Kathy Love of the Savannah Technical College visited us last Wednesday morning and told us about the myriad courses offered at the college.  Kathy has an Ed.D from Northcentral University, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business and computer sciences from Georgia Southwestern State.  She and her husband are Landings residents.  She has been the President of Savannah Technical College since January2009.
 
The key to understanding the many courses offered at the College is contained in the phrase “Workforce development.” In the five locations served by the College there is a need for every skill necessary for everyday living for all of us. The college offers degrees, diplomas, certificates and other evidence of competence in areas such as business and computer technology, health sciences, industrial technology, public services (police, etc.), aviation technology, English as a second language, and more. The college has campuses in Bryan, Chatham, Effingham, and Liberty Counties, including Fort Stewart. Within the category of skills called “industrial technology” are, welding and joining, machine tool usage, industrial systems, electronics, heating and air, truck driving, historical restoration and preservation, drafting technology – and within these categories there are subcategories, for example, within aviation there are programs teaching power plant repair and maintenance, cabinet making and upholstery; transportation technology includes intermodal carriers; the hospitality industry includes hotel and restaurant maintenance and support, culinary/baking/pastry skills. Health Sciences include nurse’s assistant, dental hygiene, surgical technology. Public Services include not only police training and basic law enforcement but childhood care and cosmetic/barbering skills.

For students wishing to attend the college there are many sources of financial assistance – HOPE, Pell, grants and loans. There are programs for dual high school and college enrollment for 9 th and 10 th graders, including summer programs. Courses are day, evening, weekend, and (to some extent) online; the latter availability is dependent on the need for students to work in actual labs, workshops, etc. Student demographics are: 60% female (because of the health sciences courses), 66% part-time, 49% black, and 62 % of students are the first in their families to go to college. There is heavy emphasis on the military; there is a military outreach coordinator for the college at Ft. Stewart. Courses are open to vets/military and their family members with no residency requirements, exemptions from tuition, grant eligibility, scholarships, and more.

Everything taught is workforce oriented. Our local businesses struggle to find and employ skilled workers – a quote from Gulfstream says it all – “If it wasn’t for Savannah Tech, we’d be hiring from outside Savannah.”
 
Below is pictured President Bill with Kathy Love.