Area High School Students Participate in SGTC ‘Spring Take-Off’ Day

April 13, 2018
Dozens on people walk between tables.
Over 330 local high school students poured into the James S. Peters Gymnasium on the South Georgia Technical College campus to participate in the annual Spring Take-Off event recently.

Graduating seniors and underclassmen students from area high schools had the chance to visit South Georgia Technical College’s Americus campus recently during their fourth annual ‘Spring Take-off’ event, an event designed to showcase the college’s programs and campus to potential students.

The event is set up like a college fair – a gymnasium full of tables with displays, manned by one or two people who give you information and a freebie. But instead of different colleges being represented at each table, each of South Georgia Tech’s program areas are displayed. Cosmetology, criminal justice, air-conditioning technology, motorsports, and nearly 30 other areas were on hand to tell potential students about the program and answer questions. Spring Take-off is meant to allow individuals to learn about what South Georgia Tech has to offer.

More than 330 high school students from around the area were able to visit the booths representing each program area where they could talk with instructors, watch live demonstrations and participate in simulations. Attendees included high school students from Macon County, Taylor County, Marion County, Webster County, Schley County and Sumter County.

In addition to program areas being represented, staff members from the financial aid department, bookstore, career services, dual enrollment and other offices were present to answer any questions and inform students of the opportunities at SGTC. The admissions team was also on hand to assist students in filling out applications. The normal $25 fee was waived for the day, making it free for the 24 applicants who submitted an application.

A hotdog lunch was served by Culinary Arts department to each of the students. They had the opportunity to eat outside in front of the gym, where they could browse through the variety of program-related heavy equipment which included an airplane, ambulance, racecar, semi-trailer truck and tractors.

Students and community members in the Cordele area will have the opportunity to partake in the Spring Take-Off event on April 17 when South Georgia Tech takes-over the Cordele Community Clubhouse for the day. The event will feature a similar layout, and will offer the same opportunities for people in the area.

Graduating seniors and underclassmen alike are encouraged to enroll for Summer semester at South Georgia Technical College – whether it is to get a head start through the Dual Enrollment program or to begin their college career. Registration and orientation for Summer semester will be held on April 26 and May 29, 2018. The semester begins on May 30 and lasts for eight weeks. For more information or to apply, call 229.931.2760 in Americus, or 229.271.4051 in Cordele.

Three males look down at a car bumper.

A student watches as SGTC Auto Collision Repair instructor Starlyn Sampson demonstrates working on a car bumper at the recent Spring Take-Off event on the Americus campus.