SOUTHWEST GEORGIA TECHNICAL COLLEGE NEWS



SWGTC Celebrates Last Graduating Class
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SWGTC Celebrates Last Graduating Class On Thursday, June 11th, students who recently earned an Associate Degree, Diploma, Technical Certificate of Credit (TCC), or General Education Development Diploma (GED) from Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) were conferred at the college’s final commencement ceremony held at the Thomasville Municipal Auditorium. Mr. Roger Pierce, RN Clinical Coordinator for Archbold Home Health Services, served as the keynote speaker. Pierce is a two-time graduate of SWGTC, once in 2004 for a Diploma in Computer Information Systems and again in 2010 for an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing, encouraged the graduates to “challenge the status quo.” He drew from his personal experiences and two drastically different career paths in relaying to those in attendance that “You don’t have to settle for a career you aren’t passionate about. If you are unable to find the perfect fit in the coming weeks or months, turn your attention to educating yourself further and opening new doors.” “The technical skill and knowledge our graduates take with them will open doors to countless career opportunities. The success of these graduates is yet another confirmation that technical college education is a vitally important aspect of our community’s foundation for success. As our merger nears and we enter a new era with Southern Regional Technical College, the opportunity to engage new students and further develop Georgia’s workforce will continue to grow,” commented Dr. Craig Wentworth, President of SWGTC, as he provided the introduction and welcome remarks during the ceremony. Graduates and audience members also heard from SWGTC Foundation Board Chairman Mr. Bob Hutchison as he delivered the invocation, SWGTC’s 2015 Rick Perkins Award recipient (teacher of the year) Mrs. Sharon Poitevint, and SWGTC’s 2015 GOAL winner (student of the year) Mrs. Ashley Hiatt. As SWGTC celebrated 68 years of operation this year, and moves forward as the soon-to-be named Southern Regional Technical College, this graduating class of 294 students marks a significant milestone in the life of the college as the last graduating class of Southwest Georgia Technical College. "Although our name will change, our overall mission and our commitment to student success will not change. We are still going to provide a superior education and produce graduates ready to stimulate our local workforce," Dr. Wentworth reiterated. SWGTC offers more than 80 certificate, diploma, and degree programs. Many of these programs provide training for some of the nation’s fastest-growing career fields including Nursing, Automotive Technology, Clinical Laboratory Technology, and Emergency Medical Technology. More information may be obtained by calling 229-225-4096 or by logging onto www.southwestgatech.edu. Southwest Georgia Technical College and Moultrie Technical College will be merging on July 1st to form the new Southern Regional Technical College. Fall Semester 2015 begins August 18th! Don’t wait, enroll today! A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.


Fulghum Chosen as PBL State President for 2015-16
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Fulghum Chosen as PBL State President for 2015-16 During the Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) Georgia state competition five students were elected to serve on the state board for the 2015-2016 academic year: Rebecca Arnold, from Central Georgia Technical College’s Warner Robins chapter, Candace Grace, from, West Georgia Technical College’s Douglas chapter, Hudson Powell, from West Georgia Technical College’s LaGrange chapter, Eddie Waller from Dalton State College, and SWGTC’s own Anastasia (Ana) Fulghum. When Fulghum and the other candidates were elected by their PBL peers they were not elected into a specific position. During the course of the state competition, members of PBL, SkillsUSA, National Technical Honor Society, and Student Government Association meet and attend seminars, campaign for state board nomination, and are interviewed by a panel consisting of various presenters. They are asked a series of questions and are scored on their responses. The judges then determine which position the student would best serve their organization. Each student is asked what position they would prefer to hold, but that decision is ultimately left to the discretion of the panel. This past weekend she was interviewed again and by unanimous vote was elected into the president’s position. She has been the president of her local chapter at SWGTC since August of 2014. In that role she has been responsible for the chapter to many honors, hosting the regional PBL competition, and was elected to the state leadership team in April of 2015. “I am very excited that Ana was elected as President of the State PBL organization. She is a dynamic student that is full of great ideas, and I am sure that both the local chapter and the organization as a whole will benefit from her being the President. Ana, is a leader in the classroom so I know without a doubt that she will work with her executive team this year and accomplish great things for PBL,” commented Neil Clements, PBL Advisor. Phi Beta Lambda is a national, nonprofit organization and educational association with a quarter million student members preparing for careers in business and business-related fields. The association has four divisions: Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) for high school students; FBLA-Middle Level for junior high, middle, and intermediate school students; Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) for postsecondary students; and Professional Division for business people, FBLA-PBL alumni, educators, and parents who support the goals of the association.  The mission of PBL is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. “I am very proud to have Ana represent Phi Beta Lambda and SWGTC at the state level for the next year. I have no doubt that she will be a great representative of SWGTC and she will bring superior knowledge and dedication to her work as President of the Georgia PBL,” commented Dr. Craig Wentworth, SWGTC President. SWGTC offers more than 80 certificate, diploma, and degree programs. Many of these programs provide training for some of the nation’s fastest-growing career fields including Nursing, Automotive Technology, Clinical Laboratory Technology, and Emergency Medical Technology. More information may be obtained by calling 229-225-4096 or by logging onto www.southwestgatech.edu. Southwest Georgia Technical College and Moultrie Technical College will be merging on July 1st to form the new Southern Regional Technical College, pending SACSCOC approval. Fall Semester 2015 begins August 18th. Don’t wait, enroll today! Southwest Georgia Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.


Southwest Georgia Technical College Graduation Ceremony June 6, 2013
Current Students
Graduation caps and gowns will be available at the SWGTC Bookstore beginning June 4. Announcements and tickets will be available for pick-up starting June 4, also at the Bookstore. Each graduate is allotted 5 graduation announcements and 5 admission tickets.  Anyone needing a seat MUST HAVE a ticket to get in.  Any admission tickets not picked up by 11:00 on June 11 will be forfeited and distributed to the graduates who attend practice and want additional tickets. Graduation practice will be held at 12:00 noon on June 11 at the Thomasville Municipal Auditorium (corner of Jackson Street and Crawford Street).  Graduates should be at the auditorium for the ceremony by 6:00 pm on June 11. The ceremony starts at 7:00 pm sharp. Diplomas will be handed out to the Spring Semester 2015 graduates immediately after the ceremony.  Diplomas for those graduates who do not attend the Graduation Ceremony will be available for pick up in the Student Affairs office starting June 15 and will be held there for two weeks.  Any diplomas remaining after two weeks will be mailed to the most recent address we have in Banner.  All financial obligations must be met and a picture ID must be presented when picking up diplomas in person. Diplomas returned by the post office will be held at the Student Affairs reception desk for 6 months, and then will be on file in the Registrar’s Office.


Recent Medical Assisting Grads Boast 100% Pass Rate on Certification Exam
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Recent Medical Assisting Grads Boast 100% Pass Rate on Certification Exam In April 2015 another class of Medical Assisting students graduated from Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC).  Graduates were honored in a pinning ceremony on April 17th and included Jordan Cromer of Thomasville, Trina Henson of Cairo, Christina Shiver of Camilla, Jerri Wisely of Camilla, Rebecca Contreras of Camilla, and Megan Morrell of Cairo.  This graduating class achieved an exceptional milestone by having a 100% pass rate on the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) Exam. “Southwest Georgia Technical College’s tradition of having high pass rates on occupational boards and certification/licensure exams continues with our most recent Medical Assisting graduates.  This is an outstanding accomplishment by our students and an integral step in the MA occupation. I wish them the best and know they will be great ambassadors for our College as their careers progress,” commented SWGTC President Dr. Craig Wentworth. These students completed one semester of prerequisite coursework as well as multiple semesters of rigorous occupational coursework including a series of clinical rotations at local medical offices. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of CMAs is projected to increase at a rate of 29 percent between 2012 and 2022, which is much faster than the 11 percent projected average growth rate for all occupations. “I am very proud of my student’s accomplishments and the hard work they put into completing the Medical Assisting program and passing the certification exam.  They will make great CMAs and be a wonderful addition to the profession.  I wish them all the best,” Elizabeth Peace, SWGTC Medical Assisting Program Director and Instructor. SWGTC offers a five semester Medical Assisting degree program and a four semester diploma program that trains the student for administrative and clinical duties, primarily in physicians’ offices or clinics. Clinical skills include taking vital signs, obtaining medical histories, performing basic lab tests, sterilizing instruments, administering medications, and assisting the physician. Administrative skills include answering phones, scheduling appointments, transcription, filing medical and insurance reports, and arranging for hospital admissions and laboratory services. For more information on the Medical Assisting program at SWGTC, please contact Elizabeth Peace at (229) 225-5081 or epeace@southwestgatech.edu. Summer Semester 201 begins May 18th! Southwest Georgia Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.   # # #  


2015 Manufacturer of the Year Nominees
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2015 Manufacturer of the Year Nominees On May 27, 2015 local manufacturers were presented with their 2015 Manufacturer of the Year nominations.                   Pictured (L to R): Pam Griffin - TCSG Economic Development, Dennis Lee - SWGTC VP of Economic Development, Heather Maxwell, Quality Manager for Caterpillar, Dr. Craig Wentworth, SWGTC President, and Niki Knox Vanderslice, Executive Director of Business Development / External Affairs for TSCG Quickstart                 Pictured (L to R): Pam Griffin - TCSG Economic Development, Dennis Lee - SWGTC VP of Economic Development, Jeff Hurst from Hurst Boiler, Dr. Craig Wentworth, SWGTC President, and Niki Knox Vanderslice, Executive Director of Business Development / External Affairs for TSCG Quickstart                  Pictured (L to R): Pam Griffin - TCSG Economic Development, Dennis Lee - SWGTC VP of Economic Development, Ron Parks with Oil Dri of Georgia, Dr. Craig Wentworth, SWGTC President, and Niki Knox Vanderslice, Executive Director of Business Development / External Affairs for TSCG Quickstart                 Pictured (L to R): Pam Griffin - TCSG Economic Development, Dennis Lee - SWGTC VP of Economic Development, Paul Hoppes of Seminole Marine, Inc., Dr. Craig Wentworth, SWGTC President, and Niki Knox Vanderslice, Executive Director of Business Development / External Affairs for TSCG Quickstart               Pictured (L to R): Pam Griffin - TCSG Economic Development, Dennis Lee - SWGTC VP of Economic Development, Patricia Choice of Wilo USA, Inc., Dr. Craig Wentworth, SWGTC President, and Niki Knox Vanderslice, Executive Director of Business Development / External Affairs for TSCG Quickstart


Proctoring Information
Distance Education
  SACSCOC Requirements that pertain to Distance Education Proctoring The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges’ Board of Trustees adopted a policy statement in June 2010, entitled Distance and Correspondence Education.  This policy includes the following statement:“At the time of review by the Commission, the institution must demonstrate that the student who registers in a distance or correspondence education course or program is the same student who participates in and completes the course or program and receives the credit by verifying the identity of a student who participates in class or coursework by using, at the option of the institution, methods such as (1) a secure login and pass code (2) proctored examinations, and (3) new or other technologies and practices that are effective in verifying student identification.” To facilitate compliance with this new policy, the College has implemented the Proctoring Procedure along with the associated Proctoring Process and the Online Proctor Approval and Scheduling Request application.     Proctoring Requirements as they affect Students In order to comply with accreditation requirements for the validation of student identity for all online courses, all students enrolled in online courses are required to have at least one proctored event (a major exam or assignment).  There are four methods for completing the required proctored event.  These methods, listed in order of preference are: Students who live within reasonable commute distance (50 miles) of one of our campus locations: are encouraged to contact their instructor to schedule a time with that instructor to come on campus to complete their proctored event; or may submit a Proctor Scheduling Request to schedule an appointment. Students who live outside of reasonable commute distance (more than 50 miles) from one of our campus locations: are encouraged to submit a Proctor Scheduling Request to schedule their event at any of our pre-approved proctoring partner facilities; or as a last resort in situations where a student has no access to a pre-approved proctoring partner facility, they may submit a Proctor Approval to complete their event in a proctored setting at an alternative location according to the steps outlined in the Proctor Process.    Remember: All proctor approval and scheduling requests MUST be submitted at least two (2) weeks prior to the date that the event is to be held in order to allow sufficient time for arrangements to be made and all parties properly notified.  All official communication related to these requests will be conducted via approved email (for students, this is your college-provided Student Email account).  To access your Proctoring Requirements and submit Proctoring Requests, log into the Student Portal, and click on the Proctoring icon  If for any reason you are unable to submit your request using the application link above, please contact the Distance Education department for assistance using the phone numbers or email address located below.      For questions or additional information, please contact the Distance Education department at 229-227-2680 or 229-225-4326 or via email at gvtc@southwestgatech.edu.    


ASN Students Honored in Pinning Ceremony
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SWGTC Associate of Science in Nursing Students Honored in Pinning Ceremony (Front row-left to right) Jessica Alexander, Amanda Cox, Jessica Nelson, Amanda Rowan, Crystal Dire, Bethany Tadpole, Lori Yerkes, Raven Brown (back row-left to right) Logan Lamb, Audrey Hollis, Sunshine Presley, Eliza Crawford, Belinda Jackson, Marlie Thomas, Jennifer Clark, Jordon Porter, Ashley Carter, Emily White, Sharonda Brown, Tanya Thompson On May 5, 2015, Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) held a pinning ceremony where twenty Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) students were honored by receiving their nursing pins. The ceremony commemorates the students’ successful completion of their nursing coursework and clinical rotations. This class of nursing students will participate in SWGTC’s graduation ceremony on June 11, 2015, and will officially be Registered Nurses (RN) pending the passage of their board exams. In this pinning ceremony, which symbolizes the rite of passage into the nursing profession, each student receives a pin and lights a small lamp. The pin is used to remind students of their purpose to serve the sick and infirmed. The lighting portion of the ceremony serves as a tribute to Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern-day nursing. In the 1800s Nightingale was known as the "lady with the lamp," tending to the sick while carrying a lamp to light the way. At the ceremony, students also recite the Nightingale pledge stating their dedication to upholding the standards of being a nurse. “It was my pleasure to pin such an outstanding group of ASN and LPN Bridge students. This day is such an accomplishment for each of our students as they have been balancing their coursework with finances, personal issues, and full-time jobs – and still manage to graduate from such a rigorous program.  This is a special day for the nursing graduates and the community as our local health care system gained more properly trained nurses to aid in the staffing shortage.  This group will especially feed Archbold Memorial Hospital‘s nursing shortage as over half of the class are recipients of the Archbold scholarship,” commented Tammy Bryant, MSN, RN, SWGTC ASN Program Director. The students that received pins were: Jessica Alexander of Moultrie, Amanda Cox of Pelham, Jessica Nelson of Thomasville, Amanda Rowan of Valdosta, Crystal Dire of Blackshear, Bethany Tadpole of Thomasville, Lori Yerkes of Thomasville, Raven Brown of Adel, Logan Lamb of Thomasville, Audrey Hollis of Tallahassee, Sunshine Presley of Sale City, Eliza Crawford of Valdosta, Belinda Jackson of Moultrie, Marlie Thomas of Moultrie, Jennifer Clark of Thomasville, Jordon Porter of Ochlocknee, Ashley Carter of Moultrie, Emily White of Valdosta, Sharonda Brown of Adel, Tanya Thompson of Moultrie. The following awards were also given at the ceremony: the Archbold Leadership Award went to Belinda Jackson, the Florence Nightingale Award went to Lori Yerkes, the Highest Exit Exam Award went to Jessica Alexander, and the Clinical Excellence Award went to Amanda Cox. “Of special significance at this pinning ceremony, is that these graduates are the last Southwest Georgia Technical College ASN class pinned. The next class will be graduates of the new Southern Regional Technical College. For over a decade SWGTC has produced highly skilled, compassionate nurses to the southwest Georgia region. We are very proud of these historic graduates and wish them the very best as they begin their nursing careers.” commented Dr. Annie McElroy, Vice President of Academic Affairs. The Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) program is designed to prepare students as entry-level practitioners to provide safe, effective nursing care and promote healthy transitions for diverse clients in a variety of settings. This program develops critical thinking, integrates accumulated knowledge from nursing, the sciences and humanities, and emphasizes the values of caring, accountability, responsibility and professional ethics. The SWGTC ASN program has been granted approval by the Georgia Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). SWGTC offers more than 80 certificate, diploma, and degree programs. Many of these programs provide training for some of the nation’s fastest-growing career fields including Nursing, Veterinary Technology, Clinical Laboratory Technology, and Respiratory Care. More information may be obtained by calling 229-225-4096 or by logging onto www.southwestgatech.edu. Southwest Georgia Technical College and Moultrie Technical College will be merging on July 1st to form the new Southern Regional Technical College, pending SACSCOC approval.   Summer Semester 2015 begins May 18th. Don’t wait, ENROLL TODAY!   Southwest Georgia Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.


College Catalog
Academic Programs
Current Catalog 2015 - 2016 SRTC Catalog and Student Handbook (PDF)         Course Catalog The course catalog provides course information to assist students in planning their schedule of classes. It does not assess whether students are eligible or have permission to take these courses. To register, you must login to BannerWeb. Click "Search Schedule of Classes" or "Search Course Descriptions" below to begin.     Archived Catalogs 2014 - 2015 SWGTC Catalog and Student Handbook (PDF)   2014 - 2015 SWGTC Spring Addendum for the Catalog and Student Handbook (PDF)  2013 - 2014 SWGTC Catalog and Student Handbook (PDF) 2013 - 2014 SWGTC Catalog and Student Handbook Spring Addendum (PDF)2012 - 2013 SWGTC Catalog and Student Handbook (PDF) 2012 - 2013 SWGTC Fall Addendum for the Catalog and Student Handbook (PDF)2012 - 2013 SWGTC Spring Addendum for the Catalog and Student Handbook (PDF) 2011 - 2012 SWGTC Catalog and Student Handbook (PDF)2011 - 2012 SWGTC Catalog and Student Handbook Addendum (PDF)2010 - 2011 SWGTC Catalog and Student Handbook (PDF)2010 - 2011 SWGTC Catalog and Student Handbook Addendum (PDF)2009 - 2010 SWGTC Catalog and Student Handbook (PDF)2008 - 2009 SWGTC Catalog and Student Handbook (PDF) 2008 - 2009 SWGTC Catalog and Student Handbook Addendum (PDF) 2007 - 2008 SWGTC Catalog and Student Handbook (PDF)2007 - 2008 SWGTC Catalog and Student Handbook Addendum (PDF) 2006 - 2007 SWGTC Catalog and Student Handbook (PDF)2005 - 2006 SWGTC Catalog and Student Handbook (PDF)


SWGTC Medical Assisting Students PInned
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SWGTC Medical Assisting Students Pinned   In photo (left to right):  Meagan Morrell, Jordan Cromer, Trina Henson, Elizabeth Peace, Christina Shiver, Jerri Wisely, and Rebecca Contreras Six students were recognized during the April 22nd Medical Assisting pinning ceremony held at Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC). These students completed one semester of prerequisite coursework as well as multiple semesters of rigorous occupational coursework inclu