STC Receives Recognition at TCDA/TCFA Leadership Conference

The Technical College Directors Association of Georgia (TCDA) Annual Leadership Conference was held in Savannah, October 24-26, 2022, in conjunction with the Technical College Foundation Association (TCFA).

Southeastern Technical College’s (STC) Board of Directors was recognized as having 100% board certification at this year’s Leadership Conference.

In order to become TCDA certified, local board members must complete required workshops and activities which educate board members on various policies and procedures concerning Southeastern Technical College and the Technical College System of Georgia. The majority of the required workshops are taught at the Leadership Conference each year. Other requirements include attending 80% of college board meetings and touring the College campus.

The required and selected professional development sessions allow board members the opportunity to learn about community advocacy, budgeting and financial management, and much more in relation to the operations of technical colleges on both state and local levels.

“The conference was a wonderful opportunity to network with fellow board members across the state and gain a more solid understanding of the technical college operations and sources of funding,” said Jeffrey Harden who was sworn into the board of directors in October.

This annual certification process recognition is to encourage outstanding boards to continue demonstrating professional business practices and commitment to the Technical College System of Georgia’s 22 colleges.

The STC Board of Directors meets at least eight times per year. Board members serve a three-year term and may serve two additional three-year terms, for a maximum of nine years before retiring from the local board.

The STC Board of Directors are: Don Betts, Brandon Boston, Dustin Durden, Kenny Griffin, Jeffrey Harden, Michael Harrison, Will Heath, Chris Hopkins, Mandy Underwood, Ken Warnock, and Angie Woolard.

Southeastern Technical College Foundation’s 2022 Board of Trustees was recognized as being a Role Model Board for the third consecutive year.
The TCFA Role Model Foundation Board Certification is an honor bestowed on the TCSG foundations that 1.) engage best practices in nonprofit governance, board management, and operations; 2.) have policies in place to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations, especially in financial matters; 3.) are led by a Board of Trustees whose members are actively engaged in the foundation’s development activities; and 4.) support the professional development and state-level participation of their trustees, executive director, and college advancement personnel.

STC Foundation Board of Trustees are: Pam Dwight, Peyton Frye, Tres Herin, Greg Hudgins, Dennis Ingley, Greg Johnson, Mike Lisenby, Paul MacGregor, Lynda Morgan, Charleen Norfleet, Mark Thompson, and Dianna Wedingcamp.

The Southeastern Technical College Foundation is a non-profit organization that partners with donors to support and invest in students, faculty, and staff of STC to build stronger communities. The Foundation helps recognize unmet needs by providing financial support required to sustain current operations and afford future growth, supporting Candler, Emanuel, Jenkins, Johnson, Montgomery, Tattnall, Toombs, and Treutlen counties.

In 2021, the STC Foundation had 100% employee participation in annual giving and awarded $61,641 in scholarships and assistance to students.

For further information on STC, visit www.southeasterntech.edu or call (912) 538-3100 (Vidalia) or (478) 289-2200 (Swainsboro).

(L-R) TCSG Commissioner Greg Dozier, STC Board Member Jeffrey Harden, STC Executive Assistant to the President Twan Broughan, STC Board Member Kenny Griffin, STC Board Member Brandon Boston, and TCDA Executive Director Adie Shimandle

(L-R) TCFA President Mike Cheokas, STC Executive Director of Institutional Advancement Blythe Wilcox, STC Trustee Paul MacGregor, STC Trustee Lynda Morgan, STC Trustee Tres Herin, and TCSG Commissioner Greg Dozier

Three STC Welding Winners in AWS Competition

 On September 29, the Atlanta Section of the American Welding Society (AWS) held a welding competition on the Swainsboro Campus of Southeastern Technical College (STC).

The competition consisted of students using their blueprint reading skills to fabricate a weldment and produce the correct size welds using various welding processes of gas metal arc welding (MIG) and gas tungsten arc welding (TIG) in different positions – horizontal, vertical, and overhead.

Area schools were invited to participate. Southeastern Technical College students who competed were: Jack Williams from Swainsboro, Kade Johnson from Millen, and Dawson Claxton from Lyons.

Dawson, a Vidalia campus student, won first place and a $1,000 scholarship. Jack, a Swainsboro campus student, won second place and a Jackson auto-darkening welding hood. Kade, a Swainsboro campus student, won third place and a DeWalt 4 ½ inch angle grinder.

Discussing the full morning of events, Claxton said, “It’s very humbling – a full test of our skills. The AWS reps will have a lot of pointers to give us in our individual critique sections after lunch.” Claxton was working with the boilermaker’s union when he decided to attend STC to obtain his welding credentials.

Williams is a homeschooled student who toured Southeastern Technical College when he was in the sixth grade and said he knew at that time that he wanted to try welding. He’s a sixth-generation welder with plans to work on the pipeline in Texas after graduation.

Coming from several generations of welders, Johnson said, “It’s a learning experience and it’s hard. It looks easy on paper.” He plans to continue his education in building construction.

All three students will complete the requirements for their Welding and Joining Technology diplomas during the next couple of semesters. Two of the three have participated in Dual Enrollment at STC for a portion of their credits.

Each student was also awarded a complimentary student membership into the American Welding Society from the Atlanta Section.

Rene Engeron and Robert Trudelle from the Atlanta Section sponsored the competition. Certified welding inspectors Robert Trudelle and Joe Waldroup judged the competition.

These students are under the instruction of Jason McDonald on the Swainsboro campus and Michael Crumpler on the Vidalia Campus.

“We are grateful to the AWS and the Atlanta Section for choosing us to host the competition,” stated McDonald.

“These young men are all winners today and they leave with valuable information and experience as a result of this competition,” stated Crumpler.

A pizza lunch was provided for all in attendance, courtesy of the Atlanta Section.

Information about future welding competitions and scholarships can be found at www.aws.org. One other scholarship will be awarded by the Atlanta Section for the northern region of Georgia, later this year.

For more information about upcoming welding courses, contact Jason McDonald at (478) 289-2242 or Michael Crumpler at (912) 538-3257 or visit www.southeasterntech.edu.

Photo (L to R): Jack Williams, Rene Engeron, Sonya Wilson, Kade Johnson, Jason McDonald, Robert Trudelle, Michael Crumpler, Dawson Claxton


Boston Sworn into STC Board of Directors

Brandon Boston was sworn in at the Southeastern Technical College (STC) Board of Director’s September meeting on Thursday in Swainsboro by Emanuel County Probate Judge Don Wilkes (former chair of the board).

Boston joins the board to represent Toombs County. He currently serves as J.D. Dickerson Primary School Principal for Vidalia City School System. He brings experience from both Northwest Laurens Elementary School as a fourth-grade teacher and Toombs County School System as Lyons Primary School Assistant Principal.

Boston has a B.A. in Early Childhood Education from Georgia Southern University, a M.Ed. in School Psychology from Georgia Southern University, and an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership from Georgia Southern University. He and his family live in Lyons.

Board members may serve up to three three-year terms.

Photo: STC Board Member Brandon Boston and Emanuel County Probate Judge Don Wilkes

Emanuel County Industry Tours

Southeastern Technical College (STC) representatives toured Emanuel County industries on September 6, 2022 with other educators from area schools.

The goal was to inform the high school teachers of the job opportunities in the Emanuel County area so they could share these opportunities with their students.

“The industry tours initiative of the Emanuel County School System will better enable their teachers, counselors, and administrators to inform their students about the great career opportunities available in our local area. Southeastern Tech is proud to partner with Swainsboro High and Emanuel County Institute (ECI) to provide the skilled training needed for these careers,” said STC President Larry Calhoun.

The industries toured were Crider Foods, Faircloth Forest Products, Stitch-N-Print, Advanced Metal Components, AirStar Charter & Flight Support, Hotset America Corporation, Emanuel Medical Center, Nordson, America Knits, Wincore Window Company, and American Steel Components.

“STC employees were there to share information about the programs that align with some of the career opportunities on the tour. Our goal is to all work together to help the students and employers of Emanuel County,” said Mrs. Melissa Rowell, STC High School Initiatives Coordinator.

Swainsboro teachers toured in the morning and went back at Swainsboro High School where ECI joined the group for lunch sponsored by Britt McDade of Chick-Fil-A. ECI toured the industries in the afternoon.

Mr. McDade shared his personal story and reasons why he opened a Chick-Fil-A franchise. He challenged the teachers to remember their “why” in daily encounters as they educate youth.

Mr. Ken Warnock of Swainsboro-Emanuel County Chamber of Commerce and Development Authority spoke with the teachers about the importance of knowing the community and its opportunities for employment and sharing the knowledge with the students of Emanuel County.

For more information on STC, visit www.southeasterntech.edu or call (912) 538-3100 (Vidalia) or (478) 289-2200 (Swainsboro).

Photo: Emanuel County Educators on Industry Tour

First Board Meeting for Two New Southeastern Tech Board Members

Two new board of directors attended their first Southeastern Technical College (STC) board meeting last week.

Brandon Boston, J.D. Dickerson Primary School Principal, joins the board as representation for Toombs County. Boston moved to Toombs County in 2014 and has spent the last seven years working with Vidalia City Schools.

“I look forward to serving on the board and helping the community,” said Boston.

Jeffrey Harden, Chief Nursing Officer at Memorial Health Meadows Hospital for the last five years, will represent Toombs County.

“Our hospital has had a close relationship with Southeastern Tech for many years and we value the education Southeastern provides,” said Harden.

Board members are selected from a wide variety of occupations, businesses, schools, and industries across STC’s service area of eight counties to have input from all communities.

The new members will be sworn in during the September board meeting. They will also attend the upcoming Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) Leadership Conference in Savannah where they will attend the Technical College Directors Association (TCDA) to further orient themselves with the latest updates and offerings of technical education. The TCDA workshops during the two-day conference will earn them board certification.

For more information on STC, visit www.southeasterntech.edu or call (912) 538-3100 (Vidalia) or (478) 289-2200 (Swainsboro).

Photos: Jeffrey Harden, STC President Larry Calhoun, and Brandon Boston

2022 Summer President’s List

Southeastern Tech congratulates these student on taking 12 or more hours during Summer Semester to achieve the President’s List.



STC Graduates Honored for Associate of Science in Nursing Bridge

The ASN faculty of Southeastern Technical College (STC) proudly pinned graduates in the 2022 Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) Bridge Option program in a ceremony held in the Toombs Auditorium on the Vidalia campus.

The graduates were Rayne Binns and Amber Hood from Swainsboro, Jennifer Borders from Byron, Maeghan Carver and Harlee NeeSmith from Hazlehurst, Nicole Dasher from Metter, Kathryn Duncan and JaMeshia Kemp from Savannah, Jacob Floyd and Rya Simmons from Brooklet, Latosha Grace and Amy Price from Soperton, Summer Grantham and Racheal Thomas from Reidsville, Carley Jackson and Talia Williams from Baxley, Ashlyn Johnson from Cobbtown, Alison Jones and Monica Moseley from Twin City, Tanesha Jones, Raechel Roberts, and Brenna Vance from Waynesboro, Hayley Kuntz from Vidalia, and Bailee Small from Millen.

Jennifer Corner, Associate of Science in Nursing Program Director, opened the ceremony with a welcome. She congratulated and thanked the graduates for choosing Southeastern Technical College as part of their journey and charged the graduates, “As you enter the nursing profession, allow the same concepts of hard work, determination, and dedication to always drive you to provide the best care for your clients and your patients.”

The ASN Bridge Option program, accepting cohorts once a year, is offered on the Swainsboro campus and allows qualified individuals who possess current, Georgia unrestricted licensure as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) or paramedic (EMT-P) to bridge their education into a degree program.

Rayne Binns has achieved all of her healthcare education goals through STC, receiving her Nurse Aide certificate in 1998, her Practical Nursing diploma in 2004, and now her Associate of Science in Nursing degree – all in Emanuel County where she calls home.

Rayne said, “I believe in technical education because it provided me an education that I could achieve in a short amount of time – just what I needed as a parent of three and as a full-time worker. My best advice to anyone considering this route is to go for it; always remember that opportunities do not just happen, you create them.”

To the audience she said, “It is a true honor to celebrate this occasion with so many wonderful people.” She also thanked the audience, as friends, family, and faculty, for stepping up to help this class to achieve this dream. “Without your selfless acts of love and kindness, we would have never made it this far. A year ago, we received what I like to call the golden ticket. It acknowledged that we were accepted into one of the most competitive programs that technical education has to offer. We, as graduates, accepted that invitation, but you all in the audience accepted that invitation as well.”

Latosha Grace, 2013 Practical Nursing graduate of STC, said, “After nine years of nursing, I decided it was time to level up, so I came back to where I started. Tonight, I walk across the stage ready for the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).”

Graduates pledged themselves to the work they have chosen by lighting their ceremonial lamp, a tradition in honor of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. Graduates were awarded their pins by their instructor Beth Hendrix.

Nicole Dasher said, “As much as I love being a paramedic, I look forward to being a nurse in an ER setting. I attended the Bridge Option program because I wanted a more stable setting for my children and my family.”

For more information on the various nursing programs offered at STC, visit www.southeasterntech.edu or call (912) 538-3100 or (478) 289-2200.


Photo: ASN Nursing Graduates (Front Row L-R): Carley Jackson, Maeghan Carver, Talia Williams, Amy Price, Nicole Dasher, Bailee Small, Summer Grantham, Hayley Kuntz, Alison Jones, Rayne Binns, Kathryn Duncan (Back Row L-R): Monica Moseley, JaMeshia Kemp, Harlee NeeSmith, Amber Hood, Latosha Grace, Jacob Floyd, Ashlyn Johnson, Tanesha Jones, Jennifer Borders, Racheal Thomas, Rya Simmons

Noteworthy Turn Out at STC Financial Aid Check Up

On Thursday, July 28, Southeastern Technical College (STC) hosted its first Check Up event for 2022-2023 financial aid.

Throughout the day on both the Vidalia and Swainsboro campuses, new and returning students were assisted one-on-one in completing their financial aid applications for the new school year. Financial aid status is required to be renewed annually before the beginning of fall semester which begins August 15, 2022.

Rebecca Ethredge, Director of Financial Aid, stated that during this one-day event, her department was able to help dozens of students complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit documents for their aid requirements.

“Many students do not realize they are eligible for federal aid, so we encourage all students to complete a FAFSA application,” said Ethredge. “It is very important that college applicants respond to emails and text messages from STC to begin this financial aid process and to track the status of their application so they are aware if any additional documentation is needed.”

Southeastern Tech’s Financial Aid Office is available to assist students and potential students between now and August 15 to clear up any issues for this coming semester, Monday through Thursday 8 am to 6 pm.

For more information on STC, visit www.southeasterntech.edu or call Vidalia at (912) 538-3100 or Swainsboro at (478) 289-2200.

Robins Financial Credit Union Contributes $410,000 in Community Project

Robins Financial Credit Union presents the Community Project check to Southeastern Technical College Foundation


Robins Financial Credit Union recently contributed $410,000 to 21 organizations as part of their annual Community Project. Organizations submitted their applications and recipients were chosen by a special Robins Financial Board of Directors Committee based on their application and request for funding, as well as their reputation and the work they do for the community.

Robins Financial is committed to the communities they serve and the Community Project demonstrates the ongoing support to improve these communities. The Community Project provides financial support to nonprofit organizations whose purpose is to help families and improve the physical and financial well-being of the community.

The Community Project started in 2015 and over the years, Robins Financial has donated over $1.4 million through this program. Applications are open each year from March 1st through the end of April and information can be found on Robins Financial’s website.

“We are proud to give back to our community through supporting these deserving organizations that make such a positive contribution,” said Christina O’Brien, President and CEO of Robins Financial Credit Union. “Our annual Community Project is one of the most impactful ways we live out our credit union mission to be member focused, financial partners and community proud.”

2022 Community Project recipient in Emanuel County:  Southeastern Technical College Foundation

Robins Financial Credit Union is a local non-profit financial cooperative with twenty-two branches in central Georgia. Robins Financial currently provides financial services to over 247,000 members, with assets exceeding $4 billion.