STC Foundation Honors Donators, Legislators at Annual BBQ
April 11, 2013 - The Southeastern Technical College Foundation held its annual barbecue at L.C. “Shot” Strange’s clubhouse on April 11, honoring those who have contributed to the college.
STC President Dr. Cathryn Mitchell thanked the faculty and staff of Southeastern Tech, the foundation’s donators, and State Senators Tommie Williams and Jack Hill and State Representative Butch Parrish, who were in attendance.
“Our legislators did an outstanding job for Southeastern Tech during the session and accomplished the impossible: they got a health science building for our Swainsboro campus added to the budget,” said Mitchell. “It’s nothing short of a miracle.”
The building is a priority for local legislators because it represents a chance to “bring home” in-demand jobs and secure viable careers for students in the area.
“People are going to spend money on health care somewhere,” said Hill. “They can either spend it at home or they can spend it forty miles down the road. What we want to do, over time, is bring those jobs back, bring that health care back, and keep those dollars flowing in our community.”
“There’s no doubt that health care is the growth industry,” said Parrish. “When these people walk out of these programs with their certificates or diplomas, they don’t have to look very hard to get a job, I’ll tell you that. Somebody’s waiting to hire them.”
Others honored at the event included Sharon Wyche—Southeastern Tech’s Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) winner who will soon compete for the state GOAL in Atlanta—and Jimmy Morgan and Shot Strange.
The legislators presented Strange with a Georgia state flag that flew over the Georgia State Capitol. The STC Foundation donated and erected a flagpole at Strange’s clubhouse, a token of the college’s appreciation of his hosting the barbecue once again, and gave Strange an American flag flown in his honor over the U.S. Capitol.
STC representatives also presented Jimmy Morgan with a gift, thanking him for many years of contributions and service to the college and its community. Both Morgan and Strange had birthday cakes made for them, celebrating their 100th and 92nd birthdays, respectively.
Mitchell concluded the program by citing STC’s 2012 job placement rate of 99 percent and in-field job placement rate of 88 percent as she kicked off the foundation’s campaign for the year. In the face of further budget cuts to technical education, Mitchell made it plain that donations to the technical college have a direct effect on students.
“Your contribution to our foundation can make a difference in whether a student stays in school or has to drop out to find another job to pay their light bill.”
For more information on supporting local technical education, visit www.southeasterntech.edu or call 912-538-3100 or 478-289-2200.