SkillsUSA State Advisor of the Year 2018
May 29, 2018 – With a strong passion for the community and her students it comes as no surprise when Tina Jernigan, Business Technology Instructor at Southeastern Technical College (STC) was awarded the SkillsUSA Advisor of the Year on March 24, 2018.
Before beginning her work at STC, Tina Jernigan received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management and Entrepreneurship at Georgia Southern University. As well as, an Associate’s degree from East Georgia College, a Master of Human Resources Management and Graduate Certificate in Accounting from DeVry University.
Tina began her work as Business Technology Instructor at STC almost 15 years ago. In addition to her dedicated work in the classroom, Tina has served as a SkillsUSA Advisor for students who show exemplary skills in their programs at STC.
SkillsUSA is a national membership association that provides opportunities for students to learn and practice various personal, technical, and workplace skills. At STC, these skills are a primary aspect of education and advancement. Here, students are encouraged to refine and perfect their skills through instruction and application.
“I love being a part of SkillsUSA,” said Tina. “For me it’s all about the students.”
In March, Tina attended the SkillsUSA State Conference and Competition alongside ten students from STC. During this competition, three of these students earned first place rankings and are heading to the National Conference and Competition in June. It was also here, where Tina was awarded the honor of SkillsUSA State Advisor of the Year.
“It was an honor to be chosen as the state advisor of the year by the state planning committee. As an advisor, my joy comes from seeing our students compete each year at the state competition with a chance to advance to nationals. It’s always exciting to see them do well and to showcase their skills they have learned by attending STC. I always look forward to this conference each year.”
Since beginning her work with SkillsUSA, Tina has watched many of her students succeed at the state level competition and in 2010, she had one student earn second place at the National Level.
Tina also serves as the lead advisor for the Vidalia Campus for SkillsUSA where she continues to serve the community through various service projects. She states that the services done for the local animal shelters is one of her most favorite community projects. “We love helping those fur babies,” said Tina.
Tina’s dedication to her community and her students represents the importance of exceptional educators in the technical education system of Georgia. Tina has made such a large impact on her students, the community, and across both STC campuses.
Tina Jernigan accepting her award for SkillsUSA State Advisor of the Year