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CPTC Holds Spring Advisory Commitee Meeting

April 30, 2015 11:35 AM
 

Coastal Pines Technical College Holds Spring Advisory Committee Meeting

Coastal Pines Technical College (CPTC) advisory committees met on the Waycross campus Thursday, April 30, 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.

Single_Image_LeftLonnie Roberts, CPTC Provost, welcomed guests to the general session and expressed appreciation to advisory members for their participation in the curriculum assessment process.

Following the welcome, Dr. Al Cunningham, vice president for academic affairs, introduced the 2015 CPTC Rick Perkins winner, Jaki Johnson, the criminal justice lead instructor. Johnson shared her experience at the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) Leadership Summit, where she competed against other Rick Perkins winners for the state’s highest faculty honor. Johnson told how the activities at the summit opened her eyes to how, despite differences, all participants shared a passion for technical education and student success. She also commented on the support she received from CPTC officials throughout the competition and events.

Johnson showed attendees her awards, including the plaque she received for being one of nine finalists in the state competition. She called Chase Kelly, the CPTC GOAL winner, to the front of the auditorium wither to be recognized as an outstanding student and excellent representative for the CPTC student body. Kelly also competed at the Leadership Summit, in the “Best of the Best” competition among technical college students.

Amanda Morris, dean for academic affairs, then introduced the CPTC mascot. The mascot, making his first appearance to advisory committee members, enthusiastically entered the room from the back doors, and worked his way down the aisle, shaking hands with CPTC supporters.

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Dr. Deibert followed the stingray with a brief college update. He also thanked committee members for their commitment to technical education, explaining the impact they have on program effectiveness.

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Afterwards, Walt Pinder, 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.

Single_Image_RightProgram advisory committees are composed primarily of persons in the industry and include persons from the college 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 Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) approved curriculum. 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.

CPTC officials would like to thank the following event planning committee members for a successful evening: Sherry Beverly, Gloria Jackson, Arlene Dixon, Denise King, Natasha King, and Denise Wedington.

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