Savannah Tech to host Military Career Fair at Fort Stewart

More than 20 companies will be ready to hire soldiers, veterans and family members 

SAVANNAH – Savannah Technical College will host a Military Career Fair and Hiring Event from 10 a.m., to 3 p.m. on October 7, 2014 at Building 705 (100 W. 15th Street) on Fort Stewart, Georgia. This event is open to soldiers, veterans and their family members. More than 20 companies will be available to meet with military about jobs, including Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Firth Rixson, Elan Technology, SNF Holding Company, Home Depot, UPS and more.

The College’s faculty and staff are proud to assist veterans, military members, dependents and spouses in furthering their education and job placement. STC is an approved member of the Veteran’s Education Assistance program and the Soldiers Opportunity College (SOC). Active Duty and Georgia residents may qualify for in-state tuition rates with active duty status and proof of residency.

For more information about this career fair and military hiring event or STC’s programs for military, contact Jeff Ashmen, STC’s Military Outreach Coordinator at 912.443.4155 or jashmen@savannahtech.edu or visit: www.savannahtech.edu/military.

 

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#1506 | September 23, 2014
Military Outreach Contact: Jeff Ashmen
912.443.4155 or jashmen@savannahtech.edu

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).

Savannah Tech Adds Student Navigator to Team

Mark Stump - Director of Student Navigation

Mark Stump selected as director to enhance student success

SAVANNAH – Savannah Technical College has added a student navigator to its student affairs team. This position is one of 25 created by the Technical College System of Georgia, one at each technical college, to improve graduation rates and enhance Georgia’s workforce. Improving college completion will require significant intervention to improve graduation outcomes for at-risk students.

The state of Georgia has committed to Complete College America’s (CCA) goal that by 2020, 60 percent of young adults in Georgia will hold a college certificate or degree. Georgia’s Higher Education Completion plan, a joint effort between TCSG and the University System of Georgia (USG) is designed to provide a framework for action and accountability that will lead to increased college completion rates.

According to CCA, low completion rates in two-year colleges are rooted in the navigational challenges that confront students. Many of TCSG’s students are first-generation college students and may not have the navigational skills to develop an academic pathway. In addition, students attending technical college are often financially challenged and frequently have family responsibilities to juggle, while simultaneously attending college, which may require being part-time rather than full-time students.

The College has selected Mark Stump as its director of student navigation. Stump coordinate and conduct focused academic advisement and student support services to help students in their program of study. Through these efforts, he will identify students at risk of dropping out by developing an early alert system and intervening with necessary support services. Stump will help students navigate the system, choose coherent programs of study and receive needed support services.

He will also be the primary contact for potential students with some college classes, but no degree through the new initiative: Go Back. Move Ahead. There are more than one million Georgians who have completed some college will be encouraged to return and finish their degrees. In conjunction with the campaign, Stump will provide resources for prospective students and make the return process as accessible as possible.

Stump previously served as an admissions counselor and adjunct instructor at the College for six years and was a Team Leader in the U.S. Army for five years.

For more information visit gobackmoveahead.org or contact Stump at mstump@savannahtech.eduor 912.443.5706.

#1505 | August 28, 2014
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).

Safrin named Director of STC’s Peace Officer Academy

Thomas Safrin

SAVANNAH – Savannah Technical College has selected Thomas Safrin as Director of the Peace Officer Academy. In this role, Safrin is responsible for developing course objectives, preparing lesson plans for instruction, and maintaining program certification requirements.

His background includes more than 18 years of experience in public service ranging from law enforcement to training and education. Safrin also has more than five years of collective experience in leadership positions. He has extensive knowledge of the Technical College System of Georgia Criminal Justice curriculum, as well as the Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Training Council Basic Law Enforcement Training curriculum.

The Basic Law Enforcement Technical Certificate of Credit provides students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to become competent and highly effective law enforcement officers. The 18-week cohort program utilizes classroom instruction pertaining to criminal justice theory and the prevailing principles of modern law enforcement, as well as practical application of enforcement skills. College coursework is presented in one and a half semesters and contains the entire Georgia Peace Officers Standards & Training (P.O.S.T.) Basic Law Enforcement Training Course so that successful completion of the program will qualify the student to be a state-certified peace officer.  Students will have received 42 semester hours of college credit and completed ten courses toward completion of the Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice Degree, should they choose to continue their education beyond the Academy.

For more information about the Academy or the Basic Law Enforcement Training program visit www.savannahtech.edu/LawEnforcement or contact Sheree Rogers, Program Assistant at 912.443.5191 or srogers@savannahtech.edu.

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#1504 | August 21, 2014

Basic Law Enforcement Training: Sheree Rogers
912.443.5191 or srogers@savannahtech.edu.

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).

High School Student Voted Best in Class at Savannah Tech

Rachel Peeples - Dual Enrollment StudentRachel Peeples Won Cake Contest

Richmond Hill senior takes advantage of Move on When Ready to jump start her career

SAVANNAH – Savannah Technical College takes hands-on learning to a whole new level with final exams. While many college students typically study hard for final exam questions, STC Culinary Arts Baking and Pastry students spent weeks working on their Cake Decorating final exam. Their final exam assignment was to create a two-tier wedding cake that demonstrated at least eight decorating techniques. This summer after cakes were scored for the final exam grade, a panel of judges picked Rachel Peeples’ work as the best.

Peeples is not your typical STC Baking and Pastry student or a typical teenager. Now 17, this Richmond Hill High School senior is focused on her goal of owning a bakery and is taking some important steps to get there, beginning with dual enrollment with STC’s Baking and Pastry program.

As a dual enrollment student for the past year, she earned high school and college credit at the same time, taking some classes at Savannah Technical College and some classes at high school. This semester, she will finish her seventh college class and expects to be nearly halfway through the associate degree when she graduates high school in May 2015.

For fall 2014, she has enrolled in the Move on When Ready (MOWR) program, which allows high school students to attend classes at college full time. MOWR students simultaneously earn high school and college credit, but also graduate with their high school class.

Rachel plans on working her way through the remainder of the program and continuing on with business classes to prepare for owning a business.

She’s had her eye on this career for years, she notes, recounting a longstanding fascination with the television program, Cake Boss. “I see all of the artistic things that can be done with cake – and it’s all edible,” she says. “I fell in love with the Baking and Pastry program. Now that I’ve entered some competitions and done well, I see that I’m creating amazing pieces of art.” Her student team earned first place at last year’s Gingerbread House Competition at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa.

Her perseverance has been noticed and rewarded. She had to wait until she was old enough for dual enrollment and after a year of pursuit, she is now working with a family-owned bakery, All Things Chocolate and More in Richmond Hill, Ga.

For Peeples, it’s year four or a five-year plan. Inspired by her grandmother, she took smart steps to get started. “She taught me that planning ahead and setting goals is the way to success. Once I complete this, it will be time to make a new plan – one to open the bakery,” she said.

High school students, like Peeples, have options to jump start their career and college education through dual enrollment. With the dual/joint enrollment program for certificate and diplomas high school students, 16 or older, have the opportunity to earn post-secondary and secondary credits, while simultaneously enrolled in college, university or technical institutions. The HOPE Grant pays partial tuition and partial fees for dual/joint enrollment.

In Georgia, high school students are responsible for fees not covered by HOPE, supplies, and any other costs that may exceed the book allowance. But, thanks to local agreements with school districts in Bryan, Chatham, Effingham and Liberty Counties, all tuition-related costs are covered. Books and supplies may be the only expenses for high school students in dual enrollment.

The MOWR dual enrollment program allows high school students to take college core degree-level courses paid at 100% like English, mathematics, sciences and social sciences apply them to high school graduation. Savannah Technical College offers 28 courses that transfer to any University System of Georgia college or university, which are approved through this program.

With MOWR, students attend college classes full-time, whether for a degree, diploma or certificate program. These MOWR students will still graduate with their high school class.

The college credits hours earned while a student is participating in any dual enrollment program, do not count towards their HOPE cap. To be eligible for one of these options, high school students must meet the following criteria:

  • Be currently enrolled in an accredited Georgia high school, including public or private, as well as homeschool students.
  • Have acquired ASSET/COMPASS test scores for selected program of study (appropriate SAT or ACT test scores may be used).

For more information visit http://www.savannahtech.edu/academics/programs-for-high-school-students/ or contact STC’s High School Initiatives Coordinator Melissa Gillenwater at mgillenwater@savannahtech.edu or 912.443.5347.

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#1503 | August 15, 2014

STC High School Initiatives: Melissa Gillenwater
912.443.5347 or mgillenwater@savannahtech.edu

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).

Davis selected as Executive Director of Information Technology

SAVANNAH – Savannah Technical College has selected James Davis as its Executive Director of Information Technology. Davis will provide project management as needed and supervise the work of technology support personnel. In addition, he is tasked with developing and assisting with the development of policies and procedures in order to effectively meet the goals and requirements of the program.

Davis comes to STC with 16 years of experience in technology services.  He holds an associate degree from Middle Georgia College and has been certified in both Microsoft and Cisco systems. Previously, he was the director of technology services for Middle Georgia College.

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#1502 | August 14, 2014
Media Contact: Amy Shaffer, APR
912.443.5512
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).

Savannah Tech to host Bistro Savoir Interactif

Food-and-Wine-Fest-logoBistro Savoir Interactif

2014 Kickoff Event for Savannah Food and Wine Festival

SAVANNAH – Savannah Technical College will host Bistro Savoir Interactif in partnership with the Savannah Food and Wine Festival at 6:30 p.m., on Friday, September 19 in the Eckburg Auditorium (5717 White Bluff Road, Savannah, 31405).

“The Savannah Food & Wine Festival was born out of a spirit of giving back to our community,” said Michael Owens, co-founder of Savannah Food & Wine Festival and President/CEO of Tourism Leadership Council. “We’re thrilled to see this being realized with the 2014 kickoff event, Bistro Savoir Interactif. Chef Jean Vendeville and his team of students never disappoint, and the menu they have prepared is sure to delight.”

Bistro Savoir Interactif will feature six stations with elegant tasting opportunities paired with wine selections, chef demonstrations and take-home recipes. Stations will include appetizers, seafood, main course, dessert, cheese and a special sugar sculpture demonstration featuring students assembling blown sugar art. Cost is $100 per person with proceeds supporting the Patrick Ansley Williams Scholarship at Savannah Technical College. Seating is limited to 150.

The evening will be hosted by the American Culinary Federation 2014 Chef Educator of the Year Chef Jean Vendeville. Appetizers include rabbit terrine with crostini, sweetbreads with brown butter, toasted almonds, cranberries and golden raisins, along with pheasant galantine. The seafood course includes diver scallops with grits, kedgeree served with coconut shrimp and mango chutney, along with ceviche. The main course is a mini tournedo Rossini with foie gras, shaved truffle, croquette potato and baby sprouts. Dessert features artisan chocolates made with ice wine, madras, caramel, as well as macaroon and verrine. The cheese station will offer poached figs with Montrachet goat cheese, candied pecans, honey comb, and Wisconsin cheese.

Attendees will have the chance for $5 fish bowl raffles at each station and the opportunity to bid on a private Chef’s Table Dinner for 10 with Chef Vendeville.

“With 100% of the proceeds going to the Patrick Williams Scholarship Fund, we’re delighted that this event will raise money for students studying hospitality and culinary arts—future Savannah Food & Wine participants,” said Owens. “Patrick was an amazing member of our hospitality family in Savannah, and we’re fortunate to honor his memory through this lively, interactive event.”

The Patrick Ansley Williams Memorial Scholarship Fund was started in 2012 by Bill Dickinson to honor the late Patrick Williams. Five $1,000 scholarships are awarded annually to STC culinary and hospitality students with a minimum 3.0 grade point average, who are selected by the College’s scholarship committee. Funds are applied toward tuition, fees, books and required supplies.

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.

Savannah Food & Wine Festival
The Savannah Food & wine Festival takes place throughout Savannah, November 10- 16, 2014, with celebrity chefs and winemakers, connoisseur dinners, one-of-a-kind culinary, spirits, wine and beverage experiences. The most up-to-date festival information is available on the website: www.savannahfoodandwinefest.com on Twitter @SAVFoodWineFest #SAVFandW and Facebook at Savannah Food & Wine Festival.

About the Savannah Technical College’s Culinary Institute of Savannah
Under the direction of the American Culinary Federation’s 2014 Chef Educator of the Year Jean Vendeville, Savannah Technical College offers associate degrees in Culinary Arts along with Baking and Pastry. 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). Vendeville has assembled a top-notch team of faculty, who have each earned national ACF certification under his leadership. For more information about STC Culinary Arts visit: www.facebook.com/ChefJeanVendeville.

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#1501 | August 12, 2014
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 Vendeville wins 2014 ACF National Chef Educator of the Year

St. Augustine, Fla., Jean Yves Vendeville, CEPC®, department chair and instructor at Savannah Technical College, Savannah, Georgia, received the American Culinary Federation (ACF) 2014 Chef Educator of the Year Award and $5,000 during the 2014 ACF National Convention held in Kansas City, Missouri, July 25-29.

“This is the highest honor I have received in my fifty-year-plus culinary career,” said Vendeville. “As an educator, I want my students to be convinced that there is opportunity in the culinary industry to accomplish their goals and to succeed when they leave. My students know this and are inspired by it.”

The ACF Chef Educator of the Year award, established in 1998, pays tribute to an active culinary educator whose knowledge, skills and expertise have enhanced the image of the professional chef, and who, by example, has given leadership, guidance and direction to students seeking a career in the culinary profession. This person demonstrates the ability to help students define and develop their careers by using their skills and abilities to provide a strong foundation for their future success.

“For my students to be successful in the culinary arts is only part of my goal. I want them to learn from me and perhaps someday surpass me as leaders and innovators, entrepreneurs and instructors,” said Vendeville. “I can best accomplish these goals as an educator at Savannah Technical College and with the ACF, where I have the support and structure for success.”

First, colleagues nominated chef educators for the regional award. Then, the four ACF regional winners competed for the national award during the ACF National Convention. Each of the chef educators had 50 minutes to present a lecture and a demonstration for a panel of ACF-approved judges and attendees on either a plated entree or dessert, which included preparation of two portions of the item. In his presentation, Vendeville demonstrated how to plate both a hot and cold dessert, choosing a White Chocolate and Rhubarb Soufflé with Grand Marnier Sabayon and Strawberry/Rhubarb Sorbet as his examples. He taught by first outlining the objectives of the lesson and then exploring the four cornerstones of plating: flavor, texture, temperature and contrast. His step-by-step demonstration included verbal and visual instruction, as well as audience participation.

Vendeville, an ACF-certified Executive Pastry Chef® (CEPC), has served as department chair and instructor at Savannah Technical College since 2008. Born in France, Vendeville received his culinary education in his home country and in Canada. His experience includes executive pastry chef, Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, Toronto; executive pastry chef, Ritz-Carlton Montréal, Montreal; coordinator of baking and pastry program, George Brown College, Toronto; and executive chef/senior core faculty, New England Culinary Institute, Montpelier, Vermont. Vendeville coaches Savannah Technical College student teams that compete in ACF-sanctioned culinary competitions. His accolades and awards include a 2012 ACF President’s Medallion and 2012 Technical College System of Georgia Instructor of the Year. In 2012, Vendeville was also named Chapter Chef Educator of the Year by ACF Chefs of the Low Country.

For a list of past ACF Chef Educator of the Year Award recipients, visit http://www.acfchefs.org/ACF/Events/Awards/CEOY/CEOYWinners/ACF/Events/Awards/CEOY/Winners/.

More than 1,000 chefs, cooks, students and foodservice professionals attended the annual event. The 2014 ACF National Convention provided attendees with numerous opportunities to advance their professional development and enhance their culinary skills through informative workshops and seminars, cutting-edge demonstrations, a trade show featuring nearly 100 exhibitors, national competitions and ACF’s annual national awards.

2014 ACF National Convention Sponsors are: ACE Bakery, LLC; Alabama Gulf Seafood; Allen Brothers, Inc.; American Technical Publishers; Acqua Panna® Natural Spring Water; Barry Callebaut; BelGioioso Cheese, Inc.; Browne Foodservice; Campbell’s Culinary & Baking Institute; Canada Cutlery Inc.; Central Region State Beef Councils; Chef Rubber; Custom Culinary, Inc.; Ecolab®; Grey Poupon; Idaho® Potato Commission; Johnson & Wales University; Lactalis Foodservice; Lang Manufacturing Company; MINOR’S®; National Pasteurized Eggs, Inc.; NEWCHEF Fashion Inc.; Par-Way Tryson, makers of Vegalene®; Plant Based Foods, Inc.; Plugrá® European-Style Butter; R.L. Schreiber, Inc.; S.Pellegrino® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water; Sysco®; THE FRENCH’S FOOD COMPANY; Tyson Food Service; Unilever Food Solutions; US Foods; Valrhona; Victorinox Swiss Army; Villeroy & Boch; Vita Craft® Corporation; Vitamix® Corporation; Wayne Farms LLC; Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.

About the American Culinary Federation
The American Culinary Federation, Inc. (ACF), established in 1929, is the standard of excellence for chefs in North America. With nearly 20,000 members spanning 200 chapters nationwide, ACF is the culinary leader in offering educational resources, training, apprenticeship and programmatic accreditation. In addition, ACF operates the most comprehensive certification program for chefs in the United States, with the Certified Executive Chef®, Certified Sous Chef®, Certified Executive Pastry Chef® and Certified Culinary Educator® designations accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies. ACF is home to ACF Culinary Team USA, the official representative for the United States in major international culinary competitions, and to the Chef & Child Foundation, founded in 1989 to promote proper nutrition in children and to combat childhood obesity. For more information, visit www.acfchefs.org. Find ACF on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ACFChefs and on Twitter @ACFChefs.

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Editor’s note: To arrange interviews or request high-resolution photos, contact Chelsea Pillsbury at cpillsbury@acfchefs.net or (904) 484-0226, or Patricia Carroll at (904) 484-0247 or pcarroll@acfchefs.net.

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).

Gov. Nathan Deal, USG and TCSG Announce “Go Back. Move Ahead.” Campaign

New plan makes returning to college easier for 1.1 million Georgians

ATLANTA — Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, University System of Georgia (USG) Chancellor Hank Huckaby and Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) Commissioner Ron Jackson announced Georgia’s “Go Back. Move Ahead.” campaign today.  The campaign will encourage many of the more than one million Georgians who have completed some college to return and finish their degrees.

“In order for Georgia to remain economically competitive, we must have an educated work force, and focusing on college completion is one way we intend to do that,” said Gov. Deal. “’Go Back. Move Ahead.’ provides resources for prospective students and makes it easy for any Georgian who has started college to go back to school and earn a degree or certificate.”

“Go Back. Move Ahead.” is a part of Gov. Deal’s “Complete College Georgia” initiative, which launched in 2011. It is projected that by 2020, more than 60 percent of jobs in Georgia will require a college certificate or degree. Presently, however, only 42 percent of the state’s young adults have earned a college credential — creating a need for an additional 250,000 graduates.

The University System of Georgia and the Technical College System of Georgia serve more than 300,000 students each year and are a major component of Georgia’s economy. Gov. Deal and higher education administrators recognize that the state must do more to make it easier for Georgia adults to return to school and complete their degrees. This group includes approximately 1.1 million working-age adults, or 22 percent of the state’s population, who attended college for some time but did not finish.

The initiative will offer Georgians a simpler enrollment process, more flexible ways to transfer earned college credits, additional course schedule options and a personal academic advisor. Options for returning to college in Georgia include enrolling on campus, taking classes at a satellite location or using the online options available at many of Georgia’s public institutions.

The USG and TCSG are collaborating on the effort, which will include unprecedented public outreach to every part of Georgia.  A significant media buy will purchase billboards, radio, video, print, and online digital media. There will also be grassroots community outreach and operational improvements at key campuses to make it easier for Georgia adults to return to college and earn their degrees. Interested students can be connected to a college representative online at www.gobackmoveahead.org or by calling 1-844-GOBACKNOW.

“Many Georgians choose not to return to college because they believe it is too difficult, too expensive or simply inconvenient,” said Gov. Deal. “I have challenged our University System to make it easier for these Georgians to go back, and I’m pleased with the response. Regardless of individuals’ personal or financial situations, we are committed to making it possible to go back, move ahead and make college work.”

For more information about Complete College Georgia and the “Go Back. Move Ahead.” campaign, visit www.gobackmoveahead.org

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 July 29, 2014
Contact:
Brian Brodrick
Jackson Spalding
404-983-4384
bbrodrick@jacksonspalding.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).

Sellers Named STC’s Vice President for Student Affairs

Terrie Sellers

SAVANNAH – Savannah Technical College has selected Terrie Sellers as its Vice President for Student Affairs. She is responsible for providing and administering a comprehensive system of student services to support students as they enter and progress through STC’s educational programs.

“Ms. Sellers has shown a remarkable commitment to students with her integrity, enthusiasm and attention to customer service,” said STC President Dr. Kathy Love. “She has always embraced challenges and will continue her sharp focus on student success as she leads STC’s Student Affairs division.”

Sellers will provide oversight of the College’s services for current and prospective students, including counseling, admission, orientation, assessment, financial aid, job placement, disability services, Center for Working Families operations, graduation events and student activities.

Before being named Vice President for Student Affairs, Sellers served as Interim VP for Student Affairs for more than nine months. She honed her leadership skills as Dean of the STC Liberty County Campus.  She joined Savannah Technical College more than 13 years ago and previously served as STC Director of Instruction for Liberty Operations, STC Department Head/Instructor for Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) and ECCE Instructor. She has more than 25 years of experience in higher education and customer service.

Sellers holds a master of education in early childhood education and a bachelor of science degree in early childhood education from Georgia Southern University.

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#1450 | June 25, 2014
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).

Rankin wins National Technical Honor Society Scholarship

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SAVANNAH – Savannah Technical College Baking and Pastry Student Haley Rankin has received a $1,000 scholarship from the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS). She is the first STC student to receive this award.

Rankin was nominated by her instructor and department chair of STC’s Culinary Arts program, Chef Jean-Yves Vendeville.

“There is not a more dependable, committed Baking and Pastry Program student than Haley Rankin,” said Vendeville. “In addition to her exceptional skills Haley is distinguished by her proactive and unselfish attitude-she is a true, unflagging team player and will be a tremendous asset to any company she joins. Despite having the obligations of a husband and son she has maintained a straight A academic record, has never missed a single day of class and is always on time. I look forward to seeing how she will put into practice all the skills she’s learned here at Savannah Technical College!”

More than 83,000 students applied for the scholarship and 135 were awarded nationwide. This scholarship is named in honor and memory of the co-founder of the society, John H. Poteat. It is awarded annually to NTHS members who consistently exemplify the seven character attributes of the NTHS – Skill, Honesty, Service, Responsibility, Scholarship, Citizenship, and Leadership.

Rankin is one of 22 STC students who were inducted into NTHS in 2014. To be eligible for NTHS membership, students must have completed a minimum of 33 semester credit hours, have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and have been nominated by an instructor in their major. NTHS honors student achievement and leadership, promotes educational excellence, awards scholarships, and enhances career opportunities inductees. Also, NTHS is the international leader in providing recognition for excellence in career and technical education. For more information about the NTHS visit: www.nths.org.

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#1449 | May 22, 2014
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).