Savannah Technical College to offer a three-day CDL Refresher Course

#1266 |Updated March 27, 2017

SAVANNAH – Savannah Technical College offers a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) refresher course at its Effingham County Campus based on student demand. The three-day, 24-hour course may available for current CDL-licensed drivers wishing to refresh their skills.

      The class covers pre-trip inspection, shifting techniques, left and right turns, backing in straight lines, backing in curved lines, parallel parking, alley docking, offset backing, coupling and uncoupling trailers, lane control, city driving, rural driving and interstate driving.

     Advance registration is required. The cost is $850 (non-refundable). This course offering is dependent upon a minimum registration of four students. Proof of a negative drug screen conducted within the previous 90 days will be required upon registration.

Questions about registration may be emailed to: continuinged@savannahtech.edu

 Savannah Technical College serves Coastal Georgia with quality, market-driven technical education with campus locations in Savannah, Effingham and Liberty Counties. Serving more than 4,500 credit students each semester, Savannah Tech offers nearly 100 different instructional programs in Business and Technology, Public Service, 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. The College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the associate degree.

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For More Information Contact:
continuinged@savannahtech.edu

Culinary Arts Graduate’s Gingerbread House Selected for STC Holiday Card

#1428 | December 23, 2013

SAVANNAH – Savannah Technical College has selected a gingerbread house made by Culinary Arts graduate Pam Brown to be featured on its 2013 holiday card.

Brown graduated from Savannah Tech in 2012 and works part-time at the Westin Savannah Harbor in the kitchen and as a server. Brown created “The Effingham House” for a gingerbread competition in 2012. Her house was selected as a finalist in the adult division and received second place with the viewer’s choice award. She spent more than 80 hours to decorate the gingerbread house with gum paste, fondant, royal icing, candy canes, Kit Kats, popcorn, chocolate disks, poured sugar, homemade toffee, ice cream cones and rosemary sprigs.

Savannah Tech’s baking and pastry program was developed by 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.

The Culinary Institute of Savannah has earned distinction as one of the top four culinary programs in the country according to the American Culinary Federation (ACF). Chef Jean-Yves Vendeville has assembled a top-notch team of faculty, who have each earned national ACF certification under his leadership. For more information about Culinary Arts at Savannah Tech visit: www.facebook.com/ChefJeanVendeville.

Savannah Technical College serves Coastal Georgia with quality, market-driven technical education with campus locations in Chatham, Effingham and Liberty Counties. Serving more than 4,500 credit students each semester, Savannah Tech offers nearly 150 different instructional programs in Aviation Technology, Business and Technology, Public Service, 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. The College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

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Baking & Pastry or Culinary Arts Program Information:
Amber Robinson 912.443.5719 or arobinson@savannahtech.edu
www.facebook.com/ChefJeanVendeville

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

Savannah Tech Helps Red Cross Trailer Sparkle This Holiday Season

#1427 | December 19, 2013

Red Cross Trailer Sparkle
Auto Collision Repair students restore disaster shelter trailer

SAVANNAH – The old trailer from the Southeast Georgia Chapter of the American Red Cross had seen better days – its last washing removed all the paint, leaving it looking so bad it couldn’t serve its intended purpose of transporting items to shelter disaster victims. That’s when Savannah Technical College stepped in to assist.

This fall, 12 Auto Collision Repair students, enrolled in Department Head Keith Padgett’s Refinishing course, washed, sanded, re-caulked, waterproofed, and repainted the trailer; and refinished the tail light covers and rims. The result is a shiny, almost new trailer that Red Cross Disaster Services Director John Wright could put into service immediately.

“This trailer was the very first disaster shelter trailer we had for our chapter. When the paint came off with washing, we knew we couldn’t put it back in service,” said Wright. “We also knew we didn’t have the funds to purchase a new trailer.”

The project, done as a community service project for Auto Collision Technology, took Padgett’s class about a month from start to finish. “The American Red Cross touches so many lives in so many ways, when they called to ask for our help, we knew we had to help them,” noted Padgett. “My students learned a lot from this project. Ordinarily we work on cars, so this was different for them.”

Savannah Technical College offers four certificates in repair and refinishing along with a diploma in Automotive Collision Repair.

Savannah Technical College serves Coastal Georgia with quality, market-driven technical education with campus locations in Chatham, Effingham and Liberty Counties. Serving more than 4,500 credit students each semester, Savannah Tech offers nearly 150 different instructional programs in Aviation Technology, Business and Technology, Public Service, 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. The College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

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

Ashley Smith Wins 2013 GOAL Award

When Savannah Technical College announced its selections for the best of the best in 2013, Ashley Smith, a dental hygiene student, was named the College’s 2013 honoree of the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) award.

GOAL, a statewide program of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), honors excellence in academics and leadership statewide among the state’s technical college students.

“Technical college education allows students to have hands on training, which in turns helps students to confirm their career choice,” said Smith. “Not only does the technical college provide superior education, it does so at an affordable cost.”

Smith was one of four finalists of the 44 nominated STC students. The other finalists are Dustin Bolgrihn (Welding), Natalia Martinez-Rivera (Criminal Justice) and Jonathan Gerbsch (Fire Science).

TCSG State Board Names Savannah Technical College as the TCSG College of the Year

Savannah Technical College President Dr. Kathy Love made this announcement Friday evening at the 2013 Opportunity Award Gala Honoring Advanced Manufacturing. The crowd of 300 gathered for the Savannah Technical College annual fundraising event.

Contact Mike Light, TCSG Executive Director of Communications: 404.327.6913
For Immediate Release: Thursday, December 5, 2013

ATLANTA– The State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia announced today that its members have chosen Savannah Technical College as their 2013 college of the year.

Dr. Lynn Cornett, chair of the TCSG board, presented Savannah Technical College President Kathy Love with the Perdue Award for the TCSG Technical College of the Year during the board’s monthly meeting in Atlanta.

“The presentation of the college of the year award to Savannah Technical College is the highest honor that the TCSG State Board can give to one of our 24 colleges,” said Cornett. “Dr. Love and the faculty and staff of Savannah Technical College are to be congratulated for their strong focus on serving their students, changing lives, and building a better workforce for the coastal Georgia region. We thank everyone, including the college’s many supporters, for their commitment to excellence in technical and adult education and strong desire to help every student succeed.”

The board also recognized Augusta Technical College, Columbus Technical College, Gwinnett Technical College and Ogeechee Technical College with resolutions for being finalists for the award.

Each year, the TCSG State Board evaluates the state technical colleges for the Perdue Award using almost two dozen performance categories, including enrollment in technical and adult education programs, student retention and graduation rates, licensure pass rates, economic development measures, national awards, and administrative efficiencies.

“It’s a special honor for me to accept the Perdue Award for Georgia’s technical college of the year. It’s a wonderful recognition that represents a lot of hard work by a lot of very good people at Savannah Technical College,” said Love.

TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson said that the award caps a banner year for Savannah Technical College, which also included the recent opening of a new Aviation Training Center. “I know that President Love and her colleagues at Savannah Technical College take great pride in this award and the many achievements that were made by their college during the past year. I’m also sure that, to a person, they’ll tell you that nothing is more important to them than ensuring the success of their students.”

Savannah Technical College enrolled 7,380 students in credit classes during the past academic year, which was the seventh-largest enrollment in the TCSG. The college produced 1,611 graduates in certificate, diploma and degree programs during the year, which was six percent more than the previous year. In addition, nine in ten Savannah Technical College graduates who took their state licensure exams during the past academic year passed those tests.

The college also made efficient use of its state appropriation during fiscal year 2013 by keeping the cost per full-time equivalent (FTE) almost the same as the previous year despite rising costs and without reducing student access to instructional programs, classrooms and state-of-the-art technology.

The TCSG College of the Year Award is named in honor of former Governor Sonny Perdue, who was a strong supporter of Georgia’s technical colleges and their mission to develop the state’s workforce through world-class technical and adult education programs.

Previous winners were Atlanta Technical College (2012), Ogeechee Technical College (2011) and Wiregrass Georgia Technical College (2010).

Link to jpeg photo of the award presentation(l-r: TCSG State Board Chair Lynn Cornett, Savannah Technical College President Kathy Love, TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson):

About the TCSG: The 24 colleges of the Technical College System of Georgia offer affordable education and excellent training in more than 600 certificate, diploma and two-year associate degree programs. Students of all ages take advantage of outstanding instructors and hands-on learning with state-of-the-art equipment to gain the skills needed for today’s in-demand jobs.

The TCSG colleges delivered 2.3 million credit hours of instruction to more than 151,000 students during the 2013 academic year. The TCSG is online, too, serving 80,000 students through the system’s Georgia Virtual Technical Connection. TCSG students enjoy the benefits of Georgia’s HOPE grant and scholarship and the federal Pell grant, which will pay for a significant portion of a TCSG education.

In addition, the TCSG Quick Start program, an important economic development incentive for Georgia, provided customized workforce training to almost 50,000 employees of new and expanding companies in the state.

The TCSG also works to help adult learners reach their potential. Last year, the TCSG Office of Adult Education delivered a variety of programs to 71,000 adult learners and almost 16,000 of those students earned their GED credential.

For more information about the TCSG and links to a technical college in your area, go to www.tcsg.edu

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Savannah Tech to Host General Studies Career Fair

#1424 | November 27, 2013

Candidates for adjunct faculty may learn more about teaching positions

SAVANNAH – Savannah Technical College is continuously seeking qualified candidates for general studies adjunct faculty teaching positions. The College will host General Studies Career Fair sessions in December 2013 at the Savannah, Effingham and Liberty Campuses.

  • Savannah Campus: Tuesday, December 3, 6-8PM, Academic Commons 7228
    5717 White Bluff Road, Savannah, GA 31405
  • Effingham Campus: Wednesday, December 4, 6-8PM, Room 135
    2890 Hwy 21 South, Rincon, GA 31326
  • Liberty Campus: Thursday, December 5, 6-8PM, Conference Room
    100 Technology Drive, Hinesville, GA 31313

   General studies courses include mathematics, English, reading, biology, psychology, sociology, speech, economics, humanities. Part-time positions for adjunct faculty are appointed each semester for day and evening classes.

   Qualifications for teaching include a master’s degree in the field or a master’s degree and 18 graduate credits in the subject to be taught. To be considered for one of the adjunct teaching positions in Spring 2014, please bring resume, cover letter, and unofficial transcript to one of the career fairs.

   Savannah Technical College serves Coastal Georgia with quality, market-driven technical education with campus locations in Chatham, Effingham and Liberty Counties. Serving more than 4,500 credit students each semester, Savannah Tech offers nearly 150 different instructional programs in Aviation Technology, Business and Technology, Public Service, 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. The College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

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General Studies Department: Katrina Gore-Gray
912.443.5829 or kgray@savannahtech.edu

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

Savannah Tech Historic Preservation Department Head Elected to the American Glass Guild Board and ICTP member

#1419 | November 4, 2013

SAVANNAH – Savannah Technical College’s Historic Preservation Department Head Stephen Hartley has been elected to the boards of directors for the American Glass Guild and is now a member of the ICTP, International College of Traditional Practitioners.

“It’s an honor to be selected as a board member of the American Glass Guild, as well as a member of the International College of Traditional Practitioners,” said Hartley. “Both organizations represent the highest standards of commitment to preserving our past as well as sustaining our future by focusing on the reintroduction of traditional building crafts of the past that we so venerate today.”

The American Glass Guild is a nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging and promoting the creation, conservation and history of stained, leaded and decorative glass within the United States. Their focus is on the role of the artist in creating and repairing pieces.

As a board member for the American Glass Guild, Hartley will serve on the educational committee, organizing workshops and learning opportunities for new and existing members.

The International College of Traditional Practitioners or ICTP is a subdivision of The International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism, INTBAU. It is an international educational charity, which works under the Patronage of HRH The Prince of Wales to promote traditional architecture, urbanism and crafts. The central office of the organization is based in London, however it is a world-wide organization dedicated to the support of traditional building, the maintenance of local character and the creation of better places to live.

The ICTP is a premier organization for architects, designers and craft persons throughout the world that is dedicated to building structures, neighborhoods, and indeed entire cities in a traditional, sustainable form. Hartley was elected by a blind based review process and will be visiting the London office this month to discuss his and Savannah Technical College’s potential roles within the organization as a part of his practical work for his doctorate in Conservation Studies at the University of York.

For information about Historic Preservation events and projects, like the department’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/STCHistoricPreservation.

Savannah Technical College serves Coastal Georgia with quality, market-driven technical education with campus locations in Chatham, Effingham and Liberty Counties. Serving more than 4,500 credit students each semester, Savannah Tech offers nearly 150 different instructional programs in Aviation Technology, Business and Technology, Public Service, 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. The College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

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STC Historic Preservation Department/Industrial Technology Division
Melanie Smith: 912.443.5859 or msmith@savannahtech.edu

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

Savannah Tech soars with new Aviation Training Center

#1409 | August 19, 2013

Savannah Tech Aviation Training Center Grand Opening FB

Group photo cutline: Savannah area economic development, business and community leaders celebrated the grand opening of Savannah Technical College’s Aviation Training Center at the college’s Crossroads campus. Pictured left to right: STC Board Member Mary Warnell, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. Senior Vice President of Administration and General Counsel Ira Berman, TCSG State First District Board Member Mary Flanders, STC President Dr. Kathy Love, Georgia Representative Ron Stephens (R-Savannah), TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson, STC Board Member Terry Lemmons, STC Board of Directors Chairman Donald Lovette, STC Foundation Board of Trustees Chairman Jim LaHaise, SEDA Board of Directors Chairman David Paddison; SEDA President/CEO Tripp Tollison.

The sky’s the limit for aviation training in Southeast Georgia

SAVANNAH – Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Ron Jackson, Savannah Technical College President Dr. Kathy Love and honored guests celebrated the grand opening of STC’s Aviation Training Center today.

“The new Aviation Training Center at Savannah Technical College will provide Georgia’s aviation industry with the highly-skilled workforce that they need in key areas like aircraft assembly and maintenance,” said Jackson. “President Kathy Love and her faculty and staff have worked closely with corporate leaders like Gulfstream to develop a model facility that will provide outstanding training for our students and place them in great careers in an industry that’s essential for Georgia’s future growth and economic development.”

The nearly 30,000-square-foot facility at STC’s Crossroads Campus has a 5,000-square-foot hangar, four labs designed and equipped for hands-on instruction and spacious classrooms. It was designed by James W. Buckley and Associates, Inc. and built by Pope Construction.

“This state-of-the-art facility is a tangible reminder of Savannah Technical College’s commitment to provide an assortment of programs tailored to meet the workforce needs of our region’s businesses and industries,” said President Love. “With the opening of this facility, Savannah Technical College is answering the call of the aerospace industry for a workforce with specialized skills. Students that begin their training here will be on a pathway to great jobs and successful careers.”

Savannah Tech’s Aviation Division currently offers several programs of study that prepare students for careers in the aviation industry. These programs include certificates and diplomas in aircraft structures manufacture and repair, luxury craft cabinetmaking, and aircraft electrical equipment repair and installation. The College was recently approved to offer the Aircraft Upholstery and Trim Technical Certificate of Credit. The College is currently accepting student applications for this program scheduled to begin spring semester of 2014.

The College is currently seeking FAA approval to offer programs that will provide graduates with the skills and knowledge needed to become certified as airframe and powerplant mechanics. The new Aviation Training Center will help STC meet FAA Part 147 requirements, which govern aviation mechanic schools.

For more information about Savannah Technical College’s Aviation Technology programs visit www.savannahtech.edu/AviationTechnology.

Savannah Technical College serves Coastal Georgia with quality, market-driven technical education with campus locations in Chatham, Effingham and Liberty Counties. Serving more than 4,500 credit students each semester, Savannah Tech offers nearly 150 different instructional programs in Business and Technology, Public Service, 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. The College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

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Aviation Training Center Building Specs.

  • 29,152 sq. ft. building, which includes a hangar, four training labs and five classrooms with a tarmac.
  • Classrooms have computers in desks for enhanced computer-based learning.
  • 5,000-sq.-ft. hangar includes hoist, portable paint booth, ground support equipment, electro tug ground power unit and engine stands.
  • Training Labs:
    • Powerplant: engines (reciprocating/turbine), storage rooms, battery room
    • Airframe: electrical trainers, Non-Destructive Testing / Non-Destructive Inspection equipment, Magnaflux Machine, Zyglo Machine.
    • Aircraft Structural (Sheet Metal/Cabinetmaking): sheer, breaks, slip roller, heat treat oven
    • Composite: electrical and air drops from ceiling, tool room.
    • Electronics/Avionics Training Lab (classroom used as a lab): 12 computer stations, instructor station tracks progress
  • Designed by James W. Buckley and Associates. Construction by Pope Construction Company.

Aircraft Technology Division

  • Aircraft Structural Technology Diploma (52 credit hours or three to four semesters)
  • Aircraft Assembly Technician Certificate (12-13 credit hours or one semester)
  • Aircraft Upholstery and Trim Certificate (14 credit hours) JUST APPROVED – STARTS SPRING 2014
  • Luxury Craft Cabinetmaking Certificate (10 credit hours)

Aircraft Technology Career Description and Trends

  • Aircraft structural technicians build new equipment and conduct repairs. Manufacturing work is based on customer orders in a team assembly environment. Repair work is typically paid hourly and on an as-needed basis, but training is needed for all types of aircraft (old and new) and is dependent on customers needing repairs.
  • Local trends indicate rapid job growth through 2015 for aircraft upholstery and trim, and then moderate growth in the foreseeable future.
  • In 2005, there were close to 700 luxury craft cabinetmakers working in Georgia. Job growth in this field is predicted to be about 3% regionally and 12% nationally for the next decade. The most growth is predicted to be in aerospace product manufacturing and service.
  • Government contracts are currently being negotiated with aerospace suppliers, which may potentially increase employment demand by several hundred to thousands of individuals during the next few years.
These programs incorporate hands-on training and provide skill sets necessary for a job within the industry. These programs do not guarantee students a job with any aviation company. For more information about Aircraft Technology programs call 912.443.4094 or visit www.savannahtech.edu/AviationTechnology

 

 

Aviation Training Student Success Nelson Guzman, Structural Mechanic for Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., STC Aircraft Structural Assembly Graduate

Six years ago, Nelson Guzman worked for a local janitorial company, cleaning the hangar floors at Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation.

Today, he’s a structural mechanic at Gulfstream, where he assembles state-of-the-art cockpits for the company’s G450 and G550 jets.

At the age of 19, Nelson formulated a plan to get the training he needed to transition from sweeping floors to building high-tech airplanes. The key component of that plan was attending Savannah Tech’s Aircraft Structural Assembly program.

“I knew Savannah Tech would give me a good starting point,” he explains. “All I needed was the training and a chance to prove myself.”

At the age of 20, Nelson enrolled at Savannah Tech, where he got plenty of hands-on manufacturing experience, worked with rivet guns and fasteners, studied blueprints and learned the aerospace manufacturing process.

After completing the program, Nelson interviewed with Gulfstream and secured a position as a trainee. Over the past five years, this proud Savannah Tech graduate has been promoted three times and has distinguished himself as an exemplary Gulfstream employee.

Savannah Tech enabled this hard-working Pooler resident to transition from a minimum wage job to a high-paying position at a leading local manufacturer.

“Savannah Tech gave me a great foundation,” he raves. “I love coming to work every day and take pride in what I do at Gulfstream. I’m grateful Savannah Tech helped me achieve my career goals.”

Aviation Technology Information:
912.443.4094 or savannahtech.edu/AviationTechnology

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

Graduation Marks New Beginning for Savannah Tech Student

#1290 | June 25, 2012

SAVANNAH – Tomorrow evening at 6 PM, more than 300 Savannah Technical College students will walk across the stage at the Johnny Mercer Theatre in the Savannah Civic Center at the college’s graduation ceremony.

      Among the faces beaming with pride will be Kevin Steinbach, an honors graduate in the Business Management program, who started work recently with local heavy equipment maker JCB in a specially-created logistics position, one of only two worldwide. Kevin, an unassuming young man originally from Effingham County, finished his class work, including an internship with the company in April of this year. “We were always told to take advantage of the opportunity and absorb all the knowledge we could from the culture and environment,” he says. “I did my best to work hard and do things right.”

      And doing things right is something that he’s done for some time. Three years ago, he was the general manager of a landscaping company. When he saw business tapering off, he and his wife paid off all their debts and started saving cash so that they could both go to college. He enrolled full time at Savannah Tech and his wife enrolled part-time, studying accounting. Two years later, he has completed the Business Management Associate Degree program and she will start her Accounting major courses this fall. Says Kevin, “It was definitely worth the investment. I liked that the schedule offered me the flexibility to get things done when I needed to.” He also attributes his internship experience with helping him land the job. “There is no way I would be here now if it hadn’t been for my internship and what I learned at Savannah Tech.”

      Says STC Business Management Department Head Susan Pinkston, “The program has a strong track record and an excellent reputation.” Within the past year, Pinkston has had graduates hired by the Landings Club, major hotel chains, by manufacturing companies and in larger markets like Washington, DC. Others choose to continue their education or open their own businesses. “The great thing about the business programs at Savannah Technical College is that students can study in a major that interests them and find electives in related areas that can broaden their knowledge. For example, many Business Management students take accounting, computer, marketing, and hospitality courses that help further define their career paths”, explains Pinkston.

      Savannah Technical College offers associate degree and diploma programs in Business Management. For information, contact Susan Pinkston 912.443.5082 or spinkston@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 4,500 credit students each semester, Savannah Tech offers nearly 100 different instructional programs in Business and Technology, Public Service, 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. The College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the associate degree.

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For More Information Contact:
Amy Shaffer, APR
912.443.5512
ashaffer@savannahtech.edu

Savannah Tech Welding Gains National Certification for Training

#1330 | December 17, 2012

SAVANNAH – Savannah Technical College’s Welding Department was recently designated a Level 1 and Level 2 SENSE school by the American Welding Society (AWS). SENSE or Schools Excelling through National Skill Standards Education establishes standards and guidelines for welder training.

   “We worked tirelessly with AWS through both our student chapter and our instruction curriculum to become recognized nationally for SENSE accreditation,” said William Burns, department head for STC Welding and Joining Technology. “My staff has met and exceeded the rigorous guidelines set forth by AWS for more than two years to achieve SENSE School Status.”

   SENSE training has three levels: Entry Welder (I), Advanced Welder (II) and Expert Welder (III). Upon successful completion of each level of the standards and guidelines, students may test to receive a certificate of completion. Level I is designed for entry level training. Level II is designed for two-year career and technical education programs or for those with welding experience. Level III is for those in four-year programs or those with advanced experience.

   “It’s important for our students to understand and uphold industry regulations once they enter the workforce, which is why our student chapter has been so active throughout the region,” said Burns. “We are proud of our students for engaging local industry partners through information sessions, student interaction, and internship opportunities.”

   AWS is a not-for-profit membership organization that is the world’s authority on safe, productive welding. The society publishes the major technical standards used in welding of all types, and certifies welding professionals such as inspectors, supervisors and educators. In addition, AWS publishes technical magazines in three languages and operates trade shows in the U.S., Mexico and Canada. The organization currently serves nearly 70,000 members worldwide and is composed of 22 Districts with 250 Sections and student chapters.

   A career with unlimited potential, Welding and Joining is the backbone of manufacturing and leads the way during economic recovery. The Georgia Department of Labor notes welding and joining careers will increase by 15% or more over the next decade. The need for new welders hasn’t gone unnoticed by local employers. With proactive industry partners like JCB and Mitsubishi, STC has developed multiple internship tracks for new and current students. Advisory Board Members for the Welding and Joining department such as Pipe Fitters Union (Local 188), Iron Workers Union (Local 709), CST Coverings (formally Temcor), Savannah Tank, LMI Aerospace, and CSX – also work closely with instructors for new and updated course offerings, shaping the program to fit the needs and expectations of local businesses. Savannah Tech offers a diploma in welding and joining along with technical certificates of credit in a variety of techniques for welding. Welding and Joining Technology is offered at the Savannah campus and at a new welding lab near the Effingham campus in Rincon, Ga.

   Savannah Technical College serves Coastal Georgia with quality, market-driven technical education with campus locations in Chatham, Effingham and Liberty Counties. Serving more than 4,500 credit students each semester, Savannah Tech offers nearly 150 different instructional programs in Business and Technology, Public Service, 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. The College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the associate degree.

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Welding & Joining Department Head:
Williams Burns
wburns@savannahtech.edu

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