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SGTC Financial Aid Specialist Deandra Robinson (left) and Registrar Julie Partain are shown wearing the new “Experience LIFE @southgatech” T-shirts that SGTC representatives will be wearing at informational booths all across SGTC’s service delivery area on Community LIFE Day August 1st.

SGTC to engage with community on August 1st for first ever Community Life Day
Monday July 21, 2014
Representatives from South Georgia Technical College’s Americus campus and Crisp County Center campus will pervade SGTC’s six county service delivery area on Friday, August 1st, from 11am until 6pm for the college’s first annual Community LIFE Day. The purpose of the event is to engage and educate the community about the programs of study at South Georgia Tech and future career opportunities, as well as inform about the financial aid and grant opportunities available.

“Experience LIFE @southgatech” is SGTC’s new theme this year,” said SGTC President Sparky Reeves. “LIFE stands for Learning is for Everyone, and is the name of a new lab designed to provide additional support to students through specialized computer programs, tutoring, lab exercises, and workshops.”

Special workshops on financial aid, study skills, time management, and more will be scheduled throughout the semester through the LIFE lab. The labs will be open on both the Americus and Crisp County Center campuses, and students do not have to be referred by an instructor to take part in these educational strengthening activities—they are available to all students.

The LIFE lab in Americus is located in the Odom Center in room 204, and the Crisp County Center Life lab is located adjacent to the testing lab. Students who visit and take part in the LIFE lab activities will be presented with a special “Experience LIFE @southgatech” T-shirt.

The South Georgia Tech representatives that will be scattered throughout the area on Community LIFE Day will also be wearing brightly colored “Experience LIFE @southgatech” T-shirts, and should be easy to spot. The “@southgatech” in the slogan refers to SGTC’s various social media accounts, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, that use the easy to remember “@southgatech” handle.

South Georgia Tech is also implementing an Early Alert program this fall in conjunction with the LIFE Labs. The Early Alert system will allow instructors to identify students who may need help with LIFE skills. Students whose grades begin to slip or who miss class can be referred to the LIFE lab to allow them to make-up work or strengthen specific skills. This should help improve the student retention rate and keep students on track for graduation.

On Community LIFE Day, booths will be set up throughout Sumter Schley, Macon, Marion, Webster, and Crisp counties in the following locations: Americus—Food Lion, Advance Auto Parts, Perry Brothers, Harvey’s, Walmart, Rylander Park, RuBo’s, Roman Oven/Fred’s, Walgreens, OK Beauty/King’s Deli, and Dollar Tree/Hibbett. In Cordele, booths will be set up at Carter’s, Crisp County Power Commission, El Girasol, Harvey’s, Kauffman Tire, Planters First, Tractor Supply Company, and Walmart. Informational booths will also be set up at Harvey’s in Montezuma, Mom’s Kitchen in Preston, the town squares of Buena Vista and Ellaville, and Buffalo Café in Plains.

If you are unable to participate in Community LIFE day, SGTC will register for fall semester on Monday, August 18th. Fall semester begins Wednesday, August 20th. Several new HOPE Grant opportunities and additional Strategic Industries Workforce Development (SIWDG) Grants available this fall to help students finance their education. Governor Nathan Deal and the Georgia General Assembly signed legislation that approved four major initiatives to support technical college students and Georgia’s workforce early this year. More information about these grant opportunities will be available in the upcoming SGTC fall semester Flight Plan. For more information, contact the Americus Financial Aid office at 229.931.2319 or the Cordele office at 229.271.4043.

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