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Shown above (l to r) are the Caterpillar and SGTC officials who were present at the Caterpillar Heavy Equipment Graduation recognition dinner at South Georgia Technical College recently and participated in the check presentation of $15,000 to the South Georgia Technical College Foundation. They included: Bradley Mote and Bobby Allen of Puckett Machinery Company, Kevin Robbins of Ring Power, SGTC Instructor Rick Davis, John Shepherd, Mark Slocumb, Jim Stephenson, Jackie Mardis, and Brian Stewart of Thompson Tractor Company, SGTC Instructor Kyle Hartsfield, Duane Gabehart of Stowers Machinery, Chip Handley and Christina Golden of Ring Power, Bob Bacon, retired from Thompson Tractor, SGTC Dean of Instruction Raymond Holt, Jim Larson of Yancey Brothers, Phillip Welch of Thompson Machinery, Ashley Self of Thompson Tractor, Larry Perdue and Pat O’Brien of Ring Power, Joe Williamson of Yancey Brothers, Jason Bickerstaff, Brian Phelps of Ring Power, and Justin Ward of Puckett Machinery Company. Not shown is SGTC Foundation Executive Director Su Ann Bird.

Caterpillar and South Georgia Tech… Great Example of Partnership
Monday June 16, 2014
Americus, Ga.— Six Caterpillar dealers joined forces to make a significant donation of $15,000 to the South Georgia Technical College Foundation for the Caterpillar Excellence Fund for 2014-2015.

Chip Handley of Ring Power Corporation of St. Augustine, Florida, and Ashley Self of Thompson Tractor presented checks from each of the six participating dealers totaling $15,000 to the South Georgia Technical College Foundation at the Caterpillar Heavy Equipment Service Technology Graduate Recognition Dinner held recently in the Betty Deriso Pope teleconference room in John M. Pope Industrial Technology Center on the SGTC campus.

Representatives from all six of the Caterpillar dealers participating in the Caterpillar Excellence Program were present at the dinner and the check presentation ceremony. The Caterpillar dealers that participated in the donation this year included: RingPower Corporation of St. Augustine, FL; Stowers Machinery Corporation of Knoxville, TN; Thompson Tractor of Birmingham, AL; Thompson Machinery of LaVergne, TN; Yancey Bros. Co. of Austell and Albany, Georgia; and Puckett Machinery Company of Flowood, Mississippi.

This is the fourteenth consecutive year that the dealers have established the Caterpillar Fund which ultimately helps attract service technician candidates to the diesel equipment technology program. Funds provide scholarships totaling $5,000, curriculum enhancement, equipment purchases, and faculty development which allows SGTC students enhanced career opportunities in the diesel and heavy equipment field.

The Caterpillar Foundation will match each of the dealer’s contributions in the near future providing a total gift of $30,000.
South Georgia Tech serves as the Southeastern Caterpillar College of Technology for the dealers offering hands on training opportunities for students sponsored by each of the dealers.

Students participating in the co-op learn basic and advanced theory as well as hands on application. The students attend class for eight consecutive weeks at South Georgia Technical College, and then return to the dealer for eight weeks of on the job training each semester.

The relationship between SGTC and Caterpillar is vital in addressing the career shortage and opportunities in the heavy equipment industry. Once students complete the program they receive an Associate of Applied Science Degree and may be eligible for full time employment with the highly reputable Caterpillar Company.

For more information on the Diesel Equipment Technology or Heavy Equipment Dealers’ Service Technology program, please call SGTC Dean of Instruction Raymond Holt at 229.931.2252.

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