing toward construction of this building, and Henry County will be contributing $5 million of SPLOST funds in addition to this donation from the City of McDonough. Mayor Copeland added that the City of Stockbridge plans to contribute $500,000, and the Cities of Hampton and Locust Grove plan to each contribute $250,000.

“We are beyond thrilled to receive a donation of this size from the City of McDonough although it’s not entirely about the money. This donation shows the commitment to education and workforce development from the citizens of McDonough and Henry County,” said Dr. Randall Peters, President of SCTC.

Gretchen Corbin, Commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia, was also on hand to receive these funds and thanked state and local legislators for allocating this funding for Southern Crescent Technical College.

“When we talk about return on investment, we stand with you,” said Corbin. “We want to use every dollar ever-so wisely on the students to make sure they’re coming out and being the most incredible skilled workforce.”

Dr. Alvetta Thomas
Dr. Alvetta Thomas

Commissioner Gretchen Corbin has announced that Dr. Alvetta Peterman Thomas has been named the next president of Southern Crescent Technical College. The state board of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) voted unanimously during its monthly meeting held on November 3, 2016 to approve Commissioner Corbin’s recommendation.

 

Dr. Thomas, currently president of Atlanta Technical College, becomes president of Southern Crescent effective December 1, 2016 following the retirement of Dr. Randall Peters, who has been the college’s president since 2010.

 

“Dr. Thomas is a high achiever who brings exceptional abilities in both academics and workforce development,” said Commissioner Corbin. “Atlanta Technical College and Southern Crescent Technical College are top resources for skilled talent in their regions. I know they and their students will continue to thrive and reach new heights of excellence under their new proven leaders.”

 

Dr. Thomas has served at Atlanta Technical College (ATC) since 1997 and as president of the college since 2008. She leaves a legacy of spirited service, open doors, and deep concern for students, faculty, and staff. Under her leadership, the college saw unprecedented growth, achievement, and national recognition. Among her many accomplishments are the expansion of student services, corporate partnerships, global initiatives, program offerings, facilities improvements, and financial support of the college. In 2012 the college was named the Technical College System of Georgia College of the Year.

 

Dr. Thomas previously served as Vice President of Academic Affairs at ATC. Prior to her arrival at Atlanta Technical College, Dr. Thomas served as Executive Director at Skills for Tomorrow Charter High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Instructional Support Services Coordinator at the Technical College System of Georgia, then known as the Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education (DTAE); Education Specialist at the US Department of Defense; teacher and curriculum specialist in the Savannah Chatham County Schools; and adjunct assistant professor at Alabama State University.

 

A member of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2009, Dr. Thomas has been recognized by the Fayette County NAACP as a Champion of Change and with a proclamation by the Atlanta City Council. Among her numerous accolades are honors by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. House of Representatives, the National Women’s History Project, Atlanta Business League, Woman’s University and The Esquires, Inc. Most recently, the University of Georgia honored Dr. Thomas with the 2016 Graduate School Alumni of Distinction Award.

 

Dr. Thomas has shared her knowledge of best practices in postsecondary education in presentations at numerous regional and national conferences. She serves on the boards of Horizons Atlanta, the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce, the Atlanta Workforce Development Agency, Metro RESA, as well as memberships in Civitan International, and the West End Rotary Club. She is also actively engaged with the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, the Atlanta Business League and the Leadership Atlanta.

 

“I am very excited about the opportunity to serve the Southern Crescent Technical College community,” said Dr. Thomas. “I am humbled by the confidence of Commissioner Corbin and the TCSG Board. One of the best parts of my 19-year journey at Atlanta Technical College has been traveling with wonderful faculty, staff and students as well as committed community and business partners. They genuinely care about the college, and together we have done some amazing things. As I continue my journey, I look forward to working with a wonderful college and community. I am extremely excited about the future and the endless possibilities at Southern Crescent Technical College.”

 

“Dr. Thomas brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this position,” said Commissioner Corbin. “She understands the relationship between academia and workforce development inside and out. Under her entrepreneurial spirit and steady hand, I know that she will build on Dr. Peters’ many accomplishments at Southern Crescent. The college and our entire system has been the beneficiary of Dr. Peters’ long and distinguished career at TCSG, and our entire team joins me in thanking him for his service as well as welcoming Dr. Thomas.”

 

Dr. Thomas and her husband, AJ, are the parents of two and the grandparents of three and reside in Fayetteville, Georgia.