Savannah Tech Peace Officer Academy Honors Graduates of Hall Cohort

SAVANNAH – Nineteen students from the Savannah Technical College Peace Officer Academy celebrated graduating from the program with a completion ceremony today.

The four women and 15 men have completed coursework containing the entire Georgia Peace Officer Standards & Training (P.O.S.T.) Basic Law Enforcement Training Course. Their successful completion of the program qualifies them to be state-certified peace officers.

This is the 18th group of students to complete the program since its inception in 2009. To date, the program has graduated 253 P.O.S.T.-certified officers. Many candidates are in various stages of the application process with statewide agencies. Savannah Tech’s Peace Officer Academy has a 97% placement rate.

Each cohort selects a fallen officer for whom the graduating class will be named. The cohorts have a tradition of giving the family of the fallen officer a challenge coin dedicated to the officer. A challenge coin is a symbol of an unbreakable bond of dedication and allegiance among military personnel and law enforcement officers. The challenge coin tradition started as a military tradition in World War I and was later adopted by law enforcement.

This cohort selected to honor Corporal Richard Allen Hall Jr., of the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office who lost his life in the line of duty on September 16, 2015 after a motor vehicle accident. He is survived by his father and stepmother, John and Clisty Hall, one brother Steven (Christy) and sister Jennifer (Michael) and family.

Hall, was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. and a 14-year member of the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office.

The Basic Law Enforcement Technical Certificate of Credit provides students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to become competent 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 pertinent enforcement skills. College coursework 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.

For more information about the Peace Officer Academy visit www.savannahtech.edu/PeaceOfficerAcademy or contact Sheree Rogers at 912.443.5191 or srogers@savannahtech.edu.

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#1634 | March 22, 2016

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

Director of Communicaitons/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).

Faust elected president for TCSG Fire Science consortium

Tony Faust

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Savannah Technical College Department Head for Fire Science, Tony Faust, recently was elected president for the Technical College System of Georgia’s (TCSG) Fire Science Instructional Faculty Consortium Committee (IFCC), which encompasses all TCSG Fire Science programs.

Faust retired from the City of Savannah’s Bureau of Fire & Emergency Services in 2011 after 26 years of service. Faust held the position of chief officer the last eight of those years and was the department’s fire public information officer. He received numerous accolades during his career including a commendation for rescuing flood victims in the mid-1990s.

A STC graduate, Faust earned an associate of arts in fire science before continuing his educational pursuits to eventually earn a master of science in strategic leadership from Mountain State University and a bachelor of science in business administration from Brewton-Parker College. He is also a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program and holds national ProBoard certifications as a fire inspector 1, CPR/First Aid BLS instructor, fire instructor 1, incident safety officer, public fire educator 1, EMS 1st responder and hazardous materials technician.

The STC Fire Science program office is located to the Crossroads campus (190 Crossroads Parkway, Savannah, 31407). All Fire Science class schedules are scheduled to help students attend college while balancing their home/life/work obligations with a combination of evening and online classes with practical hands-on training occurring at various area fire departments. The Fire Science Degree/Diploma program schedule was recently reconfigured utilizing the miniterm format which enables students to obtain their fire science degree or diploma in one year.

The STC Fire Science programs prepare graduates for successful careers in the fire and emergency service field, whether they are looking to obtain employment as a firefighter or seek promotion to leadership positions at their department. Many of the classes meet the educational requirements for students to qualify to challenge national fire service certifications. The College recognizes the efforts of firefighters that hold national certifications by offering the ability for them the ability to use them for credit toward their degree or diploma. On top of offering basic firefighter certification programs, the program covers more advanced topics as fire inspections, fire officer I and II, fire investigations, incident safety officer, fire instructor I, incident command, strategy and tactics, fire service building construction, emergency medical service certifications, writing, public speaking, management and budgeting procedures, and public relations.

Interested students should contact Faust at afaust@savannahtech.edu or 912.443.3386.

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#1633 | March 16, 2016

STC Fire Science/Public Service Academic Advisor: Amber Robinson

STC Director of Communications/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).

SEDA invests $203K for Precision Manufacturing Training

Aviation Manufacturing

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The Board of Directors of the Savannah Economic Development Authority (SEDA) has recently pledged $203,000 for Precision Manufacturing at Savannah Technical College. The five-year commitment of $40,600 annually supports the College’s $10 Million major gifts campaign announced last year.

“Savannah Tech is one of the most vital assets we have in economic development in Chatham County, working with companies every day to deliver the workforce they need to be successful, said Savannah Economic Development Authority President and CEO Trip Tollison. “We are proud to commit to Savannah Tech capital campaign.”

“SEDA’s workforce development study put a spotlight on the critical role Savannah Technical College plays for training in our region,” said STC President Dr. Kathy Love. “We appreciate SEDA’s strong support of the College’s continuing excellence in precision manufacturing training and expanding that training to meet local employers’ workforce training needs.”

Savannah Technical College serves Bryan, Chatham, Effingham and Liberty counties and is in the midst of a $10 Million capital campaign, with $5 Million devoted to Precision Manufacturing throughout the region. The development authorities in all counties have pledged a total of $453,000 toward expanding precision manufacturing throughout the region. The College is in the second academic year of offering a Precision Manufacturing Associate Degree program and seeks to expand facilities with dedicated lab space at the Savannah Campus, and building expansions at both the Effingham and Liberty Campuses to support a Flex-Tech Lab for precision manufacturing. The labs, designed to be tailored to focus on the exact instructional mix needed to support manufacturing in each community, significantly expand area business and industry access to workforce development and training opportunities.

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#1632 | March 15, 2016

STC Executive Director Advancement and Communications: Gail Eubanks
912.443.3022 or geubanks@savannahtech.edu 

STC Director of Communications/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 wins national honors with 2015 Collegiate Advertising Awards

Fire Science Morton Award 15

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Savannah Technical College earned two gold awards for photography and design, along with a silver for TV/Video Advertising with the 2015 Collegiate Advertising Awards.

The gold for photography/illustration was awarded to a fire science program photograph taken by Stephen B. Morton. Morton’s work for the College previously won gold with Collegiate Advertising Awards in 2014 for a welding photo and a series of faculty environmental portraits.

The College’s Bistro Savoir Interactif passport, which was given to attendees of STC’s 2015 Savannah Food and Wine Festival event, also won gold in the miscellaneous design category. The passport features student portraits by Morton, design by Eric Willis of Fluorescent Design Studio and recipes from STC’s Culinary Institute of Savannah. It was printed by The Kennickell Group.

Blue Voyage Productions produced a series of College that Works commercials that won silver. The series features students in health sciences and precision manufacturing programs. To watch the commercials visit: http://bit.ly/1QKefmJ.

The Collegiate Advertising Awards is an elite national program seeking to recognize today’s most talented marketing professionals for outstanding excellence in all forms of advertising, marketing and promotion specific to higher education products and services. All entries are centralized for judging (per category) by a panel of design and education marketing professionals with decades of combined experience. Entries are judged on: creativity, layout/design, typography, production, quality and overall effectiveness.

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#1631 | March 11, 2016

Fire Science/Public Services Program Advisor: Amber Robinson
912.443.5719 or arobinson@savannahtech.edu

STC Director of Communications/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).

Dental Hygiene program receives accreditation reaffirmation

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Savannah Technical College’s Dental Hygiene program has received reaffirmation accreditation status by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).

The Commission adopted a resolution to grant the STC Dental Hygiene program the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements” at a CODA meeting in February 2016. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Dental Hygiene programs are reviewed by the Commission every seven years to maintain accreditation. For reaffirmation accreditation status, the program submits a self-study according to the standards set forth by CODA, along with a site visit for review by the Commission.

The 83-credit-hour Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene program accepts approximately 26 students annually. Students provide clinical patient care as a component of their curriculum requirements. STC’s Dental Hygiene Department Head Dr. Edenfield, faculty and staff are proud of the program’s record of success, noting that most students are offered employment positions pending successful completion of two credentialing examinations and licensure. The program has had 100% licensure pass rate for many years and has been accredited for more than four decades. Edenfield is has been with the STC’s Dental Hygiene program for the past 30 years providing instruction, clinical supervision and administrative leadership.

The program utilizes a competitive admissions process. Students wishing to enter the Dental Hygiene program must complete an application packet by spring for admission to the fall class. For more information about program admission, please contact STC’s Health Sciences Academic Advisor Cindy Cole (ccole@savannahtech.edu or 912.443.5721) or Dr. Suzanne Edenfield (sedenfield@savannahtech.edu).

The STC program in Dental Hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation [and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements”] The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The Commission’s website is: http://www.ada.org/en/coda.

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                            STC Health Sciences Academic Advisor: Cindy Cole
912.443.5721 or ccole@savannahtech.edu

STC Director of Communications/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).

Georgia Film Academy to expand to Savannah Tech this summer

Georgia Film Academy

SAVANNAH –Savannah Technical College will join the Georgia Film Academy, as one of four locations in the state partnering with the Academy to develop a skilled workforce for the growing film industry.

“We have been listening and engaging with film industry professionals throughout the region to determine the best fit for our instructional offerings,” said STC President Dr. Kathy S. Love. “Our commitment to students and to industry partners is to prepare students for careers with jobs that exist in our local economy, and we believe film production training with the Georgia Film Academy is an excellent complement to our hands-on learning tradition.”

As a member of the Georgia Film Academy, Savannah Technical College will offer the Academy’s two-course certification program specifically designed to provide students with a basic level of on-set film production skills, knowledge and experience with film-industry standard organizational structure, professional equipment and on-set procedures. The first course, offered at Savannah Technical College this summer, will provide an introduction to the skills used in on-set film production, including all forms of narrative media which utilize film-industry standard organizational structure, professional equipment and on-set procedures.

In addition to the use of topical lectures, PowerPoint presentations, videos and hand-outs, the course will include demonstrations of equipment and set operations as well as hands-on learning experiences. Students will learn: film production organizational structure, job descriptions and duties in various film craft areas, names, uses and protocols related to various pieces of professional on-set film equipment. Students will also learn, through lecture and exercises, how the various film craft related to one-another on a working set, as well as how and why they all must operate in sync. In addition, students will learn skills related to networking and self-marketing.

“The Savannah Economic Development Authority is excited that the state will add Savannah Technical College to its Georgia Film Academy institutions. This decision will further enhance our region as a dedicated player in the rapidly growing entertainment production industry,” said SEDA President and CEO Trip Tollison. “SEDA would like to thank the Governor and other state leadership for choosing Savannah Technical College, and we look forward to working with this incredible asset.”

The projected film industry growth in Georgia during the next three to five years will generate 3,000 to 5,000 new jobs, and the average earnings for jobs on set are $84,000 a year.  That’s why Georgia has launched the Georgia Film Academy, a unique-in-the-nation, statewide initiative to prepare Georgia citizens for these high demand careers.

“I am pleased to learn The Georgia Film Academy is expanding to Savannah Technical College,” said City of Savannah Interim Film Services Director Beth Nelson. “As film production continues to increase, we are challenged to provide enough crew to support the industry. Training local residents to fill these positions benefits both film productions and our local community. Savannah Technical College is a perfect fit for this program. The College has been very successful in offering an outstanding technical education.  The Georgia Film Academy will provide the next step by developing the skills, knowledge, and experience that transfer to jobs in the film industry.”

Film Executive Producer Stratton Leopold agrees: “With the burgeoning film industry in Georgia, especially in Savannah, it is vital that we have a competent workforce. Savannah Technical College can fill that need to have an immediate impact locally.”

For more information about the Georgia Film Academy at Savannah Technical College submit this interest form.

About the Georgia Film Academy
The Georgia Film Academy is a collaborative effort of the University System of Georgia and Technical College System of Georgia supporting workforce needs of the film and digital entertainment industries. The academy certifies workforce ready employees in needed areas, connect students and prospective employees with employers, and offer a unique capstone experience for top students that will provide them a path to employment in Georgia. Special partnerships include Pinewood Studios located in Fayetteville, Georgia. 

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#1629 | March 8, 2016

STC Director of Admissions: Gwen Moore
912.443.5711 or gmoore@savannahtech.edu

STC Director of Communications/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 Technical College wins regional CASE awards

HERO cover art 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Savannah Technical College was honored with two regional awards by CASE District III at its annual conference in Nashville, Tenn.

STC won an award of excellence for a sub-unit campaign, “Savannah Technical College HERO Campaign (Helping Everyone Realize Opportunity.”) The College also earned special merit for best practices in a fundraising campaign for “Where Excellence Meets Opportunity Image-Building Campaign.”

For the HERO campaign, the College gathered a college-wide team, moved the campaign to a different time of year, developed a brand, built the campaign around personal interaction and offered incentives for donors. A HERO character was created as the mascot for the campaign. The campaign surpassed fundraising and participation goals.

In preparation for the STC’s $10 Million major gifts campaign “Where Excellence Meets Opportunity,” the College raised awareness with an in-kind image-building campaign, reaching out to media partners to ask them to support the campaign with matched advertising. These proposals aimed at image building reinforced key campaign messages of excellence and opportunity.

CASE District III advances and supports educational and professional institutions in the southeastern United States as part of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

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 #1628 | February 23, 2016

Director of Communications / 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).

Development Authority of Bryan County Supports Savannah Technical College Precision Manufacturing Expansion

Bryan County Development Authority Check

ELLABELL – The Board of Directors of the Development Authority of Bryan County formally announced the $50,000 pledge toward a Precision Manufacturing expansion at Savannah Technical College at its February 17 meeting. The five-year commitment of $10,000 annually supports the College’s $10 Million major gifts campaign announced last year.

“This is an important commitment for us,” said Board Chairman Derrick Smith. “Manufacturing and distribution continue to grow in the County, and we recognize the importance of providing the skilled workforce our existing industries and the prospective companies looking to invest in Bryan County need to thrive.”

Bryan County is home to a diverse group of industries, including Daniel Defense, Orafol, West Penn Testing Group, Caesarstone, Savannah Global Solutions, Oneida, Blue Bell Ice Cream and CZM Foundation Equipment.

“We thank the leadership in Bryan County for their commitment to our expansion efforts,” says College President Dr. Kathy Love. “We are proud of the strong support we have received from our service area development authorities. They truly understand the importance of having a skilled workforce as we work to bring new industry to and supporting existing industry in our communities.”

Savannah Technical College serves Bryan, Chatham, Effingham and Liberty counties. The development authorities in those counties have pledged a total of $453,000 toward expanding precision manufacturing throughout the region. The College is in the second academic year of offering a Precision Manufacturing Associate Degree program and seeks to expand facilities with dedicated lab space at the Savannah Campus, and building expansions at both the Effingham and Liberty Campuses to support a Flex-Tech Lab for precision manufacturing. The labs, designed to be tailored to focus on the exact instructional mix needed to support manufacturing in each community, significantly expand area business and industry access to workforce development and training opportunities.

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#1627 | February 16, 2016

STC Executive Director Advancement and Communications: Gail Eubanks
912.443.3022 or geubanks@savannahtech.edu 

STC Director of Communications (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).

STC Foundation to celebrate 2016 Tribute to Community STARs

Diana Rivenburgh

SAVANNAH – The Savannah Technical College Foundation Community Council will host the 2016 Tribute to Community STARs at noon on Friday, April 1, 2016, in the Eckburg Auditorium on the College’s Savannah Campus, 5717 White Bluff Road. The event, now in its tenth year, honors some 30 individuals, nominated for their service and dedication at work or in the community.

The keynote will be given by Diana Rivenburgh, author of The New Corporate Facts of Life: Rethink Your Business to Transform Today’s Challenges Into Tomorrow’s Profits. She is the CEO/President of Strategic Imperatives, Inc., a strategy, leadership and organizational development consulting firm helping clients to build sustainable, prosperous organizations. Diana consults, speaks and writes on strategy, culture, sustainability, change and the leadership capabilities important for enduring success.

Prior to launching two consulting practices, Rivenburgh held executive and management positions with Gartner, Gentiva Health Services, Olsten Corporation and NEC. She serves as a faculty member for Singapore’s Sequoia Group and Sustainability Institute, and has served on the Global Council for Appreciative Inquiry Consulting. As a Board of Advisor member of the Metro Atlanta Chamber, Diana serves on the Chamber’s Global Commerce Committee, the Environmental Policy and Sustainability Committee, and the Clean Tech Council. She earned her M.S. in Positive Organizational Development and Change from Case Western Reserve University, and a B.S. in Business Administration from NYIT and has studied internationally at Ashridge Business School (UK) and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium).

The Tribute event is held each spring and is sponsored by the STC Foundation Community Council, a group of young professionals charged with expanding the local knowledge and profile of Savannah Technical College and its mission and with raising funds to support the college, its programs and students. The Community Council is co-chaired by Alethia Zadach and Mike Miller.

Nominations will be accepted through March 4, 2016 space permitting. Sponsorships begin at $1,000 to nominate a STAR and include a table for 10.

In celebration of the event’s tenth year, local artist Anita Ross, has created a pen and ink star design. A limited number of signed giclee star prints will be available at the event with proceeds supporting student scholarships.

Tickets cost $100 per person – seating is limited. Call 912.443.3022 for information. Proceeds from the event benefit Savannah Technical College.

Founded in 1984, the Savannah Technical College Foundation is a private, nonprofit organization that exists to raise and disperse funds to support the College’s efforts to enhance learning, workforce training and economic development in Bryan, Chatham, Effingham and Liberty counties. The Foundation also supports student success through its privately funded scholarships.

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#1626 | February 16, 2016

STC Executive Director Advancement and Communications: Gail Eubanks
912.443.3022 or geubanks@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).

Gruic named Savannah Tech’s Drafting Department Head

Rachel Gruic

SAVANNAH – Savannah Technical College has selected Rachel E. Gruic as its Department Head for Drafting Technology. In this role, Gruic is responsible for oversight of all instruction, curriculum development, administrative and budgetary aspects for the College’s Drafting program.

Gruic holds a Master of Urban Planning, Design and Development degree with a concentration in sustainability from Cleveland State University. She also has a Bachelor of Architectural Studies from Kent State University and an Associate of Civil Engineering degree with a concentration in architecture at Stark State College of Technology.

Previously, she was an AutoCAD Instructor at the University of Akron. She has experience working for architectural and engineering firms. Her projects have included redesigning, cost estimating and scheduling a new design for an existing warehouse building and turning into an office, redesigning an office to make it more functional and user friendly for an advising office at Kent State University and generating a new concept plan at a neighborhood scale.

Whether it’s AutoCAD, Revit, Inventor, or CATIA, the STC Drafting department works hard to stay on the cutting edge of all the designing software available in industry.  The department allows students select a specialization within their program of study – either architecture or mechanical design. Students may also start in high school with dual enrollment certification options. For more information visit: www.savannahtech.edu/Drafting.

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#1625 | February 2, 2016

Drafting Technology Academic Advisor: Secene Dorsey
912.443.5859 or sdorsey@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).