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 [email protected] 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 [email protected]    


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 including a series of clinical rotations at local medical offices. Jordan Cromer of Thomasville, Trina Henson of Cairo, Christina Shiver of Camilla, Jerri Wisely of Camilla, and Rebecca Contreras of Camillawere recognized for attaining their Medical Assisting Diploma.  Meagan Morrell of Cairo was honored for completing her Associate of Applied Science Degree in Medical Assisting. “It is with great pride and honor that I pin the six ladies who have completed all requirements of the Medical Assisting program at SWGTC.  This is one of the most community-oriented, selfless groups I have had the pleasure of teaching.  I will borrow two lines from the American Association of Medical Assistants Creed to describe these ladies. First, ‘I aspire to render greater service’ and second, ‘I am strengthened by compassion, courage, and faith.’ They have volunteered on numerous occasions to be involved in improving the school and communities they represent.  I have seen each lady grow and become stronger in their compassion for others, their courage to raise the bar, and their faith to believe in the profession and in themselves.  I wish them the best as all six take the Certified Medical Assisting national exam next week,” stated Elizabeth Peace, RN, RMA (AMT), Medical Assisting Program Director. 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 [email protected] Summer Semester 2015 begins May 18th! Southwest Georgia Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia. # # #


SWGTC Student Surveys
Other Resources
  Please see links to various student surveys below. Select the instrument you need to complete by clicking on the underlined title of the survey.   Course Evaluation Graduate Exit Survey Student Satisfaction Survey


Financial Aid Forms
Financial Aid
  Business Office documents for Financial Aid Awards Authorization Agreement for Automatic Deposits   2015-2016 Award Year (Fall Semester 2015 through Summer Semester 2016) Academic Plan Form Applying for Financial Aid Asset Verification Form Bachelors Degree Statement Child Support PAID Form Dependent Verification Form Educational Purpose Statement FAFSA Signature Page Financial Aid Appeal Form Georgia Residency Document HOPE Scholar Evaluation Request Household Resources Form Independent Verification Worksheet Parent Information Sheet Requesting a Tax Transcript from the IRS SNAP Certification Document   2014-2015 Award Year (Fall Semester 2014 through Summer Semester 2015) 2014-2015 Income Verification for Dependent Students 2014-2015 Income Verification for Independent Students 2014-2015 Verification Worksheet for Dependent Students 2014-2015 Verification Worksheet for Independent Students Additional Financial Information and Untaxed Income Worksheet Bachelor's Degree Statement Child Support Paid Certification Form Dependent SNAP (Food Stamp) Certification Georgia Residency Verification High School Completion Status Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy Brochure HOPE Scholarship Evaluation Request Form Independent SNAP (Food Stamp) Certification IRS Transcript Request Form IRS Transcript Request Process Parent Information Sheet Parent/Step-Parent Asset Verification Worksheet Parent Living Expense Statement Parent Marital Status Information Release of Information Form Request for Appeal of Financial Aid Suspension Signature Page Statement of Educational Purpose Student Living Expense Statement Student/Spouse Asset Verification Worksheet Verification of College Enrollment      


SWGTC Selected for National ACT Award
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SWGTC Selected for National ACT Award American College Testing (ACT) has selected Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) as Georgia’s Career Preparedness Award recipient. Only one exemplary college in each participating state received the honor from ACT. The award is part of ACT’s third annual College and Career Readiness Campaign, its largest yet with 34 partner states, including Georgia. SWGTC now moves on to a selection process for national semifinalists of other statewide exemplars as part of this ACT Campaign. The Campaign culminates in ACT’s National Gala for College and Career Readiness in Washington, D.C. in June. One student, one high school, one community college and one employer will be chosen from amongst the state exemplars for national recognition. National award recipients will be presented with crystal awards and all recognized students—one from each participating state—will receive scholarships to the postsecondary institution of their choice Earlier this month, an ACT selection committee reviewed all state nominations and chose the national semifinalists.  SWGTC was evaluated for the community College Career Preparedness Award and reviewed based on the following criteria: Accessibility of career readiness assessments and career preparation programs Strength of relationships with local employers Student success indicators including retention, graduation, and four-year college transfer rates, including for students of underrepresented racial/ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds Demonstrated dedication to career planning and to providing a support structure for students Demonstrated commitment to providing leadership opportunities for students outside the classroom “It is quite an honor to be recognized for such a prestigious award. The fact that SWGTC is recognized based on high achievement in the area of student outcomes and success not only shows an unparalleled level of commitment by our staff, but also our students. We work diligently to prepare our students for their chosen careers and this recognition by the ACT confirms that we are doing that successfully,” 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 is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.   ###


SWGTC Phi Beta Lambda Students Compete and Place at State Competition
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SWGTC Phi Beta Lambda Students Compete and Place at State Competition  Last weekend Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) students competed and placed in the Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) Georgia State Competition in Atlanta. Ana Fulghum and Harrison Butler placed first in Business Presentation, Brigette Erskine placed 1st in Statistical Analysis and 3rd in Project Management, Jennifer Bryant placed 3rd in Retail Management and Organizational Behavior and Leadership, and Tyron Lockhart placed 3rd in Business Law. Fulghum also received the Who’s Who award and the Director Award (CMAP) and was elected as a State Officer for the next year. SWGTC PBL advisor Carol Peppers was recognized with the 10 Year Advisor Award. These talented students competed against other college students (from technical colleges and 4-year institutions) from across the state. In June, Fulghum, Butler, and Erskine will travel to Chicago, Illinois for the next level of competition at the PBL National Leadership Conference. While the individual participants were very successful, the chapter was also recognized for several awards. The SWGTC PBL chapter received the Blue Merit Award, and placed 1st in the State and Division for FBLA Interaction. Additionally, they were recognized as the largest chapter in Third Division and placed 5th in the Annual Business Report. “I am so proud of all of our students that competed at the State PBL competition. Our five competing students brought home 15 awards, so that gives you a clear indication of the caliber of student we are producing at SWGTC. I also want to congratulate Carol Peppers, who received an award for ten years of service as a PBL advisor. Carol loves the students and PBL, and does not miss an opportunity to tell everyone how proud she is to be part of such a wonderful organization,” 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. PBL hosts these competitive events as part of their National Awards Program, which was established to recognize and reward excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas.  Each competitive event, which is categorized as individual, team or chapter, is governed by specific guidelines and judged by a panel of judges who rate competitors with a rating sheet specific to the category. “I am very proud of all of our students who represented SWGTC at the PBL state competition. Each of these students represented SWGTC with the utmost level of professionalism and I am extremely honored to be a part of their success. All of us at SWGTC wish Ana, Harrison, and Brigette the very best of luck as he heads to Nationals this summer. I have no doubt they will be great representatives of SWGTC,” 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. Summer Semester 2015 begins May 18th. Don’t wait, enroll today!


Bookstore
Other Resources
The Southwest Georgia Technical College Bookstore is located in Building A of the main campus in Thomasville and is accessible to all SWGTC students. Summer 2015 Booklist (Books and prices are subject to change.) If you have any questions or need additional information, please call or email: Lisa WeaverBookstore [email protected] Bookstore Hours Monday – Thursday, 7:45 am – 5:45 pm *Open evening hours at the beginning of each semester and “as needed.” Cash, Check, Visa, and Mastercard are accepted.


SWGTC Rad Tech Students Honored Award Ceremony
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SWGTC Rad Tech Students Honored Award Ceremony On Tuesday, March 31, Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) honored its Radiologic Technology students in an award ceremony. There were nine students who honored at the awards ceremony. Kimberly Carolina of Pelham, Logan Cooper of Valdosta, Katie Grubbs of Attapulgus, Kimberly Hill of Climax, L.J. Jackson of Thomasville, Ryan Mercado of Cairo, Christie Lea Miller of Thomasville, Samantha Rhody of Tallahassee, and Ryan Setliff of Thomasville. At the ceremony, the following awards were given: Werner W. Waldron Outstanding Radiology Student – Ryan Mercado, Outstanding Academic Achievement Award – Ryan Mercado, and Outstanding Clinical Radiology Achievement Award – Ryan Setliff. In May, seniors will sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) exam, and pending passage will be ready for careers as radiographers. These seniors, who have now finished up all of their coursework, will walk in SWGTC’s Summer graduation ceremony. “Based on the feedback we have received from our clinical affiliates, this is the most accomplished class to come through SWGTC in a long time. Each of our participating sites and instructors has raved about the quality of work this group of students has performed during their clinical training. Heading into my 6th year teaching full-time in this program I have never seen a class grow like this one, not just didactically but clinically. These students have also matured in a way I have never seen. I believe that this is not only a testament to the curriculum redesign, but more importantly to the work ethic and drive of this group. I wish them the best and know they will be successful as they begin their careers in Radiologic Technology,” commented Matthew Nolan, Radiologic Technology Program Director for SWGTC.  The Radiologic Technology clinical affiliate sites for this graduating class were Archbold Medical Center, Archbold Imaging Center, Archbold Medical Group, Grady General Hospital, Mitchell County Hospital, Memorial Hospital and Manor, Radiology Associates of Tallahassee, and Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare. Special recognition was also given to clinical instructors from each participating clinical affiliate.  Those were: Ashley Bennett, RT(R) from Archbold Medical Center, Kathleen Cox, RT(R) from Mitchell County Hospital, Ross Daniels, RT(R) from Radiology Associates of Tallahassee, Shalon McLaughlin, RT(R) from Grady General Hospital, Jamie Nesmith, RT(R) from Archbold Medical Center, Courtney Payne, RT(R) from Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare, and Robbie Phillips, RT(R), from Memorial Hospital and Manor. The Radiologic Technology Associate of Applied Science Degree Program is a sequence of courses that prepares students for positions in radiology departments and related businesses and industries. The Program emphasizes a combination of didactic and clinical instruction necessary for successful employment. Program graduates receive an associate of applied science degree, have the qualifications of a radiographer, and are eligible to sit for a national certification examination for radiographers. This Program can be completed in five semesters. 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 Criminal Justice Technology. More information may be obtained by calling 229-225-4096 or by logging onto www.southwestgatech.edu. Summer semester begins May 18th! Don’t wait, enroll today! Southwest Georgia Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.


SWGTC SkillsUSA Members Place at State Competition
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SWGTC SkillsUSA Members Place at State Competition The Georgia Postsecondary SkillsUSA Chapter held its annual SkillsUSA Championships in Atlanta Georgia March 26-28, 2015.  Eight members of the Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) SkillsUSA club competed with four bringing home gold or bronze awards.               Bringing home a gold medal was Dorothy Henson (Medical Assisting). Jordan Cromer (Promotional Bulletin Board), Megan Morrell (Medical Math), and Jerri Wisely (Medical Assisting) earned bronze medals.  Also competing was Allison Barfield (Job Interview), Rebecca Contreras (Medical Math), Christina Shiver (Job Demonstration A), and Curley Williams, III (Medical Math). As a gold medal winner Dorothy Henson will have the opportunity to represent the College at the 51st National Leadership and Skills Conference held from June 22-27, 2015 in Louisville, KY. “We are extremely proud of each student that competed in the SkillsUSA Georgia Championships.  The success of our students at this event is further confirmation that technical college education remains vitally important not only to our community, but to the development of our state’s workforce,” said Dr. Craig Wentworth, SWGTC President. “We wish Mrs. Henson the best of luck as she travels to Louisville to represent our college in the national competition.” SkillsUSA is a national non-profit organization of students, teachers, and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. SkillsUSA helps high school and college students enrolled in career and technical education programs to excel by teaching employability skills such as communication, problem solving, and leadership in conjunction with their trade, technical, and service occupations skills. “It was truly an honor for Dorothy Henson when she was awarded the gold medal in Medical Assisting.  This competition is somewhat different because the student does not know ahead of time what skills they will be asked to perform.  Nine skills were chosen and Trina and Jerri Wisely completed the assignments safely and with accuracy.  Having two Medical Assistants compete and both of them medal shows the hard work these students do in the classroom.  In total, Medical Assisting students came home with 3 bronze and 1 gold medal from the state competition.  It was my pleasure to attend the competition as an advisor and instructor,” said Elizabeth Peace, SWGTC Skills USA Advisor. 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. 


National Technical Honor Society Inducts New Members
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National Technical Honor Society Inducts New Members On March 31st the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) at Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) proudly inducted two new members into the organization. The 2015 NTHS inductees are Selena Dekle (Business Mangement) and April Hataway (Office Management). The local chapter of the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) was established in 1985. As a national organization, NTHS has as its purpose: to promote the ideals of honesty, service, leadership, career development, and skilled workmanship; to reward meritorious achievement in technical education; to encourage and assist technical students in their pursuit of educational and career goals; to develop a greater awareness within the American business, industry, and service communities about the talents and abilities of students engaged in technical education; and to provide technical students with a greater awareness of the world of work. The qualifications for membership in NTHS are as follows: The student must have completed one full semester in attendance at SWGTC and must have satisfactorily completed a minimum of 6 credit hours of course work. Student must be enrolled in Spring and Fall semest Benefits of membership in NTHS include a diploma or certificate seal indicating membership, three letters of recommendation sent upon request to any business, industry, or educational institution where member applies, and an excellent resume entry denoting leadership and participation in a student organization.ers with a minimum of 6 credit hours. The student must have a GPA of 3.75 for the semester in which he/she is nominated and a cumulative GPA of 3.30. All program requirements must also be met for the semester in which he/she is nominated. To maintain eligibility for membership, the student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30.   For more information about NTHS at SWGTC, contact Dr. Jay Snodgrass at 229-225-3993 or Maria Studebaker-Coppage at 229-225-5202. 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. 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. # # #


SWGTC CIS Students Benefit from Guest Lecturer
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SWGTC CIS Students Benefit from Guest Lecturer Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) Computer Information Systems (CIS) students recently entertained a very special classroom visitor. Chris Maroney, Systems Engineer at Flower Foods, spoke to the Hardware Installation and Maintenance class on power components and electricity. The CIS 1122 course serves to provide students with the knowledge of the fundamentals of computer technology, networking, and security along with the skills required to identify hardware, peripheral, networking, and security components with an introduction to the fundamentals of installing and maintaining computers. Students will develop the skills to identify the basic functionality of the operating system, perform basic troubleshooting techniques, utilize proper safety procedures, and effectively interact with customers and peers. “Students truly benefit from having industry professionals guest lecture in our classes.  Having guest lecturers gives students a “real-world” perspective of what really happens in the working world for an IT technician and shows the range of knowledge that must be known to be successful in the constantly evolving IT field. It allows the students to ask questions of someone who is working in-field and not just receive “textbook” answers and give them the opportunity to hear opinions from someone other than the teacher of the course. A big thank you to Chris for taking the time out of his busy schedule to speak to my class,” commented Chris Parrish, CIS Instructor. Topics covered in Maroney’s lecture: the two types of electricity (AC and DC) and how they relate to the computer’s internal components the four components of electricity: voltage, current, resistance, power (this was explained in a way that was easy for students to understand and incorporated ‘real world’ examples to clarify) what makes electricity and its importance to a computer technician the computer number line (peta, terra, giga, mega, kilo, mili, micro, nano, pico) and its importance/significance clock speed in a computer and frequency and why the European frequency is different from the American frequency helpful hints/tips for troubleshooting printers and computer connectors why fiber optics revolutionized communication and how it differs from normal cabling   As was aforementioned, the benefits of having Mr. Maroney speak to the CIST 1122 class go well beyond the knowledge found in a normal classroom setting.  He gave troubleshooting tips that are not necessarily in textbooks while tying those to his past personal experiences. He was then able to walk the students through these scenarios and what he did to solve the problem first-hand.  He gave useful tips and suggestions of things he had done to work in different and sometimes difficult situations. For example, he once used a pencil eraser to clean the contact points on an adapter and it made the adapter work like new. Maroney also talked quite extensively about safety and how technicians need to make that a top priority.                 Maroney also serves as an active member of the CIS Program’s advisory committee. CIS, along with all other programs at SWGTC, must have a program advisory committee that meets at least twice per year. These committees promote interaction between the program and the businesses and industries served by the program. Committee members give faculty input about program curriculum and use their expertise to help guide the direction of the program. For more information on SWGTC’ s Computer Information Systems Program, please contact Chris Parrish at (229)227-2581 or [email protected] 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. # # #


Student Activities
Student Affairs
Opportunity and adventure are not limited to the classroom setting at Southwest Georgia Technical College. Students can enjoy the experience of “college life” via the many student organizations and clubs. These activities open the door to leadership opportunities at not only the local level, but perhaps the state and national level as well. Special Events Special events are scheduled throughout the year for the purpose of bringing the student body, faculty, and staff together for social interaction.  A cook out, games, and special events may be planned for these days.  Participation and attendance is limited to currently enrolled students and all are encouraged to participate Student CouncilNational Technical Honor SocietyPhi Beta LambdaSkills USA  


Entrance Scores Degree
Admissions
  PROGRAM NAME WRITING READING MATH ALGEBRA   ASSET COMPASS ASSET COMPASS ASSET COMPASS ASSET COMPASS  Accounting*  42  62  41  79  N/A  N/A  42  37  Applied Technical Management*  42  62  41  79 N/A  N/A  42  37 Associate of Science in Nursing (Generic)  42  62  41  79  N/A  N/A  42  37 Associate of Science in Nursing (LPN/ASN Bridge)  42  62  41  79  N/A  N/A  42  37  Business Admin Tech*  42  62  41  79  N/A  N/A  42  37  Business Management*  42  62  41  79  N/A  N/A  42  37  Clinical Lab Technology*  42  62  41  79  N/A  N/A  42  37  Computer Support Spec*  42  62  41  79  N/A  N/A 42  37  Criminal Justice A.S.*  42 62  41  79 N/A  N/A 42  37  Criminal Justice Tech*  42 62  41  79 N/A  N/A 42  37  Crime Scene Investigation*  42  62  41  79  N/A  N/A  42  37  Drafting Technology *  42  62  41  79  N/A N/A  42  37  Early Childhood Care & Edu * 42  62  41  79 N/A  N/A  42  37  Health Information Technology* 42  62  41  79  N/A  N/A  42  37  Land, Forest, Wildlife Technology*  42  62  41  79  N/A  N/A  42  37  Medical Assisting*  42  62  41  79  N/A  N/A  42  37  Networking Specialist*  42  62  41  79  N/A  N/A  42  37  Paralegal Studies*  42  62  41  79  N/A  N/A  42  37  Paramedicine  42  62  41  79  N/A  N/A  42  37  Respiratory Care Technology  42  62  41  79  N/A  N/A  42  37  Social Work A.S.*  42  62  41 79  N/A  N/A  42 37  Social Work Assistant*  42  62  41 79  N/A  N/A  42 37  Surgical Technology  42  62  41 79  N/A  N/A  42  37  Veterinary Technology*  42  62  41 79  N/A  N/A  42  37                     Degree Programs * Programs that allow Provisional Admissions   (Deficient in One or Two Areas - Math & Algebra Count as One) Diploma Programs * Programs that allow Provisional Admissions   (Deficient in One or Two Areas - Math & Algebra Count as One) Technical Certificates of Credit * Programs that allow Provisional Admissions   (Deficient in One or Two Areas - Math & Algebra Count as One) A.P.E. Learning Support ScoresAlternate Acceptable Entrance Exams (SAT and ACT) 


Entrance Scores TCC
Admissions
  PROGRAM NAME WRITING READING MATH ALGEBRA   ASSET COMPASS ASSET COMPASS ASSET COMPASS ASSET COMPASS  Advanced CAD Operator*  37 32  38  70  N/A  N/A  37  28  Advanced EMT  37  32  38  70  35  26  N/A  N/A  Administrative Support Assistant*  37  32  38  70  35  26  N/A  N/A  Air Conditioning System Maintenance Tech*  37  32  38  70  35  26  N/A  N/A  Auto Maintenance and Light Repair Tech*  37  32  38  70 35  26  N/A  N/A  Automotive Electrical Tech*  37  32  38  70 35  26  N/A  N/A  Automotive Engine Repair*  37  32  38 70  35  26  N/A  N/A  Automotive Transmission Tech*  37  32  38 70  35  26  N/A  N/A  Basic Shielded Metal Arc Welder*  37  32  38  70  35 26  N/A  N/A  Biomedical Electronics Technician*  37  32  38  70  35  26 N/A  N/A  CAD Operator*  37  32  38  70 35  26 N/A  N/A  Central Sterile Supply Pro Tech*  37  32  38  70 35  26 N/A  N/A  Child Development Specialist*  37  32  38  70  35  26  N/A  N/A  CISCO Network Specialist* 37  32  40  76  N/A N/A 37  28  Clinic Assistant 37  32  38  70 35  26  N/A  N/A  Commercial Wiring*  37  32  38  70  35  26  N/A  N/A  COMPTIA A+ Tech Prep* 37  32  38  70  35  26  N/A  N/A  Crime Scene Fundamentals* 37  32  38  70  35  26  N/A  N/A  Criminal Justice Specialist* 37  32  38  70  35  26  N/A  N/A  Drafter's Assistant* 37  32  38  70  35  26  N/A  N/A  Emergency Medical Responder 37  32  38  70  35  26  N/A  N/A  Emergency Medical Tech 37  32  38  70  35  26  N/A  N/A  Gas Metal Arc Welder Fabricator* 37  32  38  70 35  26  N/A  N/A  Health Care Assistant* 37  32  38  70 35 26  N/A  N/A  Health Care Science* 42  62  41  79  N/A  N/A  42  37  Human Resources Management Specialist* 37  32  38 70  35  26  N/A N/A  Land, Forest, Wildlife Management Specialist* 37  32  38  70  35  26  N/A  N/A  Management and Leadership Specialist* 37  32  38 70  35  26  N/A  N/A  Manufacturing Maintenance Specialist* 37  32  38 70  35  26  N/A  N/A  Medical Billing Clerk* 37  32  38 70  35  26  N/A  N/A  Microsoft Network Administrator* 37  32  38 70  35  26  N/A  N/A  Nurse Aide 37  32  38 70  35  26  N/A  N/A  Operations Management Specialist* 37  32  38 70  35  26  N/A  N/A  Payroll Accounting Specialist* 37  32  38 70  35  26  N/A  N/A  PC Repair Network Technician* 37  32  38 70  35  26  N/A  N/A  Residential Wiring Technician* 37  32  38 70  35  26  N/A  N/A  Shampoo Tech* 37  32  38 70  35  26  N/A  N/A  Small Business Management Specialist* 37  32  38 70  35  26  N/A  N/A  Supervisor/Management Specialist 37  32  38 70  35  26  N/A  N/A  Technical Management Specialist* 37  32  38 70  35  26  N/A  N/A  Technical Specialist* 42  62  41 79  N/A  N/A 42  37  Unit Secretary* 37  32  38 70  35  26  N/A  N/A  Vertical Shielded Metal Arc Welder Fabricator*  37  32  38 70  35  26  N/A  N/A                                       Degree Programs * Programs that allow Provisional Admissions   (Deficient in One or Two Areas - Math & Algebra Count as One) Diploma Programs * Programs that allow Provisional Admissions   (Deficient in One or Two Areas - Math & Algebra Count as One) Technical Certificates of Credit * Programs that allow Provisional Admissions   (Deficient in One or Two Areas - Math & Algebra Count as One) A.P.E. Learning Support ScoresAlternate Acceptable Entrance Exams (SAT and ACT) 


Human Resources Management Specialist
Academic Programs
Program Description: This certificate serves as a concentrated study emphasizing the knowledge needed by human resource managers. Length of Program: Two (2) Semesters Cost of Program: Click Here. Entrance Date: Beginning of each semester. Entrance Requirements: Refer to Admissions criteria.  Click for Entrance Score Requirements. Age: Applicant must be 16 years of age or older. Education:  An applicant must be a high school graduate or the equivalent (GED).   College transcripts will be evaluated on an individual basis. Advisor: A program advisor should be consulted prior to enrolling in any course. An advisor will be assigned by admissions. Program Final Exit Point: Human Resources Management Specialist, Technical Certificate of Credit. Credits Required for Graduation: 18 minimum semester hour credits required for graduation.   Curriculum Credit Hours   1. Occupational Courses (18 hours)   MGMT 1105 Organizational Behavior 3   MGMT 1110 Employment Rules and Regulations 3   MGMT 2115 Human Resource Management 3   MGMT 2120 Labor Management Relations 3   MGMT 2125 Performance Management 3   MGMT 2130 Employee Training and Development 3


Early Childhood Care and Education
Academic Programs
Program Description: The Early Childhood Care and Education associate of applied science degree program is a sequence of courses designed to prepare students for a variety of careers in the field of early childhood education. The program emphasizes a combination of early childhood care and education theory and practical application as well as general core competencies necessary for successful employment. Graduates have qualifications to be employed in early care and education settings including child care centers, Head Start, Georgia Pre-K programs, and elementary school paraprofessional positions. Student Learning Outcomes: •  Students will create a developmentally appropriate thematic unit. •  Students will teach using Developmentally Appropriate Practices (DAP). •  Students will create a Behavior and Management Resource File. Length of Program: Six (6) Semesters Cost of Program: Click Here. Entrance Date: Beginning of each semester. Entrance Requirements: Refer to Admissions criteria.  Click for Entrance Scores. Age: Applicant must be 16 years of age or older. Education: An applicant must be a high school graduate or the equivalent (GED). College transcripts will be evaluated on an individual basis. Advisor: A program advisor should be consulted prior to enrolling in any course. An advisor will be assigned by admissions. Note: Students with Child Development Associate (CDA) credential, current CPR certification, current First Aid certification, and a letter from their employer stating that they are currently employed in the childcare industry will be exempted from ECCE 1101, ECCE 1103, and ECCE 11050. Criminal Background Check: In accordance with HB 350, effective January 1, 2014, all ECCE students will be required to complete a Criminal History Records Check and receive a satisfactory determination from the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning in order to be placed in a child care learning center, group day-care home, or family day-care home.  An unsatisfactory determination can affect completion of the ECCE program as the student would not be able to be placed for Practicum and/or Internship. Program Final Exit Point: Early Childhood Care and Education, Associate of Applied Science. Credits Required for Graduation: 72 minimum semester hour credits required for graduation   Curriculum Credit Hours   1. General Core Courses 18     Area I: Language Arts/Communication 3     Required Course(s):     ENGL 1101 Composition and Rhetoric       Area II: Social/Behavioral Sciences 3     Required Course(s):     PSYC 1101 Introductory Psychology       Area III: Natural Sciences/Mathematics 3     Required Course(s):     MATH 1111 College Algebra       Area IV: Humanities/Fine Arts 3     And two additional courses from Area I, II, III, or IV (as approved by program advisor) 6     General Education courses and electives for the Associate Level can be found on this page.     2. Occupational Courses (54 hours)   COMP 1000 Introduction to Computers 3   ECCE 1101 Introduction to Early Childhood Care and Education 3   ECCE 1103 Child Growth and Development 3   ECCE 1105 Health, Safety, and Nutrition 3   ECCE 1112 Curriculum and Assessment 3   ECCE 1113 Creative Activities for Children 3   ECCE 1121 Early Childhood Care and Education Practicum 3   ECCE 2115 Language and Literacy 3   ECCE 2116 Math and Science 3   ECCE 2201 Exceptionalities 3   ECCE 2202 Social Issues and Family Involvement 3   ECCE 2203 Guidance and Classroom Management 3   ECCE 2240 Early Childhood Care and Education Internship 12   and at least one of the following Specializations (6 hours)       Paraprofessional Specialization (6 hours)     ECCE 2310 Paraprofessional Methods and Materials 3     ECCE 2312 Paraprofessional Roles and Practice 3       Program Administration Specialization (6 hours)     ECCE 2320 Program Administration and Facility Management 3     ECCE 2322 Personnel Management 3


SWGTC to Offer Private Pilot Ground School Training Course
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SWGTC to Offer Private Pilot Ground School Training Course Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) is taking their economic development to new heights. Starting this summer, the school will offer a Private Pilot Ground School training course that will provide interested students the with the knowledge needed to attempt the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Aeronautical Knowledge Test (AKT). The test is one of a series of requirements for any student who wishes to pursue a private pilot’s license that also includes completing a minimum of 40 hours of flight training, passing a 3rd class aviation medical examination and passing a practical flight test with a FAA or designated FAA examiner. The ground school course will be taught by Herb Ludgewait who has held FAA certifications in flight and ground school training since 1974. It is that experience that makes him capable of introducing real-world proficiencies to the classroom by providing targeted instruction to those in attendance. The 12 week training course will consist of one weekly three hour session focused solely on exam preparation. The Ground School course includes all necessary books and materials needed to sufficiently prepare for the written examination. Upon completion of the required coursework, students will receive the instructor’s endorsement to sit for the FAA examination at a local testing site. Previous flight experience is not required, as this program is designed to assist a full spectrum of students, from novice to seasoned flyers. The training course may soon be of assistance to anyone wishing to operate an Unmanned Aircraft System (i.e. drones) as the FAA recently proposed a new rule that would require future drone operators to pass the AKT.   “Whether you have no experience and simply desire to learn the basics of flying, are working toward becoming a licensed pilot, or are already a licensed pilot wishing to refresh your aeronautical knowledge, this program is for you. Also, with the recent proposal from the FAA regarding unmanned aircraft operators, we could see an increased demand for FAA AKT preparatory courses, which this program would satisfy,” said Robert Petty, Flightline Operator for Thomasville Regional Airport. This course will be available this summer at SWGTC and will cost $150.00. This course is offered through the Economic Development Department, along with the many other personal enrichment and training courses.  For more information on this course or any other classes offered by the SWGTC Economic Development Department, please contact Ruby Barron at (229) 227 – 2579. 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 Criminal Justice Technology. More information may be obtained by calling 229-225-4096 or by logging onto www.southwestgatech.edu. 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. # # #


Forston Named Director of Health Information Management at SWGTC
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Forston Named Director of Health Information Management at SWGTC Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) recently named Kiosha Forston the Program Director for its Health Information Management Technology (HIMT) program. “We are pleased to welcome Kiosha Forston as our program director for Health Information Management Technology. Not only does she bring excellent practical experience and a wealth of prior knowledge, but innovative instruction and vigor, as well. She joins our Health Information Technology faculty with a commitment to preparing future graduates to serve in a functional role in a health information system,” commented Carla Barrow, Dean for the Schools of Health Sciences and Arts and Sciences for SWGTC. In her new role, Forston is responsible for ensuring that the HIMT program meets the individual needs of students while adhering to state standards.  She will advise students in the program as well as provide input for the annual plans and overall direction for the program. “It is a pleasure to join the academic team at SWGTC. I have a passion for sharing my Health Information Management Technology knowledge and mentoring students throughout their educational experience.  I plan to bring a comprehensive and practical understanding to the classroom in order to prepare students for entry into the HIMT profession and workforce,” commented Forston. Forston received her Master of Applied Social Science in Public Administration and her Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.  She has worked in several roles related to health information management, holding positions as a program analyst, coding and compliance manager, and coding specialist. Forston was previously an adjunct instructor for Tallahassee Community College and program director for American Institute. Most recently she served as the compliance manager for healthcare coding solutions provider. She is certified as a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA), Certified Professional Coder (CPC), Certified Healthcare Technology Specialist – Trainer (CHTS-TR) and is an American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer. The Health Information Management Technology program is a five semester sequence of courses designed to provide students with the technical knowledge and skills necessary to process, maintain, analyze, and report health information data according to legal, accreditation, licensure and certification standards for reimbursement, facility planning, marketing, risk management, utilization management, quality assessment and research; program graduates will develop leadership skills necessary to serve in a functional supervisory role in various components of the health information system. 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. 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. # # #