STC Advisory Committees Discuss Best Practices, State Legislation
March 19, 2013 - Professionals and instructors from a number of fields met to discuss the state of their programs at Southeastern Technical College on STC’s Swainsboro campus March 12.
The meetings assembled each of the college’s advisory committees—groups of instructors from each program and distinguished local professionals in the corresponding field. The committees meet twice a year: once in March and once in September.
“These two meetings are very important for our college,” said STC President Dr. Cathryn Mitchell, speaking to the committees at the pre-meeting banquet. “You give us your expertise, so that we can make sure our programs stay current and up-to-date so that when our graduates finish, they can get good jobs and they can be the productive workers you need them to be.”
The committees informed the college on the state of the profession, and the college informed the committees on the state of the school.
Mitchell, in her opening remarks, brought the crowd up to date on legislative action related to technical education in Georgia. Of primary concern were the revision of the GPA requirement for the HOPE Grant—the changed requirement is believed to have caused a drop in enrollment and funding, so lowering the GPA to its previous level is hoped to increase both—and the $8.2 million dollar health science building project.
The Georgia House of Representatives secured $2.25 million for the project in the state budget. The focus now moves to the State Senate, where Mitchell hopes Sens. Jack Hill, Tommie Williams and Jesse Stone can find the remaining funds.
For more information on advisory committees at Southeastern Tech, visit www.southeasterntech.edu or call 912-538-3100 or 478-289-2200.