Towne selected as Fire Science Department Head

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Savannah Technical College recently selected Donald Towne as department head for Fire Science. He is responsible for oversight of all instruction, curriculum development, administrative and budgetary aspects for the College’s Fire Science program.

Towne is a former fire chief, training officer, and decorated public safety leader with more than three decades of experience managing, developing and delivering training and safety programs for employees and public partners.

 In 2009, He was awarded the Leadership Award from Target Safety and the Volunteer & Combination Section of the IAFC at the Annual Fire Chief’s Conference in Dallas, Texas. He is also one of the first in Georgia to be certified as an emergency medical services director by GEMSA.

He has completed coursework for an Ed.D. in Human and Organizational Learning from George Washington University (ABD). He has a master’s in organizational development/leadership and a bachelor’s in leadership from Mercer University. He has an associate’s degree in fire science from West Georgia Technical College.

The STC Fire Science programs prepare graduates for successful careers in the fire and emergency service field, whether they are looking to obtain required certifications to apply to fire departments nationwide or wish to obtain their degree to qualify for promotion into leadership positions at their department. Many of the classes meet the educational criteria established by the Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council (ProBoard) allowing students to challenge various national fire service certifications including Fire Officer I & II, Incident Safety Officer, Fire Instructor I, Hazardous Materials Operations, Fire & Life Safety Educator, etc.

All Fire Science classes 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 students to obtain their fire science degree or diploma in one year. The STC Fire Science program office is located at the Liberty Campus (100 Technology Road, Hinesville). Interested students should contact Burns at aburns@savannahtech.edu or STC Business and Public Services Academic Advisor Amber Robinson at arobinson@savannahtech.edu.

#2314 | September 23, 2022

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

Savannah Technical College serves Coastal Georgia with quality, market-driven technical education with campus locations in Chatham, Effingham and Liberty Counties. Serving more than 10,000 credit and non-credit students annually, Savannah Tech offers nearly 150 different instructional programs in Aviation Technology, Business and Professional Services, Industrial Technology, and Health Sciences in addition to Adult Education classes, industry-specific training and continuing education. The College serves as an economic and community development partner for the region, offering corporate and customized training and assessment programs for business and industry.

Savannah Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees, diplomas and technical certificates of credit. Questions about the accreditation of Savannah Technical College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).

Board of Directors welcomes Hoffman

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Peter Hoffman was sworn in as a member of the Savannah Technical College Board of Directors at the September meeting by Judge Richard Sanders, a municipal judge for Bloomingdale, Ga. Hoffman was appointed to serve on the STC board by the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) state board.

Last month, Hoffman was named Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) for Coastal Georgia. CASAs are business and community leaders selected by the Secretary to advise and support Army leaders across the country. CASAs come from many professions including business, education, finance, industry, law, the media, medicine and public service. Each is proactively involved in the community and brings to the position an interest in the Army, a high degree of business and civic leadership and an ability to influence the public.

In 2021, Hoffman retired from Savannah Technical College as its vice president for Student Affairs. Previously, he worked as the director for community engagement and government affairs for Georgia Southern University and for Armstrong State University.

He served as a commissioned officer in the active duty U.S. Army for three decades, attaining the rank of Colonel. He held command and staff positions at a variety of levels, with responsibility for all aspects of training, administration, logistics and maintenance. He also acted in a diplomatic capacity, liaising and negotiating with foreign government representatives on critical issues such as arms control and bilateral defense related engagements.

He has a master of public administration from Cornell University and a bachelor of arts in political science from North Georgia College. He completed advanced Russian language training at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, Calif., along with post-graduate studies (Russia and the Former Soviet Union) from the U.S. Army Russian Institute in Garmisch, Germany. He also serves on various boards including the Small Business Assistance Corporation, National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Mountain Film on Tour Savannah, and Friends of Ft. Stewart and Hunter AAF.

The College’s Local Board of Directors is comprised of community and industry leaders, who strive to keep the College at the highest standard of excellence in education. The local board facilitates the delivery of programs, services, and activities as directed by the TCSG State Board, advises the President and the TCSG State Board of local industry and community needs for the programs and services to be provided by the technical college, and advocates within the community and within the state on issues of importance in support of TCSG and Georgia’s workforce development efforts.

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#2313 | September 22, 2022

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




Savannah Technical College serves Coastal Georgia with quality, market-driven technical education with campus locations in Chatham, Effingham and Liberty Counties. Serving more than 10,000 credit and non-credit students annually, Savannah Tech offers nearly 150 different instructional programs in Aviation Technology, Business and Professional Services, Industrial Technology, and Health Sciences in addition to Adult Education classes, industry-specific training and continuing education. The College serves as an economic and community development partner for the region, offering corporate and customized training and assessment programs for business and industry.

Savannah Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees, diplomas and technical certificates of credit. Questions about the accreditation of Savannah Technical College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).

National Adult Education & Family Literacy Week 2022

In partnership with the Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE), Savannah Technical College will recognize National Adult Education and Family Literacy week, September 19-23, 2022.

More than 30 million Americans over the age of 25, or one of ten U.S. citizens, do not have a high school diploma. STC Adult Education offers free GED prep classes for Chatham, Bryan, Effingham and Liberty counties. In the last academic year, the College awarded 112 high school equivalency diplomas. Nearly half of the students enrolled in adult education courses achieved a student academic gain. Nearly 1,500 students were enrolled in high school equivalency and nearly 400 enrolled in English as a Second Language.

Research from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that job growth for individuals without a high school diploma or some college experience is about zero or even negative. By 2024, 48 percent of job openings will be middle-skill and 32 percent will be high-skill. This means that in less than three years, nearly 80 percent of all job openings will require more than a high school degree.

Family literacy programs serve parents and their young children, teaching basic skills, English as a Second Language, and parenting skills to adults while their children are provided high quality instruction. These programs are focused on breaking the cycles of low literacy, low education, and poverty. Adult education and family literacy programs serve adults who need to improve their basic literacy and math skills, improve their oral and written English, obtain a high school equivalence degree, and prepare for postsecondary education or training.

Adults who participate in STC’s Adult Education program have the opportunity to explore career pathways and hone their skills so that they can advance their careers through postsecondary education or training though a program called, Fast Forward (www.savannahtech.edu/fast-forward).

Free adult education and English language acquisition available to eligible participants. Visit savannahtech.edu/Free-GED-Prep or savannahtech.edu/Free-ESL-Classes for more information.

Savannah Tech’s Adult Education Program serves those who need to improve their basic literacy and math skills, improve their oral and written English, practice for the GED® test to attain a high school equivalency degree, and prepare for college. Instructors also help students with science and social studies test preparation for GED® testing.

STC teaches adult education classes in the morning, afternoon, evening and online. They are offered in Bryan, Chatham, Effingham and Liberty Counties with multiple locations in each community. Adult education classes for GED®-prep are currently free for all U.S. citizens. To register for free GED® classes, call 912.443.5446 or visit www.savannahtech.edu/FreeGEDClasses. For GED® testing information, go to www.ged.com to sign up to take test or go to www.savannahtech.edu/testingcenter to learn more about our testing locations.

The Coalition on Adult Basic Education is the premier national professional association of adult educators. Over 79,000 members strong, COABE’s mission is to inspire educators so that adults succeed and communities thrive. Website: www.coabe.org.

#2312 | September 16, 2022
Media Contact: Amy Shaffer, APR
912.443.5512 or ashaffer@savannahtech.edu

Savannah Technical College serves Coastal Georgia with quality, market-driven technical education with campus locations in Chatham, Effingham and Liberty Counties. Serving more than 10,000 credit and non-credit students annually, Savannah Tech offers nearly 150 different instructional programs in Aviation Technology, Business and Professional Services, Industrial Technology, and Health Sciences in addition to Adult Education classes, industry-specific training and continuing education. The College serves as an economic and community development partner for the region, offering corporate and customized training and assessment programs for business and industry.

Savannah Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees, diplomas and technical certificates of credit. Questions about the accreditation of Savannah Technical College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).

Walton selected as Logistics Management Department Head

Jill Walton headshotSAVANNAH, Ga. – Savannah Technical College recently selected Jillian Walton as department head for Logistics Management. She is responsible for oversight of all instruction, curriculum development, administrative and budgetary aspects for the College’s Logistic Management program.

As a separated member of the U.S. Army, she has more than a decade of knowledge and experience with inventory, supply and logistics management. When she was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, her team produced, stored, transported, and distributed water and petroleum. In recognition of her outstanding military performance, Walton received the Meritorious Service Award, Army Commendation Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Non-Article 5 NATO medal. She also worked as a Logistics Technician/Manager for Eagle Systems Incorporated at Robins Air Force Base. Previously, Walton was a Logistics Management instructor for Ogeechee Technical College.

She has a Master of Science in Logistics and Supply Chain Management from Georgia College and State University. She has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Fort Valley State University.

Logistic Management is a career of strategy, design, tactical planning and observation. STC’s Associate of Science Degree in Logistics Management is designed with a large pre-business and general education core coupled with an occupational component of courses in logistics management. This program mirrors the Pre-Business and Core Curriculum of Georgia Southern University, which enables graduates to continue their education in various logistics fields at a university level.

The College also offers an associate degree and diplomas in Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Students may also complete short-term technical certificate of credit programs for Certified Warehousing and Distribution and Logistics Technician. For more information about logistics training visit: www.savannahtech.edu/LogisticsManagement.

#2311 | September 15, 2022
Media Contact: Amy Shaffer, APR
912.443.5512 or ashaffer@savannahtech.edu

Savannah Technical College serves Coastal Georgia with quality, market-driven technical education with campus locations in Chatham, Effingham and Liberty Counties. Serving more than 10,000 credit and non-credit students annually, Savannah Tech offers nearly 150 different instructional programs in Aviation Technology, Business and Professional Services, Industrial Technology, and Health Sciences in addition to Adult Education classes, industry-specific training and continuing education. The College serves as an economic and community development partner for the region, offering corporate and customized training and assessment programs for business and industry.

Savannah Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees, diplomas and technical certificates of credit. Questions about the accreditation of Savannah Technical College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).

Foundation awards more than $121K for AY2023

Scholarship Appreciation Breakfast 2022SAVANNAH, Ga. – Savannah Technical College Foundation awarded more than $121,000 in scholarships for the academic year (AY23). This included $43,000 for last mile scholarship, $36,000 for Career Advancement Program (CAP) scholarship, $12,000 for Student Success scholarship and $12,000 for the Faculty & Staff (HERO) scholarship. Additional student scholarships will be awarded prior to spring and summer semesters.

This week, the Foundation honored more than 100 scholarship students and donors at the annual Scholarship Appreciation Breakfast. Last year, the STC Foundation more than doubled funding for student support through private scholarships (FY22).

Scholarship applications are accepted prior to the start of each semester and are evaluated by STCF Board and Community Council volunteers, along with donors, faculty and staff. A complete list of STC Foundation scholarships is available at www.savannahtech.edu/scholarships.

The Foundation administers 30 different privately funded scholarships assisting students with tuition, fees, tools, books and testing. There are also two endowment scholarships: Patrick Williams Scholarship Fund and Walter & Charlotte Hixon Scholarship Endowment.

Scholarship funds may be used for tuition, fees, books, and pre-approved academic-related supplies purchased at the Savannah Technical College Campus Shop only. Scholarship funds will not be distributed directly to the student. 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.

Privately-funded scholarships are awarded based on criteria established by each of the donors. Any restrictions (age, race, gender, program of study, required hours, GPA, etc.) are included by specific request of the donor and are explicitly tied to the funds received for awards.  

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

#2310 | September 10, 2022
Media Contact: Amy Shaffer, APR
912.443.5512 or ashaffer@savannahtech.edu

Savannah Technical College serves Coastal Georgia with quality, market-driven technical education with campus locations in Chatham, Effingham and Liberty Counties. Serving more than 10,000 credit and non-credit students annually, Savannah Tech offers nearly 150 different instructional programs in Aviation Technology, Business and Professional Services, Industrial Technology, and Health Sciences in addition to Adult Education classes, industry-specific training and continuing education. The College serves as an economic and community development partner for the region, offering corporate and customized training and assessment programs for business and industry.

Savannah Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees, diplomas and technical certificates of credit. Questions about the accreditation of Savannah Technical College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).

HVAC Student wins Trane Technician of the Future Scholarship 2022

Tristen Ingram by HVAC trainerSAVANNAH, Ga. – Savannah Technical College Air Conditioning Technology student Tristen Ingram received the Trane Technician of the Future Scholarship (2022) from Trane by Trane Technologies. He is one of 28 students in North America seeking a technical education to prepare for the field of Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) or Building Automation.  

Ingram began his career at Savannah Tech as a dual enrollment student. He completed 24 hours of general core courses online before graduating last spring from South Effingham High School. This semester, he enrolled as a full-time air conditioning degree student at the Savannah Campus. He is also working a 14-hour-per-week internship at Mitsubishi Power Americas, Inc. in the maintenance department.

“Congratulations to this year’s Trane Technician of the Future scholarship recipients,” said Donny Simmons, president, Commercial HVAC Americas, Trane Technologies. “We are proud to help these 28 aspiring technicians launch a successful career in the HVAC and building controls industry. This scholarship program is one of the ways Trane is helping build the next generation of HVAC technicians and operators who will make significant industry contributions in the years to come.”

Recipients were selected from a pool of finalists on the basis of academic performance, leadership and participation, long-term career and educational goals, financial need and other criteria. As a full-time student, Ingram will receive $4,000, which may be used for education-related expenses.

The Trane Technician of the Future Scholarship aligns with Trane Technologies’ Sustainable Futures, which brings bold action globally to uplift under-represented students through education and pathways to green and STEM careers.

Air Conditioning or HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) training is available as an associate of applied science degree, diploma or two short-term technical certificate of credit (TCCs) offered at the Savannah and Liberty campuses.  Graduates of this program in AY2020 had a 96.5% placement rate in field. In the past year, there have been 28 job openings per month for HVAC technician related positions in our area with a local mean salary of $47,000. For more information visit www.savannahtech.edu/HVAC.

About Trane

Trane – by Trane Technologies (NYSE: TT), a global climate innovator – creates comfortable, energy efficient indoor environments for commercial and residential applications. For more information, visit www.trane.com or www.tranetechnologies.com.

About Trane Technologies

Trane Technologies is a global climate innovator. Through our strategic brands Trane® and Thermo King®, and our portfolio of environmentally responsible products and services, we bring efficient and sustainable climate solutions to buildings, homes and transportation. Visit tranetechnologies.com.

#2309 | September 9, 2022
Media Contact: Amy Shaffer, APR
912.443.5512 or ashaffer@savannahtech.edu

Savannah Technical College serves Coastal Georgia with quality, market-driven technical education with campus locations in Chatham, Effingham and Liberty Counties. Serving more than 10,000 credit and non-credit students annually, Savannah Tech offers nearly 150 different instructional programs in Aviation Technology, Business and Professional Services, Industrial Technology, and Health Sciences in addition to Adult Education classes, industry-specific training and continuing education. The College serves as an economic and community development partner for the region, offering corporate and customized training and assessment programs for business and industry.

Savannah Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees, diplomas and technical certificates of credit. Questions about the accreditation of Savannah Technical College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).

JCB North America welcomes apprentices for Fall 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The 2022 Apprenticeship Class participants are:

CRAFT APPRENTICES:

First Name

Last Name

High School Attended

YaNella

Biggins

Woodville Tompkins Technical and Career High School

Jackson

Cheeks

Islands High School

Aaron

Davis

Robert W Groves High School

Kyreese

Gordon

Alfred Ely Beach High School

Coen

Ridgley

Bryan County Middle High School

 

MANUFACTURING SKILLS APPRENTICES/SAVANNAH TECH STUDENTS:

First Name

Last Name

High School Attended

Aiden

Cimadevilla

South Effingham High School

Steven

Cowart

Islands High School

Caitlyn

Edwards

Woodville Tompkins Technical and Career High School

Aaron

Freeman

Alfred Ely Beach High School

Janori

Higgenbottom

Hershel V. Jenkins  High School

Kien

Nguyen

Hershel V. Jenkins  High School

Korynth

Ramsby

Islands High School

Scott

Szurley

May River High School

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

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

JCB North America | August 19, 2022

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

Savannah Technical College serves Coastal Georgia with quality, market-driven technical education with campus locations in Chatham, Effingham and Liberty Counties. Serving more than 10,000 credit and non-credit students annually, Savannah Tech offers nearly 150 different instructional programs in Aviation Technology, Business and Professional Services, Industrial Technology, and Health Sciences in addition to Adult Education classes, industry-specific training and continuing education. The College serves as an economic and community development partner for the region, offering corporate and customized training and assessment programs for business and industry.

Savannah Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees, diplomas and technical certificates of credit. Questions about the accreditation of Savannah Technical College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).

Savannah Tech now offers light duty diesel engine training

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

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

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

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

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

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

#2308 | August 24, 2022
Media Contact: Amy Shaffer, APR
912.443.5512 or ashaffer@savannahtech.edu

Savannah Technical College serves Coastal Georgia with quality, market-driven technical education with campus locations in Chatham, Effingham and Liberty Counties. Serving more than 10,000 credit and non-credit students annually, Savannah Tech offers nearly 150 different instructional programs in Aviation Technology, Business and Professional Services, Industrial Technology, and Health Sciences in addition to Adult Education classes, industry-specific training and continuing education. The College serves as an economic and community development partner for the region, offering corporate and customized training and assessment programs for business and industry.

Savannah Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees, diplomas and technical certificates of credit. Questions about the accreditation of Savannah Technical College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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#2307 | August 5, 2022
Media Contact: Amy Shaffer, APR
912.443.5512 or ashaffer@savannahtech.edu

Savannah Technical College serves Coastal Georgia with quality, market-driven technical education with campus locations in Chatham, Effingham and Liberty Counties. Serving more than 10,000 credit and non-credit students annually, Savannah Tech offers nearly 150 different instructional programs in Aviation Technology, Business and Professional Services, Industrial Technology, and Health Sciences in addition to Adult Education classes, industry-specific training and continuing education. The College serves as an economic and community development partner for the region, offering corporate and customized training and assessment programs for business and industry.

Savannah Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees, diplomas and technical certificates of credit. Questions about the accreditation of Savannah Technical College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).

Foundation announces FY2023 leadership, new board members

Kay Ford headshot Monica Dorsey Headshot Fran Baker Witt headshot

Left to right: Kay  Ford, Monica Dorsey, Taylor Mongin, Steven Stowers, Stacy Watson, Dr. Fran Baker-Witt, Kevin Jackson.

SAVANNAH, GA – Savannah Technical College Foundation Board of Trustees recently announced leadership changes and welcomed new members to its board for FY2023.

The FY2023 executive committee includes: Kay Ford – Chairman; David Burkoff – Vice Chair; Taylor Mongin – Treasurer; Gary Sanchez – Past-Chair; and Sam McCachern and Alfonso Ribot will serve as At Large members. New board members include: Monica Dorsey, Taylor Mongin, Steven Stowers, Stacy Watson. Fran Baker-Witt and Kevin Jackson joined the board mid-year in FY2022.

  • Monica Dorsey: For the past 16 years, she has been the Chief Executive Officer for Downtime Fleet Management Services, the only woman-owned small business of its kind in North America.  
  • Taylor Mongin: She is a partner with Holland, Bromley, Barrnhill & Brett, LLP. She is a CPA with master’s and bachelor’s degrees in accounting from the University of Georgia.
  • Steven Stowers, AIA: He is an award-winning architect in Savannah for the past 20 years.  In 2017, he started his own practice, Architecture 101, first in Beaufort, S.C., and then expanding into Savannah in 2019.  He is co-founder of the Savannah Design Collaborative and has served as President of AIA Savannah (2008) and AIA Georgia (2021). 
  • Stacy Watson: He has worked for the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) for 30 years and is its Director of Economic & Industrial Development. He is a Wing Inspector General for the Georgia Air National Guard. He has an MBA from Webster University, a BBA from the Parker College of Business at Georgia Southern University and has an Associate of Science in Business Administration from Middle Georgia College.
  • Dr. Fran Baker-Witt: She is the President and Chief Executive Officer for Effingham Health System. She has more than a decade of experience with health system leadership. She holds a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (CPN)from Capella University, an MBA from Everest University – South Orlando, and a Bachelor of Science in Registered Nursing (BSN) from Loyola University Chicago.
  • Kevin “Catfish” Jackson: is Chief Executive Officer of Envirovac Holdings, LLC. He formed EnviroVac in May 1999 and previously served as Vice President of Marketing at Scapa Group. He began his sales career in 1985 with Georgia Fastener and Safety Company. He has served as the chairman for the Savannah Economic Development Authority and the GPA Board of Directors.

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

#2306 | July 27, 2022
Media Contact: Amy Shaffer, APR
912.443.5512 or ashaffer@savannahtech.edu

Savannah Technical College serves Coastal Georgia with quality, market-driven technical education with campus locations in Chatham, Effingham and Liberty Counties. Serving more than 10,000 credit and non-credit students annually, Savannah Tech offers nearly 150 different instructional programs in Aviation Technology, Business and Professional Services, Industrial Technology, and Health Sciences in addition to Adult Education classes, industry-specific training and continuing education. The College serves as an economic and community development partner for the region, offering corporate and customized training and assessment programs for business and industry.

Savannah Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees, diplomas and technical certificates of credit. Questions about the accreditation of Savannah Technical College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).