Coastal Pines Technical College Holds Spring Advisory Committee Meetings
May 5, 2016 08:20 PM
Area Business Owners & Industry Leaders Review Program Standards & Curriculum
Coastal Pines Technical College (CPTC) advisory committees met on the Waycross campus Thursday, May 5, at 6 p.m. for the college’s annual spring meeting. Area community and industry leaders, business owners and managers who serve as advisory committee members assembled in the Miller Lecture Hall for greetings and comments by college officials before moving to classrooms or labs to attend their respective advisory committee meeting.
Lonnie Roberts, CPTC Provost, welcomed guests to the general session and expressed appreciation to committee members for their participation in the curriculum assessment process. Roberts also introduced the special speaker for the evening, Mr. Kenny Adkins, apprenticeship specialist for the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG).
Adkins encouraged all present to work toward partnerships that lead to apprenticeship opportunities. He provided examples of successful apprenticeship partnerships and shared the advantages of this type of relationship for all parties involved.
Amanda Morris, dean for academic affairs, gave the invocation, and committee members made their way to the buffet, then joined their colleagues for their respective advisory committee meeting.
Program advisory committees are composed primarily of persons in the industry and include persons from the CPTC service delivery area and employment market. Membership may also include representatives from high school programs and other college programs. Committees meet twice each year.
During CPTC advisory committee meetings, program staff solicit input from members to assist in the evaluation of program effectiveness, job development, job placement, program promotion and evaluation (in relation to standards), program advocacy, and business and industry support of the program.
Essentially, advisory committees promote interaction between program faculty and businesses and industries served by the program, and faculty use the expertise of advisory committee members to improve program content.
All CPTC programs comply with the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) approved curriculum, and all TCSG curriculum programs are standardized, based on business and industry requirements across the state. Standards are designed to prepare students for careers in specific professions and ensure that all students are learning the skills necessary to be successful.
CPTC officials would like to thank the following event planning committee members for a successful evening: Sherry Beverly, Gloria Jackson, Denise Wedington, and Natasha King.
Coastal Pines Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.
Photo Top Left | Jason Strickland (bottom right), CPTC dean for academic affairs, introduces himself to members of the CPTC Diesel Equipment Advisory Committee. After introductions, CPTC diesel equipment instructor, Elliott Pittman (top right), shared information about the program and asked for curriculum and equipment input from the committee. Committee members in attendance were Michael Musgrove (L to R), vice president of Coastal Forklifts & Hydraulics of Blackshear; Jimmy Kitchens, owner of American Truck Parts of Douglas; Albert Wildes, farmer and consultant from Alma; and Robert Denson (2nd from right), service manager for Rush Truck Centers of Blackshear.
Photo Bottom Right | Omegeia Banks-O’Hara (standing) shares the latest news from the Bacon County Adult Education program in Alma. Adult education advisory committees from CPTC’s 13-county service area meet together as one group bi-annually to learn about system-wide updates and share success stories. Kelly Peacock (front row, 2nd from rt), executive director of the CPTC Adult Education program, extends an earnest “thank you” to all business and community partners of Adult Education for their invaluable input into the program.