JCB North America welcomes apprentices for Fall 2022

JCB Apprentice group standingSAVANNAH, Ga., – JCB North America recently welcomed its newest group of apprentices. This year JCB adds eight Manufacturing Skills Apprentices and five Craft Skills Apprentices to an ever-expanding program, which began in 2011. There is a total of 31 apprentices working in the manufacturing business for JCB.

NOTE: JCB’s Manufacturing Skills Apprentices are full-time Industrial Maintenance Systems students at Savannah Technical College. Front row (L to R): Aiden Cimadevilla, Kien Nguyen, Yanella Biggins, Caitlyn Edwards, Korynth Ramsby. Back row (L to R): Steven Cowart, Jackson Cheeks, Kyreese Gordon, Janori Higgenbottom, Coen Ridgley, Scott Szurley

JCB North America currently manufactures skid steer loaders, compact track loaders, telescopic handlers and equipment for commercial and defense customers, and markets a range of more than 300 JCB machines via 120 dealers across the region. JCB’s Apprenticeship Program was introduced as the region’s first manufacturing apprenticeship program designed to increase the skilled labor workforce at the company’s headquarters in Pooler.

“When we began, we focused on the Manufacturing Skills Apprenticeship program, and the first class had five apprentices,” said Tonya Poole, vice president of Human Resources for JCB North America. “The success of the program has been greater than we could have imagined, which led us to look for more ways to incorporate Apprentices into the business. In 2019, we added the Craft Apprenticeship track offering an opportunity for graduating seniors to join JCB directly out of high school and explore different areas of the manufacturing process before deciding on a career. Both the Manufacturing Skills and Craft Skills programs have resulted in providing JCB with a highly qualified, internal pipeline of future employees and leaders, and we look forward to seeing what the new class of Apprentices add to the JCB business.”

JCB’s traditional Manufacturing Skills Apprentice Program is a five-year Apprenticeship Program that accepts graduating high school seniors, who are interested in obtaining a manufacturing related two-year Industrial Maintenance Systems associate degree at Savannah Technical College. The JCB curriculum includes business awareness training, manufacturing foundations and on-the-job training. Apprentices rotate through several areas of manufacturing operations including Fabrication, Purchasing, Product Control and Assembly. 

The Craft Skills Apprentice Program is a two-year program that allows high school seniors to rotate through departments on the manufacturing floor including Assembly, Fabrication, Paint and Materials.  Once the Craft Skills Apprentices complete their four-month rotations, they have the opportunity to join JCB’s manufacturing team in an open position or join the traditional Manufacturing Skills Apprenticeship Program and earn their associate degree at Savannah Tech.

All Apprentices are considered full-time JCB employees and receive compensation and benefits such as health, dental and eye insurance, retirement benefits and paid time off. Apprentices in the Manufacturing Skills Program also receive free tuition and all school tools and materials paid for by JCB.

The 2022 Apprenticeship Class participants are:

CRAFT APPRENTICES:

First Name

Last Name

High School Attended

YaNella

Biggins

Woodville Tompkins Technical and Career High School

Jackson

Cheeks

Islands High School

Aaron

Davis

Robert W Groves High School

Kyreese

Gordon

Alfred Ely Beach High School

Coen

Ridgley

Bryan County Middle High School

 

MANUFACTURING SKILLS APPRENTICES/SAVANNAH TECH STUDENTS:

First Name

Last Name

High School Attended

Aiden

Cimadevilla

South Effingham High School

Steven

Cowart

Islands High School

Caitlyn

Edwards

Woodville Tompkins Technical and Career High School

Aaron

Freeman

Alfred Ely Beach High School

Janori

Higgenbottom

Hershel V. Jenkins  High School

Kien

Nguyen

Hershel V. Jenkins  High School

Korynth

Ramsby

Islands High School

Scott

Szurley

May River High School

For more information on the JCB Apprenticeship Programs visit https://www.jcb.com/en-us/about/careers/students.

JCB is the world’s largest privately-owned manufacturer of construction and agricultural equipment. At 22 plants spanning four continents—and countries including the United States, the United Kingdom, China, India and Brazil—JCB manufactures a range of more than 300 products including Loadall telescopic handlers, backhoe loaders, excavators, wheel loaders, compact excavators, skid steer loaders, compact track loaders, Access aerial work platforms, rough terrain forklifts, and Fastrac tractors. For more information, visit www.jcb.com. 

JCB North America | August 19, 2022

Media contact: 
Pam Veiock – JCB North America pam.veiock@jcb.com

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).

Savannah Tech now offers light duty diesel engine training

Blue diesel truck with students workingSAVANNAH, Ga. – Savannah Technical College started offering light-duty diesel engine training in Fall 2022. This new technical certificate of credit (TCC) is available as short-term training in the Automotive Technology program, which is offered at the College’s Savannah and Hinesville campuses.

The College purchased a 2022 Ram 2500 Big Horn Crew Cab 4×4 with a 6.7 Liter Cummins Turbo Diesel Engine to support this new light-duty engine training.

Light-duty diesel engine technicians service and repair diesel engines and associated systems. The program will focus on electrical and electronic systems diagnosis, as well as engine performance and emissions systems.

While many diesel engine systems and principles are similar to gasoline vehicles, there are major differences in the fuel induction and emissions controls systems on these engines. Light-duty diesel trained technicians have specific service skills that are in high demand in dealerships and automotive repair shops.

Automotive Light Duty Diesel Engine Tech (ALD1) is a 28-credit hour, two-semester TCC that prepares students to service light-duty diesel vehicles. The five courses in this TCC include: Automotive Technology Introduction (2), Automotive Electrical Systems (7), Automotive Engine Repair (6), Automotive Engine Performance (7), and Automotive Light Duty Diesel Engines (6).

Automotive Technology graduates troubleshoot complete automotive systems for diagnosis, service, and repair. Graduates positions as service technicians, inspectors, and maintenance and repair mechanics. According to the 2020 U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, these positions earn an average pay of $44K annually, and upwards of $70K, depending on the position within the industry. Automotive Technology graduates had a 98.5% placement in field for AY20.

#2308 | August 24, 2022
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).

Chef Mashama Bailey to present keynote at Tribute to Community STARs 2022

Mashama BaileySAVANNAH, Ga. – Mashama Bailey, award-winning chef and co-founder of The Grey, will be the keynote speaker at the 16th annual Tribute to Community STARs hosted by the Savannah Technical College Foundation Community Council on Friday, October 28, 2022.  The STARs (Savannah Tech Achievement Recognition awards) event has recognized 300 people for their service and dedication in the community or at work. It will be held at 11 a.m., in the Eckburg Auditorium on the College’s Savannah Campus (5717 White Bluff Road).

The event emcee is Roger Moss, who has been a GOAL student of the year judge for the College and was honored as a STAR in 2011. Guests will enjoy a low country brunch prepared by Savannah Culinary Institute students.

Bailey is the award-winning executive chef and co-founder of Grey Spaces, the hospitality group behind restaurants such as the critically acclaimed The Grey and its all-day counterpart The Grey Market in Savannah. In 2022, she and Grey Spaces co-founder/business partner Johno Morisano opened two restaurants, the Diner Bar, and a new outpost of The Grey Market that showcase the Grey Spaces’ distinct take on Port City Southern fare in the new Thompson Austin (Texas).

Born in the Bronx and raised in Queens with maternal roots from Waynesboro, Ga., Bailey attended grammar school in Savannah. She first learned to cook at the hands of the women in her family and her formal education includes the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) in New York City as well as LaVarenne in Burgundy, France. Prior to The Grey, Bailey’s career includes a dozen years cooking throughout New York City, the last four of which were at Prune on Manhattan’s Lower East Side under the tutelage of Gabrielle Hamilton. In 2019 and with the premier of Netflix’s Chef’s Table Season 6, she became the first African American chef to star on that show.

Together with Morisano, Bailey co-wrote Black, White and The Grey (Ten Speed Press/Penguin Random House) which explores the business partners’ challenges navigating race, class and culture while building businesses, relationships, and community in the South.

Bailey took home the 2022 James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef and the 2019 James Beard Award for Best Chef: Southeast. The is also the chairwoman of the Edna Lewis Foundation, whose mission is to honor and extend the legacy of Edna Lewis by creating opportunities for African Americans in the fields of cooking, agriculture, food studies, and storytelling.

The STC Foundation Community Council is a group of young professionals charged with expanding the local knowledge and profile of the College and its mission. The group raises funds to support the college, its programs and students.

STAR sponsorships start at $1,000 and will be accepted through September 30, 2022, space permitting. Sponsorships include a table for eight, custom STAR portrait, STAR award presentation, and post-event social media recognition. Individual tickets cost $125 per person – seating is limited. Call 912.443.3022 for information. Event proceeds benefit Savannah Technical College Foundation’s support of students.

Founded in 1984, the Savannah Technical College Foundation is a private, nonprofit organization that exists to raise and disburse funds to support the College’s efforts to enhance learning, workforce training and economic development in Bryan, Chatham, Effingham and Liberty counties.

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#2307 | August 5, 2022
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).