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 his stay with Southern Crescent Technical College, Korbinian will then travel to Detroit for 8-10 weeks 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!”

This internship is funded by one of Germany’s largest foundations, the The Joachim Herz Stiftung, which offers an internship for trainees who want to gain on-the-job experience in the United States. Azubis going USA promotes international mobility, intercultural and business exchange. It fosters cooperation as well as personal and professional development for the trainees and participating companies. The internship program started in 2014 and is organized in cooperation with the Bavarian Ministry of Education and the GACC South.

The Herz Foundation partnered with the Halle Foundation to co-sponsor the Global Faculty Development Initiative (GDFI) last year.

The Azubis Go USA program and the GDFI are part of ongoing initiatives by the Technical College System of Georgia to partner with the German-American Chamber of Commerce, our German and other international companies and Foundations, to increase awareness of and exposure to European-style apprenticeships and apprentices among TCSG colleges and employers in Georgia.

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.”

The staff of the CAP Center welcome you.

Southern Crescent Technical College is committed to the success of each student, from the moment one enters our doors for the first time to graduation and beyond. On Wednesday, February 22, the Career and Academic Planning (CAP) Center officially began assisting individuals and the needs of our student body. The CAP Center will help with advising new students, choosing a major or career that is right for you, scheduling classes, preparing a resume, and starting a job search.

Susan Murray, Director of Career and Academic Planning, stated “I am excited to have additional assistance for our students all in one place. The Career and Academic Advisors will assist a new student who is not quite sure what they want to major in, to a current student who needs assistance registering for the right classes to complete their program in a timely manner. When a student is close to graduation, we hold workshops to help them prepare their resume and begin their job search. The faculty has been very supportive with this new service. We stay in contact with all the program coordinators during advisement to ensure our students are being served effectively and efficiently.”

Each of the eight Career and Academic Advisors is available to assist students in room 107 of Building 200 on the Griffin Campus and in room 250 of Building A on the Flint River Campus.

Southern Crescent Logo

Dr. Alvetta Thomas, President of Southern Crescent Technical College, is pleased to announce the Fall Semester 2016 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

Christopher Banks

Kristan Droppa

Timothy Fuller

Amber Jenkins

Ashley Johnston

Shawn Keldie

Tina Loftin

Morgan Morris

Kristopher Muse

Savanna Parker

Richard Simpson

La'Trice Taylor

Colleen Warren

Dale Washington


Clayton County

James Bowman

Cassandra Brewton

Angela Brown

Terry Bryant

Jeffrey Caulfield

Devin Chau

Dedrick Clark

Nicholas Cooley

Maria Cordova-Medina

Barry Elder

Lakesha Epps

Shareece Ferguson

Jeffrey Fludd

Juanita Fludd

Nancy Garcia

Sandra Garcia

Katherine Gilbert

Belinda Headley

Joshua Hendrix

Ayana Jagun

Brianna James

Jessica Johnson

David Jones

Elrond Knuerr

Angelique Manisa

Stefan Marquadt

Kelly Mlynczyk

Thanh Nguyen

Kendra Richardson

Luvenia Rivera

Shanika Roberts-Joplin

Kelli Screven

Shaina Smith

Simonne Smith

Evan Suber

Marjorie Sutton

Jessica Tippins

Zera Tucker

Linda Walker


Coweta County

Eric Capes

Ted Carver Jr.

Tyler Coltrain

Jessica Davant

Heather Hannah

John Howard

Brittany Johnson

Kayliegh Jones

Tracie Maloney

Jared McCurry

Bonnie Rathert

Robbie Tackett

Joseph Taylor

Isaac Wells


DeKalb County

Jeff George

Kimberly Ussery


Douglas County

Quintavius Freeman


Fayette County

Frank Alston

Richard Byrd

Allen Coe

Dylan Corrales

Joshua Dumas

Kathleen Edmondson

Justin Gardner

Kurt Gopaul

Amber Harrington

Jared Heitz

Andreas Jones

Richard Juarez

Horst Karnau

William Lippitt

Yummy Mayes

Cameron McElroy

Jason Miller

Arthur Mosel

Victoria Nicholson

Frances Pass

Kenneth Peterson

Jonathan Reid

Katherine Rickels

Christ Vital

Daniel Whitis

Serefina Yisrael


Fulton County

LaTonya Bledsoe

Gisele Kalala

Jamilyn Pridmore


Gwinnett County

Tammy Barnes-Ware

Tara Coan

Dwede Mwambilwa


Henry County

Jennifer Ballance

Fredes Barcos

Amari Bell

Matthew Beuchler

Tomika Blackmon

Deborah Bolden

Lindsay Bowen

Michael Broomfield

Callie Burnham

Lauren Byers

Kathryn Camp

Carlos Cardenas-Mague

Jazmin Cardenas-Maguellan

Emily Colon

Alex Cruz

Brian Danekes

Holly DeBorde

Malik Dunkley

Anthony Figueroa-Vega

Michelo Germain

Jessica Gober

Olivia Gopaul

Alan Gray

Abby Grizzle

Elizabeth Hall

Jazmine Harris

Lara Hester

Brian Hickman

Chiquita Hicks

Steven Higginbotham

Duc Hoang

Lauren Huddleston

Heather Jenkins

Kendrick Johnson

Margaret Kimble-Baker

Toan Lam

Stacey Lloyd

James Lovett

Jordan Lynch

Karli McAteer

Blake McCormack

Teresa McDaniel

Galen Moran

Valerie Morency

Bailey Newton

Thuy-Duong Ngo

Cory Nichols

Taylor Parker

Michael Perkerson

Julio Pinero

Daniel Prosser

Eugenia Rosell

Rebecca Royals

Jessica Smith

Kaylei Smith

Nicolette Smith

Shekenvia Smith

Summer Smith

Erin Stokes

Brittany Thomas

Michelle Usher

Gerardo Vega De La O

Cody Waddell

Devin Wall

Heather Whitaker

Nicole Whitaker

Elizabeth Whittemore

Kayla Williams

Tyler Williams

Joshua Wooley


Jasper County

Courtney Johnston

Tyler Mills


Lamar County

Tonya Blackmon

Lisa Bledsoe

Veverlyn Bowden

Jesse East

Jarrica Ellerbee

Daniel Gibson

Kimberly Massengale

Phaedra Proctor

Renee Scott

Christopher Shirah

Maria Varnadoe

Seth Williams

Michael Watson


Meriwether County

Daniel  Norris

Rebecca Simon


Monroe County

Raiford Cannon


Muscogee County

Shokoufeh Kecxon



Newton County

Georgia Allen

Stacy Brimingham

Jonathan Miley


Pike County

Margaret Brewer

Bobby Bunn

Barry Fulton

Ethan Guest

Jamie Harper

Emily Johnson

Allison Lucero

James Madison

Lisa Minick

Brianna Moore

Jasmine Morrison

Shelby Peters

Zachary Wilson


Putnam County

Grant Duffey


Rockdale County

Madison Burnham

Alexandria Danya


Spalding County

Jason Altreche

Autumn Atkinson

Clayman Bankston

Jeremy Bushroe

Shiela Marie Catarata

Randi Chapman

Bionca Davis

Matthew Doran

Chloe Fernandes

Virginia Foster

Stephanie Green

Miles Grier

Jennifer Harbin

Sedrie Henley

Mary Holmes

Katlyn Holt

Marisa Johnson

Ashley Kelley

Cecilia Leon Arce

Matthew McCartney

Jonathon McDaniel

Andrew Monroy

Ashley Munro

Chanel Nicholson

Margarette O'Pry

Tomiko Puckett

Brittany Reinhardt

Alexis Rivera

Wilfredo Rivera

Patricia Robins

Emily Rodgers

Brayan Salgado

Krystian Scoggins

Olivia Smith

Bradley Tracy

Corisa Waldrop

Barry White

Dannesha White

James Williams

James Williams

Justin Williams


Taylor County

Candice Barrow


Upson County

Marisa Bartlett

Joshua Birdsong

Christopher Bollinger

Andrew Buffington

Bo Davison

Shadoe Dunnahoo

Nelson Grammer

Joshua Grosso

Amanpreet Kaur

Jeffrey King

Marcus King

William Lamb

Misty Lawrence

Christina Lollar

Jacob McSwain

Steven Moore

Elizabeth Murray

Charles Nixon

Maghan Ramsey

Brianna Reviere

Deliaya Shannon

Ryan Simmons

Tiffany Sinclair

Joshua Smith





More than 100 guests gathered to support the Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation Saturday, February 18 at Park Lane in Thomaston for the SCTC Foundation’s fundraiser, An Evening in Monte Carlo.

Southern Crescent Technical College’s president, Dr. Alvetta Thomas, opened the event by introducing herself to the community.  “Southern Crescent Technical College has a rich legacy, and the Flint River Campus is a vital part of that legacy,” Dr. Thomas said. “I want you to know that that the College and I are committed to this campus, and we plan to grow enrollment through new programs and marketing initiatives.”

In keeping with the Monte Carlo theme, sponsors for the event included Ace Sponsor, Standard Textile. Judy Sroufe, Vice President for Brand Marketing and Communications, spoke to the guests on behalf of Standard Textile. King sponsors included Impact Office Interiors, Inc., and Upson Regional Medical Center, Queen sponsors included Interfor, Quad Graphics, Inc., Rubio and Sons Interiors, and TenCate Protective Fabrics. United Bank served as the Hospitality/Wild Card sponsor with Jack sponsors being BB&T Insurance Services, Inc., English Law Group, My Favorite Movers, Southcrest Bank, Thomaston-Upson County IDA and Tidal Wave Auto Spa.

Participants enjoyed hors d’oeuvres along with gaming and a silent auction featuring sixty items donated by local businesses and individulas who helped contribute to the $21,850 in funds raised for the evening.

CCP Events of Atlanta provided the emcee, dealers and gaming tables, which included Blackjack, Texas Hold ‘Em Poker, Roulette and Craps tables. Guests were provided with “Casino Cash” when they entered the event and were able to place bids to play at various tables. At the end of the gaming, the tokens awarded from the tables were converted to raffle tickets for gaming prizes. Prizes included a $50 Ingles gift card, $50 Chili’s Grill and Bar gift card, retro-style mini fridge cooler, $100 The Home Depot Gift Card, $100 Belk gift card, gift basket with wine, office chair, Yeti 30-quart Hopper cooler, $500 Jekyll Island Club Resort gift card and a Large Big Green Egg ceramic charcoal barbecue cooker.

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 January 30 - February 5, 2017.  

Antione is a 5-10 sophomore point guard from Lithonia, GA. Antione attended Lithonia High School.  He averaged 19.6 points, 7.7 rebounds, 6.0 assists, and 2.0 steals for the week.   

Gresham was also named Men’s GCAA Division III Player of the Week of January 16 – January 22, 2017.