2016-2017 State Charitable Contributions Program Awards

Commissioner Christopher Nunn, Candi Jones, and Calvin Rhodes accepting the Commissioner’s Award on behalf of Georgia Technology Authority

For over 34 years, the State Charitable Contributions Program has been the official workplace giving campaign for state employees and the university system.  During the 2016-17 campaign, SCCP had over 1300 participating charities with a wide variety of missions. On Wednesday, May 31, SCCP hosted it’s annual awards program to acknowledge 25 agencies and universities whose dedication to the campaign, helped exceed its fundraising goals.

Governor Nathan Deal, chairman of the 2016-17  campaign delivered a speech emphasizing the importance of the types of programs SCCP supports and how many of those programs supplement state government programs (such as programs for abused children, and those that provide books and/or other educational support services). “Education is the great equalizer,” stated Gov. Deal.

Through efforts of the State Charitable Contributions Program, state employees were able to make a difference in Georgia’s communities by pledging more than $1.4 million to participating charities.

Keynote speaker, Blythe Keeger Robinson, President and CEO of Sheltering Arms Early Education and Family Centers stated, “Much of this work could not be done without the compassion and support of Georgia’s state employees.” She shared several success stories of kids who have  benefited from their program. Their program was founded to help working women with child care needs, and serves over 3600 children and their families every year. Sheltering Arms Early Education and Family Centers is just one of many programs that exemplifies the  initiative of State Charitable Contributions Program.

Compassion for Georgia’s local communities is constantly displayed through the fundraising efforts of state employees and the university system. Congratulations to the recipients of the 2016-2017 State Charitable Contributions Program Awards, and thank you for your service!

Click hereopens in new document for a full list of the SCCP Awards recipients. Also, learn more about how you can become involved with the State Charitable Contributions program by visiting www.gasccp.org

Deal announces 2017 Technical College System of Georgia student and instructor of the year

On April 13, 2017, Gov. Nathan Deal  announced the state’s top technical college student and top technical college instructor for 2017. Skylar Huggett of Savannah Technical College received the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) and Ashley Strong-Green of Augusta Technical College received the 2017 Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction.

“Enthusiastic students like Ms. Huggett put forth the hard work and exemplary performance that makes the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) so successful, and devoted instructors such as Ms. Strong-Green guide students on their journey to success. My congratulations and best wishes to the award winners, and I am confident that they will be outstanding ambassadors for the technical college system in the coming year,” stated Gov. Deal

Skylar Huggett is a welding and joining technology student from Savannah Technical College. She obtained an associate of science degree from Georgia Highlands College, and has maintained a spot on the Deans List with a GPA of 4.0 since her start at Savannah Technical College in 2015.  Huggett is also president of STC’s student chapter of the American Welding Society. Her passions for welding and joining are displayed through her ambition to quickly master numerous skills and communicate with her team to complete projects. Huggett received the GOAL program’s grand prize: a new, made-in-Georgia 2017 Kia Optima, courtesy of Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia and delivered by Ed Voyles Kia of Chamblee.

“Skylar is the perfect student to represent Georgia’s technical college students as the 2017 GOAL winner,” said Dr. Kathy Love, president of Savannah Technical College.

Ashley Strong-Green is an English and Humanities Instructor at Augusta Technical College. Strong-Green has been teaching at Augusta Technical College since 2013, and graduated from the 2015 Governor’s Teaching Fellow Summer Symposium program. In her acceptance remarks, Strong-Green cited the integral role technical education plays in contributing to the economy of the state and the quality of life of Georgia citizens.

“We are very proud of Ashley. She has been a leader and an innovator since the day she was hired,” said Augusta Technical College President Terry Elam. “She is dedicated and student-centered, and she personifies the academic excellence and high standards of the Technical College System of Georgia.”

The first runner-up for the technical education student of the year was Gisella Brust, a radiologic technology student at Gwinnett Technical College. For the technical education instructor of the year, the first runner-up was Charles Avery, an emergency medical services instructor in the technical division of Bainbridge State College.

The complete list of GOAL and Rick Perkins Award winners is available here.

Farewell to Our Recent Retirees!

This month’s featured retiree is Rex Swain, who recently retired from the Georgia Department of Corrections on March 30th, with 31 years of faithful service to the State of Georgia.

After long careers of faithful service to the State of Georgia, please join us in extending congratulations and farewell to Rex Swain and all of Team Georgia’s March 2017opens in new document  & April 2017opens in new document Retirees!

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