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Savannah Tech honors students, instructor of year

Elizabeth Genard is Savannah Technical College’s 2017 adult education student of the year.

One of 26 adult learners across the state to receive the Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education – or EAGLE – award, Genard is currently enrolled in the Adult Education classes at the Fort Stewart Army Ed Center in Hinesville.

She was honored Wednesday in Atlanta by the Technical College System of Georgia.

“These are individuals who have committed to changing their lives and who have demonstrated exceptional achievement in their adult education classes,” TCSG Commissioner Gretchen Corbin said. “We are proud of all our EAGLE students, for their dedicated pursuit of their goals and for inspiring others in their community to follow in their path.”

Genard, a native of Perry, plans to attend college and become a photojournalist.

The EAGLE Leadership Institute recognizes and honors those students who have demonstrated superior achievement in adult education classes.

Selection criteria include student character, attitude, attendance, leadership, and community involvement and activities.

The institute provides workshops in leadership topics to build on the strong leadership characteristics the student already exhibits.

Huggett named GOAL student

Welding and Joining student Skylar Huggett has been selected as the 2017 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership winner for Savannah Technical College.

“Skylar works above and beyond to complete required course assignments, while working a full-time job as a server most nights and weekends,” STC Welding and Joining Department Head William Burns said.

“She shows an aptitude for mastering welding techniques on the first try. She works well with others and demonstrates excellent communication skills to accomplish group projects and achieve goals in a timely manner. She has demonstrated professionalism, accepted constructive criticism, and exhibited an excellent work ethic.”

GOAL honors outstanding students at each of the Technical College System of Georgia institutions. Huggett will represent Savannah Tech at the statewide competition in April in Atlanta, where the GOAL winner for the state will be selected.

The highly competitive process involves academic success, community engagement and public speaking.

Winners are nominated by their instructors and selected after interviews with a panel of business and community leaders.

Huggett has an associate of science degree from Georgia Highlands College. She has been on the dean’s list with a 4.0 since she started at Savannah Technical College in 2015. She is the president of STC’s student chapter of the American Welding Society and has been selected to represent STC at the Skills USA Welding Sculpture competition.

STC instructor of year

Savannah Technical College mathematics instructor Laura Kyser has been selected as STC’s 2017 Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year. The Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction honors outstanding faculty members at each of the Technical College System of Georgia schools. She will represent Savannah Tech in the statewide competition.

“Laura is a creative educator who is committed to providing the best educational experience possible for her students,” STC President Kathy Love said.

“She has a passion for helping students achieve their dreams and goals for college, career and life. She is an inspirational instructor who shows her students how math applies to their everyday life.”

Kyser has worked as a mathematics instructor at STC since 2012.

She previously worked as an adjunct mathematics professor for Strayer University and was a math teacher at Richmond Hill High School for five years. She has actively participated in STC’s redesign of the MATH98 ACE course to better serve students and played a major role in developing the master shells for College Algebra, which are used by all instructors in the college’s transition to Blackboard, a tool that allows faculty to add resources for students to access online.

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Savannah Technical College serves Coastal Georgia with quality, market-driven technical education with campus locations in Chatham, Effingham and Liberty counties. Serving more than 10,000 credit and non-credit students annually, Savannah Tech offers nearly 150 instructional programs in aviation technology, business and technology, public service, industrial technology and health sciences, in addition to adult education classes, industry-specific training and continuing education. The college serves as an economic and community development partner for the region, offering corporate and customized training and assessment programs for business and industry.

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