Kathy Mudd / The Monticello News
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Southern Crescent Technical College (SCTC) hosted a business after hours Thursday, March 5, and those attending heard from the college president, Dr. Randall Peters, and the school's foundation chair Jack Smith.
Mr. Smith explained that the foundation is the fund raising arm of the college, and does internal and external fund raising. The funds are used for scholarships and facilities.
He spoke briefly on the Georgia Film Institute which the school has begun, and talked about the link between education and economics.
Dr. Peters talked more about the film institute, and the ground-breaking work the college is doing. He said there is no other program like it in the state, and talked about hosting people from The Walking Dead and Rectify in the building just last week. He talked about the economic impact of the film industry on the state's economy.
Dr. Peters said that the school offers classes in three areas-those for credit, ones specific to business and industry, and adult education.
He also talked about how agile the technical school system is and how it can create a program fairly quickly when a need is seen. An example was water quality technician. Right now only once school in the state offers the training. So, SCTC is going to become the second school in the state.
He talked about the new logistics management program they have. "We are more agile to create a program than anyone else," he said.
Dr. Peters talked about the relationship between education and economic development and talked about his staff that works with business and industry to train people. He talked about the relationship between SCTC and four-year colleges in the state, and how SCTC can help those students as well.
He said that when you give people options, it changes their life in a generational way.
He concluded by saying, overall, he said the state of the college is good.