Best for Vets – #4 in U.S.: Savannah Technical College was ranked fourth in the U.S. by Military Times with the 2016 rankings Best for Vets: Career & Technical Colleges 2016 rankings. Savannah Technical College has the largest enrollment of military-affiliated students in the Technical College System of Georgia. One in four STC students is a veteran, active duty service member or a military dependent/spouse. In addition to a full-time military outreach coordinator, the College offers opportunities for veterans to transition from military service to train for a career with programs like Troops to Trucks, Logistics Management, Criminal Justice, Peace Officer Academy, Emergency Medical Services and many more. The College is also working closely with military representatives to provide college credit for military training. We have established a scholarship for military spouses, expanding for its second year of awards.
Community Partnerships: In 2013, the College brought together area manufacturing leaders to form the Liberty County Manufacturers Collaborative. This group meets monthly and has developed an apprenticeship program for precision manufacturing students in Liberty County. The companies work together to offer selected applicants an opportunity to work and rotate amongst the various companies. The College has also met with manufacturing leaders from Bryan County to start a similar group. STC also partners with Union Mission, Step Up Savannah and other area non-profits to support workforce development.
Community Engagement: STC students work with community organizations and businesses to assist with projects. Industrial Technology students have worked on projects like turning an old-style milk truck into a mobile produce market; designing, welding and machining parts for the Mighty 8th Museum; designing new sign bases in drafting, which will be forged by Historic Preservation students to better repair/replace signs for Coastal Heritage Society; Hotel/Restaurant/Tourism and Culinary Arts students participated alongside celebrity chefs at the Savannah Food and Wine Festival where Baking and Pastry Arts students created table centerpieces and artisan breads; Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting students work with area dentists for the annual Give Kids a Smile Day.
The Campaign for Savannah Technical College: The College has raised $6 million of a $10 million major gifts campaign and has received its first $1 million gift. The Campaign, “Where Excellence Meets Opportunity” showcases the College’s excellence in instruction through opportunities it provides students. The campaign is focused on five key areas: precision manufacturing, health sciences, culinary arts and heritage tourism, technology and student support.
Culinary Arts, Baking & Pastry Arts/Bistro Savoir: Savannah Tech’s baking and pastry program – the only one of its kind in TCSG – was developed by the Culinary Arts Chair Chef Jean Vendeville and the College to teach the art of creating tasty baked goods, pastries, and confections, from traditional bread baking to beautiful showpieces. Students learn a variety of international and classical pastries and desserts using basic and advanced techniques, which meet industry quality standards. More than 70 students are currently enrolled in the baking and pastry program. Seasonally the baking and pastry program hosts a Bistro Savoir artisan breads and sweets sale to benefit the program. To date the sales have raised more than $17,000 to be used for the purchase of a large wood-burning oven.
Aviation Training: Savannah Technical College’s Aviation Technology Center in 2013 at the Crossroads Campus. In May 2014, the College was granted Federal Aviation Administration approval to teach the Aviation Maintenance Technology Program, becoming the eighth college in the state and the only one in Coastal Georgia authorized to offer this training. Also in 2014, Gulfstream Aerospace donated a G100 aircraft, which was retired from the company fleet in 2013, to the College. Both Aviation Maintenance and Aircraft Technology continue to be two of the most popular programs at the College.
Accelerating Opportunity: Accelerating Opportunity (AO) offers student the opportunity to learn integrated basic skills and prepare for the GED, while earning postsecondary technical training program. Since Fall 2013, 160 students have enrolled in the AO program. The total number of AO students that have earned industry certification and or technical certificate of credit is 126. United Way of the Coastal Empire selected AO through a competitive RFP as a strategic initiative partner for economic independence in 2013 and provided funding for AO for two years.
Historic Preservation and Restoration: As the only public hands-on Historic Preservation and Restoration program in Georgia, the College has led the way in preservation education. The College established the Center for Traditional Craft to expand its education, research and community outreach in October 2015.
Highly skilled Health Science graduates: STC’s competitive admission health science programs have impressive licensure pass rates. Dental Hygiene has had 100% licensure pass rate for many years. Savannah Technical College’s nursing program has had an average 97.15% National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) passing rate for the last two years. For the past four years, Surgical Technology graduates have averaged an 82.5% pass rate on the national boards test – well above the national average of 61.9%.
Film Training: In January 2016, Savannah was ranked number one “Best 10 Small Places and Towns to Live and Work as a Moviemaker” by MovieMaker magazine! Savannah Technical College is pursuing credit programs for film and hosted a weekend workshop in November 2015 for film crew production training in partnership with Savannah Filmmakers. This pilot program is designed for entry level crew members and will provide a background to students who are interested in learning to build, move, set lights, provide support and make the process work on a film. The first workshop was open to STC students/alumni only, but future workshops will be open to the public.