SGTC’s PBL Organization Wraps Up Academic Year with National Wins

July 3, 2018
Three females stand together in front of a blue backdrop. Two ladies on the left and right side hold a clear, glass trophy.
Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) members Andrea Burton-Jackson (left) and Alicia English (right) stand with PBL advisor Dr. Andrea Oates (center), holding their awards from the national leadership conference in Baltimore, Maryland.

Two members of South Georgia Technical College’s Americus chapter of the Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) student organization attended the Institute for Leaders and National Leadership Conference in Baltimore, Maryland recently, bringing several national awards back to Americus.

The duo of students, composed of SGTC students Andrea Burton-Jackson and Alicia English along with advisor Dr. Andrea Oates, brought home a total of six awards and recognitions from the national conference for their individual performances in competitive events as well for the chapter as a whole.

Burton-Jackson earned third-place in the Future Business Educator competition and received a pin for earning the President Level of the Career and Membership Achievement Program (CMAP). By being awarded with the President level of CMAP – the highest level of the program, she has demonstrated superior leadership and business skills as well as involvement in the community, all of which are core values of the PBL organization.

English emerged as a finalist in preliminary events for both the community service project and emerging business issues events, in which she went on to earn a sixth and eighth place finish in the nation respectively.

As a whole, the Americus campus chapter of PBL received two recognitions at the conference – being recognized as an Outstanding Chapter as well as a Gold Seal Chapter.

The national conference concluded the 2018 academic year for PBL. In all, the chapter received 47 total awards and recognitions during the year, which included: 13 first place wins, six second place wins, five third place wins, five fourth place wins, one fifth place win, one sixth place national win, one eighth place national win and fifteen various honors and recognitions.

For more information about the Phi Beta Lambda student organization and how to join, contact PBL advisor Dr. Andrea Oates at or at 229-931-2705.