Mr. Joel Quadracci, Chairman/President/CEO of Quad Graphics recently made a $10,000 donation to the Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation to support the start of an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) program on the Flint River Campus.
Upon completion of the program and proper state credentialing, the ASN degree allows students to become Registered Nurses (RN). Currently SCTC offers a Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) program on the Flint River Campus. The addition of the RN program will provide students in the area with expanded career opportunities.
According to Jeff Stribling, manager of Quad Graphics at The Rock, “Quad Graphics, Inc., including The Rock Plant, understands the importance of a skilled workforce within industry. We are fortunate to have our local Southern Crescent Technical College to serve as a partner in education by providing the necessary training for our students and we are excited to support this new endeavor for the College. With the complexity of today’s manufacturing equipment, technology, and workforce, proper training for skilled labor is vital to our success.” Stribling currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and previously served as the Chair of the Foundation.
Quad Graphics is a leading marketing solutions provider. The company leverages its strong print foundation as part of a much larger, robust integrated marketing services platform that helps marketers and content creators improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their marketing spend across offline and online media channels. With a consultative approach, worldwide capabilities, leading-edge technology and single-source simplicity, Quad/Graphics has the resources and knowledge to help a wide variety of clients in multiple vertical industries, including retail, publishing and healthcare.
Southern Crescent Technical College and the Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation have a long-standing partnership with Quad Graphics, and this partnership is a vital part of the success of our students. The partnership includes employees of Quad Graphics serving on the Board of Directors, the Foundation Board, and advisory committees for the College. In addition, the Windhover Foundation of Quad Graphics partnered with the College and Foundation in November of 2008 by donating $300,000 to name and refurbish the library on the Flint River Campus of Southern Crescent Technical College in Thomaston.
The scope of the project for the Registered Nursing program will include renovating classroom and lab space, purchasing equipment, and hiring additional instructors. The estimated cost of starting the ASN program is $1,601,578. Once the program is established, it is projected that the program should sustain itself in three years. According to Dr. Alvetta Peterman Thomas, President of Southern Crescent Technical College (SCTC), there is a strong need to start an ASN program on the Thomaston Campus to support Upson Regional Medical Center as well as the Quad-Med program. In addition to the donation from Quad Graphics, Inc., the Community Enterprises Foundation has donated $5,000, and the Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation has committed $500,000 for the RN program.
The Thomaston program will be an extension of the ASN program that exists on the Griffin Campus. Eventually, the Griffin program will move to the new Henry County building when that building is complete. The Flint River Campus program could begin as early as Fall 2019. Plans are in place to refurbish the testing lab, the old Academic Affairs complex, and classrooms in Building A for the nursing program. The refurbished area will include lecture classrooms, a computer lab, and a simulation lab as well as several faculty offices, workspaces, and storage to support this program. Each space will be large enough for the instruction of a nursing cohort of 30 students.