Savannah Tech to Host Electrical Utility Open House

#1357 | April 17, 2013

Open House: 6 – 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30, Savannah Campus

SAVANNAH – Savannah Technical College will host an Electrical Utility open house from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on April 30, in STC’s Industrial Technology Building, Room 5123 (5717 White Bluff Road, Savannah, GA 31405). Prospective students and the general public are invited to get firsthand information about Electrical Utility Technology and the careers available within this growing field.

“The energy industry has partnered with Savannah Technical College to develop a specific program to grow technicians to meet future skills with increased emphasis on technology,” said Georgia Power Workforce Development Manager Debra Howell. “Our industry, as well as other industries in the Savannah area, will benefit from a pool of candidates trained for the necessary technical skills as well as a strong work ethic to be successful.”

According to the Center for Energy Workforce Development, the energy industry will replace roughly half of its engineers and skilled technicians by 2015. Anyone interested in the Utility Industry – electric, gas, internet, telephone, cable, etc. – will learn more about how to move toward tomorrow’s energy future at the open house.

“While all utilities use the same types of technology electrical utilities will undergo the most intense changes over the next decade,” said STC Electrical Utility Department Head Stephen Hopkins. “The industry is making strides to become cleaner, more efficient, and more usage driven than ever before. Candidates that can come into the job market knowing exactly what needs to be done with a clear understanding of the latest technologies will be ready to fill available jobs in the industry.”

Hopkins began his successful career in the utility industry with an associate’s degree. He then advanced his career by obtaining graduate and post graduate degrees through tuition refund plan offered by many organizations. Career pathways like Hopkins’ provide affordable opportunities for higher learning to everyone.

Open house attendees will have an opportunity to visit the College’s Electrical Utility laboratory and classroom facilities, meet current students and experience our new 3D Trainer technology, which projects holographic images of real industry scenarios in multiple educational modules for interactive training and education. Powell and Hopkins will be available to speak with prospective students at the open house.


About Savannah Tech’s Electrical Utility Technology:

Electricity is one of our nation’s most vital resources and it has changed dramatically during the last decade. Electric cooperatives and electric companies need employees to work with smart grid technology, power plants, transmission substations, and distribution across the region.

Savannah Tech’s Electrical Utility program is part of the sustainable technology movement at the College and is available for Learning Community opportunities with a number of courses and dedicated tutors. Electrical Utility Technology is offered at the Savannah campus. For more information, visit or contact Industrial Technology Academic Advisor at 912.443.5859.




Electrical Utility Technology/Industrial Technology Academic Advisor:
Melanie Smith, 912.443.5512 or

Media Contact: Amy Shaffer, APR
912.443.5512 or

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.

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