The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) held its 2013 Leadership Conference November 4-6 at the Hyatt Regency in Savannah, Georgia. Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) President Dr. Glenn Deibert and representatives of the College’s Board of Directors and Foundation Board of Trustees attended the three-day event that carried the theme “Student Success.” Chair Larry Paulk and Treasurer Bill Higginson attended the event as representatives of the OTC Foundation. Toni Nelson and Dr. Keith Johnson represented the OTC Board of Directors.
Also representing Okefenokee Technical College at the conference were Executive Director of the OTC Foundation Cindy Tanner and Executive Assistant to the President Natasha King.
Over 200 business and industry leaders from across the state who serve as members of the Technical College Directors’ Association (TCDA) or the Technical College Foundation Association (TCFA) attended the conference, which included seminars on board governance, social media, friend raising, strategies for student success, accounting for non-profits, financial management, community advocacy, investing in Georgia’s future through TCSG and more. Larry Paulk and Bill Higginson are OTC representatives in the TCFA, while Toni Nelson and Dr. Keith Johnson represent OTC in the TCDA. Additionally, Paulk serves on the TCFA executive board as treasurer.
TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson addressed attendees several times over the course of the conference and thanked TCDA and TCFA members for their commitment to their individual colleges and their enthusiastic support of their presidents, faculty, staff and students. He also implored their assistance in creating better pathways to college completion, stable jobs, and great careers.
“This year’s conference theme, Student Success, isn’t just a tagline,” stated Jackson. “Achieving student success is at the forefront of all that we do throughout the TCSG. We believe that everyone deserves to learn a marketable skill and enter a great career.”
“Still, the reality is that a significant number of our students start but don’t finish,” continued Jackson. “Or they fear the rigors of college classes. That’s why we’ll devote much of this year’s conference to meaningful conversations about why far too many students fail to finish college and meet their potential.”
Jackson repeatedly praised the membership of the Technical College Directors’ Association and Technical College Foundation Association for their commitment to technical education, which assists TCSG colleges with their mission of building job skills and creating new career opportunities for fellow Georgians.
Conference keynote speakers included Tom Sugar, vice president of Complete College Georgia, and Dr. Robert Templin, president of Northern Virginia Community College. Sponsors were Culpepper Construction Company of Georgia, ADCAP Network Systems, Barracuda, Technical Training Aids, Comcast, CDWG, CISCO, Parker Systems, SunTrust, and Vizitech USA.
About the TCSG: The 24 colleges of the Technical College System of Georgia offer affordable education and excellent training in more than 600 certificate, diploma and two-year associate degree programs. Students of all ages take advantage of outstanding instructors and hands-on learning with state-of-the-art equipment to gain the skills needed for today’s in-demand jobs.
The TCSG colleges delivered 2.3 million credit hours of instruction to more than 151,000 students during the 2013 academic year. The TCSG is online, too, serving 80,000 students through the system’s Georgia Virtual Technical Connection. TCSG students enjoy the benefits of Georgia’s HOPE grant and scholarship and the federal Pell grant, which will pay for a significant portion of a TCSG education.
In addition, the TCSG Quick Start program, an important economic development incentive for Georgia, provided customized workforce training to almost 50,000 employees of new and expanding companies in the state.
The TCSG also works to help adult learners reach their potential. Last year, the TCSG Office of Adult Education delivered a variety of programs to 71,000 adult learners and almost 15,000 of those students earned their GED credential.
For more information about the TCSG and links to a technical college in your area, go to www.tcsg.edu.
TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson is shown addressing attendees of the 2013 Leadership Conference. Dr. Dr. Glenn Deibert, president of Okefenokee Technical College; Larry Paulk, OTC Foundation chair; Bill Higginson, OTC Foundation treasurer; Toni Nelson, OTC board director; Keith Johnson, M.D., OTC board director; Cindy Tanner, OTC Foundation executive director; and Natasha King OTC executive assistant to the president; represented OTC at the conference and were among those in the audience.