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Savannah Tech to hold first student development day
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SAVANNAH — Savannah Technical College will hold its first student development day on Friday at the Savannah campus.

Built around the theme “Reaching For Success,” the day will feature a keynote address by Dr. Earl Suttle, highly-sought-after motivational speaker, and breakout sessions on topics ranging from entrepreneurship to professional etiquette and from money management to strengthening the mind and body. The event will begin at 7:30 a.m. in the Eckburg Auditorium with breakout sessions held in classrooms in Goodman Hall.

“We’re excited to bring these topics to our students,” said Vice President for Student Success Verlene Lampley. “After an earlier State sponsored leadership conference, the students let us know they would really appreciate that kind of comprehensive approach at the local level.” About 300 students are expected to attend, including students from the other Savannah Technical College campuses.

Breakout sessions and presenters include:
Small business entrepreneurship, Lynn Vos – presenter
Vos is the Savannah area director for the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center and has received numerous accolades for her accomplishments working on behalf of small businesses in the state. The session will provide guidance for those considering starting their own business.

Career readiness, Iris Formey Dawson – presenter
Dawson is co-owner and principal of Artison Associates, a Savannah-based diversified performance improvement consultancy offering personal enrichment, professional growth and workforce development training. The session will stress how to be “READY” with research, excellence, attentiveness, determination and yourself for career success.

Professional etiquette, Shevon Carr – presenter
Carr owns SheCarr Professional Services which provides training, facilitating, and coaching services for workforce success focusing on customer service, teambuilding, leadership skills, professional dress, business, social and dining etiquette and providing participants with tools for success in the workplace. The session will help participants project a professional image for any social and professional environment.

Money management, Mike Jones – presenter
Jones holds the designation of investment company and variable products registered representative by the National Association of Securities Dealers and is a division leader with Primerica, the largest financial services marketing organization in North America. The session will offer money survival techniques now and for the future including simple, sound investments, savings approaches and credit management.

Strengthening the mind and body, Abe Stem – presenter
Stem is owner and head instructor of Savannah Martial Arts Academy, offering mixed martial arts training in Savannah and Beaufort, S.C. This session will offer basic self-defense techniques which will include strengthening mental and physical preparedness.

Student Development Day is sponsored by the Savannah Technical College Student Activity Council. Carolyn D. Williams is the coordinator.