Altamaha Technical College Day in Jesup, Wayne County!
The City of Jesup and Wayne County proclaimed Tuesday, August 7, 2012, Altamaha Technical College Day. Shown from left to right are Interim Wayne County Administrator Nancy Jones, Wayne County Board of Commissioners Chairman Tim Cockfield, Altamaha Technical College President Lorette M. Hoover, Altamaha Technical College Board Chairman Randal Morris, Jesup Mayor Herb Shaw, Altamaha Technical College President Emeritus Dr. C. Paul Scott, and Altamaha Technical College Foundation President Doug Ellis. (Photo by Kelley M. Arnold)
(August 8, 2012) – The Mayor and Council of the City of Jesup and the Wayne County Board of Commissioners recognized Altamaha Technical College with its own day last week.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012, is now known as Altamaha Technical College Day thanks to the support and official declaration by the City of Jesup and Wayne County Board of Commissioners. The celebration is in response to Altamaha Technical College’s success in obtaining initial accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
The college-wide, multi-year initiative to achieve SACSCOC accreditation culminated in July 2012 with SACSCOC passing a “yes” vote to include the two-year technical college in the prestigious ranks of other two- and four-year colleges and universities, including Board of Regents colleges in Georgia.
“Altamaha Technical College has significantly contributed to the economic empowerment of the citizens, businesses and industries of Jesup through its educational programs, services and community involvement,” said Jesup Mayor Herb Shaw. “It is fitting and appropriate to recognize Altamaha Technical College for this achievement and its contributions to the betterment of our citizens and community.”
Tim Cockfield, Chairman of the Wayne County Board of Commissioners, also commended Altamaha Technical College and presented President Lorette M. Hoover with a formal declaration of Altamaha Technical College Day.
“Altamaha Technical College has strengthened the economy and quality of life of the citizens of Wayne County and the surrounding region by providing an affordable and accessible post-secondary education,” said Cockfield. “Altamaha Technical College is hereby recognized and honored for achieving initial accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.”
Chairman Cockfield also cited the success of students, faculty and staff to demonstrate outstanding professional and academic achievement.
On behalf of the college community, President Hoover thanked both the Mayor and Council of the City of Jesup and the Wayne County Commissioners for their continual support of Altamaha Technical College’s students, faculty and staff.
“We plan to continue bringing honor to Jesup and Wayne County as we fulfill our academic mission throughout our seven-county service area,” said Hoover. “Your pioneering efforts and patronage are the backbone of our successes, and we thank you for honoring us today with our own, very special day.”
The historic announcement was made Tuesday during a luncheon of the College’s Annual Planning Day, a day set aside to bring the campus community together to map out strategic plans and budgets for the year. The announcement was a surprise to most college staff and faculty, who were also recognized by President Hoover and President Emeritus Dr. C. Paul Scott for their tenacity and perseverance in working together to achieve the accreditation for Altamaha Technical College. Current and former members of the College Board, College Foundation Board, past employees and community supporters were also on hand to join in the celebration, held in the C. Paul Scott Polytechnical Center on the Jesup campus.
Altamaha Technical College opened in 1989 with a campus in Jesup. Today it operates five campuses in a seven county service area of Appling, Camden, Glynn, Jeff Davis, Long, McIntosh and Wayne counties.
To learn more about registering for one of Altamaha Technical College’s more than 80 degree, diploma and certificate programs, contact the Office of Admissions at 1-800-645-8284 or go online towww.altamahatech.edu. Scholarships and financial aid are available. Registration is going on now for the Fall 2012 semester, which begins August 20, 2012.