Melvin Everson, director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development to deliver Commencement Address May 24 6 PM in the Johnny Mercer Theatre

SAVANNAH – Melvin J. Everson of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development will deliver the Commencement Address at Savannah Technical College’s spring graduation, May 24 at 6 PM in the Johnny Mercer Theatre, Savannah Civic Center.

In this capacity, Director Everson manages the effort to improve job training and the marketability of Georgia’s workforce to enhance future economic growth in our state.Everson manages the only initiative of its kind to be conducted through a partnership between state government and state chambers of commerce, independent businesses, and the education community ensuring that companies can more reliably match the right people with the right jobs. Georgia Work Ready is based on a skills assessment and certification for job seekers and a job profiling system for businesses. By identifying both the needs of business and the available skills of Georgia’s workforce, the state can more effectively generate the right talent for the right jobs.

Everson, a former State Representative, pastor and community volunteer had a distinguished military career, serving in the US Army for 23 years in both active duty and reserve duty. Originally from Abbeville, Ga., he is a graduate of Albany State University. He is a chartered member and past president of the Snellville Optimist Club, is the current President of the Lilburn Cooperative Ministry and a previous member of the Gwinnett School Board Human Relations board. He is the recipient of many community awards including the 2011 Public Service Award from the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce, the 2011 Frederick Douglass Award from the Morehouse Republican Club, the 2011 History Makers Among us Award from Salem Missionary Baptist Church and the Gwinnett United Ebony Society Pace Setter Award, among others. He and his wife Gerri have one adult son.

Savannah Technical College expects between 250 and 300 students to participate in graduation from among the 1,000 who applied for spring graduation.

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 (