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Pictured from left to right are PBL members Jessica Mowbray, James Hegg, Ashley Halstead, and Jose Rosa on SGTC’s first open registration day. The members spoke to new and current SGTC students about joining PBL.

SGTC Phi Beta Lambda recruiting for fall semester
Wednesday August 6, 2014
South Georgia Technical College’s (SGTC) Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) Americus chapter is looking for new PBL members beginning fall semester. PBL is the postsecondary level of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), and is a non-profit educational association with a quarter million students preparing for careers in business-related fields.

PBL offers many opportunities for fun, competition, networking, and serving the community. This year, five PBL students from both the Americus and Crisp County Center chapters attended the Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. At the conference, the Americus chapter of PBL was recognized for earning first place in the nation for raising the most funds for the March of Dimes, the charitable organization with whom PBL partners.

At SGTC’s first registration and orientation session for fall semester, PBL members and advisors set up an informational booth in the Odom Center on the Americus campus to recruit new PBL members as they registered for classes. Those members included Jessica Mowbray of Buena Vista, an Accounting student; James Hegg of Mauk, an Accounting student; Ashley Halstead of Ellaville, a Criminal Justice Technology student; and Jose Rosa of Americus, an Air Conditioning Technology student.

FBLA-PBL is the largest business career student organization in the world. PBL allows students to build a portfolio of documented accomplishments as a complement to their academic experience. The organization helps develop leadership, communication, and team skills that can be applied in the business setting.

For more information about the Americus chapter of PBL or to become a member, contact Advisor Andrea Oates at 229.931.2705 or For the Crisp County Center chapter in Cordele, contact Karen Bloodworth at 229.271.4074 or; or Teresa Jolly at 229.271.4023 or

South Georgia Tech is currently registering students for fall semester, which begins Wednesday, August 20th. An open registration and orientation day will be held on Monday, August 18th. For more information, or to apply to one of SGTC’s over 150 degree, diploma, or certificate programs, call 229.931.2760 in Americus or 229.271.4051 in Cordele.

The free textbook program will continue this fall semester, and there are additional grant opportunities available for students in certain programs. Technical college HOPE Grant eligible students with a 3.5 GPA can now qualify for full tuition under the new Zell Miller HOPE Grant program. HOPE eligible students enrolled in the South Georgia Tech Commercial Truck Driving program can receive an additional $1000 per semester. Other HOPE Grant eligib le students with a 2.0 GPA enrolled in Diesel Equipment Technology, Early Childhood Care and Education, Networking Specialist, Phlebotomy, Practical Nursing, and Welding and Joining Technology can receive up to an additional $500 per semester. For more information, visit and click the “New HOPE Grant Opportunities” banner.

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