March 2021

Dr. Tavarez Holston: Georgians need generational stimulus that education provides

The road to economic recovery can be traveled in two years or less. I stand firmly on this proclamation. Why? I believe two-year, technical and community colleges are poised and ready to train the nation’s post-pandemic workforce. Read more >

Central Georgia Technical College President Dr. Ivan H. Allen elected as SACSCOC Chairman

Central Georgia Technical College (CGTC) president, Dr. Ivan H. Allen, has been elected to serve as the Chairman of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) Board of Trustees. With his election, Dr. Allen became the first college president from the state of Georgia to serve as SACSCOC board chair since 1999. Read more >

TCSG Selected As Recipient of Aspen Policy Acceleration Partnership

The Aspen Institute announced recipients of the Aspen Policy Acceleration Partnerships – a new effort to support cities, counties, and states committed to increasing economic mobility and well-being for students who are parents. Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) and TCSG were selected as strategic partners and field innovators – they will work together with Ascend to achieve a shared goal of promoting postsecondary completion for parents by increasing access to supports and public benefits. Read more >

College Spotlights

Albany Technical College hosted a virtual ribbon-cutting live on Facebook on February 18. A small group of College leadership and faculty were on hand to comment and celebrate the latest addition to Albany Technical College; a new Barbering Lab. Barbering is a 56-credit hour program under the Cosmetology Program that rolled out Spring 2020 amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. Classes are taught at night at the college. This semester, there has been a 145% growth in barbering enrollment, with 32 students currently enrolled.
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Athens Technical College (ATC) recently honored First Lady of Georgia, Marty Kemp, for her dedication and efforts to end human trafficking. ATC’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society had planned a lecture events scheduled last March, which was cancelled due to COVID-19. Faculty, staff, students, many local board members, and TCSG board members completed the online training regarding human trafficking. First Lady Marty Kemp visited Athens Tech and was presented a granite nameplate by Athens Tech President Dr. Andrea Daniel, to honor her work with the GRACE Commission and the vital work that the First Lady is doing to end human trafficking.

Atlanta Technical College and Georgia Power celebrated its inaugural Electrical Lineworker program completion on March 3. Six students completed the technical certificate of credit armed with knowledge and skills to gain immediate employment as entry-level lineworkers with electrical utility companies. Read more >

Lauren Serrano, a Paralegal Studies student at Augusta Technical College, has been named as the college’s winner of the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL). The announcement was made virtually by college president, Dr. Jermaine Whirl, on March 3. Ms. Serrano chose to attend Augusta Technical College to thrive in the competitive paralegal field and to utilize her valuable technical knowledge, skills, and experience to positively impact the community. Read more >

Female welding students at Central Georgia Technical College or those who take fast-tracked courses with the Georgia Veterans Education Career Transition Resource (VECTR) Center know all too well that their position in the career is rare. They don’t have to look very far beyond the welding helmet to know that the program is male dominated. While the VECTR Center doesn’t go out of its way to feminize traditionally male-dominated programs, there are unique qualities about its work that connected two females to new skills and made them feel at ease away from their base. Read more >

Two families with recent Chattahoochee Technical College graduates have enjoyed double reasons to celebrate because the parents earned degrees along with their children. Barbara McCarthy graduated in December with her two sons, Garrett and Patrick. She and Garrett both earned associate degrees in drafting technology. Her son Patrick earned an associate degree in computer programming. Another family included recent graduates Emory Morris and his son, Ethan. Read more >

Coastal Pines Technical College is now the first and only educational institution in Georgia to own a CAT Simulator to help assist in training students. The CAT Simulator training provides a safe, hands-on experience for learners. Each simulator teaches heavy equipment operations using the same OEM controls and machine applications as found on worksites. CAT® Simulators are the only Caterpillar-licensed simulators on the market. Read more >

Funeral science education student, Army veteran Rodrigo Lopez of Columbus, has been named Columbus Technical College’s winner of the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) for 2021. Dental hygiene instructor Amber Brazile of Smiths Station, Ala. has been named the Rick Perkins/Tim Justice Instructor of the year. Lopez was chosen by a panel of local leaders over three other nominees for the award. Read more >

For a student trying to reinvent her career, a $2,500 scholarship can help pay tuition costs and allow Georgia Northwestern Technical College Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) major Theresa Harper to focus on her studies. Harper received word that she earned the Helicopter Association International Women in Aviation International Maintenance Technician Certificate Scholarship in early February. The AMT student said the award is a relief as she continues her career transition from accounting to aviation repair.
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Women and students of color with dreams of entering the field of advanced manufacturing now have a better chance, thanks to a generous scholarship donation from the J.M. Huber Corporation. The company learned about Georgia Piedmont Technical College’s Industrial Maintenance pre-apprenticeship program and offered to establish a scholarship to support and encourage students to enter this high-demand career field. Pre-apprenticeship student Lakesha Hollaman was the first recipient of a $1,000 scholarship and shared her appreciation during a virtual check presentation event on March 4. GPTC has provided training for Huber through the Rockwell Automation Academy and has helped Huber successfully secure funding to support upskilling its workforce through the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) incumbent worker training program. Huber has pledged an additional $3,000 scholarship donation for future apprentices.

Gwinnett Technical College recently partnered with the Alpharetta Fire Department to simulate a Hazmat and Mass Casualty Incident. The simulation gave Emergency Medicine Service (EMS) students unprecedented hands-on experience responding to real-world scenarios in communities every day. This experience allowed students to participate in a simulated, large-scale incident and interact with specialized training providers from the Alpharetta Fire Department. Students had to respond in real-time to unknown patients and incidents with various needs and conditions and follow proper field protocols. In addition, students were placed in Hazmat, or chemical protective suits, and demonstrated the process of decontamination.

Lanier Technical College hosted the only Marine Engine Technology Skills USA competition in the state. Under Program Director, Hans Metz, five of Lanier Tech’s Marine Engine Technology students tested their skills and competed for the first time in the college’s history. Students completed their assigned tasks while being proctored by certified technicians from Yamaha. Due to COVID-19 protocols, Lanier Tech, like many other technical colleges in the state, held its competitions in house. Each competition was recorded via video camera to be judged at a later date. When asked about the competition Metz proclaimed, “Having technicians from Yamaha proctoring our students was a great experience for all involved.”

North Georgia Technical College (NGTC) is proud to showcase the Associate of Science in Nursing and Paramedicine students who have been diligently working with area county health departments provide Covid-19 vaccinations to the community. These junior and senior students volunteered in Habersham, Stephens, Rabun, Fannin, and Hart County vaccinations clinics along with their instructors. "We are very proud of our instructors and students volunteering their time and using their expertise to help our communities in this incredible time of need," said NGTC Vice President of Academic Affairs Mindy Glander. "We truly are training heroes, and our college has been represented very well in our communities by these incredible students and faculty."

When Spontaneous Poole started taking Welding classes at Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC) in 2008, he never imagined the skills he’d learn would take him to the middle of a warzone. He was the type of student who was always focused and had a tenacity that showed, shared OFTC welding instructor Tony Simmons. “He became a real student of the craft, had incredible work ethic and was focused on his goal,” Simmons said. Read more >

Before being announced as Ogeechee Technical College’s (OTC) 2021 GOAL winner, Miranda DeLoach told people attending the ceremony Wednesday evening how memories from childhood led her to become an OTC Culinary Arts student. DeLoach previously started her studies at a four-year university, as has been the case for more than one of OTC’s previous Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership champions, before realizing she was interested in something other than the degree she was pursuing. Read more >

Savannah Technical College was ranked #1 in the 2021-22 Military Friendly® Schools evaluation. The Military Friendly® Schools survey is the longest-running, most comprehensive review of college and university investments in serving military and veteran students. The College exceeded the Military Friendly® benchmark standards in every category to earn this ranking.
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South Georgia Technical College and Caterpillar are changing lives through the ThinkBig program for Heavy Equipment Diesel Technology graduates. In 2013, Matt Bass received an opportunity that would change his life. Matt was awarded a ThinkBIG technician scholarship from Ring Power and given the opportunity to attend South Georgia Technical College to train as a heavy equipment dealer technician. Read more >

Southeastern Technical College’s (STC) Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year, William Greene, and Claudia Martinez Wilson, a Medical Assisting student from Emanuel County, has been named as the College’s winner of the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL). The announcement was made at Southeastern Tech’s 2021 Rick Perkins & GOAL Awards Ceremony on March 15 in the Toombs Auditorium in Vidalia by President Larry Calhoun. STC’s other finalists for the Rick Perkins Award were Maxine Garnto, Nurse Aide Instructor, and David Standard, Psychology Instructor. The GOAL runners-up were Emily Ely, Dental Hygiene student from Emanuel County, Kimbrell Higginbotham, Dental Hygiene student from Appling County, and Paige Murphy, Associate of Science in Nursing student from Toombs County.

Elena Cohn, an Industrial Systems Technology student at Southern Crescent Technical College, was named local winner of the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) program at a luncheon held March 18, 2021. After an extensive interview process, Cohn was chosen from 20 candidates as Southern Crescent Technical College’s nominee for the title of state GOAL winner. Read more >

Southern Regional Technical College (SRTC) honored its finalists and respective institutional winners of the 2021 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL), the Adult Education Student of the Year, and the Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Education at the Southwest Georgia Bank Conference Center in Moultrie. The three awards represent excellence in their respective areas of technical and adult education. The GOAL winner was Practical Nursing student, Noemi Reyes. The Adult Education Student of the Year was Brenda Morales. Read more >

The steel structure for the first building of the new West Georgia Technical College Carroll Campus was completed March 19 with the placement of the last beam – a signed steel girder hoisted into place high atop the three-story edifice. Officials and guests from West Georgia Tech, the Technical College System of Georgia, and local organizations joined general contractor McCarthy Construction and others for a brief signing ceremony prior to the lift.
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Everyone remembers where they were when the COVID-19 virus shut down our schools and businesses. Wiregrass Georgia Technical College Culinary Arts graduate, Heidi Shelley, was standing on the hotel steps in Atlanta getting ready to check in for State SkillsUSA competition. The college SkillsUSA team had just arrived in Atlanta ready to begin the weekend long competition with students competing against other colleges from around the state showcasing their skill sets when they got the call to come back home. Read more >

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