Dr. Irving Victor Scholarship to benefit EMS students

SAVANNAH, Ga. – A new scholarship for EMS and Paramedicine students has been established in Dr. Irving Victor’s memory at Savannah Technical College. Upon the passing of Dr. Victor in 2020, his longtime colleague and founder of the College’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) program, Dock Donaldson, set out to establish a scholarship to honor his legacy.

“I’ve been working in this field for more than 40 years, and it wasn’t uncommon for Dr. Victor to personally attend to accident victims early on. He understood that a quick response often meant life or death for patients,” said Donaldson, Central Training Center Coordinator for American Heart Association. “Dr. Victor was instrumental in establishing one of the nation’s first EMS systems in the country, right here in Chatham County.”

Eligible STC students must be enrolled in the EMS or Paramedicine programs with a 2.7 GPA. Students must have an intent to pursue emergency medicine as a career. Two awards ($750 each) will be awarded in fall semester 2021. Students must also have demonstrated financial need and have a balance due at the time the scholarship is awarded.

Savannah Tech offers programs for Emergency Medical Services and Paramedicine Technology through its Health Sciences division. Offered at the Savannah campus and on post at the Fort Stewart Army Education Center, the EMS faculty members are practitioners as well as teachers. To learn more about EMS/Paramedicine training at Savannah Technical College, visit www.savannahtech.edu/EmergencyMedicalServices.

Gifts may be made to the Irving Victor Scholarship via www.savannahtech.edu/about-stc/foundation/irving-victor-scholarship/ More information about applying for scholarships at Savannah Technical College may be found at www.savannahtech.edu/Scholarships. STC scholarship funds are managed by the Savannah Technical College Foundation, a 501 (c)3 organization whose sole purpose is to raise private funds to support the mission of Savannah Technical College. Gifts are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

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Savannah Technical College serves Coastal Georgia with quality, market-driven technical education with campus locations in Chatham, Effingham and Liberty Counties. Serving more than 10,000 credit and non-credit students annually, Savannah Tech offers nearly 150 different instructional programs in Aviation Technology, Business and Professional Services, Industrial Technology, and Health Sciences in addition to Adult Education classes, industry-specific training and continuing education. The College serves as an economic and community development partner for the region, offering corporate and customized training and assessment programs for business and industry.

Savannah Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees, diplomas and technical certificates of credit. Questions about the accreditation of Savannah Technical College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).

Jones selected as Vice President for Student Affairs

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Savannah Technical College recently selected Karen Jones as its Vice President for Student Affairs. She is responsible for providing and administering a comprehensive system of student support services at the college, including counseling, admission, orientation, testing, financial aid, job placement, special populations assistance, military outreach, graduation events and student activities.

“Karen’s diverse experience in Student Affairs, commitment to students, and progressive leadership experience make her uniquely prepared to lead the division as vice president,” said STC President Dr. Kathy S. Love.

Jones has more than 25 years of experience in student affairs roles. For the past 14 years, she has served in numerous roles including, associate vice president of enrollment management, director of financial aid, and director of admissions. Most recently, she was the associate vice president for student affairs at East Georgia State College. She has supervised undergraduate admissions, financial aid, records, testing, recruiting, military outreach, customer service, student life, counseling and disability service, and the African American Male Initiative.

She has a Master of Arts in Organizational Management from Ashford University. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Troy University, and Associate of Arts from East Georgia College in Psychology and Computer Information System. She began her post-secondary education and work experience at Swainsboro (now Southeastern) Technical College.

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#2203 | July 14, 2021
Media Contact: Amy Shaffer, APR
912.443.5512 or ashaffer@savannahtech.edu

Savannah Technical College serves Coastal Georgia with quality, market-driven technical education with campus locations in Chatham, Effingham and Liberty Counties. Serving more than 10,000 credit and non-credit students annually, Savannah Tech offers nearly 150 different instructional programs in Aviation Technology, Business and Professional Services, Industrial Technology, and Health Sciences in addition to Adult Education classes, industry-specific training and continuing education. The College serves as an economic and community development partner for the region, offering corporate and customized training and assessment programs for business and industry.

Savannah Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees, diplomas and technical certificates of credit. Questions about the accreditation of Savannah Technical College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).

Lewis selected as Practical Nursing Dept. Head

Nursing instructor with studentsSAVANNAH, Ga. – Savannah Technical College recently selected Rimina Lewis as its department head for Practical Nursing. As department head, she teaches and coordinates academic programs, advises students, supervises faculty and performs various departmental and college-wide assignments. She will manage the Practical Nursing program at the College’s Savannah and Liberty campuses.

She has been a nursing instructor for the College since 2008. She has a nearly two decades of experience in nursing. She has a master’s degree in nursing/nursing education and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Phoenix. She also completed nursing training at Horry-Georgetown Technical College.

Licensed practical nurses (LPNs), under the direction of physicians and registered nurses, care for people who are sick, injured, convalescent, or disabled. Program graduates receive a practical nursing diploma and have the qualifications of an entry-level practical nurse. Employment of LPNs is projected to grow much faster than average. Overall job prospects are expected to be very good, but job outlook varies by industry. The best job opportunities will occur in nursing care facilities and home healthcare services. Savannah Technical College offers the competitive-admission LPN program at the Savannah and Liberty campuses. For more information about Practical Nursing, contact STC Health Sciences Advisor Cindy Cole at 912.443.5721 or ccole@savannahtech.edu.

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#2202 | July 9, 2021
Media Contact: Amy Shaffer, APR
912.443.5512 or ashaffer@savannahtech.edu

Savannah Technical College serves Coastal Georgia with quality, market-driven technical education with campus locations in Chatham, Effingham and Liberty Counties. Serving more than 10,000 credit and non-credit students annually, Savannah Tech offers nearly 150 different instructional programs in Aviation Technology, Business and Professional Services, Industrial Technology, and Health Sciences in addition to Adult Education classes, industry-specific training and continuing education. The College serves as an economic and community development partner for the region, offering corporate and customized training and assessment programs for business and industry.

Savannah Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees, diplomas and technical certificates of credit. Questions about the accreditation of Savannah Technical College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).

Sumpter selected as Military Outreach Coordinator

Toni Sumpter HeadshotSAVANNAH, Ga. – Savannah Technical College has selected Toniette (Toni) Sumpter as its military outreach coordinator. She will coordinate a variety of initiatives enabling current and former military personnel, as well as their family members, to enroll in the college, graduate, and engage in careers with local industries and businesses.

Sumpter has extensive military experience an instructor with the U.S. Marine Corps, along with Motor Transportation Operations Chief, team leader and senior enlisted advisor. She also has higher education experience as an adjunct faculty member for Davis Defense Group and managing daily operations at Savannah State University. She has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration from Park University.

The College has the highest military-affiliated enrollment in the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG). One in four STC students is a veteran, active duty service member or a military dependent/spouse. This year the College was ranked #1 in the 2021-22 Military Friendly® Schools evaluation. For the past four years, the College has been ranked as one of the top Best for Vets public technical and career college in the U.S. by Military Times.

The College waives all general mandatory fees for active duty service members using military tuition assistance. Other services Savannah Tech offers for veterans include workshops and grants. The College has multiple scholarships for military-affiliated students. This includes scholarships that provide gap funding for military with U.S. Coast Guard members, a Freedom Fund to provide needs-based scholarship assistance for soldiers, veteran and spouses and a scholarship that supports Savannah Tech’s military spouses is funded by The Landings Military Family Relief Fund.

For more information about military services or enrollment, visit www.savannahtech.edu/military.

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# 2201 | July 8, 2021

Media Contact: Amy Shaffer, APR
912.443.5512 or ashaffer@savannahtech.edu

 

Savannah Technical College serves Coastal Georgia with quality, market-driven technical education with campus locations in Chatham, Effingham and Liberty Counties. Serving more than 10,000 credit and non-credit students annually, Savannah Tech offers nearly 150 different instructional programs in Aviation Technology, Business and Professional Services, Industrial Technology, and Health Sciences in addition to Adult Education classes, industry-specific training and continuing education. The College serves as an economic and community development partner for the region, offering corporate and customized training and assessment programs for business and industry.

Savannah Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees, diplomas and technical certificates of credit. Questions about the accreditation of Savannah Technical College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).

Explore a Career as a Clinical Medical Assistant

Learn about the role of a clinical medical assistant in the healthcare industry 

Demand for medical assistants will grow 23 percent through 2024, so there’s never been a better time to explore a career in healthcare!

How Can This Course Help You Determine if a career as a Clinical Medical Assistant is Right For You?

This online course will give you an overview of the job duties and scope of practice of clinical medical assistants. You will learn about the different types of medical records and how to enhance the overall patient experience. You will also get an introduction to charting patient complaints, creating progress notes, and collecting medical history.

Below we’ll explore some of the topics covered in the course. 

Foundational Topics Covered in the Course

Becoming a Clinical Medical Assistant 

In this lesson, you’ll discover the attributes, qualities, and job description of a medical assistant such as effective communication, knowledge, skill, good health and hygiene, empathy, integrity, a positive attitude, and ethical behavior. You’ll explore a medical assistant’s employment opportunities, which include a variety of healthcare facilities such as urgent care, outpatient clinics, laboratories, nursing facilities, and more. The lesson will also discuss a medical assistant’s expected ethical behavior, scope of practice, and compliance with healthcare laws, including HIPAA (privacy and security laws)

Medical Documents, Reports, and the Medical Record
This lesson is a crash course in medical basics. It will discuss some common medical acronyms and how to decode intimidating medical terminology. It will also talk about the different types of doctors, equipment, and tests that nurses encounter and then finish up with an introduction to medical math. These topics may sound scary, but this lesson will serve as a foundation to understanding the ones that follow. The information presented here can be helpful whether you plan to work in the medical field someday or just want to know a little bit more about what’s really happening when you go to the doctor. 

Telecommunications, Enhancing the Patient Experience, and Professionalism Attributes

In this lesson, you will learn about the various types of communications in the medical office and how to deal with difficult patients. The lesson will discuss how the patient experience can influence the patient’s perception of the medical assistant, the office, and the care received. You’ll examine professional attributes such as being responsible, ethical, team-oriented, and to possess strong communication, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills. Today more than ever, employers are looking for employees with problem-solving skills and critical thinking capabilities.

Computers, Insurance, and Medical Billing and Coding

In this lesson, you’ll learn the definitions of EMR (electronic medical record) and EHR (electronic health record) and find out why the terms aren’t synonymous. You’ll also learn more about the financial features of practice management software.

Get started on determining if a career as a clinical medical assistant is right for you today

We’ve outlined a few of the basics that the course will cover, but there is so much more for you to discover. Learn more about our Explore a Career as a Clinical Medical Assistant by visiting the course page.

About Savannah Technical College Continuing Education

STC’s Professional Continuing Education Department provides short-term classes in both traditional and online classroom settings. Courses cover a variety of skills and workforce development options that match both personal and professional development needs. For more details about other classes visit: http://www.savannahtech.edu/learn-now

Savannah Technical College serves Coastal Georgia with quality, market-driven technical education with campus locations in Chatham, Effingham and Liberty Counties. Serving more than 10,000 credit and non-credit students annually, Savannah Tech offers nearly 150 different instructional programs in Aviation Technology, Business and Professional Services, Industrial Technology, and Health Sciences in addition to Adult Education classes, industry-specific training and continuing education. The College serves as an economic and community development partner for the region, offering corporate and customized training and assessment programs for business and industry.

Savannah Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees, diplomas and technical certificates of credit. Questions about the accreditation of Savannah Technical College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).

Explore a Career in Nursing

Learn about the role of a nurse in the healthcare industry 

No segment of the economy is growing faster than the healthcare industry, and nurses have more options than ever before. If you’ve ever wondered about this career field, asked yourself “How do I become a nurse?” or been hesitant to commit to a full training program, our Explore a Career in Nursing online course is just for you.  

How Can This Course Help You Determine if Nursing Is Right For You?

This course will help you discover what it takes to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Registered Nurse (RN) and all the exciting and rewarding opportunities that await you in the different fields of nursing. You’ll also learn about the different types of nursing and specialties –from traditional bedside work to critical care areas, like the OR and ICU, to lesser known branches of the field, like nursing informatics. You’ll also gain information about what you can do with a graduate degree in nursing, and take a quick peek at some of the other medical positions you might be interested in, like radiology technician or physical therapist. If you’ve ever thought about nursing, now is the time to find out more!  

Below we’ll explore the topics covered in the course. 

Foundational Topics Covered in the Course

So You Want to be a Nurse 

In this first lesson, you’ll discover some of the many benefits of becoming a nurse. The lesson will discuss the different pathways to getting a nursing diploma or degree, and then you’ll look at the pros and cons of each. It will also talk about some things to think about before you seriously consider nursing school, like prerequisite classes and some of the skills that can help set you up for success. Got math? Are you a good multitasker? Do you like talking to other people? Great! If not, it’s never too early to start practicing! 

Medical Basics 
This lesson is a crash course in medical basics. It will discuss some common medical acronyms and how to decode intimidating medical terminology. It will also talk about the different types of doctors, equipment, and tests that nurses encounter and then finish up with an introduction to medical math. These topics may sound scary, but this lesson will serve as a foundation to understanding the ones that follow. The information presented here can be helpful whether you plan to work in the medical field someday or just want to know a little bit more about what’s really happening when you go to the doctor. 

What is nursing school like? 

This lesson is all about nurse training. First, you’ll take a look at exactly what happens in nursing school—from the coursework to the clinical rotations to the exams. But school is just the beginning! After graduation, there’s the NCLEX licensing exam, where you’ll demonstrate that you’ve learned enough to be a safe and competent nurse. Then, it’ll be time for your first nursing position, where you might enroll in a nurse internship or residency, or you might receive additional training in your department. By the end of this lesson, you’ll have a good idea of the different types of training you might go through on your path to becoming a nurse. 

The Frontlines of Nursing 

In this lesson, you’ll look at the three most common job settings for new nurses—hospital acute care, outpatient clinics, and long-term care facilities. You’ll learn about the different specialties you can pursue in each area, the colleagues you might work with, and what working as a nurse in these three areas is really like. 

Nursing Career Fields Covered During the Course

What kind of career fields are available to nurses? We’re glad you asked. Basically, there’s a nursing specialty for everyone, whether your dream is an adrenaline-fueled job in a fast-paced emergency department or a desk job working for the government.  We’ll dive into a few of the lessons we cover in our course areas below: 

Nursing for Adrenaline Lovers 

Many people consider emergency room (ER), operating room(OR), and Intensive Care Unit (ICU) nursing the most exciting fields of nursing! This lesson will discuss what it’s really like to work in these settings—and how this compares to what you see on TV. You’ll learn how ERs triage patients, what it means to scrub or circulate in the OR, the different types of ICUs, and a whole lot more. 

Nursing for Therapeutic Communicators 

All fields of nursing require care and compassion. There are certain fields in nursing that require even more. This lesson will discuss psychiatric nursing, hospice nursing, case management, and health coaching. These positions are less likely to be adrenaline-fueled, but they’re rewarding in their own ways. These are careers that focus on the counseling and patient advocacy roles of nursing. The lesson will discuss psychiatric hospitals and substance abuse centers and the people you’ll work with there, as well as some of the most common tasks in working with patients who are dying and those who are looking to maintain good health and healthy practices. 

Nursing for Number Crunchers and Nine-To-Fivers 

This lesson is about careers that focus on the research, education, management, and change agent roles of nursing. You’ll look at research nursing, informatics nursing, and legal nurse consulting. Although most nurses working in these fields have at least a year of clinical nursing experience, none of these positions require additional certification or degrees. 

Nursing for Those Who Want to Better Their Communities 

What have you heard about community health nursing? This is a specialty that encompasses a variety of positions, from school nurses to prison nurses to Red Cross disaster relief nurses. Community health nurses engage in all six of the nursing roles, with heavy focus on education, patient advocacy, and being a change agent. You’ll explore what it really means to be a community health nurse by learning where you’ll work and what you might be doing. 

Nursing for Those Who Want to See the World 

This lesson is for wanderers! You’ll explore everything from working as a travel nurse in a neighboring town to taking to the high seas as a member of the Navy Nurse Corps. You’ll also look at medical mission work like Doctors Without Borders and Mercy Ships. If you want to use your nursing skills while seeing the world, get ready to love this lesson. 

Pediatric and Obstetric Nursing and More! 

No nursing survey course would be complete without touching on pediatric and obstetric nursing. You’ll take a look at these specialties and then check out a few other nursing positions that involve working on a team instead of in a department. Finally, you’ll take a quick peek at what it means to be a charge nurse or nurse manager. 

Nursing and Beyond: What’s Next After Becoming a Nurse?

Advanced Practice Nursing: Beyond the Bachelor’s Degree 

This lesson is for overachievers and forward thinkers. Maybe you want to be a nurse, but you know that you’ll want to do more than basic clinical nursing. You might be thinking about teaching or hospital administration. Or perhaps you want to become a nurse practitioner or nurse anesthetist. You’ll look at all of those options in this lesson! 

Still unsure if you want a career in nursing?

What if you’ve gone through this course so far and learned about nursing school and licensing exams and the different fields of nursing, but you still don’t know if nursing is right for you? That’s okay! This final lesson will recap the highs and lows of nursing and give you some ideas about alternatives to becoming a nurse. You’ll also look at some strategies for getting more information so you can be armed with the knowledge you need to make a decision. 

Get started on determining if a career in nursing is right for you today

 We’ve reviewed the basics that the course will cover, the career fields that you can enter as a nurse, and the opportunities available to you for more advanced training. Learn more about our Explore a Career in Nursing Course by visiting the course page.

About Savannah Technical College Continuing Education

STC’s Professional Continuing Education Department provides short-term classes in both traditional and online classroom settings. Courses cover a variety of skills and workforce development options that match both personal and professional development needs. For more details about other classes visit: http://www.savannahtech.edu/learn-now

Savannah Technical College serves Coastal Georgia with quality, market-driven technical education with campus locations in Chatham, Effingham and Liberty Counties. Serving more than 10,000 credit and non-credit students annually, Savannah Tech offers nearly 150 different instructional programs in Aviation Technology, Business and Professional Services, Industrial Technology, and Health Sciences in addition to Adult Education classes, industry-specific training and continuing education. The College serves as an economic and community development partner for the region, offering corporate and customized training and assessment programs for business and industry.

Savannah Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees, diplomas and technical certificates of credit. Questions about the accreditation of Savannah Technical College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).