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Savannah Tech is recognized for excellence at 2024 SkillsUSA Georgia Conference

Four women wearing red jackets holding gold medals.

ATLANTA, Ga. – Savannah Technical College was recognized for excellence at the Georgia 2024 SkillsUSA Post-secondary State Conference.

Students won medals in 13 competitions: nine gold, five silver, and two bronze. Photos of 2024 SkillsUSA state medalists and honorees may be found on STC’s Facebook page.

SkillsUSA is a national career and technical student organization/competition that annually serves more than 380,000 high school, college and post-secondary students–and their instructors–in technical, skilled and service-occupation instructional programs.

The College also earned a Quality Chapter award, Chapter of Excellence – Silver Level Award, first place in greatest percentage increase in membership, and second place in overall membership.

STC Business Management graduate and current Marketing Management student Corina Stewart was elected as a state officer. Her role will be determined at a leadership workshop later this spring. She is a member of the gold-medal Community Service teams (2023, 2024). She is the president of STC’s SkillsUSA chapter, the Business Professionals of America chapter, and STC’s Student Government Association (2022-23). She is also the PR officer of Phi Theta Kappa and a member of National Technical Honor Society. 

More than 45 students participated in more than 20 competitions. Nine individuals/teams won gold and will compete in the national SkillsUSA leadership and skills competition in Atlanta this June:

  • The Community Service team won gold for the fourth year in a row with teammates: Corina Stewart, Bazhena Kolesova, and Keelie Drabb; 
  • The Occupational Health and Safety (OSHA) team won gold for the fourth year in a row with Industrial Maintenance Systems students Aiden Cimadevilla, Scott Szurley, Steven Cowart, and William Smith; 
  • The Promotional Bulletin Board team won gold for the third year in a row with Early Childhood Care & Education teammates: Jeannie Fleming (alternate), Janine Lowry, Angel, and Debra Perez;
  • Air Conditioning student Marco Viera won gold for the Sheet Metal competition;
  • Architectural Drafting student Paul Panas won gold for Architectural Drafting;
  • Automotive student Ricky Blount won gold for Mobile Electronics;
  • Barbering student Alex Rodriguez won gold for Barbering;
  • Early Childhood Care & Education student Jeri Newsome won gold for Customer Service; and
  • Savannah Film Academy students Robert Ellis, III and Phil Marnell won gold for the Digital Cinema competition.

STC teams/ individuals won silver medals in five competitions:

  • Air Conditioning student Bryan Cortes won silver for HVAC;
  • Air Conditioning Student Ronnie Windham won silver in the Sheet Metal competition;
  • Air Conditioning students Larry Williams, Tjamal Williams, Lawrence McKnight, Rasheed Knowles, and Christian Martinez won silver in the Quiz Bowl competition;
  • Automotive student Demirtrius Bryant won silver for Mobile Electronics; and
  • Culinary Arts student Sohan Bolle won silver with the Culinary Arts competition;

Two teams or individuals won bronze:

  • Air Conditioning student Mason Neilson won bronze for Sheet Metal; and
  • Savannah Film Academy students Ryleigh Sandefur and Roby Neidlinger won bronze for TV Production.

About SkillsUSA
SkillsUSA is America’s proud champion of the skilled trades. It’s a student-led partnership of education and industry that’s building the skilled workforce our nation depends on with graduates who are career ready, day one. Representing nearly 380,000 career and technical education students and teachers, SkillsUSA chapters thrive in middle schools, high schools and college/postsecondary institutions nationwide. SkillsUSA’s mission empowers students to become skilled professionals, career-ready leaders and responsible community members. That mission is accomplished through the SkillsUSA Framework of Personal Skills, Workplace Skills and Technical Skills Grounded in Academics, which is integrated into the classroom curriculum. Through Framework instruction, students develop the character-shaping leadership skills — teamwork, communication, professionalism and more — that successful careers and lives demand. At the same time, students hone their high-level technical skills against current industry standards in more than 130 skilled trade areas, from 3-D Animation to Welding. The result? Focused, confident and highly skilled graduates who are ready to work, ready to lead and ready to make a difference in our schools, workplaces and communities. A vital solution to the skills gap, where more in-demand skilled trades positions are available than qualified professionals to fill them, SkillsUSA has served more than 14 million difference-making members since 1965. To learn more, visit www.skillsusa.org.

#2433 | February 27, 2024

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).

Historic Preservation to offer Stained Glass Weekend Workshops in 2024

Stained glass workshopSAVANNAH, Ga. – Savannah Technical College’s Center for Traditional Craft will offer a stained-glass weekend workshops featuring copper foil and lead came in Spring 2024.

The Copper Foil workshop is March 2-3, and the Lead Came workshop will be April 6-7. The workshops will be led by Preservation Artisan Terry Koller. Participants will learn to use tools to select, prepare and cut stained glass. The March workshop teaches the technique of using thin copper foil to wrap the colorful glass pieces. The April workshop will focus on fitting glass pieces into channeled strips of lead. Both workshops will teach participants how to fuse pieces together. Tools and materials will be provided.

Cost for each two-day workshop is $175 per person. All skill levels are encouraged to attend. Participants must attend both days and will make a stained-glass piece to take home. Workshops will be held from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at STC’s Historic Preservation lab (5717 White Bluff Road, Savannah, 31405). Register by the Thursday before the workshop (February 29 for March and April 4 for April) at www.savannahtech.edu/weekend-workshop.

Koller has a rich educational and training background in preservation. He earned an Associate’s Degree in Mechanical Design from Triangle Technical College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, completed coursework in Civil Engineering at Point Park University, also in Pittsburgh, and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Historic Preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design. He completed a two-month program in Sienna, Italy with Villanova University and Rosemont College focusing on Renaissance Art and Architecture, Art Restoration, the modern Italian Art Industry, and the Italian Language. Koller has worked in Construction, Craft, and the Field of Historic Preservation for over 30 years. Koller has been employed by the Coastal Heritage Society for 20 years managing the operation and care of six museums in the Savannah area.

As the only public hands-on Historic Preservation program in Georgia and one of seven in the U.S., Savannah Technical College has led the way in preservation education, specializing in training not typically held by construction workers. The program has gained international recognition and has contributed to a number of community-based preservation projects in the surrounding communities. Traditional Building Magazine named Savannah Tech’s Historic Preservation program one of the nation’s Up and Coming programs. For more information about Historic Preservation, contact STC Industrial Technology Advisor at 912.443.5859 or landerson@savannahtech.edu.

The College is offering 8-week courses for its Mini-Mester that begins March 1. Apply today to start training for a career in preservation.

#2432 | February 23, 2024

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).

Nylander selected as ASN Program Director

Vickie Nylander headshotSavannah Technical College has selected Vickie Nylander, MSN, RN-BC, PCCN, as its Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) Program Director. She is responsible for developing and maintaining the curriculum for the ASN based on guidelines obtained from the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) and the Georgia Board of Nursing (GBON).

Nylander has a Master of Science in Nursing Education from American Sentinel University, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix, and an Associate Degree in Nursing from Rockingham Community College. She comes to us with more than 14 years of experience as a practicing registered nurse and nurse educator. 

She is a member of the American Nurses Association, Georgia Nurses Association, American Association of Critical-care Nurses, and Rho Psi Chapter of Sigma Nursing. Her certifications include: American Nurses Credentialing Center – Medical Surgical Certified, Georgia RN Licensure, California RN Licensure, and Progressive Care Certified Nurse from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.

Visit this link for FAQ about competitive selection and details about ASN approval.

The Georgia Board of Nursing (GBON) recently granted developmental approval for the ASN program at the College. Developmental approval grants the College the permission to begin the development of an ASN program. Pending initial approval by GBON and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), the first cohort of 24 students will begin in January 2025.

#2431 | February 22, 2024

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).

College receives developmental approval for Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) from Georgia Board of Nursing

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The Georgia Board of Nursing (GBON) granted developmental approval for the Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) program at Savannah Technical College. Developmental approval grants the College permission to begin the development of an ASN program. Pending initial approval by GBON and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), the first cohort of 24 students will begin in January 2025.

Visit this link for FAQ about competitive selection and details about ASN approval.

The College plans to host this program at its Effingham Campus in a new Nursing/Science lab addition, projected to be complete prior to fall semester 2024. The proposed program will have a competitive selection process, which will include requirements of specific core courses, entrance exam and other criteria. Priority selection will be given to in-state students as well as those with a Georgia military affiliation.

Graduates of the Associate of Science in Nursing program are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The Savannah metro area had a skills gap of 3,173 for registered nurses in 2023.

Projected ASN timeline:

  • March 2024         ASN competitive selection criteria determined
  • Summer 2024     Georgia Board of Nursing site visit
  • Fall 2024             ASN competitive selection deadline (TBD)
  • Spring 2025        First ASN cohort

The Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) program, once approved at Savannah Technical College, will prepare graduates to provide quality patient care through academic and occupational knowledge attained throughout their program of study. The College has selected Vickie Nylander, MSN, RN-BC, PCCN, as its Associate of Science in Nursing Program Director. 

The ASN program’s development is partially funded by the College’s Title III Predominantly Black Institution (PBI) grant, a five-year US Department of Education grant initially awarded in 2021. The College seeks to address both the shortage of registered nurses in the local workforce and the low participation of minority students in higher-level health science programs with funding from the PBI formula grant.

#2430 | February 22, 2024

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 selected by Amazon as an Education Partner for Career Choice Program

Business Technology Customer ServiceSAVANNAH, Ga. – Savannah Technical College has been selected by Amazon as an education partner for its Career Choice program, allowing Amazon’s hourly employees pre-paid tuition to one of the College’s 150+ academic programs.

“Everything we do at Savannah Technical College is about workforce development,” said STC President Dr. Kathy Love. “We are thrilled to be selected as an education partner for Amazon’s Career Choice program! Their eligible employees will have access to Savannah Technical College’s high-demand education and training programs enabling them to earn degrees, diplomas and certificates to help further their careers.”

Amazon’s Career Choice program is an education benefit that empowers employees to learn new skills for career success at Amazon or elsewhere. The program meets individual learners where they are on their education journey through a variety of education and upskilling opportunities, including pre-paid college tuition, industry certifications designed to lead to in-demand jobs, and foundational skills such as English language proficiency, high school diplomas and GEDs. In the U.S., the company is investing $1.2 billion to upskill more than 300,000 employees by 2025 to help move them into higher-paying, in-demand jobs.

“I am so excited about Amazon’s continued investment in our community through an exciting partnership with Savannah Technical College,” Mayor Van R. Johnson, II said. “Partnerships like these are key to position Savannahians for the plethora of high wage jobs arriving to our area and further underscore the nature of Savannah’s status as one of the Southeast’s most prominent cities.”

Amazon’s Career Choice program has a rigorous selection process for third-party partner educators, choosing partners that are focused on helping employees through their education programs, assisting them with job placements, and overall offering education that leads to career success.

“We are looking forward to Savannah Technical College coming on board as an education partner for Career Choice, adding to the hundreds of best-in-class offerings available to our employees,” said Tammy Thieman, Global Program Lead of Amazon’s Career Choice program. “We’re committed to empowering our employees by providing them access to the education and training they need to grow their careers, whether that’s with us or elsewhere. We have intentionally created a partner network of third-party educators and employers committed to providing excellent education, job placement resources, and continuous improvements to the experience. Today, over 150,000 Amazon employees around the world have participated in Career Choice and we’ve seen first-hand how it can transform their lives.”

For more information on Amazon’s Career Choice, visit: https://www.aboutamazon.com/news/workplace/career-choice

#2429 | February 9, 2024

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).

Tremble selected as Vice President Academic Affairs

Gayle Tremble heaadshotSAVANNAH, Ga. – Savannah Technical College has selected Gayle Tremble, Ed.D., as its vice president of Academic Affairs. She will administer, plan and evaluate institutional services including supervision and leadership in activities of instruction personnel, institutional academic programs, in-service activities and budget related to operation of the department.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Tremble back to Savannah Technical College to lead Academic Affairs,” said STC President Dr. Kathy S. Love. “Her academic leadership and educational background will continue the College’s tradition of providing high-quality instructional programs that address student and employer needs.”

Tremble has more than two decades of experience in higher education for technical colleges as a vice president of academic affairs, dean, and instructor. Most recently, she was the vice president of academic affairs for Williamsburg Technical College in South Carolina. She returns to Savannah Tech where she was formerly the dean of public services.

She has a doctorate in education (curriculum studies), master’s degrees in English and education (middle grades) and a bachelor’s degree in business education from Georgia Southern University. She is a SACSCOC evaluator and member of the Institutional Review Board. She attended the Georgia Department of Education’s Leadership Academy, and the Technical College system of Georgia Executive Leadership Academy. In 2003, she was named Regional Instructor of the Year for Southeast Georgia.

#2428 | February 1, 2024

 

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).

Johnson selected as 2024 GOAL Student of the Year

Doria Johnson Cosmetology lab, 2024 GOAL studentSAVANNAH, Ga. – Cosmetology student Doria Johnson has been selected as the 2024 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) winner for Savannah Technical College.

“Doria is one of the most dedicated and hardworking students that I have encountered,” said STC Cosmetology Instructor Monique Sanders. “She is the embodiment of dedication, hard work, and exemplary leadership. She consistently goes above and beyond, often seeking opportunities for intellectual growth outside of the classroom and continually striving for excellence.”

GOAL honors outstanding students at each of the Technical College System of Georgia institutions. She will represent Savannah Tech at the statewide competition in April in Atlanta, where the statewide GOAL winner will be selected. The highly competitive process involves academic success, community engagement and public speaking. Winners are nominated by their instructors and selected after interviews with a panel of business and community leaders.

Johnson worked as a college admissions counselor for more than a decade. She decided to switch to a career in cosmetology because she loves making people look and feel good. She is a full-time student, wife and mother to her four-year-old daughter. She attended Temple University after high school. She is the president of STC’s Student Government Association and a member of the National Technical Honor Society and Phi Theta Kappa chapters. After graduation, she plans to teach, venture into the movie industry and establish her own business as a cosmetologist.

She would like to extend her cosmetology training beyond just practicing it by collaborating with local organizations, shelters, and community centers to provide complementary beauty services for those without access to those luxuries.

“I would like to establish free services tailored for individuals in our community who are in need,” said Johnson. “I’d like to create a safe space where everyone feels welcome and deserving of care, regardless of their background or financial status.”

Cosmetology is offered at the College’s Effingham, Liberty and Savannah campuses. The program emphasizes not only specialized training in the field of cosmetology, but also interpersonal relations development, employability skills and work ethics. The curriculum meets state licensing requirements of the State Board of Cosmetology, and STC’s graduates have a 100% pass rate.

Once program graduates receive a Cosmetology diploma and pass their board exams, they are eligible to work as a hair stylist, nail technician, makeup artist, salon manager/owner, skin care specialist, and more. Students may also take short-term training to earn a technical certificate of credit with for designer, nail technician, and shampoo technician. Cosmetology’s occupational programs are open to high school students in 10-12th grade through Dual Enrollment. For more information about Cosmetology training visit www.savannahtech.edu/Cosmetology.

The College offers hair, skin and nail care services for the public when classes are in session. Visit www.savannahtech.edu/beautyshop for a list of services, pricing, and the schedule that shows when the shops are open based on academic instruction. Prices are subject to change without notice. Student services are offered in conjunction with coursework in an educational environment and may take longer than similar services provided with non-educational service providers.

Links to Savannah Tech’s previous honorees for GOAL (student), Perkins (instructor) and Eagle (adult education student) are available at www.savannahtech.edu/honorees.

#2427 | January 29, 2024

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 Lewis selected as 2024 Instructor of the Year

Chef Alex Lewis in kitchenSAVANNAH, Ga. – Savannah Technical College’s Culinary Arts Instructor Chef Alex Lewis has been selected as STC’s 2024 Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year. The Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction honors outstanding faculty members at each of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) institutions. She will represent the College in the regional and statewide competitions.

“Chef Lewis is creative and innovative educator who is committed to providing the best educational experience possible for our students,” said STC President Dr. Kathy Love. “She is always willing to help her students and is a very committed, involved instructor. She is a recognized leader and innovator in her industry and has applied that to her work at Savannah Technical College.”

Chef Lewis is a lead Culinary Arts instructor, who began teaching with Savannah Tech in 2015 and brings a wealth of restaurant and hospitality experience to her students. She was previously an adjunct professor with Le Cordon Bleu in Atlanta. She started her career initially as a Dekalb County Public Schools educator and was named Production Chef of the Year for the Atlanta Public Schools in 2008. Prior to Savannah Tech, Chef Lewis was the chef manager for Sodexo. She also worked as an assistant catering chef at Home Appétit/Trilogy, a fabrication chef for A Dinner A’fare, and has worked as a private chef and event coordinator.

She has a master’s in education from Cambridge College, a bachelor’s degree in policy studies from Georgia State University, and an associate’s degree from Le Cordon Bleu. She is a Certified Culinary Educator (2023) and Certified Executive Chef (2021) with the American Culinary Federation (ACF). She is a member of ACF Chefs of the Low Country, Les Dames Escoffier (Savannah and Coastal Georgia), and Chaîne des Rôtisseurs (Savannah Bailliage).

The Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year award has been an ongoing statewide event since 1991 and is designed to recognize technical college instructors who make significant contributions to technical education through innovation and leadership in their fields. Formerly known as the Commissioner’s Award of Excellence, the Rick Perkins Award was renamed in memory and honor of Thomas “Rick” Perkins, an instructor at West Central Technical College, now West Georgia Technical College, who received the Commissioner’s Award of Excellence prior to his untimely death. TCSG provides oversight for the Rick Perkins Award program through the system office’s programming staff, the presidents’ Academic Improvement committee and the state planning committee.

Links to Savannah Tech’s previous honorees for GOAL (student), Perkins (instructor) and EAGLE (adult education student) are available at www.savannahtech.edu/honorees.

About Savannah Technical College’s Savannah Culinary Institute

The Savannah Culinary Institute, an American Culinary Federation-accredited culinary arts program, has been described as the “best in the U.S.A” by its ACF accreditation review board. According to the ACF committee chair, the Culinary Institute of Savannah, offering ACF-accredited diploma and degree programs in culinary arts, has gone “well over and above the standards and expectations for a technical college teaching facility.” The committee recommended that the program receive the maximum accreditation time of seven years, when the average is three years. Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry Arts associate degree graduates have a 100% placement rate in their field since 2015. The program has earned regional and national recognition with ACF-sponsored competitions. For more information visit: www.savannahtech.edu/SavannahCulinaryInstitute.

#2426 | January 29, 2024

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).

White selected as 2024 EAGLE Nominee

Charmaine White headshotSAVANNAH, Ga. – Charmaine White has been selected as the 2024 Savannah Technical College Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE) recipient.

White is a Career Plus High School (CPH) student, who earned a CNA license in Spring 2023. She is enrolled in Patient Care Technician classes for her second technical certificate of credit. Upon completion, she would like to open a geriatric facility because she loves working with the elderly. She has one son, Omar, who is her pride and joy.

The EAGLE Leadership Institute recognizes and honors those students who have demonstrated superior achievement in adult education classes. Selection criteria include student character, attitude, attendance, leadership and community involvement and activities. From this group, one student is selected to represent the local program at the state EAGLE Leadership Institute (March 25-27, 2024). The Institute provides workshops in leadership topics to build on the strong leadership characteristics the student already exhibits.

EAGLE is the first statewide program in the nation that recognizes and rewards excellence among students enrolled in adult education programs. This student recognition program is designed to create greater awareness of educational opportunities available in local communities across the state and to foster greater involvement in lifelong learning pursuits.

Every EAGLE delegate is considered an ambassador and spokesperson for literacy serving local communities and the state by promoting lifelong learning. Since its inception in 1993, the EAGLE Award program has recognized more than 1,600 outstanding students across the state. In additional to serving as volunteer role models for family members, friends, neighbors and co-workers, EAGLE delegates serve as mentors, peer tutors, and recruiters of other students into local adult education programs. The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) through its Office of Adult Education sponsors the annual EAGLE Leadership Institute.

Savannah Tech’s Adult Education Program provides accessible and high-quality education, serving those who need to improve their basic literacy and math skills, improve their oral and written English, practice for the GED® test to attain an HSE 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. 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.

#2425 | January 26, 2024

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).

Sweetheart Sale features new items in 2024

Paris Brest chocolate filledSAVANNAH, Ga. – Savannah Technical College’s Savannah Culinary Institute offers its eleventh annual online, pre-order Sweetheart Sale featuring assorted artisan chocolates, pastries and artisan breads just prior to Valentine’s Day at www.bistrosavoir.com.

Hand-made artisan chocolates truffles will be sold in a heart-shaped cardboard box for $32 and in four-packs for $10 with vegan and nut-free options. The sale has new items: raspberry + chocolate Paris brest; ruby heart minis; chocolate + peanut butter croissant; chocolate chip cookie dough brownie; black forest cookie; mocha crunch cake (6”), berries and cream salted caramel cake (6”); ruby + pistachio chocolate bar; chocolate snack pack; and chocolate truffle pops. There is a gluten-free, sugar-free coconut macaroon.

This sale features a limited-edition pair of glass etched “Savannah Culinary Institute” espresso cups in the Spanish Drinking Chocolate Kits. The kit includes spiced chocolate, spoons, and instructions for serving.

The Sweetheart Sale features the finest quality ingredients that are locally sourced, milled and handmade. Proceeds will benefit STC’s Junior Chefs Fund, which supports activities like competitions.

Online pre-order sales are available through February 8, or when quantities are sold out. Orders will be available for pickup at the College’s Savannah campus Tuesday, February 13 from noon until 6PM in the Eckburg Auditorium (5717 White Bluff Road). By request only, pickup will be available at the Crossroads, Liberty and Effingham Campuses. For a list of items for sale and to place orders, visit www.bistrosavoir.com.

Savannah Tech’s baking and pastry program was developed by the College to teach the art of creating tasty baked goods, pastries, and confections, from traditional bread baking to beautiful showpieces. Students learn a variety of international and classical pastries and desserts using basic and advanced techniques, which meet industry quality standards.  

Graduates are working as pastry chefs in the area’s finest restaurants and establishments, including Local 11 Ten, Le Café Gourmet, Savannah Yacht Club, and The Landings Club. There are more than 40 students are currently enrolled in the baking and pastry program.

With support from the Savannah Technical College Foundation, the College has purchased 7 West Bay Street as the new downtown location for an expansion of its Culinary Arts program, which will more than double the available instructional space. Senior level (second year) students will take classes and work in the bakery and restaurant. The hands-on, real-world experience in the restaurant/bakery will allow students the opportunity to apply techniques learned in the classroom to practical use, complete a required field placement, and gain first-hand experience in restaurant operations. 

New students are admitted to the baking and pastry program year-round. For more information about Culinary Arts at Savannah Tech visit: www.facebook.com/SavannahCulinaryInstitute.

About Savannah Technical College’s Savannah Culinary Institute
The Savannah Culinary Institute, an American Culinary Federation-accredited culinary arts program, has been described as the “best in the U.S.A” by its ACF accreditation review board. According to the ACF committee chair, the Culinary Institute of Savannah, offering ACF-accredited diploma and degree programs in culinary arts, has gone “well over and above the standards and expectations for a technical college teaching facility.” The committee recommended that the program receive the maximum accreditation time of seven years, when the average is three years. Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry Arts associate degree graduates have a 100% placement rate in their field since 2015. The program has earned regional and national recognition with ACF-sponsored competitions. For more information visit: www.savannahtech.edu/SavannahCulinaryInstitute.

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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).