The Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation’s inaugural Tech Connect event was held on Thursday, October 24, 2019, from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at the Southern Crescent Technical College Henry County Center. The fundraiser, attended by well over 150 guests, was a charcuterie event, and was designed to connect the College to the Henry County community. Southern Crescent Technical College’s own Culinary Arts Program featured the charcuterie with an assortment of cured meats, breads, fruits, vegetables, cheeses, and sauces. Early estimates indicate that proceeds from the event are estimated to be in excess of $15,000 with that money going to support the needs of the College including student scholarships and campus expansion.
Dr. Alvetta P. Thomas, President of Southern Crescent Technical College welcomed the crowd and stated, “What a lovely evening to celebrate technical education! While tonight is about having a good time as we connect the College to this community, I would be remiss if I did not take this opportunity to talk about partnerships which are vital to the success of Southern Crescent Technical College. The partnerships that the College enjoys with businesses, industries, individuals, and elected and appointed officials are essential to the success of the College’s mission in Henry County. Together, we are building strong students, strong careers, and strong communities and I want to thank all of you for your support of our students and programs.”
Heather Melton, SCTC Registered Nursing student at the Henry County Center, gave a student’s perspective about her experience at SCTC and her journey toward reaching her lifelong goal of becoming a nurse. Melton indicated that these partnerships, both with her faculty and local healthcare providers, have been crucial to her educational success. Melton stated, “I know that I will reap the benefits of my newfound knowledge and connections throughout my entire career and I am proud to say that I have Southern Crescent Technical College to thank for that.”
During the program, as a sign of the continued partnership between Piedmont Henry and Southern Crescent Technical College, the College dedicated the Piedmont Healthcare Wing on the second floor of Building B at the Southern Crescent Technical College Henry County Center. These two institutions have benefitted from a longstanding and productive partnership to educate and train healthcare professionals in our region. As a result of this partnership, Piedmont Henry made a significant investment of $100,000 to the Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation for this naming opportunity. Deborah Armstrong, CEO of Piedmont Henry, was on hand for this dedication at the Tech Connect event.
According to Armstrong, “Piedmont Henry is proud of our partnership with Southern Crescent Technical College. The students that graduate from Southern Crescent Technical College’s allied health programs are ready to fulfill Piedmont’s promise to make a positive difference in every life that Piedmont touches and become the next generation of Piedmont Healthcare employees.”
After the dedication of the Piedmont Healthcare Wing, Dr. Thomas commented, “The commitment and donation from Piedmont Henry will ensure that these healthcare programs and these graduates will continue to be a valuable asset to the healthcare community in Henry County.”
Jack Bowdoin, Vice Chair of the Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation, also addressed the crowd and thanked the corporate sponsors for this event. According to Bowdoin, “The success of Tech Connect and other SCTC Foundation fundraisers is determined in a large part by select community–minded businesses stepping forward as sponsors. We simply could not do what we do for our students if it wasn’t for the support that we receive from our business partners for these events. It is great to see everyone working together toward a common goal, especially one where our students are the direct recipients of the benefits.”
The Corporate Sponsors for the event were as follows:
C&C Fence Co.
Piedmont Henry Hospital
People Plus Solutions
Bellamy Strickland Chevrolet Buick GMC
Impact Office Interiors
Atlanta Heart Associates, P.C.
General Storage of McDonough
Henry County Development Authority
Jones Petroleum Co.
Snapping Shoals EMC
Throughout the event, guests enjoyed the drinks, charcuterie, and appetizers alfresco and were provided with musical entertainment from a select saxophone ensemble from Locust Grove High School students.