SGTC Welcomes Gonzalez as new Criminal Justice Instructor
South Georgia Technical College President Dr. John Watford announced that Eli Gonzalez of Conyers, Ga was selected as the new full-time Criminal Justice instructor for Crisp County Center campus in Cordele. Julie Partain, Dean of Enrollment Management at the Crisp County Center will oversee Gonzalez’ day to day activities and he will also report to Dean of Academic Affairs for Criminal Justice Vanessa Wall and Vice President of Academic Affairs David Kuipers.
Gonzalez brings nearly seven years of law enforcement experience and over ten years of military experience to his new position as a criminal justice instructor. Prior to joining South Georgia Tech, he was a law enforcement officer in Conyers, working for both the Conyers Police Department and the Rockdale Sheriff’s Department. Additionally, he has served and continues to serve in the armed forces as a member of the Army Reserves where he holds the rank of Sergeant (E5). Gonzalez has been recognized three times for his service, receiving the Army Commendation Medal in 2010 and 2015, and the Army Achievement Medal in 2012.
Gonzalez holds two degrees in Criminal Justice: an Associate’s degree from Georgia Piedmont Technical College in Atlanta and a Bachelor’s degree from Mercer University in Macon. He also has over 950 hours of special training in Basic Law Enforcement, Special Weapons and Tactics, Munitions and Criminal Procedure.
“We are pleased to have Eli Gonzalez as a member of the South Georgia Technical College faculty,” said Dr. John Watford. “He brings real-world experience as well as classroom knowledge to our Criminal Justice Program on the Crisp County Center. We look forward to working with him as he grows our Criminal Justice Program at the Crisp County Center.
In his new position, Gonzalez is responsible for teaching students about the criminal justice system including the law, procedures, ethics and other related courses.
Individuals who are interested in enrolling in the Criminal Justice program or any program at SGTC can meet with Gonzalez and the other instructors on May 29 during the Summer Semester Registration and Orientation Day. South Georgia Tech offers a one-stop admissions process where individuals can apply and enroll for classes in the same day.
The eight-week Summer Semester term begins on May 30 and runs through August 3, allowing students to catch up or get ahead in their classes.