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SWGTC SELECTED AS A TOP SCHOOL IN MILITARY ADVANCED EDUCATION’S 2015 GUIDE TO COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES

Thomasville, GA – Military Advanced Education (MAE) has awarded Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) the designation of a Top School in its 2015 MAE Guide to Colleges & Universities, measuring best practices in military and veteran education. The Guide was released in the December issue of MAE, and is available online at www.mae-kmi.com.

The Guide presents results of a questionnaire of the military-supportive policies enacted at more than 600 institutions including private, public, for-profit, not-for-profit, four-year, and two-year colleges. From community colleges to state universities, online universities and nationally known centers of higher learning, MAE’s 2015 Guide to Colleges & Universities arms students with information about institutions that go out of their way to give back to our men and women in uniform.

“It is a great honor for our college to be named a Military Advanced Education Top School. Our faculty and staff work very hard each and every day in teaching and serving all students. We particularly work very diligently in serving and teaching our veteran students who have served our country with honor and bravery and allowed us as Americans to enjoy the freedoms of the life we get to live. We hope that
this recognition will result in even more veterans attending SWGTC and acquiring an excellent higher education and training,” commented Dr. Craig Wentworth, President of SWGTC.

Now in its eighth year of publishing the Guide, MAE was the first publication to launch a reference tool of this type. This year, institutes were evaluated on their military culture, financial aid, flexibility, on-campus support and online support services. Each school’s performance rating by category is represented by an easy-to-recognize dashboard. This will enable prospective students to quickly target schools that follow best practices in military education, and then put these in context with other academic or career considerations.

“We believe the Guide serves as an invaluable tool for both education services officers and transition officers when advising service members about their educational opportunities,” said Kelly Fodel, MAE’s editor. “We used strict criteria to individually evaluate the submissions of respondents, and we had a record number of schools participating this year.”

“Not only is the 2015 Guide printed in our December issue of Military Advanced Education, but also published in a searchable database online,” Fodel said. “We designed this database with the military student in mind. We want to help them make informed choices, so we are giving them access to all the survey questions and answers provided by the schools, as well as explanations about critical issues like activation and deployment policies, withdrawal policies, scholarship and financial aid information and important support information.”

Visit www.mae-kmi.com for online access to MAE’s 2015 Guide to Colleges and Universities, or pick up a copy of the December issue of Military Advanced Education.

SWGTC offers more than 80 certificate, diploma, and degree programs. Many of these programs provide training for some of the nation’s fastest-growing career fields including Nursing, Automotive Technology, Clinical Laboratory Technology, and Criminal Justice Technology. For more information on the Accounting program at SWGTC please call 229-225-4096 or visit www.southwesgatech.edu.

Spring Semester 2015 begins January 6th. Don’t wait, ENROLL TODAY!

Southwest Georgia Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.

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SWGTC Students Nominated for Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership

Eleven students at Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) were nominated by their instructors to compete for the 44th Annual Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL).  GOAL, which was established in 1971 by the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), is an award that focuses on student excellence in technical education through academic excellence and personal achievement.  According to Ellen Terrell, SWGTC EAGLE and GOAL Coordinator, teachers select students based on their leadership skills, academic accomplishments, career goals and personal goals.

“The GOAL program gives our College the opportunity to not only recognize our most outstanding students, but also to spotlight technical education and its impact on the state of Georgia.  Students nominated for the GOAL award not only excel academically, but they also exhibit outstanding leadership qualities,” said Terrell.

The students nominated for GOAL 2015 were Robert Atnip (Drafting), Harrison Butler (Business Management), Ashley Hiatt (Associate of Science in Nursing), Amber Nicole Kelley (Criminal Justice), Elizabeth Maxwell (Early Childhood Care Education), Frankie Simones (Business Management), Stephanie Strickland (Associate of Science in Nursing), Jeremy Weldon (Associate of Science in Nursing), Malcom Williams (Clinical Laboratory Technology), Jerri Wisely (Medical Assisting), and Lori Yerkes (Associate of Science in Nursing).

“The eleven GOAL students who were nominated by their instructors represent some of the best students we have at SWGTC. These students have demonstrated academic excellence and leadership in the classroom and throughout their entire time here at the College.  They are all winners and we wish each and every one of them good luck in the next phase of the GOAL competition,” commented Dr. Wentworth, SWGTC President.

On Tuesday, January 13th, the nominees made presentations to a screening committee and were evaluated on their leadership abilities, academic achievement, knowledge of technical education, and educational and career goals. Screening committee members for 2015 were Mazie Wilson, Bob Parrish, Jenny Bostick, and Carol Jones. This committee had the tough task of narrowing down the eleven nominees to four finalists.

The four finalists selected for GOAL 2015 are Robert Atnip (Drafting), Ashley Hiatt (Associate of Science Degree in Nursing), Stephanie Strickland (Associateof Science Degree in Nursing), and Lori Yerkes (Associateof Science Degree in Nursing). These finalists will proceed to a second round of judging, and a winner for the College will be selected. This winner will be announced at the January 30th meeting of the Thomasville Kiwanis Club. 

The SWGTC GOAL winner will represent the College at the regional competition to be hosted at Moultrie Technical College (Tifton Campus) on February 25th. All regional winners will compete for the TCSG GOAL Winner title, which will be announced at the GOAL and Rick Perkins Award Ceremony on April 22nd and 23rd in Atlanta, Georgia.  This TCSG GOAL Winner will serve as the state-wide representative and ambassador of technical education in Georgia for 2015. A new car will also be awarded to the state GOAL winner, who will make appearances throughout the year promoting technical education.

The Technical College System of Georgia sponsors the state-wide GOAL competition, and the Thomasville Kiwanis Club and the SWGTC Student Council are local sponsors.

Also recognized at the event were SWGTC’s 2014 EAGLE Award Nominees Dolores Bishop and Jennifer Weed, and EAGLE Delegate Donna Gamble. EAGLE, which stands for Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literary Education, was created to celebrate adult learners in pursuit of excellence. EAGLE delegates are nominated by their adult education instructors based on criteria such as student character, attitude, attendance and community involvement. The student must also demonstrate exceptional perseverance, a positive attitude, superb classroom attendance and excellent leadership skills while earning their GED® diploma.

SWGTC offers more than 80 certificate, diploma, and degree programs. Many of these programs provide training for some of the nation’s fastest-growing career fields including Nursing, Automotive Technology, Clinical Laboratory Technology, and Emergency Medical Technology. More information may be obtained by calling 229-225-4096 or by logging onto www.southwestgatech.edu.

Summer Semester 2015 begins May 18th! Don’t wait, enroll today!

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SWGTC Management Class Donates Over $1500 to Thomas County Family Connection

Students enrolled in Southwest Georgia Technical College’s (SWGTC) Management 2215 class for Fall 2014 Semester were required to participate in a semester-long group fundraising project to support one of two local charities. During the first few weeks of the term two local non-profit organizations made presentations to the class. After being presented with a thorough explanation of what each charity does, the students were allowed to pick which they would like to raise money for. The members of Team Positive – Harrison Butler, Madison Strickland, Terri Eunice, Robert Atnip, Kristina Eubanks, Nora Jones, Warren Kearns, Mary Kersey, and Jack Woods – chose to have their efforts support the Thomas County Family Connection (TCFC).

“By requiring a project of this scope, students are presented with a variety of non-traditional learning opportunities. Getting out of the classroom allows students to expand their professional network, hone their sales techniques, and demonstrates the importance of professional responsibility in the business world. It is inherent in all of us to want to give, I just provide that avenue to my students in a way that is enjoyable, educational, and beneficial to our local community,” commented Clements.

Several members of Team Positive attended three Thomas County Family Connection planning and support meetings and were able to meet many of the key individuals involved and the volunteers that make TCFC continue to grow and serve the children of Thomasville and Thomas County. Team positive raised the majority of their funds by conducting a very successful raffle that which many local businesses donated prizes.

“After coming to the college and making our presentation to the students, explaining our needs and the needs of those we work with and for, the class identified our most requisite area for improvement was technology and communication. It goes without saying that the most vital area of any business – especially those in a service role – is communication with its stakeholders. The funds raised by Team Positive will allow Family Connections to purchase a new office computer and will help support the monthly meetings that are imperative in defining the needs of our community and the needs of the service providers we work with,” commented Kathy Megahee, Coordinator, Thomas County Family Connection.

The Business Management program is a 6 semester associate degree program designed to prepare students for entry into management and supervisory positions within a wide variety of businesses and industries. Learning opportunities will introduce, develop, and reinforce academic and occupational knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement in management. Graduates of the program receive a Business Management degree with a specialization in General Management, Small Business Management, Service Sector Management, Operations Management, or Human Resource Management. This program is now offered entirely online.

For more information on SWGTC’s Business Management program, please contact Neil Clements at (229)225-5087 or nclements@southwestgatech.edu.

Spring Semester 2015 begins January 6th. Don’t wait, ENROLL TODAY!

Southwest Georgia Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.

 

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SWGTC Names Sandra Martin New PN Faculty

Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) recently named Sandra (Sandee) Martin as a full-time faculty for its Practical Nursing (PN) program.

Sm“The PN Program at SWGTC is delighted to have Sandee Martin join our team.  She brings 12 years of nursing specialty to our program. She will be responsible for teaching all areas of practical nursing for the PN students who are on a one year format here at SWGTC and will also serve as a clinical instructor for our PN students.  Sandee has a confident and encouraging nature that will be a positive influence on our aspiring PN students,” commented Magan Swilley, PN Program Director for SWGTC.

In her new role, Martin is responsible for designing PN curriculum and coursework, serving as an advisor to students in the program, instructing courses and clinical, and recruiting new students.

“As a new nursing instructor at Southwest Georgia Technical College I hope to educate, encourage, and enrich the lives of nursing students.  I want to teach them with a holistic approach, so they may enter the world of nursing with confidence, able to provide quality health care for those within their community throughout their lifespan,” commented Martin.

Martin holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Thomas University and an Associate of Science in Nursing from Lake Sumter Community College (Leesburg, FL). She is currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner program at South University.  Martin has over 12 years of progressive nursing experience as a Registered Nurse with knowledge of intensive care, cardiovascular critical care, orthopedics, nephrology, oncology, and infusion.  She also holds the following certifications: Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), and Stroke Certification from the American Heart Association.

The Practical Nursing program is a 5 semester diploma program designed to prepare students to write the NCLEX-PN for licensure as practical nurses. The program prepares graduates to give competent nursing care. This is done through a selected number of academic and occupational courses providing a variety of techniques and materials necessary to assist the student in acquiring the needed knowledge and skills to give competent care. A variety of clinical experiences is planned so that theory and practice are integrated under the guidance of the clinical instructor.

SWGTC offers more than 80 certificate, diploma, and degree programs. Many of these programs provide training for some of the nation’s fastest-growing career fields including Nursing, Veterinary Technology, Clinical Laboratory Technology, and Respiratory Care. More information may be obtained by calling 229-225-4096 or by logging onto www.southwestgatech.edu.

Summer Semester 2015 begins May 18th. Don’t wait, enroll today!

Southwest Georgia Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.

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Associate of Science in Nursing Students Honored in Pinning Ceremony

On December 11, 2014, Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) held a pinning ceremony where twenty-nine Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) students were honored by receiving their nursing pins. The ceremony commemorates the students’ successful completion of their nursing coursework and clinical rotations. This class of nursing students will participate in SWGTC’s graduation ceremony on June 11, 2015, and will officially be Registered Nurses (RN) pending the passage of their board exams.

In this pinning ceremony, which symbolizes the rite of passage into the nursing profession, each student receives a pin and lights a small lamp. The pin is used to remind students of their purpose to serve the sick and infirmed. The lighting portion of the ceremony serves as a tribute to Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern-day nursing. In the 1800s Nightingale was known as the "lady with the lamp," tending to the sick while carrying a lamp to light the way. At the ceremony, students also recite the Nightingale pledge stating their dedication to upholding the standards of being a nurse.

“It was my pleasure to pin such an outstanding group of ASN and LPN Bridge students. This day is such an accomplishment for each of our students as they have been balancing their coursework with finances, personal issues, and full-time jobs – and still manage to graduate from such a rigorous program. This is a special day for the nursing graduates and the community as our local health care system gained more properly trained nurses to aid in the staffing shortage. This group will especially feed Archbold Memorial Hospital‘s nursing shortage as over half of the class are recipients of the Archbold scholarship,” commented Tammy Bryant, MSN, RN, SWGTC ASN Program Director.

The students that received pins were: Amy Coleman of Cairo, Arienne Miller of Moultrie, Melissa Slocumb of Moultrie, Stefanie Elmore of Thomasville, Kelli Kennedy of Moultrie, Tracy Morrison of Cairo, Jessica Walden or Doerun, Kandice Hurst of Moultrie, Lindsey Morse of Quitman, Herath Ekanayake of Tallahassee, Laya Francisco of Cairo, Jocelyn Armster of Thomasville, Waverly Thurman of Thomasville, Mariea Hester of Thomasville, Deborah Cooper of Cairo, Saprina Banks of Dallas, Leigha Taylor of Blackshear, Tamika Hazzard of Valdosta, Melissa Dravus of Thomasville, Alison Britt of Thomasville, Katelyn Reed of Thomasville, Ron Tillman of Thomasville, Mallory Outz of Cairo, Queeona Jenkins of Albany, Shannon Banks of Baconton, Lishonder Kind of Valdosta, Lacey Hall of Cairo, and Jeremy Gagnon of Monticello.

The following awards were also given at the ceremony: the Archbold Leadership Award went to Saprina Banks (Generic) and Leigha Taylor (Bridge), the Florence Nightingale Award went to Laya Francisco (Generic) and Jessica Walden (Bridge), the Highest Exit Exam Award went to Stefanie Elmore (Generic) and Mallory Outz (Bridge), and the Clinical Excellence Award went to Jeremy Gagnon (Generic) and Kelli Kennedy (Bridge).

“Of special significance in today’s pinning ceremony, was Dr. Sandra Reed as the guest speaker. Today her daughter, Katelyn Reed, received her pin as a graduate of the ASN program. Dr. Reed served on the local Board of Directors of the College when initial approval was obtained to start the ASN program. Ten years later, her daughter is a graduate. We are honored to have been able to serve the needs of our community for the past decade and look forward to continuing that service for many years to come,” commented Dr. Annie McElroy, Vice President of Academic Affairs.

The Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) program is designed to prepare students as entry-level practitioners to provide safe, effective nursing care and promote healthy transitions for diverse
clients in a variety of settings. This program develops critical thinking, integrates accumulated knowledge from nursing, the sciences and humanities, and emphasizes the values of caring, accountability, responsibility and professional ethics. The SWGTC ASN program has been granted approval by the Georgia Board of Nursing and is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

SWGTC offers more than 80 certificate, diploma, and degree programs. Many of these programs provide training for some of the nation’s fastest-growing career fields including Nursing, Veterinary Technology, Clinical Laboratory Technology, and Respiratory Care. More information may be obtained by calling 229-225-4096 or by logging onto www.southwestgatech.edu.

Spring Semester 2015 begins January 6th. Don’t wait, ENROLL TODAY!

Southwest Georgia Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.

 

SWGTC Practical Nursing Students Honored in Pinning Ceremony

On December 11th, Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) held a pinning ceremony where the most recent class of Practical Nursing (PN) students from the Grady County Campus was honored. The ceremony commemorates the students’ successful completion of their nursing coursework and clinical rotations.

“I am especially proud of this class. They are very strong clinically and have the hearts of nurses. I have faith that they will all prosper in their future careers,” Margie Keeling, SWGTC Practical Nursing Instructor.

The pinning ceremony is a rite passage into the nursing profession, during which each student received a pin and a small lamp. The pin is used to remind students of their purpose to serve the sick and infirmed. The lamp portion of the ceremony serves as a tribute to Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern-day nursing. In the 1800s Nightingale was known as the ‘lady with the lamp’ tending to the sick while carrying a lamp to light the way. At the ceremony, students also recited the Nightingale pledge stating their dedication to upholding the standards of nursing.

The students that received pins were: Shalene Albright of Boston, Latasha Brown of Climax, Bailey Edwards of Cairo, Jacquelyn Ivey of Thomasville, April Jones of Moultrie, Trivia McClendon of Colquitt, Stacy Morris of Thomasville, Keldrick Powell of Thomasville, Sheri Spradlin of Moultrie, Monica Tripp of Moultrie, and Rosa Vazquez of Cairo.

The Practical Nursing program is a 5 semester diploma program designed to prepare students to write the NCLEX-PN for licensure as practical nurses. The program prepares graduates to give competent nursing care. This is done through a selected number of academic and occupational courses providing a variety of techniques and materials necessary to assist the student in acquiring the needed knowledge and skills to give competent care. A variety of clinical experiences is planned so that theory and practice are integrated under the guidance of the clinical instructor.

For more information on SWGTC’s Practical Nursing Program, please contact Athalena Benton at (229)225-5090 or abenton@southwestgatech.edu.

SWGTC offers more than 80 certificate, diploma, and degree programs. Many of these programs provide training for some of the nation’s fastest-growing career fields including Nursing, Automotive Technology, Clinical Laboratory Technology, and Emergency Medical Technology. More information may be obtained by calling 229-225-4096 or by logging onto www.southwestgatech.edu.

Spring Semester 2015 begins January 6th. Don’t wait, enroll today!

Southwest Georgia Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.

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SWGTC Honors Outstanding Students at President’s Reception

On January 12, 2015, Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) hosted a President’s Reception to honor exceptional students. The students who were recognized included those on the President’s List and Dean’s List for Fall Semester 2014, students named “Student of the Semester” for Fall Semester 2014, and scholarship recipients for Spring Semester 2015.

Fifty one students made the President’s List for Fall Semester 2014. Each semester, SWGTC recognizes students who have accomplished high academic achievement through the President’s List. In order to qualify for the President’s List, students must meet two criteria: earn a grade of “A” in all coursework attempted and be enrolled in 12 semester credit hours or more at the College. Each student was awarded a certificate and token of recognition from the College. President’s List designees for Fall Semester 2014 include: Jill Baggett of Boston, Wendy Beatty of Thomasville, Jennifer Bryant of Thomasville, Harrison Butler of Thomasville, Chaffe Carraway of Thomasville, Myra Carter of Thomasville, Lauren Clayton of Moultrie, Jodi Cooper of Camilla, Tina Davis of Thomasville, Marc DeNino of Thomasville, Neidi Diaz of Baconton, Kimberly Duncan of Thomasville, Catherine Ethridge of Camilla, Addison Frasch of Thomasville, Patricia Garmon of Thomasville, Mindy Godwin of Pelham, Virginia Hancock of Boston, Brandy Hogate of Thomasville, Amber Hooks of Cairo, David Inman of Thomasville, Stephanie Jefferson of Thomasville, Haley Jensen of Thomasville, Lisa Jones of Albany, Mary Kersey of Whigham, Kaley Lamon of Moultrie, Danny Laska of Thomasville, Diamond Laster of Albany, Dustin Long of Thomasville, Kyle Long of Thomasville, Blanca Lopez of Sale City, Loraine Magnuson of Tallahassee, Jennifer McBride of Cairo, Elisha McDaniel of Meigs, Aaron McPherson of Thomasville, Ryan Mercado of Cairo, Courtney Mercer of Cairo, Thomas Oates of Thomasville, Shana Richardson of Cairo, Ciara Robertson of Cairo, Miranda Sanders of Thomasville, Jordan Sellars of Pelham, Frankie Simones of Thomasville, Caleb Simpson of Thomasville, Zoe Smith of Thomasville , Lashondra Stubbs of Bainbridge, Emma Thedford of Thomasville, Ashley Todd of Pelham, Dawn Wagner of Thomasville, Malcolm Williams of Thomasville, Camille Wood of Albany, and Lori Yerkes of Boston.

The Spring 2015 ceremony marked the first time students have been recognized for Dean’s List and 60 students achieved the honor. To qualify for Dean’s List students must have completed between 9 and 11 semester credit hours and have earned an A in all coursework attempted. Each student was awarded a certificate and token of recognition from the College. Dean’s List designees for Fall Semester 2014 include: Eric Alligood of Thomasville, Lisa Anderson of Ochlocknee, Rebekah         Arwood of Thomasville, Veronica Bable of Thomasville, David Banister of Ochlocknee, Hope Bentley of         Thomasville, Caitlin Blair of Boston, Gloria Brinson of Thomasville, Kaylyn Brinson of Cairo, Mary Brooks of Meigs, Tanner Brooks of Pelham, Lauren Cassels of Whigham, Nicholas Conti of Thomasville, Lauren Corley of Cairo, Lemorn Cornell of Whigham,  Virginia Cosson of Tallahassee,  Selena Dekle of Ochlocknee,  Savanna DeValle of Cairo, Selea DeValle of Cairo, Christopher Dietz of Thomasville, Jordan Dubose of Cairo, Amanda Dukes of Camilla, Keaton Dumas of Cairo, Herath Ekanayake of Tallahassee, Amanda Eldridge of Moultrie, Jacqueline Fielding of Cairo, Amber Forehand of Thomasville, April Hataway of Ochlocknee, Michael Hayes of Thomasville, Jessica Henry of Valdosta, Tommy Hill of Thomasville, Angela Hopkins of Ochlocknee, Brittany Hurst of Thomasville, Kandice Hurst of Moultrie, Kayla Johnson of Ochlocknee, Amber Kelley of Cairo, Kelli Kennedy of Moultrie, Brice Knight of Thomasville, Toni Knight of Thomasville, Jennifer Losee of Hahira, Lindsey McManus of Cairo, Rachel McNeill of Ochlocknee, Carson Minor of Thomasville, Joshua Monk of Ochlocknee, Chris Mullins of Ochlocknee, Casey Nimmo of Tallahassee, Eddie Owen of Tallahassee, Ashlie Parker of Pavo, Anokhi Patel of Camilla, Toni Perryman of Thomasville, Kelly Rasmussen of Tallahassee, Charley Roberts of Ochlocknee, Joy Slaughter of Thomasville, Brenda Stanley of Pelham, Stephanie Strickland of Tallahassee, Roman Taylor of Pelham, Jeremy Watson of Pavo, Kayla Winbigler of Thomasville, Jack Woods of Pelham, and Kelley Young of Thomasville.

Additionally, six students were named Student of the Semester for Fall Semester 2014.  The Student of the Semester is awarded to one student from each division based on academic achievement, dedication, and work ethic.  Instructors have the opportunity to nominate a student at the end of each semester. Then, nominees are reviewed by the Student Activities Department who selects a winner from each division at SWGTC. Students selected for Summer Semester 2014 were Dave Banister (School of Industrial Technology), Tina Davis (School of Professional Services), Amber Forehand (School of Business and Computer Technology), Jacob O’Hearn (School of Arts and Sciences Online), Myra Carter (School of Arts and Sciences) and Virginia Cosson (School of Health Sciences). Each student was awarded a certificate and a $50 gas card provided by the SWGTC Student Council.

Student recipients of merit-based scholarships for Spring Semester 2015 were also recognized.  These scholarships assist students with education related costs such as tuition, clinical scrubs, dissection kits, books, and much more. Scholarships were awarded as follows: Albert and Esther Thomson Scholarship – Myra Carter of Thomasville, Loraine Magnuson of Tallahassee, Bridget Sangfield of Thomasville, Joy Slaughter of Thomasville, and Bethany Tadpole of Thomasville; William Howard Flowers and Maury Tice Flowers / Archbold Medical Center Scholarship – Telesia Adkins of Thomasville, Raven Brown of Adel, Crystal Dire of Blackshear, Squire Dison of Valdosta, Angela Esther of Cairo, Stephanie Hall of Valdosta, Nakesha King of Moultrie, Maia Lucas of Thomasville, Abigail Moore of Thomasville, and Casey Nimmo of Tallahassee; Debbie Griffiths Nursing Scholarship – Maia Lucas of Thomasville; Gap Scholarship – Jill Bagett of Boston, Carrie Bowden of Thomasville, Lauren Clayton of Moultrie, Sarah Sammons of Thomasville, Kayla Stelt of Valdosta; Grady County Students Scholarship – Angela Baze of Pelham, Angela Esther of Cairo, and Mary Kersey of Whigham; Growing Nurses Recruitment Scholarship – Sheila Butler of Dawson, Mary Kaitlin Cassels of Tallahassee, Keizzie Collins of Moultrie, Nakesha King of Moultrie, Sherry Ludden of Tifton, Juwante Martin of Donalsonville, Barbara Meeks of Waycross, Joshua Mimbs of Thomasville, Brandy Sharpe of Thomasville, and Becky Strahan of Coolidge; Jump Start Health Sciences Recruitment Scholarship – Barbara Meeks of Waycross; Kathryn Read Nursing Scholarship – Jessica Nelson of Thomasville; Kiwanis Club of Thomasville Scholarship – Melisa Rodriguez of Coolidge; Lillie Jackson Gregory Memorial Scholarship – Christie Miller of Thomasville; Maddox Veterinary Technology Scholarship – Katherine Rigdon of Valdosta; Mitchell County Students Scholarship – Ashleigh Davis of Camilla and Shanna Sheppard of Pelham; Non-Traditional Student Scholarship – Tina Davis of Thomasville; Phi Beta Lambda Scholarship – Teresa Crumby of Boston; Red Hills Radiology Scholarship – Kimberly Hill of Climax.

“The SWGTC Foundation is proud to have awarded over $32,000 in scholarships this semester. Scholarships are only made available because of the generosity of our donors. We sincerely thank and appreciate each of you. Without you, many of our students would not be able to afford books, tuition, or program related supplies,” commented Amy Maison, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement, Marketing and Public Relations.

SWGTC would like to congratulate all of the honorees from this year’s reception.

SWGTC offers more than 80 certificate, diploma, and degree programs. Many of these programs provide training for some of the nation’s fastest-growing career fields including Nursing, Automotive Technology, Clinical Laboratory Technology, and Emergency Medical Technology. More information may be obtained by calling 229-225-4096 or by logging onto www.southwestgatech.edu.

Summer Semester 2015 begins May 18th! Don’t wait, enroll today!

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SWGTC Seeking Entries for Student Art Contest

Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) is seeking entries from local students in the Annual Manufacturing Appreciation Week Design Contest for elementary, middle, and high school students. This contest allows students from across Georgia to submit artwork depicting the importance of manufacturing to their lives and communities for the chance to win scholarship money and an opportunity to attend the Governor’s Awards Luncheon.

The contest includes three categories:

  • Grades K-5
  • Grades 6-8
  • Grades 9-12

Once all submissions are collected, four state winners will be selected in each category.  The entries will be judged based on creativity, skill/quality of the artwork, and the students’ grasp of manufacturing.  Award winners will receive scholarships in the amount of $500 for first place, $300 for second place, $100 for third place and $50 for honorable mentions in each of the three design categories.

Contest creators hope that the competition will inspire area students to research information on manufacturing and learn that a career in manufacturing can be so much more than assembly line work.

Manufacturing Appreciation Week (MAW) was developed by the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) and the Georgia Department of Economic Development. This Week was created to promote awareness of manufacturing and its importance to the state of Georgia.

Manufacturing is vital to Georgia’s economy, accounting for almost 10 percent of the employment in the State. Nearly 9,500 manufacturing facilities are located in Georgia, providing jobs for approximately 349,138 Georgians. Some of Georgia's manufacturing operations include a variety of industries, such as transportation equipment, aerospace, computers and electronics, food, paper, metal fabrication, textiles, and plastics.

This year, MAW will be celebrated April 13-17 with an awards luncheon hosted on April 14, 2015, at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta. At this ceremony the winners of the Design Contest and Manufacturer of the Year will be celebrated and recognized.

SWGTC will accept entries from students enrolled in schools within Grady, Mitchell, or Thomas counties. Deadline to enter the student design competition is January 28, 2015. All entries should be submitted to the Office of Institutional Advancement at Southwest Georgia Technical College at 15689 U.S. Highway 19 North, Thomasville, Georgia, 31792.

Art may be created with paint, watercolors, pencils, markers, crayons, charcoal, etc., and art from grades 9-12 may be computer-generated. All artwork must 11" X 17” and flat (no 3-D objects should be glue or pasted to the submission). Art submissions should portray manufacturing specific to the state of Georgia. On the back of each entry, in the upper right-hand corner, please include: student’s name, school’s name, school’s phone number, and Southwest Georgia Technical College. 

To learn more about the contest, please contact Cole Posey at cposey@southwestgatech.edu. For an informational flyer and official contest rules please visit www.southwestgatech.edu/MAW. 

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Local GED® Graduate to Compete in State Competition for EAGLE Award

Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) student Donna Gamble has been named one of Georgia’s 2014 EAGLE delegates for her outstanding performance in Adult Education. As an EAGLE Delegate, Gamble will represent SWGTC at the EAGLE Leadership Institute in Atlanta on March 16-18th. She will compete against delegates from other colleges within the Technical College System of Georgia for the honor of being named the State EAGLE Award Winner.

EAGLE, which stands for Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literary Education, was created to celebrate adult learners in pursuit of excellence. EAGLE delegates are nominated by their adult education instructors based on criteria such as student character, attitude, attendance and community involvement. The student must also demonstrate exceptional perseverance, a positive attitude, superb classroom attendance and excellent leadership skills while earning their GED® diploma.

Based on interviews with a panel of judges, SWGTC’s EAGLE nominees were narrowed down to one delegate and local EAGLE winner, Donna Gamble.

Robbie Douglas, Adult Education/GED Instructor, nominated Gamble for the EAGLE Award. In her nomination she wrote, “Donna Gamble has an enthusiasm for learning that is contagious. She comes to class every day prepared to learn something new and is willing to work hard in order to meet the goals she has set for herself. Donna is a firm believer in second chances and is an excellent EAGLE delegate.”

“I hope to break the generational curse (going through life without the benefit of a high school diploma) that seems to run in my family. I come from a family of seven. My mother became a single mother at a young age and became a high school dropout. She never returned to school to finish her education. My dad decided not to continue attending high school due to a lack of money in his home, so he worked instead, in order to help his parents pay the bills. Now, by earning a GED diploma, I am hoping to be a positive role model for my entire family; especially my five year old daughter, who believes in me,” commented Gamble.

Ellen Terrell, Transition Coordinator for Adult Education, commented, “Donna is a great student. Her positive outlook on life and her commitment to reaching her goals is truly an inspiration to those around her. I know she will be a great representative for of Southwest Georgia Technical College, and GED graduates everywhere.”

Every EAGLE delegate is considered an ambassador and spokesperson for literacy serving local communities and the state by promoting lifelong learning. Since its inception in 1993, the EAGLE Award program has recognized more than 1600 outstanding students across the state. In additional to serving as volunteer role models for family members, friends, neighbors and co-workers, EAGLE delegates serve as mentors, peer tutors, and recruiters of other students into local adult education programs.

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Sharon Poitevint Named SWGTC 2015 Rick Perkins Award Winner


Sharon Poitevint, Veterinary Technology Instructor, has been named 2015 Instructor of the Year for Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC). She will be the last SWGTC winner as the college is set to merge with Moultrie Technical College on July 1, 2015.

As the Instructor of the Year, Poitevint received the SWGTC Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction and will represent the College in a competition for the state Rick Perkins Award, presented by the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG).

SWGTC President Dr. Craig Wentworth commented, “Congratulations to Sharon Poitevint on being named our local Rick Perkins Award winner.  Mrs. Poitevint not only does an excellent job of teaching students in the classroom utilizing technology and innovation, but she does a great job of advising, supporting, and guiding students throughout the program including supplying the students with valuable career preparation information.  I believe she will do very well in the regional competition and certainly is an excellent representative for our faculty and our college.”

The Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction is awarded annually. This award is designed to recognize and honor technical college instructors who make significant contributions to technical education through innovation and leadership in their fields.

“From her first day at SWGTC, Sharon has worked tirelessly to ensure that her program and her students are successful. She enthusiastically joined our faculty as we began our Veterinary Technology program and has been instrumental in the development of all program and course materials, the implementation of the advisory committee and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, and in achieving program accreditation through the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) accreditation committee on Veterinary Education and Activities (CVTEA). Sharon epitomizes professionalism, organization, and leadership and is everything we want our students to become as future veterinary technicians,” commented Carla Barrow, SWGTC Dean for Academic Affairs.

Instructors are nominated for the Rick Perkins Award by their peers. Those instructors with the most nominations are selected as finalists. SWGTC’s finalists were Sharon Poitevint, Claudia Grooms, Karen Kelso, and Missy Pullen. In January, these finalists went before a panel of judges, comprised of community leaders, who selected Poitevint as the College’s winner.

Upon being named SWGTC’s RPA Winner, Poitevint said, “Words cannot express the surprise and joy that I felt being selected as the Rick Perkins Winner. It has been an honor to be accepted here at SWGTC and to be able to teach others about a career that I have dedicated my life to. I am truly blessed to work here with awesome students that have a love for animals that matches my own. The faculty has become my extended family due to all of their support, friendships, and encouragement. I could not have asked for a better place to spend the second half of my employed life!”

Poitevint has worked at Southwest Georgia Technical College since September 2011. In her time at SWGTC she has not only instructed students, but was also instrumental in gaining national accreditation from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) for SWGTC’s Veterinary Technology program. Currently, she is the Lead Advisor and founder of the Veterinary Technology student club, is a member of the Georgia Veterinary Technicians and Assistance Association (GVTAA), and a member of the North America Veterinary Technician Association (NAVTA). In 2003, Sharon was named the Georgia Veterinary Technicians Make a Difference state winner by the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association (GVMA).  

“Sometimes miracles happen and we receive the blessing!  This is what happened when Southwest Georgia Technical College employed Sharon Poitevint as a Veterinary Technology instructor several years ago.  There is nothing ordinary about Sharon.  She is extraordinary!  She took a program from non-existent to the best in the system.  Ms. Poitevint follows her passion for animals and exudes enthusiasm which is contagious to the students. You will find her leading others into the veterinary profession as she conducts such community activities as pet spa days to spay and neutering clinics for the Humane Society. It is not a surprise that she has been selected as the Rick Perkins Award winner for the College.  She is the epitome of the best of the best and will represent our College well.  We support her as the candidate to represent technical education for the state.  Good Luck, Sharon!” commented Dr. Annie McElroy, Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Poitevint, a Thomasville native, has two children, her 25-year-old son and United States Marine, Nicholas Williams, and 18-year-old son, Sam Williams, who is a senior in high school. She is married to Donny Poitevint and in their free time they enjoy going to Saint Marks, FL and relaxing on their pontoon boat.  Poitevint will represent the College at the regional Rick Perkins competition in Tifton in February.  All regional winners will compete to be TCSG’s Instructor of the Year, the State Rick Perkins Award winner. This winner will be announced at the Rick Perkins Award Ceremony on April 23rd in Atlanta, Georgia. Throughout the next year, this person will serve as an ambassador for technical education in Georgia and will promote the mission of the Technical College System of Georgia.

 

Southwest Georgia Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.

 

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SWGTC Names Theresa Corker New ASN Faculty

Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) recently named Theresa Corker full-time faculty for its Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) program.

“The ASN program at Southwest Georgia Technical College is ecstatic to have Theresa Corker join our team.  We had the opportunity to work with Theresa as she did her teaching project for her MSN degree and it was at that time that I knew we needed her on our team. She is outstanding in the lab, classroom, and clinical settings.  Not only does she bring tremendous professionalism to our team, but she brings a strong work ethic and leadership qualities.  It is my pleasure to watch her grow in her nursing educational role,” commented Tammy Bryant, ASN Program Director for SWGTC.

In her new role, Corker is responsible for designing ASN curriculum and coursework, serving as the advisor to students in the program, instructing courses, and recruiting new students.

“I am a registered nurse with more than eighteen years of experience in health related fields.  My career in healthcare began here at Southwest Georgia Technical College (Thomas Technical Institute at the time) earning an Associates in Physical Therapy before earning  Associates, Bachelors, and Master’s degrees in Nursing.   I get an enormous sense of satisfaction when I share knowledge with the others on how to manage various disease processes. I know that the overall goal of post-secondary education is to provide students with knowledge to be successful in their chosen professions; therefore, I aspire to cultivate the minds of adult learners,” commented Corker.

Corker received her Master of Science in Nursing with a Certificate in Nursing Administration from Thomas University in 2013. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Thomas University, an Associate of Science in Nursing from Darton College, and an Associate of Science in Physical Therapy Assistant.  Corker has worked as both a registered nurse (RN) and physical therapy assistant (PTA) in her career and was most recently a Clinical Educator at the Archbold Center for Wound Management in Thomasville. She also holds the following certifications: Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Certified Wound Care Specialist (CWS), Certified Hyperbaric Registered Nurse (CHRN).

The Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) program is designed to prepare students as entry-level practitioners to provide safe, effective nursing care and promote healthy transitions for diverse clients in a variety of settings. This program develops critical thinking, integrates accumulated knowledge from nursing, the sciences and humanities, and emphasizes the values of caring, accountability, responsibility and professional ethics. The SWGTC ASN program has been granted approval by the Georgia Board of Nursing and is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

SWGTC offers more than 80 certificate, diploma, and degree programs. Many of these programs provide training for some of the nation’s fastest-growing career fields including Nursing, Automotive Technology, Clinical Laboratory Technology, and Emergency Medical Technology. More information may be obtained by calling 229-225-4096 or by logging onto www.southwestgatech.edu.

Summer Semester 2015 begins May 18th. Don’t wait, enroll today!

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SWGTC Names Ed Fritz New CIS Faculty

Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) recently named Ed Fritz full-time faculty for its Computer Information Systems (CIS) program.

“We are excited to welcome Ed to the Computer Information Systems department.  He will be primarily responsible for instructing our introductory computer class at this time, but his background and education will make him a great asset as our school and the CIS department continues to grow,” commented Abigail Carter, Dean for the Schools of Business, Professional Services, and Industrial Technology for SWGTC.

In his new role, Fritz is responsible for serving as the advisor to students in the program, instructing courses, designing CIS curriculum and coursework, and recruiting new students.

“Shortly after completing graduate school I began working as a PeopleSoft Security Manager, a job that I thoroughly enjoyed, but still felt something was lacking. I have always enjoyed teaching and upon the suggestion of a former professor I decided to enter the academic arena. Finding the opportunity to work at SWGTC has become a very exciting time in my career. I truly enjoy working with students and I am looking forward to the additional opportunities that the upcoming merger will bring,” commented Fritz.

Fritz received his Master of Science in Management Information Systems with a concentration in Information Security from Bellevue (NE) University in 2011. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electronics Management from Southern Illinois University and served on Active Duty in the United States Air Force from 1981-1985 and from 1985 – 1988 as a reservist. Most recently Fritz was the PeopleSoft security Manager for the University of Nebraska Medical Center where his duties included managing security access to the PeopleSoft database, writing SQL queries for data access, helpdesk responsibilities, and website design and management for UNMC Student Services.

The Computer Information Systems program is a five semester sequence of courses designed to provide students with an understanding of the concepts, principles, and techniques required in computer information processing. For more information on this program please contact Chris Parrish at (229) 227-2581 or cparrish@southwestgatech.edu, Charles Everett at (229) 227-2582 or ceverett@southwestgatech.edu, or Ed Fritz at (229) 227-5242 or efritz@southwestgatech.edu.

SWGTC offers more than 80 certificate, diploma, and degree programs. Many of these programs provide training for some of the nation’s fastest-growing career fields including Nursing, Veterinary Technology, Clinical Laboratory Technology, and Respiratory Care. More information may be obtained by calling 229-225-4096 or by logging onto www.southwestgatech.edu.

Summer Semester 2015 begins May 18th. Don’t wait, enroll today!

Southwest Georgia Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.

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Swilley Named Director of Practical Nursing Program at SWGTC

Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) recently named Magan Swilley the Program Director for its Practical Nursing (PN) program.

“We are pleased to welcome Magan Swilley as our program director for practical nursing. Not only does she bring excellent nursing experience but new ideas and new energy to our program as well. She joins our nursing faculty with a commitment to nursing excellence and an enthusiastic approach for preparing future nurses,” commented Carla Barrow, Dean for the Schools of Health Sciences and Arts and Sciences for SWGTC.

In her new role, Swilley is responsible for ensuring that the Practical Nursing program meets the individual needs of students while adhering to state standards.  She will advise students in the PN program as well as provide input for the annual plans and overall direction for the program.

“During my final year of graduate school I was working as a RN at two separate hospitals and began serving as a preceptor for students from different local colleges.  It was at this time that I developed a passion for teaching. However, when I began working as the Quality Assurance Coordinator and Clinical Educator at a long-term care facility my passion for nursing education truly flourished.  I am honored that I was chosen for this position, and strive to be an exemplar educator for SWGTC and my nursing students. I am excited about the future of SWGTC and plan to be an active and positive member of this great team,” commented Swilley.

Swilley received her Master of Science in Nursing Administration from Thomas University in 2013. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Valdosta State University and an Associate of Science in Nursing from Andrew College. She has worked in the Emergency Department for Mitchell County Hospital and Palmyra Medical Center. Most recently she served as the Quality Assurance Coordinator and Nurse Educator for Pelham Parkway Nursing Home. She is certified in Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Basic Disaster Life Support (BDLS), and Advance Disaster Life Support (ADLS).

The Practical Nursing program is a four semester program designed to prepare students to write the NCLEX-PN for licensure as practical nurses. This is done through a selected number of academic and occupational courses. These courses provide students with the techniques and materials necessary to acquire the knowledge and skills they need for entry into the nursing profession. A rotation of clinical experiences is planned so that theory and practice are integrated under the guidance of the clinical instructor. Program graduates receive a practical nursing diploma and have the qualifications of an entry-level practical nurse.

SWGTC offers more than 80 certificate, diploma, and degree programs. Many of these programs provide training for some of the nation’s fastest-growing career fields including Nursing, Veterinary Technology, Clinical Laboratory Technology, and Respiratory Care. More information may be obtained by calling 229-225-4096 or by logging onto www.southwestgatech.edu.

Summer Semester 2015 begins May 18th. Don’t wait, enroll today!

Southwest Georgia Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.

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Walden Named Director of Cosmetology Program at SWGTC

CWSouthwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) proudly announced the promotion of Cora Walden to Director of the Cosmetology program in January.

“It is a pleasure to welcome Cora Walden as the new Program Director for the Cosmetology program. Her diverse professional background makes her a natural leader and a perfect role model for students aspiring to be a cosmetologist.  Her love for the profession and her positive outlook is delightfully contagious,” commented Abigail Carter, Dean for the Schools of Business, Professional Services, and Industrial Technology for SWGTC.

Walden is responsible for ensuring that the Cosmetology program meets the individual needs of students while adhering to state standards. She will continue to advise students and deliver classroom instruction in addition to providing input for the annual plans and overall direction for the program.

“I have spent the past 18 years working in the field of Cosmetology in and around our community. I have held a variety of positions over that time, including salon manager, salon owner, and adjunct faculty member at SWGTC. It is that combination of experiences that has prepared me for this role. As an instructor at SWGTC, my hallmark has always been personalized, practical, real-world instruction that best prepares students for the future while meeting the needs of their community. In this role I will have the chance to further explore my own opportunities to serve. I look forward to meeting the students that will join me on this journey,” commented Walden.

Walden received her Master Cosmetology certification from Southwest Georgia Technical College in 1999 and she holds a Bachelor of Science in Workforce Education Development from Valdosta State University.  She has worked as an Adjunct Instructor of Cosmetology at SWGTC since 2005 and has over 15 years of progressive experience as a salon manager and small business owner. She has been professionally trained on a multitude of product lines, color lines, and skin and nail lines.

SWGTC offers more than 80 certificate, diploma, and degree programs. Many of these programs provide training for some of the nation’s fastest-growing career fields including Nursing, Veterinary Technology, Clinical Laboratory Technology, and Respiratory Care. More information may be obtained by calling 229-225-4096 or by logging onto www.southwestgatech.edu.

Summer Semester 2015 begins May 18th. Don’t wait, enroll today!

Southwest Georgia Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.

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Perseverance Defined: A Journey to American Citizenship 

DBGrowing up in Mexico, Dolores Diaz always knew she was destined for more than her small village had to offer. However vivid her young imagination was, never could she have envisioned the journey she would take over the next three decades.

Dolores is from the town of San Cristobal de Las Casas, located in a  poor part of rural Southern Mexico.  During her youth her mother and father did the best they could to provide, but there just weren’t any jobs to be had. Everyone got by doing whatever they could, whenever they could.

As she paints a vivid picture of her childhood, the difficulties of recalling certain memories are tough for her to hide. 

“We never knew if there was going to be food from one day to the next, and the only clothes we had were the ones that we wore every day. Our home and most others in my town had no power, no water, and hardly anything in the way of modern amenities.”

Determined to forge a better future for herself, Dolores made a decision shortly after her eighteenth birthday that she still doesn’t fully comprehend.

“When I told my mother that I wanted to leave, she said I was crazy. She told me that it was too dangerous and kept telling me how many people have died trying to make it to the United States. I hadn’t planned it for very long, but one day it clicked in my mind and I just knew it was what I had to do if I ever wanted to have more opportunities to learn and build a life,” says Bishop.

An acquaintance of her parents was known for being able to get people into the States. Her journey started with a bus trip to Mexico City, followed by another bus to Northern Mexico. From there the trek became a bit less glamorous. The group she was with crossed the Sonoran Desert on foot, hiding during the day and moving at night, eventually making their way to another contact that would get them to Georgia – three weeks after her journey began.

“The person who brought us here had a connection in Georgia and when we arrived he led us to a trailer park with other Hispanics. He basically dropped us off and said we could find a job or maybe someone would come along to help. I started communicating with folks in the park and was told I could get a job in the field, so that’s what I did.”

Early on there were many tears and many nights of second-guessing the decision to leave her family, but that started to change when she began looking for ways to better learn the English language.

“After three months in the field I found a job at a local nursery.  It was there that I met a man who taught English to the local Hispanics and was a Deacon at one of the local churches.”

As fate would have it, that man, Jerry Bishop, would soon become Dolores’ husband.  Jerry also understands the value of education as a product of Southwest Georgia Technical College’s Adult Education program and former EAGLE Candidate. With his support, assistance from ESL classes at SWGTC’s Grady County campus in Cairo, GA, and quite a bit of perseverance Dolores was able to earn her citizenship in 2012. Now 35 years old, she hopes to continue to build upon the educational foundation she has established through the ESL classes.

“Dolores is a model student for SWGTC’s Adult Education Program. She has persisted through so many obstacles in her life and still manages to shine for our program. Dolores was able to earn her citizenship due to a strong work ethic, and since then she has never stopped coming to classes. She has a strong desire to earn her GED credential and plans to attend college to obtain an elementary teaching certificate. She has shown an amazing amount of professionalism and courtesy not just to me, but to all of the students that enter our program. We have quite a few Spanish speaking students at this campus and we consider Dolores to be our unofficial translator. She has been magnificent recruiting students to our program and encouraging them to stay and she is the epitome of overcoming barriers to excel in society,” commented Charles Andrew Semones, Adult Education Instructor for SWGTC.

Dolores was one of three EAGLE delegates from SWGTC in 2014. To be considered for the award, an individual has to have met several requirements in a list of criteria, including recognizing the importance of education and be willing to promote adult education in Georgia, and has to have completed at least forty hours of instruction in an adult education program during the previous 12 months.  

Bishop says given the opportunity she would absolutely take the same chances again. “Now that I can look back and see that my life is getting better, yes, I would risk my life again to come here because I can see that I’m constantly improving.”

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SWGTC offers more than 80 certificate, diploma, and degree programs. Many of these programs provide training for some of the nation’s fastest-growing career fields including Nursing, Veterinary Technology, Clinical Laboratory Technology, and Respiratory Care. More information may be obtained by calling 229-225-4096 or by logging onto www.southwestgatech.edu.

Summer Semester 2015 begins May 18th. Don’t wait, enroll today!

Southwest Georgia Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.

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Dr. Wentworth Sits Down with WALB to Discuss Merger

 

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On Tuesday, February 24th, SWGTC President Dr. Craig Wentworth was in studio with WALB for the Noon News to discuss the upcoming merger of MTC and SWGTC. 

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SWGTC and MTC Merger Could Create State’s Top Dual Enrollment of High School Students

Moultrie Technical College (MTC) and Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) will be doing more than merging campuses, staffs and administrations this summer. They’ll be combining strong programs for high school students.

Dual enrollment programs allow high school students to gain both high school and technical college credit toward graduation simultaneously, with course tuition covered by state funds or the HOPE grant. MTC and SWGTC are scheduled to merge on July 1 to form the new Southern Regional Technical College, pending approval from accreditor SACSCOC. When that happens, the new college will boast some of the highest numbers of dually enrolled high school students in the state of Georgia.

dualMoultrie Tech, with 626 high school students enrolled during the 2014 fall semester, has been in the top five of all 23 schools in the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) for dual enrollment numbers in each of the past five years. Southwest Georgia Tech enrolled 397 during the Fall; and when the colleges join forces later in 2015, high school student enrollment will represent roughly a quarter of the new College’s total student body.

With the merger, college administrators estimate that the new Southern Regional Tech could be the frontrunner among the state’s technical colleges with dual enrollment topping well over 1,000 high school students from Colquitt, Grady, Mitchell, Thomas, Tift, Turner and Worth counties.

Student Affairs divisions from both colleges, along with administrators from MTC and SWGTC and those from each high school and board of education office from each of the seven counties, met together on Jan. 27 on Moultrie Tech’s Veterans Parkway Campus for the first-ever Dual Enrollment Highlights Breakfast. The purpose of the event was to celebrate the successes dual enrollment has seen in these counties over the past decade but to also look ahead to the future of the program once the colleges merge.

TCSG Secondary Education Initiatives Coordinator Dianne Barker told attendees of the January breakfast that students who participate in dual enrollment programs have a decreased drop-out rate, reduced college expenses, and less need for remediation. Barker added that dual enrollment and Accel courses are not counted against Georgia’s HOPE grant cap, which means students get more for their money when they continue their education.

Joyce Halstead, the SWGTC vice president of student affairs who will oversee enrollment of high school students post-merger, said of the program, “Dual enrollment provides high school students the opportunity to not only earn college credit while in high school but to explore the many career options available to them. I am very excited and appreciative of the strong partnerships we have with our local school systems in our service delivery areas and look forward to expanding and growing our dual enrollment program.”

 Moultrie Tech High School Coordinator Mandy Ponder said, “By offering increased program and course choices in all seven counties with the merger of our colleges, students will have more accessibility to Accel, and career-related courses will provide our high school students an advantage to begin college early on their road to success.”

Breakfast event guests also heard testimonies of the effectiveness of the dual enrollment program from past and current students who have benefitted from it.

Tift County High School senior Carlos Hernandez said, “During the past three years of high school, I have been given the pleasure of being a part of the federally-funded mechatronics program [through Moultrie Tech], a program that’s the first of its kind in the nation. Any student that choses to be a part of the program has the opportunity to acquire three mechatronics technical certificates certified by the State of Georgia, all of which I will be receiving at the conclusion of this school year.”

Hernandez credits his involvement in dual enrollment through Moultrie Tech with helping him achieve success in competitions through the Georgia SkillsUSA student organization in which he was recently elected to serve as state president.

Brittany McInvale got her first taste of the undergraduate classroom environment while a student at Baconton Community Charter School through Southwest Georgia Tech, where she currently serves as the College’s marketing specialist.

“The dual enrollment [Accel] program at Southwest Georgia Technical College gave me the opportunity to adjust to the rigor of college coursework while remaining in my comfort zone. The program offered advanced coursework options that would have otherwise been unavailable at my small, up-and-coming high school,” said McInvale.

Involvement in the dual enrollment program also affected McInvale on a more personal level while she was working toward a bachelor’s degree at The University of Georgia. “Because of the Accel courses I completed, I was able to take a semester off when my dad passed away and still graduate from college after only four and a half years,” she said. 

Hernandez told the breakfast attendees that he believes students involved in any dual enrollment program are better trained to be leaders in school and on the job. “Those who go to work right after high school easily surpass their coworkers, because they are ahead in their education,” said Hernandez. “Those that continue studying by far surpass their classmates, because of the additional technical skills that facilitate the learning process.”

Missy Stanaland, SWGTC high school coordinator, said of the dual enrollment options coming with the formation of Southern Regional Tech, “It is an exciting time for dual enrollment. The opportunities available for high school students through this program continue to be amazing and are only going to get better.”

SWGTC offers more than 80 certificate, diploma, and degree programs. Many of these programs provide training for some of the nation’s fastest-growing career fields including Nursing, Veterinary Technology, Clinical Laboratory Technology, and Respiratory Care. More information may be obtained by calling 229-225-4096 or by logging onto www.southwestgatech.edu.

Summer Semester 2015 begins May 18th. Don’t wait, enroll today!

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SWGTC Marketing Department Receives Eight National Awards

THOMASVILLE, GA. — The Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) Marketing and Public Relations staff was the recipient of five gold awards, two silver awards, and a bronze award in this year’s Higher Education Marketing Report national competition in the category of colleges and universities with 2,000 students or fewer. The publication announced the winners of its 30th Annual Educational Advertising Awards on February 27.  

SWGTC received Gold in the following categories: Class Schedule, Poster, Newspaper Single, Outdoor (Billboard), and Magazine Series.  They received Silver for their Total Advertising Campaign and a second Outdoor (Billboard) submission. Lastly, the College’s marketing department was awarded Bronze for a third Outdoor (Billboard) submission.  This is the first time the College has garnered awards for its Marketing and Advertising efforts.

“We work diligently to create an overall awareness of the College’s credit programs, continuing education, and Adult Education programs here at SWGTC.  To be included with so many major colleges and universities throughout the United States and several foreign countries is quite a privilege,” said Amy Maison, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement, Marketing, and Public Relations.

The Educational Advertising Awards is the largest educational advertising awards competition in the country. This year, over 2,000 entries were received from over 1000 colleges, universities, and secondary schools from all fifty states and several foreign countries.  Gold awards were granted to two-hundred and ninety institutions, and silver awards were awarded to two-hundred and six institutions.

“This is a great accomplishment for the SWGTC Marketing Department.  They do a phenomenal job of marketing and promoting our college.  They have worked tirelessly to create a brand that is clearly and easily recognizable in our area’s higher education sector. To me, it is a true litmus test to be recognized by their professional colleagues in higher education, marketing, and advertising.  This is a well-deserved honor for them!” stated Dr. Craig Wentworth, President of SWGTC.

  “We develop all of our marketing and advertising creative in-house which makes these awards even more special to us. It is an honor to win five of two-hundred and ninety Gold Awards among so many deserving colleges and universities. I am so proud of my team!” added Maison.

The Annual Educational Advertising Awards is the largest competition of its kind in the country. A national panel of judges consisted judges for the Educational Advertising Awards consisted of a national panel of higher education marketers, advertising creative directors, marketing and advertising professionals and the editorial board of the Higher Education Marketing Report. Now in its thirtieth year, the Atlanta-based publication is read each month by nearly 4,000 higher education marketers. Higher Education Marketing Report has been the nation’s leading marketing publication for higher education marketing professionals, for thirty-one years. To view a complete list of winners visit http://educationaladvertisingawards.com/winners-list/winners-list-2015/

SWGTC offers more than 80 certificate, diploma, and degree programs. Many of these programs provide training for some of the nation’s fastest-growing career fields including Nursing, Veterinary Technology, Clinical Laboratory Technology, and Respiratory Care. More information may be obtained by calling 229-225-4096 or by logging onto www.southwestgatech.edu.

Summer Semester 2015 begins May 18th. Don’t wait, enroll today!

Southwest Georgia Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.

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Dr. Wentworth Discusses Future of College with WALB

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - School officials said the upcoming merger of Moultrie and Southwest Georgia Technical Colleges shows a promising future for enrollment. 

The schools will formerly merge July 1 and will be called Southern Regional Technical College.

President Dr. Craig Wentworth said the merger will provide a more efficient college by making better use of shared resources. 

“It's going to give us an opportunity to increase the enrollment in the college because we will be able to offer some programs in locations that they're not currently being offered,” said Dr. Wentworth. 

After the merger, the college's dual-enrollment program for high school students is projected to be the largest in the state with more than 1,100 students. 

To see the full story click on the link below:

http://www.walb.com/clip/11195748/moultrie-and-south-georgia-technical-colleges-merger

 

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Forston Named Director of Health Information Management at SWGTC

Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) recently named Kiosha Forston the Program Director for its Health Information Management Technology (HIMT) program.

“We are pleased to welcome Kiosha Forston as our program director for Health Information Management Technology. Not only does she bring excellent practical experience and a wealth of prior knowledge, but innovative instruction and vigor, as well. She joins our Health Information Technology faculty with a commitment to preparing future graduates to serve in a functional role in a health information system,” commented Carla Barrow, Dean for the Schools of Health Sciences and Arts and Sciences for SWGTC.

kfIn her new role, Forston is responsible for ensuring that the HIMT program meets the individual needs of students while adhering to state standards.  She will advise students in the program as well as provide input for the annual plans and overall direction for the program.

“It is a pleasure to join the academic team at SWGTC. I have a passion for sharing my Health Information Management Technology knowledge and mentoring students throughout their educational experience.  I plan to bring a comprehensive and practical understanding to the classroom in order to prepare students for entry into the HIMT profession and workforce,” commented Forston.

Forston received her Master of Applied Social Science in Public Administration and her Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.  She has worked in several roles related to health information management, holding positions as a program analyst, coding and compliance manager, and coding specialist. Forston was previously an adjunct instructor for Tallahassee Community College and program director for American Institute. Most recently she served as the compliance manager for healthcare coding solutions provider. She is certified as a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA), Certified Professional Coder (CPC), Certified Healthcare Technology Specialist – Trainer (CHTS-TR) and is an American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer.

The Health Information Management Technology program is a five semester sequence of courses designed to provide students with the technical knowledge and skills necessary to process, maintain, analyze, and report health information data according to legal, accreditation, licensure and certification standards for reimbursement, facility planning, marketing, risk management, utilization management, quality assessment and research; program graduates will develop leadership skills necessary to serve in a functional supervisory role in various components of the health information system.

SWGTC offers more than 80 certificate, diploma, and degree programs. Many of these programs provide training for some of the nation’s fastest-growing career fields including Nursing, Veterinary Technology, Clinical Laboratory Technology, and Respiratory Care. More information may be obtained by calling 229-225-4096 or by logging onto www.southwestgatech.edu.

Summer Semester 2015 begins May 18th. Don’t wait, enroll today!

Southwest Georgia Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.

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SWGTC to Offer Private Pilot Ground School Training Course

Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) is taking their economic development to new heights. Starting this summer, the school will offer a Private Pilot Ground School training course that will provide interested students with the knowledge needed to attempt the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Aeronautical Knowledge Test (AKT). The test is one of a series of requirements for any student who wishes to pursue a private pilot’s license that also includes completing a minimum of 40 hours of flight training, passing a 3rd class aviation medical examination and passing a practical flight test with a FAA or designated FAA examiner. The ground school course will be taught by Herb Ludgewait who has held FAA certifications in flight and ground school training since 1974. It is that experience that makes him capable of introducing real-world proficiencies to the classroom by providing targeted instruction to those in attendance. The 12 week training course will consist of one weekly three hour session focused solely on exam preparation.

The Ground School course includes all necessary books and materials needed to sufficiently prepare for the written examination. Upon completion of the required coursework, students will receive the instructor’s endorsement to sit for the FAA examination at a local testing site.

Previous flight experience is not required, as this program is designed to assist a full spectrum of students, from novice to seasoned flyers. The training course may soon be of assistance to anyone wishing to operate an Unmanned Aircraft System (i.e. drones) as the FAA recently proposed a new rule that would require future drone operators to pass the AKT.  

“Whether you have no experience and simply desire to learn the basics of flying, are working toward becoming a licensed pilot, or are already a licensed pilot wishing to refresh your aeronautical knowledge, this program is for you. Also, with the recent proposal from the FAA regarding unmanned aircraft operators, we could see an increased demand for FAA AKT preparatory courses, which this program would satisfy,” said Robert Petty, Flightline Operator for Thomasville Regional Airport.

This course will be available this summer at SWGTC and will cost $150.00. This course is offered through the Economic Development Department, along with the many other personal enrichment and training courses.  For more information on this course or any other classes offered by the SWGTC Economic Development Department, please contact Ruby Barron at (229) 227 – 2579.

SWGTC offers more than 80 certificate, diploma, and degree programs. Many of these programs provide training for some of the nation’s fastest-growing career fields including Nursing, Automotive Technology, Clinical Laboratory Technology, and Criminal Justice Technology. More information may be obtained by calling 229-225-4096 or by logging onto www.southwestgatech.edu.

Summer Semester 2015 begins May 18th. Don’t wait, enroll today!

Southwest Georgia Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.

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Demand for Respiratory Therapists to Increase as Prevalence of Lung Diseases Continues to Grow

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is an umbrella term used to describe progressive lung diseases including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, refractory (non-reversible) asthma, and some forms of bronchiectasis. This disease is generally characterized by increasing breathlessness. According to a World Health Organization (WHO) report published in 2008, the global scenario of diseases is shifting from infectious diseases to non-communicable diseases.

 

Photo: (From Left to Right) Tony McCorkle, Rachel Coleman, Nikki Keller Josey, Felicia Miller, and Yasmin Seay

The Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) plays a critical role in the diagnosis, management, and prevention of pulmonary disorders such as COPD.  Patient education on anatomic alterations in the lungs, lifestyle changes to improve activities of daily living, and prevention of exacerbations are central components of COPD education.

Nikki Keller Josey, RRT, a current Archbold Medical Center employee and 2008 graduate of SWGTC’s Respiratory Care program, states “All patients with a primary diagnosis of COPD receive education and literature during their hospital stay.”

According to the report’s estimates for 2030, COPD is predicted to become the third leading cause of death worldwide. Due to the prevalence of COPD in adults, people with asthma, bronchitis and emphysema require respiratory therapy. In addition, people who have had heart attacks, suffered trauma, are born prematurely or have sleep disorders might also need respiratory therapy to help them breathe easier. People of every age, from premature infants to the elderly, need respiratory care. 

According to the United States Department of Labor Statistics, employment of respiratory therapists is projected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth in the middle-aged and elderly population will lead to an increased incidence of respiratory conditions such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and pneumonia. These respiratory disorders can permanently damage the lungs or restrict lung function.

The Respiratory Care program at SWGTC emphasizes specialized training in areas such as pharmacology, critical respiratory care, pulmonary function testing, as well as pediatric and neonatal respiratory care. Program graduates receive an Associate of Applied Science degree in Respiratory Care. Completion of the program qualifies the graduate to sit for the credentialing examinations to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT). Graduates must successfully complete the Entry Level Certification Examination administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care to obtain Certification as a Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT).

 

For more information on the Respiratory Care program at SWGTC, please contact Tammy Miller at (229) 225-5094 or tmiller@southwestgatech.edu.

Summer Semester 2015 begins May 18th. Don’t wait, enroll today!

Southwest Georgia Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.

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SWGTC Health Science Programs Benefit From Extensive Building Renovation

College administrators are constantly searching for new and improved ways to provide the preeminent learning experience for their students. Never has that sentiment been truer than in today’s technologically driven environment. To see just how much technology has revolutionized education, namely technical and career education, look no further than the Elsie P. Hand Building at Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC).

 “It is of paramount importance for our college to continually strive to improve and/or expand the facilities for our students. The renovated and expanded classrooms and labs will provide a better opportunityfor our students to be educated and trained in the respective allied health programs in which they are enrolled.  These improvements in teaching and learning facilities will assist students in having positive outcomes which will subsequently lead to successful employment and/or career advancement," commented Dr. Craig Wentworth, President of SWGTC.

 The Medical Assisting laboratory was expanded, creating a more realistic workplace simulation for students. The new lab includes a clinical reception area, two examination rooms, and an open lab for performance procedures, such as drawing blood, performing basic lab tests on blood and urine, and using microscopes to visualize cells and tissues.

 The Radiologic Technology classroom and lab space was also expanded, with new, updated equipment expected to arrive later this year.

 The renovation of the Clinical Laboratory space enabled the expansion of the student work area and lab stations. It provided separation of the space used for the collection of patient specimens and performance of tests in such areas as blood banking, clinical chemistry, hematology, microbiology, serology, and urinalysis. A new steam-scrubber glassware washer was also added for cleaning the laboratory equipment students’ use while training.

 Prior to the overhaul, the Respiratory Care Technology and Paramedicine were required to share lab space, but now have their own areas arranged specifically for their training needs. The updated Paramedicine laboratory features a life-size ambulance simulator that includes all the typical features found inside a real ambulance. The simulator is a superior educational tool that provides a realistic environment for training our emergency healthcare professionals. The simulator provides the perfect environment for observation and assessment by instructors while students are on campus before participating in clinical rides on real ambulances.

 The most radical renovations, however, occurred in the Surgical Technology laboratory space. The lab, previously outfitted with sufficient, but increasingly antiquated equipment, received a top-to-bottom retrofit with state-of-the-art Stryker equipment. Students will now have access to 2 endoscopy rooms, also called Stryker Laparoscopic Rooms, and a new classroom with 25 WIFI enabled computers. There are two additional simulated operating rooms designed similarly to those currently used at Archbold Medical Center.

 The list of new equipment is extensive and impressive. Included in the remodel are new motion-activated hands-free stainless steel sinks. Additionally, new surgical booms designed have been designed to maximize space in the OR while holding Co2 machines, cameras, and surgical lights. The installation of the new high resolution cameras allows students to view operating rooms and interactive mannequins undergoing simulated procedures without having to physically be in the room, which in turn provides an entire class the opportunity to see a single procedure with a completely unobstructed view. This also allows the instructor to provide direction and lecture during a procedure without distraction.

 SWGTC is in the process of planning a community-wide open house where the general public will have an opportunity to view the building for themselves. Please plan to attend and view the progress being made on our Thomasville Campus.

 SWGTC offers more than 80 certificate, diploma, and degree programs. Many of these programs provide training for some of the nation’s fastest-growing career fields including Nursing, Veterinary Technology, Clinical Laboratory Technology, and Respiratory Care. More information may be obtained by calling 229-225-4096 or by logging onto www.southwestgatech.edu.

Summer Semester 2015 begins May 18th. Don’t wait, enroll today!

Southwest Georgia Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.

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SWGTC Students Successful at PBL Southern District Conference

THOMASVILLE - The Georgia Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) South District Conference was recently held at Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC). Students from colleges from across South Georgia competed, including the following SWGTC PBL members:  Allison Barfield, Jennifer Bryant, Harrison Butler, Teresa Crumbly, Bridgette Erskine, Ana Fulghum, Sheena Gordon, Ashley Jordan, Shanovia Lamons, Tyron Lockhart, and Elexica Nixon.  Seven competitors from SWGTC finished in the top two of their respective events and will represent SWGTC at the PBL State Competition to be held in Atlanta, GA in April.

Below is a comprehensive list of participants from SWGTC PBL and their corresponding placement in each event:

  • Ana Fulghum                     1st – Business Presentation; 2nd – Public Speaking
  • Harrison Butler                  1st – Business Presentation
  • Ashley Jordan                    1st – Business Presentation
  • Jennifer Bryant                  Contestant – Human Resource Management; 1st – Retail Management
  • Tyron Lockhart                   2nd – Business Law; 3rd – Retail Management
  • Bridgett Erskine                 1st – Project Management
  • Shanovia Lamons               5th – Help Desk
  • Elexica Nixon                      4th – Hospitality Management; 4th – Accounting Principles
  • Sheena Gordon                   2nd – Help Desk; 4th – Client Service
  • Teresa Crumby                   4th – Job Interview; 4th – Macroeconomics
  • Alison Barfield                    3rd – Hospitality Management

 

“It was an honor to host this year’s PBL South District competition.  We are extremely proud of everyone who competed and wish those competing at State the best of luck. Hosting this event was a true team effort and I am grateful to everyone who made this possible,” said SWGTC PBL Faculty Advisor Neil Clements.

“An event of this magnitude brings a tremendous amount of exposure to our campus and highlights the strengths of our faculty, staff, and facilities. Many attendees complimented our event and said it was one of the best they have participated in,” added Clements.

The FBLA concept was developed in 1937 by Dr. Hamden L. Forkner of Columbia University. The first high school chapter was chartered in Johnson City, Tennessee on February 3, 1942. In 1958, the first PBL collegiate chapter was chartered in Iowa. The Professional Division, originally the Alumni Division, began in 1979. Joining FBLA-PBL in 1994 was the FBLA-Middle Level for students in grades 5-9. Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association with a quarter million students preparing for careers in business and business-related fields. 

SWGTC offers more than 80 certificate, diploma, and degree programs. Many of these programs provide training for some of the nation’s fastest-growing career fields including Nursing, Veterinary Technology, Clinical Laboratory Technology, and Respiratory Care. More information may be obtained by calling 229-225-4096 or by logging onto www.southwestgatech.edu.

Summer Semester 2015 begins May 18th. Don’t wait, enroll today!

Southwest Georgia Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.

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More Opportunities for Medical Assistants as Baby Boomers Age

A routine visit to the doctor is anything but routine, and usually means a visit with an entire team including a growing number of medical assistants. Medical assistants are likely the first and last faces you’ll see during most medical appointments, either in your doctor’s office or at a larger medical organization. The job is a mix of traditional office work including: manning the front desk, answering phones and filing insurance forms. Also included are hands-on tasks such as drawing blood and preparing it for lab tests, administering injections, and making sure medical histories are accurately recorded.  As the role of medical assistants continues to evolve and develop, more opportunities to specialize are being presented. Those may include family medicine, geriatrics, internal medicine, OB/GYN, pediatrics, and oncology.

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It is anticipated that the aging baby boomer population will help drive demand for more medical assistants, who will be needed to support doctors and nurses as they diagnose and treat patients. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects an employment growth rate in the field of medical assisting of more than 30% by 2022, which is well above the national average for all occupations. The field is expected to gain 162,900 new jobs nationally during that period.

“The projected employment statistics for Medical Assistants fills me with excitement as I know many outstanding opportunities will be available for the graduates of this program. I am proud of all of my students and know they will properly represent themselves and SWGTC at the upcoming SkillsUSA Georgia Championships.  Their success in the classroom gives me the utmost confidence in their success at this competition. The economic forecast and competitions like SkillsUSA reaffirm the importance of technical education in our community and throughout our state,” commented Elizabeth Peace, SWGTC Program Director for Medical Assisting.

Six senior Medical Assisting students from Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) will be showcasing their knowledge and technical skills in Atlanta from March 26 -28th, while competing at the state-level Skills USA competition.  Christie Shiver of Camilla will be competing in venipuncture, Trina Henson of Cairo and Jerri Wisely of Pelham will be taking on the broad field of Medical Assisting while Megan Morrell of Cairo and Rebecca Contreras of Camilla will be competing in Medical Mathematics. Jordan Cromer of Thomasville is creating a Promotional Bulletin Board representing the 50 year history of Skills USA. Shortly thereafter, in April, these six students will sit for their certification as they complete their final course requirements. 

SWGTC offers a six semester Medical Assisting degree program and a five semester diploma program that trains the student for administrative and clinical duties, primarily in physicians’ offices or clinics. Clinical skills include taking vital signs, obtaining medical histories, performing basic lab tests, sterilizing instruments, administering medications, and assisting the physician. Administrative skills include answering phones, scheduling appointments, transcription, filing medical and insurance reports, and arranging for hospital admissions and laboratory services.

For more information on the Medical Assisting program at SWGTC, please contact Elizabeth Peace at (229) 225-5081 or epeace@southwestgatech.edu.

Summer Semester 2015 begins May 18th! Don’t wait, enroll today!

Southwest Georgia Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.

 

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SWGTC CIS Students Benefit from Guest Lecturer

Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) Computer Information Systems (CIS) students recently entertained a very special classroom visitor. Chris Maroney, Systems Engineer at Flower Foods, spoke to the Hardware Installation and Maintenance class on power components and electricity.

Chris Maroney, Systems Engineer at Flower FoodsThe CIS 1122 course serves to provide students with the knowledge of the fundamentals of computer technology, networking, and security along with the skills required to identify hardware, peripheral, networking, and security components with an introduction to the fundamentals of installing and maintaining computers. Students will develop the skills to identify the basic functionality of the operating system, perform basic troubleshooting techniques, utilize proper safety procedures, and effectively interact with customers and peers.

“Students truly benefit from having industry professionals guest lecture in our classes.  Having guest lecturers gives students a “real-world” perspective of what really happens in the working world for an IT technician and shows the range of knowledge that must be known to be successful in the constantly evolving IT field. It allows the students to ask questions of someone who is working in-field and not just receive “textbook” answers and give them the opportunity to hear opinions from someone other than the teacher of the course. A big thank you to Chris for taking the time out of his busy schedule to speak to my class,” commented Chris Parrish, CIS Instructor.

Topics covered in Maroney’s lecture:

  • the two types of electricity (AC and DC) and how they relate to the computer’s internal components
  • the four components of electricity: voltage, current, resistance, power (this was explained in a way that was easy for students to understand and incorporated ‘real world’ examples to clarify)
  • what makes electricity and its importance to a computer technician
  • the computer number line (peta, terra, giga, mega, kilo, mili, micro, nano, pico) and its importance/significance
  • clock speed in a computer and frequency and why the European frequency is different from the American frequency
  • helpful hints/tips for troubleshooting printers and computer connectors
  • why fiber optics revolutionized communication and how it differs from normal cabling

 

As was aforementioned, the benefits of having Mr. Maroney speak to the CIST 1122 class go well beyond the knowledge found in a normal classroom setting.  He gave troubleshooting tips that are not necessarily in textbooks while tying those to his past personal experiences. He was then able to walk the students through these scenarios and what he did to solve the problem first-hand.  He gave useful tips and suggestions of things he had done to work in different and sometimes difficult situations. For example, he once used a pencil eraser to clean the contact points on an adapter and it made the adapter work like new. Maroney also talked quite extensively about safety and how technicians need to make that a top priority.                

Maroney also serves as an active member of the CIS Program’s advisory committee. CIS, along with all other programs at SWGTC, must have a program advisory committee that meets at least twice per year. These committees promote interaction between the program and the businesses and industries served by the program. Committee members give faculty input about program curriculum and use their expertise to help guide the direction of the program.

For more information on SWGTC’ s Computer Information Systems Program, please contact Chris Parrish at (229)227-2581 or cparrish@southwestgatech.edu.

Summer Semester 2015 begins May 18th. Don’t wait, enroll today!

Southwest Georgia Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.

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National Technical Honor Society Inducts New Members

On March 31st the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) at Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) proudly inducted two new members into the organization. The 2015 NTHS inductees are Selena Dekle (Business Mangement) and April Hataway (Office Management).

From left: Maria Studebaker-Coppage, Selena Dekle, April Hattaway, and Dr. Jay Snodgrass

The local chapter of the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) was established in 1985. As a national organization, NTHS has as its purpose: to promote the ideals of honesty, service, leadership, career development, and skilled workmanship; to reward meritorious achievement in technical education; to encourage and assist technical students in their pursuit of educational and career goals; to develop a greater awareness within the American business, industry, and service communities about the talents and abilities of students engaged in technical education; and to provide technical students with a greater awareness of the world of work.

The qualifications for membership in NTHS are as follows: The student must have completed one full semester in attendance at SWGTC and must have satisfactorily completed a minimum of 6 credit hours of course work. Student must be enrolled in Spring and Fall semest

Benefits of membership in NTHS include a diploma or certificate seal indicating membership, three letters of recommendation sent upon request to any business, industry, or educational institution where member applies, and an excellent resume entry denoting leadership and participation in a student organization.ers with a minimum of 6 credit hours. The student must have a GPA of 3.75 for the semester in which he/she is nominated and a cumulative GPA of 3.30. All program requirements must also be met for the semester in which he/she is nominated. To maintain eligibility for membership, the student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30.

 

For more information about NTHS at SWGTC, contact Dr. Jay Snodgrass at 229-225-3993 or Maria Studebaker-Coppage at 229-225-5202.

SWGTC offers more than 80 certificate, diploma, and degree programs. Many of these programs provide training for some of the nation’s fastest-growing career fields including Nursing, Automotive Technology, Clinical Laboratory Technology, and Emergency Medical Technology. More information may be obtained by calling 229-225-4096 or by logging onto www.southwestgatech.edu.

Summer Semester 2015 begins May 18th. Don’t wait, enroll today!

Southwest Georgia Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.

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SWGTC Names Ashley Hiatt 2015 G.O.A.L. Winner

Thomasville – Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) honored a Lowndes County woman Friday as the College’s last winner of the Georgia Occupational Award for Leadership.

Ashley Hiatt, a student in the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing (ASN) program at SWGTC, has been named the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) Winner, or Student of the Year, for 2015. Hiatt was announced as the winner at the January 30th Thomasville Kiwanis Club Meeting.

GOAL, which was established in 1971 by the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), is an award that focuses on student excellence in technical education through academic excellence and personal achievement.  According to Ellen Terrell, SWGTC GOAL Coordinator, instructors select students based on their leadership skills, academic accomplishments, career goals, and personal goals.

Terry Harper, RN, MSN, SWGTC ASN faculty member and Hiatt’s nominating instructor commented, “Ashley has excellent nursing skills and great bedside manner.  Her patients and their families rave about her loving care and compassion. Ashley is one of those students that you wish you could duplicate!”

Hiatt, a native of Adel, Georgia and graduate of Cook High School, now resides in Hahira, Georgia with her husband, Kevin Hiatt, and step-daughter, Emily. Ashley is set to complete her Associate of Science Degree in Nursing in May 2015.

Upon being named SWGTC’s GOAL Winner, Hiatt said, “I am thrilled to be selected as the 2015 GOAL winner for Southwest Georgia Technical College.  This is such an invigorating experience, and I am privileged to represent this exceptional school as the ambassador for technical education.  I would like to thank my instructor Mrs. Terry Harper for nominating me for such a prestigious award, and for believing in me and the skills that technical education has given me.”

Ashley has been a very successful student while enrolled at SWGTC. She has maintained an A/B average throughout her time at the College, even while balancing her schoolwork while working at South Georgia Medical Center full-time.

After graduation, Ashley plans on continuing her career with her current employer, South Georgia Medical Center (SGMC) in Valdosta. She has worked as a representative in the Pre-Service department for the past three years, and was encouraged to go back to school and follow her dreams of becoming a nurse.

The GOAL competition is held at three levels: local (each college selects a winner), regional, and state. On the local level, each college in the TCSG selects one student to be their college’s GOAL winner.

In January, Ashley, along with the three other finalists, made presentations to a panel of judges known as the selection committee. This committee, which was comprised of local business and community leaders, was tasked with the tough job of selecting SWGTC’s best student. They evaluated each student on their leadership abilities, academic achievement, knowledge of technical education, and educational and career goals. After interviewing and evaluating all finalists, the selection committee chose Hiatt as the winner.

As SWGTC’s GOAL Winner, Hiatt will represent the College in the regional level of the GOAL competition. At regionals, GOAL winners from each of the 23 technical colleges throughout Georgia vie for one of only nine spots as a finalist. These nine regional finalists will compete for the state GOAL title in Atlanta April 20-23. The state-level winner will be designated as TCSG’s State GOAL Winner and will serve as a state-wide representative and ambassador of technical education in Georgia for 2015. A new car will also be awarded to the State GOAL winner, who will make appearances throughout the year promoting technical education.

The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) sponsors the state-wide GOAL competition, and the Thomasville Kiwanis Club and the SWGTC Student Council are local sponsors.

Southwest Georgia Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.

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SWGTC Welcomes Tony Jones as Full-Time Paralegal Instructor

Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) recently named Tony Jones, Esquire, as a full-time instructor in the Paralegal Studies program.

TJ“I am excited to have a full time instructor for our Paralegal Studies program. As a lawyer and former instructor Mr. Jones has considerable knowledge in the paralegal field.  He will continue to grow the program while preparing to obtain the American Bar Association accreditation,” commented Abigail Carter, Dean for the Schools of Business, Professional Services, and Industrial Technology.    

In his new role, Jones is responsible for designing curriculum and coursework, serving as the advisor to students in the program, instructing courses, and recruiting new students.

"Having taught on the collegiate level for over twenty three years, my passion and knowledge of the subject area transcends the classroom and engages the student to the point where learning occurs.  In the Paralegal Studies program, students will be exposed to theories, concepts, statutes and case law in a manner that marries reality with theory. Having practiced law for more than thirty years, and having been a police officer, prosecutor, and public defender, I weave real life experiences into the fabric of textbook information in such a way that the lesson(s) are real to the students and they are able to draw a contrast between theory and reality. As the paralegal studies instructor, I am here to be learned from, and, in many instances, to learn. My job is not to know it all, but to find the answer, if possible, when asked," commented Jones.

Jones received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Georgia Law School and his Bachelor of Criminal Justice from Fort Valley State College. He has served in a variety of roles throughout his law career, including Public Defender for the City of Albany, GA, Solicitor for the City of Albany, GA, and practiced private law in his own firm from 1985 to 2011. Jones also lent his teaching skills to Albany State University as Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and to South Georgia Technical College in a similar role. He is a member of the National Bar Association, the Georgia Bar Association, the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Jones also serves on the Executive Board for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Albany, the board for the Southwest Georgia Community Action Council, and is a deacon at Mount Zion Baptist Church.

The Paralegal Studies associate degree program is a sequence of courses that prepares students for a wide variety of professional positions in the legal field. Additionally, this program provides a practical course of undergraduate legal study for students interested in becoming an attorney. The program of study emphasizes opportunities that provide students with specialized legal knowledge and skills possessed by Legal Assistants in the delivery of legal services. Program graduates receive a Paralegal Studies Associate of Applied Science degree and are eligible to sit for the National Association of Legal Assistants’ Examination; graduates who pass the exam become Certified Legal Assistants and are awarded the credentials C.L.A. (Certified Legal Assistant). For more information on SWGTC’s Paralegal Studies Program, contact Tony Jones at (229) 227-2784 or at tjones@southwestgatech.edu.  

SWGTC offers more than 80 certificate, diploma, and degree programs. Many of these programs provide training for some of the nation’s fastest-growing career fields including Nursing, Automotive Technology, Clinical Laboratory Technology, and Emergency Medical Technology. More information may be obtained by calling 229-225-4096 or by logging onto www.southwestgatech.edu.

Summer Semester 2015 begins May 18th. Don’t wait, enroll today!

Southwest Georgia Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.

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SWGTC and MTC Increase Enrollment for Spring 2015

According to official data released on January 26, 2015 from the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) data center, Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) and Moultrie Technical College (MTC) were two of only six colleges in the 23 college system to increase their total enrollment in Spring 2015 compared Spring 2014.

SWGTC saw their total enrollment rise to 1,534 students overall, a gross increase of 1.5%, with 397 of those students being dually enrolled. The Dual Enrollment Program allows public school students to receive Carnegie unit credit from a public high school and postsecondary credit hours from the College for the same course. Any student enrolled in a Georgia public high school who is classified as a junior or senior and meets the dual enrollment and admission requirements of the College is eligible to participate in the Dual Enrollment Program.

“Our faculty and staff are equally committed to helping each student achieve success, stay in school, and graduate on time.  For new students enrolling at our college, they are seeing us as a first choice.  Small classes supported by face-to-face and online tutoring, affordable tuition, financial aid, job placement, and excellent customer service are paramount in helping new students make their decisions,” commented Joyce Halstead, SWGTC Vice President for Student Affairs.

SWGTC’s dual enrollment program continues to grow as they expand opportunities for high school students to earn college credit. “We value our partnerships with our area high schools and are committed to working with all stakeholders to strengthen those unions for future students,” commented Halstead.

MTC also realized a significant percentage growth in their overall enrollment as compared to Spring 2014. With an increase of just over 3% MTC’s total enrollment stands at 1,884 students with 626 of those being dually enrolled. These numbers are noteworthy for both colleges since they will merge on July 1, 2015. When combined, the new colleges’ total high school enrollment will be one of the largest in the entire system.

”For a college, increasing enrollment by any amount is no small feat.  I want to thank our faculty, admissions, and financial aid personnel who work tirelessly to help admit and enroll students.  The enrollment increases are good news for our colleges as we head towards being a larger and stronger institution,” commented SWGTC President Dr. Craig Wentworth.

SWGTC offers more than 80 certificate, diploma, and degree programs. Many of these programs provide training for some of the nation’s fastest-growing career fields including Nursing, Automotive Technology, Clinical Laboratory Technology, and Emergency Medical Technology. More information may be obtained by calling 229-225-4096 or by logging onto www.southwestgatech.edu.

Summer Semester 2015 begins May 18th! Don’t wait, enroll today!

Southwest Georgia Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.

 

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SWGTC Identified by ACT as Possible Exemplar in Georgia

American College Testing (ACT) has recognized Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) as one of five potential exemplars in Georgia as part of their College and Career Readiness Campaign. ACT has long defined college and career readiness as the knowledge and skills a student needs to enroll and succeed in credit-bearing first-year courses at a postsecondary institution such as a 2- or 4-year college, trade school, or technical school, without the need for remediation. The College and Career Readiness Campaign is an annual campaign in which ACT works with top state officials and ACT State Councils to celebrate achievement and create awareness around the goal of college and career readiness for all.

The Campaign seeks to recognize exemplary college and career readiness efforts by an employer, a community college, a high school, and a high school student in each participating state. Their focus is on those who have gone above and beyond expectations: A student who has overcome adversity and excelled beyond what his or her previous test scores would have predicted; a high school that sends more disadvantaged students on to postsecondary education than its peers; a community college with higher retention and graduation rates than the statistics of its student body would indicate; or an employer which seeks to hire traditionally overlooked workers and offers the training and support necessary for these workers to succeed in their careers.

“We are absolutely honored to be identified by ACT as a possible exemplar. This nomination is particularly important to our College because this award recognizes high achievement in the area of student outcomes and success, which I consider our top priority. The College works diligently from both an administrative and instructional perspective to do what is best for our students and what will ensure their success,” commented Dr. Craig Wentworth, SWGTC President.

In early April, an ACT selection committee will review all state nominations and choose the national semifinalists. The semifinalists will be presented to a National Selection Committee, which will select the most exemplary employer, community college, high school, and high school student from among the semifinalists. SWGTC will be evaluated for the community College Career Preparedness Award and reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • Accessibility of career readiness assessments and career preparation programs
  • Strength of relationships with local employers
  • Student success indicators including retention, graduation, and four-year college transfer rates, including for students of underrepresented racial/ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds
  • Demonstrated dedication to career planning and to providing a support structure for students
  • Demonstrated commitment to providing leadership opportunities for students outside the classroom

The National Selection Committee is composed of national education and workforce development thought leaders who are committed to the goal of preparing all individuals for college and career success. In 2014, the committee was chaired by Ginny Edwards, Editor-in-Chief of Education Week, and included representatives from the National Association of State Boards of Education, Business-Higher Education Forum, Association for Career and Technical Education, National Association of Manufacturers, Council of Chief State School Officers, and National Council for Community and Education Partnerships.

National award recipients will be announced and celebrated at ACT’s National Gala on College and Career Readiness in Washington, DC.  National award recipients will be presented with crystal awards and all recognized students—one from each participating state—will receive scholarships to the postsecondary institution of their choice

SWGTC offers more than 80 certificate, diploma, and degree programs. Many of these programs provide training for some of the nation’s fastest-growing career fields including Nursing, Automotive Technology, Clinical Laboratory Technology, and Emergency Medical Technology. More information may be obtained by calling 229-225-4096 or by logging onto www.southwestgatech.edu.

Summer Semester 2015 begins May 18th! Don’t wait, enroll today!

Southwest Georgia Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.

 

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