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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!

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!

A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.

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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. 

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

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

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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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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 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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