Georgia State Licensing Board awards experience for STC Associate Degree graduates

Savannah Tech is Georgia’s first technical college to receive approval


For Release: October 26, 2011

Contact: Amy Shaffer, APR

Alice Ogden works on Savannah Tech’s  Residential Energy Audit Training Facility at the Savannah Campus.

ATLANTA – The Georgia State Licensing Board for Residential and General Contractors has determined Savannah Technical College’s Associate Degree in Construction Management now qualifies students for licensure one year earlier. STC is the first technical college to receive defined approval for two years of education and one year of work experience for program graduates.

Until now, STC Construction Management Associate Degree students were required to complete two years of experience with a licensed contractor upon graduation to qualify for residential contracting licensure testing. The Board’s vote allows students to apply for a license after STC program completion and one year of supervised experience.

“As a female student, the ability to receive my licensure in one year post graduation speaks volumes about my work experience, work ethic and work quality,” said STC Construction Management student Alice Ogden. “I appreciate that Savannah Technical College pursued this agreement with the General Contracting Licensing Board.”

Job placement for Construction Technology has averaged more than 90 percent the past three years and all 33 department graduates in FY2011 (July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011) were placed into the workforce.

“Savannah Technical College has a proven track record of an excellent education program that has provided the greater Savannah area with a trained workforce for many years,” said Executive Officer for Home Builders Association of Greater Savannah Patty Rietkovich.

STC’s Construction Technology Department includes Technical Certificates of Credit in Certified Construction Worker, Concrete Forming, Construction Management Apprentice, Construction Manager and Masonry Apprentice as well as the Associate Degree and professional diplomas in Construction Management.

The certificate programs offer instruction in the fundamentals of construction and management of construction projects while the degree and diploma are designed to prepare students for a career in some construction supervision. Basic carpentry skills include laying footings and foundations, framing, roofing, and interior and exterior finishing. Management skills include principles of accounting, construction drafting, code review, scheduling, and contracting. Program graduates receive an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Construction Management.


High resolution images Savannah Technical College Construction Management Students are available upon request.

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 (