Swainsboro Celebrates 50 Years of Technical Education
November 14, 2013 - Southeastern Technical College’s Swainsboro campus celebrated its 50th anniversary with a crowd of distinguished guests on Nov. 13 at the Swainsboro-Emanuel County Auditorium.
The ceremony included speakers from across the state, including Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Ron Jackson, State Senator Jack Hill and State Representative Butch Parrish among others.
“We are so proud and appreciative of the formative effect this school has had on the community,” said Swainsboro Mayor Charles Schwabe. “I was around when [Swainsboro Area Vocational Technical School] opened in 1963. It was an exciting time. It was a big deal. And 50 years later, it’s still a big deal.”
In its 50 years, the Swainsboro campus has served one of the larger service areas for a technical college in Georgia. It’s aided numerous businesses and produced thousands of graduates, including Michelle Lank, STC’s winner of the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership, naming her 2009’s Georgia technical college student of the year.
Lank, as well as Glenn Deibert, former president of Swainsboro Technical College, and a number of former faculty, staff and students—including several instructors and students from the college’s first classes in 1963—were in attendance to celebrate the college’s half-century of achievements.
“We look forward to STC’s next 50 years and the opportunities, both great and small, to continue to make a positive difference in the lives of our students and the prosperity of our communities,” said STC Provost Larry Calhoun.
As the ceremony drew to a close, Calhoun—who was the president of Swainsboro Tech in the two years prior to its merger with Southeastern—received a gift from STC President Dr. Cathryn Mitchell honoring his own history with the college: a presidential portrait to be displayed alongside other presidential portraits on the Swainsboro campus.
“It’s an honor to join the rogue’s gallery in the boardroom,” joked Calhoun. “I’m into my 16th year working in the technical college system, and I can honestly say that I could count on one hand the number of days I haven’t looked forward to getting to work.”
For more information on technical education in southeast Georgia, visit www.southeasterntech.edu or call 912-538-3100 or 478-289-2200.