Pictured L-R: Pam Ross, Wayne Fox, Miriam Williams, Lise Augustine

Four students from Southern Crescent Technical College (SCTC) recently attended the Phi Beta Lambda State (PBL) Leadership Conference in Atlanta where they were able to demonstrate their knowledge, professionalism and leadership potential. The students competed in two events each and were able to attend several workshops and general sessions.

Students participated in competitive events focused on several business-related topics. As a result of their stellar competitions, all four students qualified in at least one event and are eligible to attend the National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California in June.

2017 State Competition winners and their respective competitive events are as follows:

Wayne Fox – 1st in Cyber Security and 3rd in Information Management

Pam Ross – 1st in Desktop Publishing and 4th in Entrepreneurship Concepts

Miriam Williams – 1st in Public Speaking and 4th in Organizational Behavior and Leadership

Lise Augustine – 2nd in Retail Management and 5th in Organizational Behavior and Leadership

Kim Yevak, Phi Beta Lambda advisor said, “I can honestly say this is the most outstanding group of students I have ever taken to State Conference. They represented themselves and the college extremely well. Never have I had every student from Southern Crescent Technical College on stage for every event in which they competed. This is quite a feat!”

 

Nine outstanding SCTC students recently attended the SkillsUSA Georgia State Conference and Competition representing Southern Crescent Technical College. The conference, held March 23-25 in Atlanta, Georgia was attended by students and advisors from other technical colleges around the state. Students competed against approximately 400 others in various areas including leadership, health, trade and technical competitions.

Southern Crescent Technical College returned from the competition with a total of three medals - one gold and two silver. Winners from Southern Crescent Technical College included Trevor Boykin – Gold – Plumbing; Mary Holmes – Silver – Baking; and Heather Elliott – Silver – Medical Assisting.  Also competing but not placing were Hitoshi Hanley – Culinary, Kesceylia Williams – Job Interview, Parthena Stokes – Customer Service, Kyle Smoot – Welding, Debra Smith – Early Childhood Education, and Mark Booker – Practical Nursing.  The first place winner will be attending the National SkillsUSA Conference in Louisville, Kentucky June 19-23.  There, they will compete against winners from all across the nation in the largest display of skills training in the country.

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.

Southern Crescent Technical College congratulates each of the winners and is proud of our local SkillsUSA representation at this year's state conference!

Counselors, principals, assistant principals, and career and academic technology instructors from 38 area high schools were invited to Southern Crescent Technical College for a High School Appreciation Luncheon held on Thursday, March 2, 2017. SCTC administrators presented exciting information and updates about the College and the Move On When Ready (MOWR) program to those in attendance.

Dr. Jasper Foust, Director of Enrollment Management at SCTC, welcomed the guests while Dr. Mark Andrews and Mr. Drew Todd spoke about the MOWR program and the many benefits to High School students.

Move On When Ready allows 9th-12th grade students to get a jump start on their college career by simultaneously earning high school and college credit while enrolled in high school.  For some students, this means that they may be able to complete their high school requirements early or be able to begin their post-secondary career with college credit.

Locust Grove High School student Hakeali Broderick spoke to the attendees saying, “In May, I will graduate with my high school diploma and my Associate Degree in Computer Programming at the same time, thanks to Southern Crescent Technical College and the Move On When Ready program. It’s been a great experience and I would encourage anyone thinking about it to not waste any more time.  It’s been the best decision I have made.”

Jackson High School student Morgan Morris also spoke about the benefits of MOWR. She said, “I began taking core classes with SCTC so they would apply to my high school requirements as well.  I have enjoyed Southern Crescent Technical College so much that I have continued on in the Film and Television program and will finish shortly after graduating high school in May”.

The MOWR program covers tuition, mandatory fees, and required textbooks at no cost to the student. In addition, classes taken through the MOWR program do not count against the HOPE hours cap and multiple degree-level SCTC classes are transferrable to any college or university in Georgia.

MOWR classes are offered each semester at Southern Crescent Technical College. Daytime, evening, and online classes are available at all SCTC locations depending on the choice of courses.  SCTC’s MOWR Summer Academy is a great introduction to MOWR courses and is being held this year from May 30 to July 31.

Southern Crescent Technical College’s president, Dr. Alvetta Thomas, closed the afternoon by saying, “We want our High School Counselors and Administrators to understand the easy transition we are providing to high school students, graduates, and any new student that comes through our doors. We have implemented new testing to be admitted to the College and a welcoming Career and Academic Planning Center for anyone to come and discuss what program best fits a student’s needs, how to get started, and assistance in being registered for classes.”

For more information about Southern Crescent Technical College, the Move On When Ready program, and the MOWR Summer Academy, visit www.sctech.edu/MOWR.

Artist rendering of the SCTC Education and Training Complex at Ellis Crossing

Southern Crescent Technical College has just announced plans to hold a Groundbreaking Celebration for the Education and Training Complex at Ellis Crossing to be held on April 26, 2017 at 10am.

The Education and Training Complex was made possible through funds raised in the 2008 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) for Spalding County.   In 2015, the property was purchased and work on the redesign began shortly thereafter.

Lord, Aeck, & Sargent Architects redesigned the nearly 45,000 square feet in the first phase of the property which consisted of an abandoned grocery store and several retail locations to house the Southern Crescent Technical College Film Technology programs, classrooms and labs. Eventually, the additional 20,000 square feet will be renovated to house the Economic Development and Adult Education programs at the College although the infrastructure, mechanical and electrical improvements for the second phase will be completed during initial construction.  Parrish Construction Group began demolition in early March and they estimate that construction will be completed near the end of 2017.  The first classes will be held in the space Spring Semester 2018.

The Education and Training Complex at Ellis Crossing has been a collaborative project many years in the making between Southern Crescent Technical College, Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation, and the governments and citizens of the City of Griffin and Spalding County. In addition, Southern Crescent Technical College is one of a select few partner schools offering Georgia Film Academy courses which will be taught at this new location.

Southern Crescent Technical College President, Dr. Alvetta Thomas stated, “A project of this magnitude with multiple partners requires much planning and collaboration. We are beyond excited to finally see the construction underway on this important asset to our community.  We cannot thank the citizens of Griffin and Spalding County enough for creating this opportunity for our students and our community, for they will be the true winner with this addition.”

 

Pictured L-R: Industrial Systems Technology Program Coordinator Johnny Dodson, Korbinian Weigl, Technical and Industrial Program Dean Alan Stanfield

This week, Southern Crescent Technical College (SCTC) welcomed German Apprentice Student Korbinian Weigl to our campus. Korbinian will spend two weeks studying and attending classes in the Industrial Systems program at SCTC and touring local manufacturing and industrial facilities.

Korbinian is one of 12 apprentices hosted by five Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) colleges. The apprentices spend two weeks attending classes and stay with a local host family. After March 31, the apprentices (known as “azubis” in German) will become interns for up to 10 weeks at different companies, with Korbinian traveling to Detroit, Michigan to intern with a U.S based manufacturing company.

Korbinian stated, “I am excited to be at Southern Crescent Technical College and have enjoyed the American hospitality that I have experienced. I hope to learn a great deal while I am here and am excited to and see a different perspective to my studies. I am so thankful to Southern Crescent Technical College for their partnership.”

Mark Andrews, Executive Vice President at Southern Crescent Technical College and the person partially responsible for organizing the visit said, “We are having a great time introducing Korbinian to our business and industry partners and having him as a guest in our classes. We are teaching him the Southern Crescent way and even served him cheese grits from the Crescent Café!”

“Student apprenticeships are an increasingly popular and effective way to fill jobs for which there is a high demand in Georgia,” said Gretchen Corbin, Commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia. “As Georgia becomes home to more and more companies that operate internationally, it’s important that our present and future workforce have every opportunity to get a hands-on education.”

The program – funded by and administered through the Herz Foundation based in Hamburg – was founded in 2015, when TCSG colleges hosted 12 apprentices.

This internship is funded and administered by one of Germany’s largest foundations, the The Herz Foundation based in Hamburg, which was founded in 2015 when TCSG colleges hosted 12 apprentices. The program offers an internship for trainees who want to gain on-the-job experience in the United States.

The view is changing at the Southern Crescent Technical College (SCTC) Henry County Center with the clearing of the site for the second building underway.

Located just behind the existing building at the Henry County Center, this 82,500 square foot building 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.  An official Groundbreaking Celebration is tentatively planned for mid-May.

The first building at the Southern Crescent Technical College Henry County Center opened Spring Semester of 2013.

This new building 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, built on 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. 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

Ribbon Cutting for Building A on the Flint River Campus of Southern Crescent Technical College

After much anticipation, Southern Crescent Technical College has reopened Building A on the Flint River Campus with an official Grand Re-Opening and Ribbon Cutting ceremony held on Wednesday, February 8, 2017.

The standing-room only crowd first heard from Dr. Roslyn Johnson-McCurry, SCTC Rick Perkins Award Winner and Eric Capes, SCTC GOAL Winner. Remarks then followed by SCTC President Dr. Alvetta Thomas, SCTC Foundation Secretary Hoppy Hopkins, SCTC Board Member Jeff Stribling, and SCTC Board Chair Scott Swofford.  Each speaker echoed the excitement felt by all in attendance and reminded them that their involvement and support of the campus is imperative to its success.

Building A on the Flint River Campus was originally built in 1964 with additions completed in 1977 and 1991. The discovery of mold in June 2015 forced a temporary closure of the building in order to complete extensive mold remediation followed by facility renovations and improvements. The renovations totaled just under $2 million and were completed in December 2016 with faculty and staff returning to their previous locations after the first of the year.

Most of the early labor focused on a thorough, professional cleaning of the affected areas and furnishings. Subsequent work consisted of replacing an antiquated chiller, boiler, and the supporting systems and the installation of 25 new roof top HVAC units with new exhaust, ducts, diffusers, and dampers for all units; installing new electrical work for the units; relocating a transformer; installing new HVAC controls; as well as the installation of new ceiling tile and grid and new interior lighting.  In addition, some areas received new paint, carpet, and LVT tile flooring.

Thomaston-Upson Chamber of Commerce President Lori Showalter Smith wrapped up the event with the official ribbon-cutting for the renovated space. Following the ribbon cutting, attendees were offered tours and refreshments.

The Grand Re-Opening event followed the Thomaston-Upson County Chamber of Commerce Sun’s Up Breakfast which was held at and hosted by Southern Crescent Technical College. Dr. Alvetta Thomas, President of Southern Crescent Technical College was the keynote speaker for the breakfast.  Dr. Thomas addressed the crowd of nearly 100 attendees and reviewed her intentions for the Flint River Campus of Southern Crescent Technical College.  Dr. Thomas reminded attendees that there is a renewed energy and focus at the SCTC Flint River Campus.  She stated, “We are committed to students’ academics and the workforce development needs of this community.  We are here; we’ve been here and are staying here.  We will work with the local school system, industries and businesses to grow this campus.  I do believe that together we can accomplish anything.”

Dr. Thomas shared the following information about the Flint River Campus of Southern Crescent Technical College with those in attendance.

From 2014 to present: over $3 million in facility upgrades, including the recent improvements

  • Annual Operating Cost FY16: $714,184.67
  • Total Number of Employees: 94
  • Annual Personnel Expense: $3,105,660
  • In FY2016, served:
  • 61 High School Students
  • 134 Adult Education Students
  • 21 GED graduates
  • 754 Credit Students
  • Tender Tech:
  • Number of Employees:  13
  • Number of Children:  50 (ages 6 weeks to 12 years old)
  • Received Quality Rated Certification of 2 Stars from Bright from the Start in 2016

Dr. Thomas and the staff of Southern Crescent Technical College Flint River Campus welcome you to stop by for a tour of the campus or to enroll in classes. For more information, visit www.sctech.edu.

Pictured L-R: Bruce Nelson, HVAC Excellence Accreditation Team Member; Alan Stanfield, SCTC Dean for Technical/Industrial Programs; Dr. Dawn Hodges, SCTC Vice President for Academic Affairs; Ricky Henson, HVAC Program Coordinator; Dr. James Crisp, HVAC Excellence Accreditation Team Member

Last week, the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) program at Southern Crescent Technical College’s (SCTC) Griffin Campus and Flint River Campus received official notification of programmatic re-accreditation from HVAC Excellence.

Programmatic accreditation is an independent third party review of an educational program. The process confirms the respective programs are meeting or exceeding established standards of excellence for HVACR educational programs. These standards are designed to assure the future workforce receives the quality of training required to provide the skills necessary for success in the HVACR industry.

Accreditation standards require a thorough examination of: mission of program, administrative responsibilities, finances and funds, student services, instruction design and program elements, physical facilities, equipment and tools, cooperative training, and instructor qualifications.

“The programmatic accreditation from HVAC is further confirmation that Southern Crescent Technical College is providing quality training to our future workers. We pride ourselves on maintaining a level of excellence that is second to none as it relates to our curriculum, practical application, facilities, and learning tools,” commented Alan Stanfield, Dean for the Technical and Industrial programs at Southern Crescent Technical College.

Both the Griffin and Flint River Campuses received re-accreditation for a term of six years. SCTC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award Associate Degrees, Diplomas, and Technical Certificates of Credit. Programmatic accreditation provides an additional level of academic excellence and compliance.

“With this approval for accreditation of both campuses, students will now be able to assign this designation to their resume as it carries a higher level of distinction with certain unions and other associations. This program compliance ensures a student receives top level instruction and materials to become skilled workers in the HVAC field,” stated SCTC HVAC Program Coordinator Ricky Henson.

According the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median national wage for all HVAC mechanics and installers in May of 2015 was $45,110. From 2014 – 2024 the BLS projects a 14% increase in employment for those seeking entry into the field, which equates to roughly 39,600 jobs nation-wide. This increase is much higher than the 7% national average growth rate for all jobs.

Flint Energies Foundation awards funds to Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation for GED scholarships

Four local technical college foundations were awarded $17,692.00 in grant funds from the Flint Energies Foundation for General Education Diploma (GED) scholarships and a lineman scholarship.  Central Georgia and Southern Crescent Technical College Foundations each received $6,400.oo to fund 100 GED scholarships. Columbus Technical College Foundation received $1,760.00 to fund 11 GED scholarships. South Georgia Technical College Foundation received $3,132.00 to fund 11 GED scholarships and one scholarship to its lineman school.

The Flint Energies Foundation GED Scholarship is limited to students whose primary residence is within one of the 17 counties served by Flint Energies:  Bibb, Chattahoochee, Crawford, Dooly, Harris, Houston, Macon, Marion, Monroe, Muscogee, Peach, Schley, Sumter, Talbot, Taylor, Twiggs and Upson. Students pursuing a GED will be able to apply for funds through local technical colleges that serve the Flint Energies area. Up to 102 students can receive this scholarship.

The Flint Energies Foundation Lineman Scholarship is limited to students whose primary residence is within one of the 17 counties served by Flint Energies. Students pursuing an electrical lineworker certification will be able to apply for funds through South Georgia Technical College Foundation that serve the Flint Energies area. Only one of these scholarships will be awarded.

In 2001, Flint Energies adopted this uniquely simple and rewarding way to enable members to raise money for local charities and service organizations - Operation Round Up®. The electric cooperative’s members contribute nearly $200,000 annually to the Flint Energies Foundation, which supports worthy causes in the 17 counties it serves. Operation Roundup® is a way for members to add voluntarily to those funds in their own unique way.

Participating members allow Flint Energies to “round-up” their bill to the nearest dollar. For example, if a bill is $92.71, a member will pay $93, with all 29 cents going directly to the Flint Energies Foundation. On average, a member will contribute $6 a year, but never more than $11.88. If a member decides not to participate or chooses to discontinue contributions at any time, they may simply contact Flint Energies. Nearly 65% of Flint’s members have chosen to participate. Donations to Operation Round Up® are tax deductible and members receive a summary of contributions in future January and February bills.

The Flint Energies Foundation Board of Directors disburses all contributions to approved, worthy projects. Member contributions are not used for administration costs. The Foundation is a state-chartered, non-profit, 501(c) foundation. Foundation Board members include Chairman Kathy Waites, Fort Valley; Vice Chairman Joanne Hamlin, Lizella; Treasurer Connie McCutchen, Midland; Sara Murph, Kathleen; Charles Harrison, Grovania; Pat Bartness, Warner Robins; George West, Kathleen; John Luppino, Warner Robins; Rudy Killingsworth, Buena Vista; Eloise Doty, Butler and Betty Chase, Oglethorpe.

Palmetto Electric Cooperative in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, began Operation Round Up, in 1989. Since that time, more than 200 other electric membership cooperatives nationwide have chosen to adopt the program. Funding applications are available by contacting Flint Energies at 1.800.342.3616 or visiting the My Community section of www.flintenergies.com.

About Flint Energies

Flint Energies is a not-for-profit cooperative owned by thousands of members in parts of 17 central Georgia counties. Flint directly employs 235 employees and serves more than 87,600 electric meters. We are 100% locally-controlled and democratically governed by 11 members elected from among the membership. In 1937, Flint Energies was created to bring people together to meet common needs like reliable electric energy, and our mission remains focused on improving the quality of life in Middle Georgia. This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Pictured L-R: Dr. Roslyn Johnson-McCurry, SCTC Rick Perkins Representative; Dr. Alvetta Thomas, SCTC President; Adrienne Dore, SCTC EAGLE Representative; Eric Capes, SCTC GOAL Representative

On Wednesday, February 22, SCTC faculty, staff, administration, as well as many family and friends of the College gathered for a beautiful reception to celebrate the accomplishments of Southern Crescent Technical College’s (SCTC) top students and instructor.

SCTC recently announced the college representatives for several Technical College System of Georgia awards. Eric Capes, a Radiologic Technology student, will represent the College in the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) award. Adrienne Dore, an Adult Education student will represent SCTC in the Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE) competition, and Dr. Roslyn Johnson-McCurry, an Early Childhood Care and Education program coordinator and instructor will represent the College in the Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Education competition.

Dr. Alvetta Thomas, President of Southern Crescent Technical College, stated “These individuals are the top representatives for GOAL, EAGLE, and Rick Perkins for Southern Crescent Technical College and we wanted to send them off with cheer and celebration. Mr. Capes, Ms. Dore, and Dr. Johnson-McCurry are wonderful individuals and will represent our College well.  They have already done an outstanding job and we wish them luck in the coming weeks at the regional competition and then again in April at the state competition.”