SAVANNAH — Savannah Technical College will begin registering students at its new Effingham Campus on Aug. 1.
The 16,100 square foot campus, located on Highway 21 between Springfield and Rincon, will be the fifth location for the college.
“We’re excited about the Effingham Campus. The business and civic leaders in the community have been very supportive,” said STC President C.B. Rathburn, Ph.D. “We know there is tremendous demand for our services in Effingham and we look forward to meeting those demands.”
Initially, the campus will open to serve dually-enrolled students from the Effingham public schools who will be taking certified nurse assistant, cosmetology and criminal justice courses beginning Aug 6.
“We expect to have about 100-150 students on campus right away,” said Reg Hendricks, STC executive vice president. “We’ll offer a more expansive slate of programming in the fall.”
The fall quarter begins at Savannah Technical College in early October.
Carol Paulk, department head and instructor, computer information systems, will serve as interim campus director and will oversee the opening of the campus. The search for a permanent director is under way.
Paulk has been with the college for 18 years as a faculty member and administrator. In addition to her classroom leadership, Paulk has been instrumental in a number of key administrative accomplishments, most recently serving as an integral member of the college-wide re-accreditation team, successful partnering with two cities in Indonesia to develop a model for technical education delivery there, developing a campus technology plan, securing grant funding to encourage women to pursue careers in computing and assisting with the transition of the adult literacy program from school district to college administration last year.
She holds an M.Ed. from Georgia State University and bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Augusta State University. Paulk previously served as a faculty member at Armstrong Atlantic State University.
Arona Covington of Springfield will serve as the information specialist, assisting students with enrollment questions, registration and financial aid.
Paula Fowler of Rincon will serve in an interim capacity as the operations coordinator with responsibility for all operational and logistics concerns to ensure the facility is fully operational for faculty and students.
Jerrie Huewitt will serve in an interim capacity as student success specialist, assisting students with admission and financial aid information.
John Seaman of Rincon will serve as adult literacy instructor. Originally from St. Croix, he is retired from the U.S. Air Force. Seaman has a bachelor’s degree from Rollins College as well as experience in adult education in low literacy, GED preparation, ESL (English as a Second Language) and assessment.
Larry Yawn will be the department head and instructor for computer information systems. Yawn has been with the college since 2001 and holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech and an MBA in international studies from the University of Alabama-Birmingham. He also serves as current president of the faculty senate.
Searches are under way for instructors in cosmetology and criminal justice.
The campus, designed and built by Greenline Architecture, features classrooms, computer labs, general purpose allied health and industrial technology labs, a campus shop, library, student success center and adult literacy program operations. It will ultimately house the college’s commercial truck driving program with a dedicated driving range.
Savannah Technical College will have an official grand opening for the Effingham Campus in early fall.