Savannah Tech’s Adult Education team and GED® graduate win state awards

Brent Stubbs, Kathryn Thompson and father, Bernard Gouck stand with certificate.TCSG Commissioner Matt Arthur, Brent Stubbs, Beverly Smith stand with award.

ATLANTA, Ga.  – Savannah Technical College was recently recognized by the Technical College System of Georgia for having the TCSG GED® Valedictorian and highest annual enrollment increase in FY2018.

The TCSG GED® Valedictorian was awarded to STC Adult Education student Kathryn Rose Thompson. She had the highest GED® test scores of any TCSG-supported program. Thompson is currently enrolled at the University of South Carolina at Buford, S.C. She is accompanied by her father and her instructor.

“It was a pleasure having Ms. Thompson as a student,” said Bernard Gouck, Savannah Technical College Adult Education Instructor. “She came in with the mindset of knowing what she needed and achieving it. I am proud of her accomplishment and know that she will be successful in whatever career she chooses.”

STC’s Adult Education program received an award from TCSG for the highest increase in enrollment for a large program in Georgia during FY2018 (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018). STC’s Adult Education (GED®-Prep) and English as a Second Language (ESL) program served 2,330 students in FY2018. This is a 29% increase from serving 1,800 students in FY2017 (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017). During this same period of time, the overall adult education enrollment in Georgia declined 2.2%.

“These awards recognize the collective excellence of our entire adult education team,” said STC’s Vice President for Adult Education Dr. Brent A. Stubbs. “I am very proud of our team’s commitment to access through our enrollment results and commitment to excellence through each individual student experience.”

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 For GED® testing information, go to to sign up to take test or go to to learn more about our testing locations.

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. For graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, etc., visit

Savannah Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award the associate degree, diplomas, and technical certificates of credit. Contact SACSCOC for questions about the accreditation of Savannah Technical College. All questions about admission, enrollment, job placement, and related matters should be directed to an appropriate office at Savannah Technical College. Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, 1866 Southern Lane Decatur, GA 30033-4097, 404-679-4500.

UPDATE: This release has been revised to reflect that Ms. Thompson received the TCSG GED® Valedictorian for the highest score for TCSG-supported programs.


#1915 | Sept. 26, 2018

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