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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:

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 16, 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. 

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

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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.

 

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 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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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.

GED® and the GED Testing Service® are registered trademarks of the American Council on Education (ACE) and may not be used or reproduced without written permission. The GED® and GED Testing Service® brands are administered by GED Testing Service LLC under license from ACE.

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

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