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Val Tech Students Win at National PBL Competition
Valdosta Tech Announces President’s List
A Bit Of Training Goes A Long Way
Valdosta Tech Dental Hygiene Students Win Hinman Dental Society Scholarships

Valdosta Tech’s Johnson First Runner-up at State

Val Tech Students Win at National PBL Competition

Eighteen Valdosta Technical College students participated at the national Phi Beta Lambda competition in Denver, Colorado, July 7 - 14, winning in six categories. Phi Beta Lambda (PBL), the sponsoring organization, is the collegiate version of Future Business Leaders of America.

The Valdosta Tech delegation, led by instructors Lynn Bowen, Marsha Dukes, and David Schmidt participated against students from other schools across the nation. Over 3,000 students competed in the seven-day event. Valdosta Tech students who won include:

• Shane Purdue of Hahira, 8th place in Information Management;
• George Blunt of Valdosta, 8th place in Telecommunications;
• Victoria Honeycutt of Valdosta, 7th place in Java Programming;
• Beth Roberts and Deborah Stone of Nashville and Tasha Greene of Cecil, 7th place in Emerging Business Issues;
• Robin Martin of Morven, 6th place in Information Management, and
• Stephen Gottlieb of Valdosta, 4th place in Visual Basic Programming.

“It is very difficult to place at the national level. We are competing against other technical colleges and two-year community colleges from all over the nation,” said Lynn Bowen. “We are extremely proud to have so many winners.”

Other students who represented Valdosta Tech and the Georgia delegation included:

Barbara Curl – Valdosta – State PBL Secretary
Anthony Pipkin – Valdosta – WebSite Design
Naomi Touchton – Quitman – E-commerce
Pamela Pelaccio – Nashville – C++
Edward Bucsku – Valdosta – E-Commerce
Andrea Sutton – Valdosta – State PBL Historian
Chris Stone – Nashville – Computer Operating Systems
Letisha Hargett-Stibbins – Valdosta – Human Relations and Ethics
Roger Steis – Valdosta – Computer Concepts
Courtnay Weeks – Valdosta – State PBL President

Valdosta Tech Announces President’s List

Valdosta Technical College announces the list of outstanding students who were enrolled full-time for 12 credit hours or more who achieved a grade point average of 3.66 or higher on a 4.0 scale during Spring Quarter March 31 through June 18, 2004. In addition to receiving an academic grade, each student receives a grade in work ethics in each class. Valdosta Technical College grades work ethics to assist employers who ask for a transcript when interviewing potential employees.

Students from the following Georgia and Florida counties made the President’s List:

Ben Hill: Jason Mobley
Berrien: Brandy Arrowood, Billy Barker, Shari Bennefield, Jerri Browning, Michael Fender, Donald Ford, Angie Fountain, Jordan Griffin, Kimberly Hughes, Jackie Jordan, Jonathan Lang, Alisha Little, Heather McFalls, Ashleigh McKinney, Susan Nelms, April Pettis, Elicia Register, Erda Roberts, Barbara Selph, Samantha Smith, Kelly Starling, William Stone, Jason Sumner, Joseph Thwaites, Brandi Watson, Brian Wilkerson,
Brooks: Sandra Bell, David Byrd, Brittany Cashwell, Mae Dean, Carla Jenkins, Kimberly Kringle, Shelia Lewis, Sarah Robinson, Jayson Simpson, Valerie Simpson
Camden: Megan Barnes
Clinch: Kay Mayes, Vetina Morris
Colquitt: Falisha Kinsey
Cook: Kristen Boone, James Crumpton, Shanteria Davis, Paula Hemphill, Marvin Holbrook, Anna Johnson, Debora O'Steen, Katherine Para, Leslie Parrish, Christopher cost effective automotive rates Posey, Tareall Powell, Sally Reim, George Shiflett, Teresa Smith, Jessica Spangler, David Williams, Wendy Williams
Decatur: Davelyne Powell
Echols: Lee Houston
Grady: Christopher McCuller
Hamilton: Matthew Green, Christopher Reynolds, Adrienne Young
Lanier: Renee Deane, Candace Graham, Stephanie Rogers, Kwi Simmons, Bonnie Tucker, Jeffery Williams
Long: Kerry Wingate
Lowndes: Ekua Acquaah, Deborah Anderson, Kristi Asbel, Annjannette Atkins, Tamara Barden, Kayla Barnes, Johnnie Barrington, Neshell Berrian, Sherri Boinski, Rokia Bolden, Kimberly Bonifacio, Trever Boothby, Tyler Bradley, Regina Brandon, Amy Braswell, Laura Braswell, Daniel Brocks, Richard Brown, Sharon Brown, Melissa Brown, Lamarian Brown, Misty Browning, Rhett Burroughs, Mary Campagna, Kristin Cantrell, Daniel Carr, Jennie Castine, Jodie Chastain, Donna Chisholm, Takisher Clark, Tonya Clarkson, Lori Coffman, Alisa Collins, Katrina Cothron, Bonnie Crosby, Tanita Daniels, Lamont Debro, Connie Dennis, Earl Dickert, Carolyn Divinagracia, Shannon Driver, Ragan Duggan, Amanda Edenfield, Theodore Emanuel, Jennifer Fleming, Tracie Fotter, Amanda Fruth, Carissa Gardner, Melissa Garner, Matthew Gay, Kimberly Gill, Jared Gist, Tamika Gosha, Allison Grant, Tanya Griffin, Rebecca Gunter, Lisa Hall, Louise Harden, Kelvin Harper, Tammie Harris, Travis Harrison, Heather Hembree, Jennifer Herring, Jackie Hickman, Mary Hilgert, Shironda Hill, Leah Hoebelheinrich, Danielle Holmberg, Monica Holmes, Christina Holt, Jena Howell, Robert Hutchinson, Jackline Infinger, Laura Jackson, Nichole Jahn, Crystal Johncox, Shamika Johnson, Charles Johnson, Carlo Johnson, Janice Johnson, Robin Jones, Melody Jones, Tameka Jones, Partrina Joseph, James Kirkland, Donald Knobloch, Stephen Lambert, Nashondra Lamons, Alfred Lane, Murjani Law, Mary Leonard, Kathryn Locke, Bonnie Love, Ashleigh Luke, Freedom Mallette, Christopher Mays, LeToya McCarty, Tammy McGee, Stevie McGilvray, Amy McKinney, Shirley McRae, Justin Meredith, Dustin Merriman, Heather Mitchell, Lisa Mize, Heidi Moore, Myrtle Nichols, Katherine Nickel, Angela Nowell, Charles Peace, Elise Peterson, Lonnie Phillips, Kelly Phillips, Debra Pierce, Kimberly Pittman, Leslie Porter, Denese Powell, Kristin Powell, Heather Retterbush,
Carla Ricks, Kenyetta Roberson, Roberta Robinson, James Robinson, Aulicia Rogers, Daniella Sabal, Michelle Schwab, Maggie Scott, Daniel Seals, Curtis Sermons, Colleen Shultz, Adam Sikes, Kay Smith, Joy Smith, Robert Smith, Vence Stanley II, Amber Stephens, Letisha Stibbins Hargett, Joy Storey, Denise Strickland, Kelly Terrell, Dena Terry, Erica Thomas, Katie Tienda, Jessica Walker, Summer Warrick, Lacey Wilcox, Harold Williams, Stacy Williams, Twonda Williams, Sherry Williams, Angelita Willrich, Christopher Wrinn, Stephanie Zinn
Madison: Donald Agner, Kyle Hunter
Telfair: Summer Holland
Thomas: Christopher Voyles
Tift: Robert Bickford, Cindy Jones, Deana Webb
Turner: Robert Ward
Wilcox: Charles Bishop

A Bit Of Training Goes A Long Way

Can saving a drill bit be exciting? It can if you ask Bob Hutchinson, a Business and Industry Services instructor at Valdosta Technical College. VTC is contract-training employees at BP Amoco Fabrics and Fibers in Nashville, Georgia. The class teaches employees “all facets of industrial machine mechanics,” Hutchinson said.

Contract training with Valdosta Technical College is benefiting many people. BP Amoco Fabrics and Fibers will have better trained employees and save money. VTC has 85 students for the manufacturing specialist teacher, and the maintenance employees at Amoco are learning advanced skills that will help them for years to come.

The non-credit class began in September 2003 to upgrade the maintenance staff. Employees learn basic math, physical science, measuring devices and mechanical skills that will help them to “think logically,” Hutchinson said, “These skills will help decrease safety problems, which is the factory’s first priority.” The skills also help build vocabulary and math, helping employees to work on their own, increasing productivity.

In addition, the program helps with decreasing production costs. “A company will spend around $3000 a year in drill bits if the maintenance team is destroying them with each use,” said Hutchinson. “I can teach them how to drill properly, saving money for the company and avoiding a lot of frustration by the employee.”

VTC’s new Amatrol trainer machine is on loan for the program. The machine is being delivered this week by VTC Commercial Truck Driving students to the Nashville Mills site. The machine aids students by simulating real life problems that they may encounter on the job. The basic math and physical science skills they learn are applied to these situations.

If the program continues to be successful, more classes will be added, covering topics such as electrical wiring and hydraulics.

BP Amoco Fabrics and Fibers has several facilities in the state of Georgia. All are working with local technical colleges to train their employees on site. Quick Start, a division of the Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education, works with the company and the technical colleges to assess the needs of the company, develop a training plan, provide instruction, and evaluate the project effectiveness.

“BP Amoco Fabrics and Fibers has been a model in working with the technical college system to train their employees,” said Angela Crance, Vice President of Business and Industry Services at Valdosta Technical College.


Valdosta Tech Dental Hygiene Students Win Hinman Dental Society Scholarships

Valdosta Technical College dental hygiene students Karen M. Banegas-Vargas, Heather L. Moore and Kate L. Seago have been awarded scholarships from the Thomas P. Hinman Dental Society.

This year, the Hinman Society provided scholarships and gifts totaling more than $250,000 to dental, dental hygiene, and laboratory technician students at 33 southeastern colleges and universities. This is the largest amount awarded since the inception of the Hinman Scholars' Program in 1986. Recipient schools are located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

Renee Graham, director of dental programs at Valdosta Tech, encourages her students to apply each year. At least one student has been awarded a scholarship at Valdosta Tech each of the past five years.

"We are so proud that our students are able to achieve the goals they have set forth," said Graham. "This years' winners will use their money to help defray the costs involved in taking the state and national certification exams which cost over $2,000," she explained.

Hinman Scholars are selected based on academic merit and financial need and must be in the top 10 percent of their class. The Thomas P. Hinman Dental Society has promoted continuing education in the dental profession since 1912. It began granting scholarships to dental students in 1986, adding dental hygiene students to the program in 1989, and laboratory technician students in 2003.

Valdosta Tech’s Johnson First Runner-up at State

LaVeria Johnson  first runner-up at the state Georgia Occupation of Leadership Award (GOAL) competition in Atlanta

LaVeria Johnson, computer information systems major from Valdosta, won first runner-up at the state Georgia Occupation of Leadership Award (GOAL) competition in Atlanta. Her prize was $500. The banquet where the winners were announced culminated a four-day competition.

Outstanding students from each of Georgia’s 34 technical colleges and 4 college-universities where technical degrees are offered were interviewed in two rounds of judging. Each competitor gave a three to five minute speech and answered questions about the role of technical education in the state. Candice Walker, Radiologic Technology student at Okefenokee Technical College in Waycross, won the competition. She will act as an ambassador for technical education during the next 12 months speaking to civic and leadership groups as well as at the Georgia State Legislature next February.

Johnson was nominated for the honor of competing by computer information systems instructor Jerry Smith. She emerged from three rounds of judging at the local level to be named the 2004 Valdosta Technical College GOAL student in March.

“She has inspired me,” said networking instructor Jerry Smith. “She makes me want to be a better teacher, to stay ahead of the learning curve in this ever-changing field so that she and students like her will have the skills they need to be successful. LaVeria is proactive. She is the first to get involved in class activities. She’s serious. She wants to make a living at this. She never whines or complains, but rather decides how to solve a problem and sets out to do it,” concluded Smith.

President James Bridges attended the awards ceremony and praised Johnson’s performance. “LaVeria is exactly the kind of ambassador technical colleges need to tell their story,” said Bridges. “The GOAL program is a tremendous asset to the Department of Technical and Adult Education. Our students tell our story from experience with sincerity and feeling. Valdosta Tech is extremely proud to have LaVeria Johnson as one of our students and an advocate for technical education,” he said.

President Bridges
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