Satilla REMC Foundation Makes Generous Donation to Benefit Coastal Pines Technical College Students & Programs
The Satilla Rural Electric Membership Corporation (REMC) Foundation donated $5,000 to the Altamaha Technical College Foundation and $5,000 to the Okefenokee Technical College Foundation in December for education to benefit area communities and residents of Southeast Georgia. The generous donations will be used to support student and program success at Coastal Pines Technical College (CPTC) through student scholarships, program equipment, capital projects and other worthy investments that promote a highly skilled workforce.
The purpose of the gifts to the CPTC foundations is to enhance educational opportunities for as many students as possible. Funding was made possible through voluntary contributions of Satilla REMC members.
Coastal Pines Technical College was established from the consolidation of Altamaha Technical College (est.1989) and Okefenokee Technical College (est. 1965) and began offering classes July 2014. For numerous years prior to the merger, the Satilla REMC Foundation championed the mission of the former colleges and provided financial support.
December 17, 2014, marked the first contribution from the cooperative’s foundation for the new college. Five thousand dollars was donated to the Altamaha Technical College (ATC) Foundation at a lunch meeting of the ATC Foundation Board, and another five thousand gifted to the Okefenokee Technical College Foundation later in the day when CPTC officials visited the Satilla REMC main office in Alma. Both foundations assist CPTC students and support the mission of the College.
At the Alma presentation, CPTC President Dr. Glenn Deibert told Satilla REMC Foundation Chair Jim Tucker and Satilla REMC President Romeo Reyes that the two CPTC foundations are considering a merger, which would simplify gifting for donors.
G. Hinson Mosley, vice-chairman of the Satilla REMC Board, presented a $5,000 check to ATC Foundation Chair Doug Ellis at the December board meeting. ATC trustees, Dr. Deibert, and Melinda Laager, executive vice president of the ATC Foundation; joined Mr. Ellis in thanking Mosley. Ellis asked Mosley, who represents the Wayne District, to convey to the other directors and cooperative members the Foundation’s appreciation.
Reyes, Tucker, and Sue Johnson, P. R. coordinator, met with Deibert and Cindy Tanner, vice president for institutional advancement at Coastal Pines and executive director of the OTC Foundation, around 2 p.m. at the Satilla REMC corporate office in Alma to award the OTC Foundation the other $5,000 check for educational advancement. Dr. Deibert accepted the contribution on behalf of the OTC Foundation Board.
“Your annual contribution is a blessing,” stated Tanner. “Knowing the source of the funds makes us even more grateful and accountable.”
“At a time when people are pinching pennies to pay bills or maintain their lifestyle,” continued Tanner, “how humbling is it to know that so many choose to give each month to education. It speaks to how much they value higher education, understand its benefits, and care about their community and others.”
Deibert also thanked Satilla REMC officials for their support and asked them to express his gratitude to the members, as well as the Satilla REMC Foundation Board and REMC directors, who support the program and manage it.
Ms. Johnson noted that members of Satilla REMC have invested more than $90,000 toward the educational futures of students through the Okefenokee Technical College Foundation and more than $75,000 through the Altamaha Technical College Foundation
“The Satilla REMC Foundation is proud to partner with Coastal Pines Technical College and the CPTC foundations to provide educational opportunities to students attending technical colleges in its nine-county service area,” said Reyes. “The members of Satilla, through their voluntary contributions, reinforce the belief that the responsibility of an educated workforce should be shared by the community.”
Before leaving, Dr. Deibert updated Tucker and Reyes on CPTC initiatives, including the expanding dual enrollment program and the construction project in Brunswick.
G. Hinson Mosley (center), vice-chairman of the Satilla REMC Board, presented a $5,000 check to ATC Foundation Chair Doug Ellis (right) at the December board meeting. CPTC President Dr. Glenn Deibert (left) joined Ellis; ATC Foundation trustees; and Melinda Laager, executive vice president of the ATC Foundation; in thanking Mosley and the Satilla REMC members for the contribution, which will benefit CPTC students and strengthen programs.
Mr. Romeo Reyes (right), Satilla Rural Electric Membership Corporation (REMC) CEO/President; Jim Tucker (left), Satilla REMC Foundation chair; and Sue Johnson (not pictured), P. R. coordinator, recently met with Coastal Pines Technical College President Dr. Glenn Deibert (center) and Cindy Tanner (not pictured) to award the OTC Foundation $5,000 for educational advancement. Tanner and Deibert thanked Satilla REMC officials and members.