Instructor, Student of the Year named at Annual STC Awards Banquet
January 25, 2017 - Southeastern Technical College held its annual Awards Banquet on the night of January 24 at STC’s Tattnall Auditorium. School administrators announced the recipients of the Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction and the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL).
Associate of Science in Nursing student, Coertze “Curt” Peters received this year’s GOAL for Southeastern Tech. GOAL is awarded each year to the student at Southeastern Tech who best embodies the value of technical education.
A native of South Africa, Peters arrived at Kennedy Airport in New York, almost 12 years ago, with all of their worldly possessions in six suitcases, in search of the American Dream.
Peters’ passion was to become a mime and after three years of mime school, he was a professionally trained mime. “Reality hits hard when you realize that passion is not going to bring home the bacon,” said Peters. “Meaningful work, I realized, is the key to the American Dream and technical education guarantees meaningful work. Driving through Vidalia, I saw the inviting lawns of Southeastern Tech. This institution changed my life. It gave me the opportunity to learn skills and develop talents I did not know I had. Currently, I am on track to become a nurse, a person that saves and heals lives. This makes me realize that technical education is the American Dream.”
Other nominees honored and in attendance were Emily Blanchett of Collins in Cosmetology, Ruth Castro of Twin City in Business Technology, Amber Ely of Swainsboro in Business Healthcare Technology, Juan Giron of Vidalia, John Mumford of Baxley, and Samantha Shatto of Uvalda in Radiologic Technology, Matthew Tracy of Vidalia in Welding & Joining Technology, and Hal Wilson of Swainsboro in Associate of Science in Nursing.
“I have served as a [GOAL] judge many times—it is one of the best and worst assignments at STC. It’s one of the best because it provides reaffirmation that we are empowering individuals to achieve their dreams, and one of the worst because you interview so many qualified students that sometimes only hundredths of points separate them,” said Dr. Barry Dotson, vice president for Student Affairs.
The Rick Perkins Award is given each year to the most outstanding instructor at a technical college. Southeastern Tech’s Rick Perkins Award was given to Michael Crumpler, STC’s Welding & Joining Technology Instructor.
Crumpler began his teaching career in 2001 after working as a welding supervisor for an industrial contractor. Shortly after Crumpler began teaching, he was given the opportunity to further his education by becoming a certified welding inspector, educator, and supervisor. “These professional certifications allow me to offer free welding certifications to all my students,” said Crumpler. “I also certify welders for companies within our service area and the money I receive from these; I share with STC’s Economic Development Center as a way of giving back to the college and to the economy.”
“Handicapped students, special education students, ex-convicts, single parents, teenagers and women have all had a seat in my classroom and I love seeing their faces light up as they learn a new skill and realize the potential for earning a higher income that will provide a better life for them and their families. Witnessing their success stories made possible only through technical education has been the highlight of my career; it is why I do what I do,” said Crumpler.
Crumpler and Peters both now move onto region, or “consortium,” judging, where they could be chosen to move onto state judging. Winners there receive a number of prizes and become representatives of technical education in Georgia for the year.
For more information on Southeastern Technical College, call 912-538-3100 or 478-289-2200 or visit www.southeasterntech.edu.