GEORGIA TECH SAVANNAH TO HOST HYBRID LEARNERS & LEADERS SEMINAR ON RECRUITING AND RETAINING EMPLOYEES

SAVANNAH, GA – November 1, 2022 – Georgia Tech Savannah is slated to host the next event in its Learners & Leaders series from 8 – 9:30 a.m., with breakfast and networking commencing at 7:30 a.m., on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022. The seminar, Becoming an Employer of Choice – Recruiting and Retaining Employees, is a hybrid event. Participants can attend in-person at the Georgia Tech Savannah campus, 210 Technology Circle, or join virtually.

The workforce landscape has evolved and shifted significantly in the last couple of years. Following the Great Resignation and subsequent hiring crisis, job hopping seems to have swelled even further. In a February 2022, LinkedIn study of more than 20,000 US workers, 25% of Gen Zers and 23% of millennials said they hoped or planned to leave their current employers within the next six months.

HR departments and employers are charged with the task of becoming an in-demand employer and executing sophisticated recruitment and retention strategies to get employees in the door and keep them there. An expert panel will discuss the need for a detailed HR infrastructure that any size organization should have and next on to how best to recruit employees and what strategies have worked to retain them, including valuing individual performance.

The expert lineup of panelists includes:

  • Jeff Grant, Human Resources Director, City of Savannah
  • Suzanne Kirk, President & Executive HR Consultant, Employee Development Strategies, Inc.
  • Elliot Price, Augusta Regional Manager, Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership at Georgia Tech

For more information or to register for this event, please visit https://EMPLOY.eventbrite.com.

To learn more about the Georgia Tech Savannah campus, please visit https://pe.gatech.edu/savannah.

ABOUT GEORGIA TECH SAVANNAH:

Georgia Tech-Savannah provides educational experiences for learners of all ages. Our multitude of learning platforms are tailored to meet the needs of a diverse population, from working professionals pursuing career development and those seeking specific certifications to children eager to explore and discover. Georgia Tech-Savannah’s professional education, training and military programs encourages participants to challenge themselves and meet goals by sharpening existing skills and picking up valuable new ones. We’re proud to bring cutting-edge technology, applied research capabilities and innovation to the Coastal Empire, where our campus also serves as a home for various Georgia Tech affiliates, institutes, and centers. To learn more, visit us at pe.gatech.edu/savannah.

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GEORGIA TECH SAVANNAH ANNOUNCES SCHEDULE FOR 2022-23 SATURDAY STEAMLABS TO INSPIRE STUDENTS WITH HANDS-ON LEARNING

SAVANNAH, GA – October 26, 2022 – The Center for Education Integrating Science Mathematics and Computing (CEISMC) at the Georgia Tech-Savannah campus has announced its 2022-23 Saturday STEAMlab program. Sessions are scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 5, Feb. 11, and April 15 and take place from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Georgia Tech Savannah campus, 210 Technology Circle.

The Saturday STEAMlab program is for 1st – 8th graders who are interested in discovering and learning more about science, technology, engineering, and math. Every Saturday STEAMlab session is designed to inspire and enrich participant’s STEAM interest. Fun and learning go hand-in-hand with this program as students will participate in experiments, hands-on learning, projects and more.

“We are excited to offer high-quality Saturday programs throughout the year! Every workshop is uniquely themed to provide fun and learning for everyone,” said CEISMC Program Director Tim Cone. “Additionally, all programs are project-focused so that every participant will make, code, and/or design something from beginning to end.”

Registration for each participant is $60. For more information about these STEAMlabs or to register, please visit https://ceismc.gatech.edu/savannah/sp/stemlabs.

For more information about the Georgia Tech Savannah campus, please visit https://pe.gatech.edu/savannah.

ABOUT GEORGIA TECH SAVANNAH:

Georgia Tech-Savannah provides educational experiences for learners of all ages. Our multitude of learning platforms are tailored to meet the needs of a diverse population, from working professionals pursuing career development and those seeking specific certifications to children eager to explore and discover. Georgia Tech-Savannah’s professional education, training and military programs encourages participants to challenge themselves and meet goals by sharpening existing skills and picking up valuable new ones. We’re proud to bring cutting-edge technology, applied research capabilities and innovation to the Coastal Empire, where our campus also serves as a home for various Georgia Tech affiliates, institutes, and centers. To learn more, visit us at pe.gatech.edu/savannah.

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GEORGIA TECH TO HOST VIRTUAL LEARNERS & LEADERS SEMINAR ON K12 STEAM/STEM EDUCATION IN RURAL GEORGIA – OCTOBER 20

SAVANNAH, GA – October 4, 2022 – Georgia Tech Savannah will host the next event in its Learners & Leaders series – Highlights of K12 STEAM/STEM Education in Rural Georgia – from 8-9 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022. This free, virtual seminar will present an expert panel from rural parts of Georgia who will discuss what STEM/STEAM looks like for them and share some best practices. This includes sharing insights on the challenges and successes related to bringing STEM/STEAM into their schools and districts.

The lineup of expert panelists includes:

  • Chris Anderson – Principal, Liberty County Schools
  • Katie Chastain – Workforce Development Consultant
  • Samantha Keyfauver – Instructional Coach, Evans County Schools
  • Alana Simmons – Project Director, GEAR Up Dougherty

“This is all about celebrating STEM/STEAM in every corner of Georgia. These individuals and the communities they serve face unique regional challenges that have resulted in showcase worthy approaches to high quality STEM/STEAM education,” said Tim Cone, Georgia Tech CEISMC Program Director. “As a statewide organization, we are fortunate to work with them to bring their insight to others in Georgia looking to implement similar programming through this panel discussion.”

Georgia Tech-Savannah’s Learners & Leaders Breakfast Series provides established and emerging leaders the opportunity to gain knowledge on current, relevant, and interesting topics relevant to the business community.

For more information or to register for the free program on Oct. 20, visit https://STEMED.eventbrite.com.

ABOUT GEORGIA TECH-SAVANNAH:

Georgia Tech-Savannah provides educational experiences for learners of all ages. Our multitude of learning platforms are tailored to meet the needs of a diverse population, from working professionals pursuing career development and those seeking specific certifications to children eager to explore and discover. Georgia Tech-Savannah’s professional education, training and military programs encourages participants to challenge themselves and meet goals by sharpening existing skills and picking up valuable new ones. We’re proud to bring cutting-edge technology, applied research capabilities and innovation to the Coastal Empire, where our campus also serves as a home for various Georgia Tech affiliates, institutes and centers. To learn more, visit us at pe.gatech.edu/savannah.

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GEORGIA TECH TO HOST VIRTUAL LEARNERS & LEADERS SEMINAR ON K12 STEAM/STEM EDUCATION IN RURAL GEORGIA

SAVANNAH, GA – October 4, 2022 – Georgia Tech Savannah will host the next event in its Learners & Leaders series – Highlights of K12 STEAM/STEM Education in Rural Georgia – from 8-9 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022. This free, virtual seminar will present an expert panel from rural parts of Georgia who will discuss what STEM/STEAM looks like for them and share some best practices. This includes sharing insights on the challenges and successes related to bringing STEM/STEAM into their schools and districts.

The lineup of expert panelists includes:

  • Chris Anderson – Principal, Liberty County Schools
  • Katie Chastain – Workforce Development Consultant
  • Samantha Keyfauver – Instructional Coach, Evans County Schools
  • Alana Simmons – Project Director, GEAR Up Dougherty

“This is all about celebrating STEM/STEAM in every corner of Georgia. These individuals and the communities they serve face unique regional challenges that have resulted in showcase worthy approaches to high quality STEM/STEAM education,” said Tim Cone, Georgia Tech CEISMC Program Director. “As a statewide organization, we are fortunate to work with them to bring their insight to others in Georgia looking to implement similar programming through this panel discussion.”

Georgia Tech-Savannah’s Learners & Leaders Breakfast Series provides established and emerging leaders the opportunity to gain knowledge on current, relevant, and interesting topics relevant to the business community.

For more information or to register for the free program on Oct. 20, visit https://STEMED.eventbrite.com. 

 

ABOUT GEORGIA TECH-SAVANNAH:

Georgia Tech-Savannah provides educational experiences for learners of all ages. Our multitude of learning platforms are tailored to meet the needs of a diverse population, from working professionals pursuing career development and those seeking specific certifications to children eager to explore and discover. Georgia Tech-Savannah’s professional education, training and military programs encourages participants to challenge themselves and meet goals by sharpening existing skills and picking up valuable new ones. We’re proud to bring cutting-edge technology, applied research capabilities and innovation to the Coastal Empire, where our campus also serves as a home for various Georgia Tech affiliates, institutes and centers. To learn more, visit us at pe.gatech.edu/savannah.

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GEORGIA TECH-SAVANNAH WELCOMES JASMINE MILLER AS NEW EVENT COORDINATOR

SAVANNAH, GA – August 16, 2022 – Georgia Tech-Savannah announces the appointment of Jasmine R. Miller to the position of Event Coordinator II. In this role, Jasmine is responsible for coordinating arrangements for events, meetings and conferences held on the Georgia Tech-Savannah campus. She also promotes the impressive facilities at Georgia Tech’s Savannah campus and works with businesses and organizations to inform them about the extensive options for their events.

Jasmine has an extensive background in event management, project management, donor relations and higher education. She began her career at Savannah State University as the annual fund coordinator in the advancement office. Through hard work and dedication, she was promoted to manager of university events. She has successfully executed university and donor-centered events, developed, and implemented sponsorship collateral, and maintained positive relationships with external and internal constituents in the higher education and nonprofit sectors. Her positive attitude and approach of saying “my pleasure” has come full circle in her professional career as she takes on this position. Jasmine has  cultivated relationships with a diverse group of individuals and organizations in the greater Savannah region. In addition, Jasmine holds a MA in Professional Communication and Leadership from Armstrong State University, BA in Mass Communications – PR and Advertising concentration from Savannah State University and AA in Marketing Management from Savannah Technical College and over seven years of experience in organizing complex events.

From one-day events to multi-day conferences, Georgia Tech-Savannah offers two buildings providing various classrooms, labs, and open spaces. Whether looking to hold a small meeting or a large conference, the Georgia Tech-Savannah campus has the facilities to meet any need. For more information about meeting and conference spaces available at Georgia Tech-Savannah, please visit pe.gatech.edu/savannah/meetings.

ABOUT GEORGIA TECH-SAVANNAH:

Georgia Tech-Savannah provides educational experiences for learners of all ages. Our multitude of learning platforms are tailored to meet the needs of a diverse population, from working professionals pursuing career development and those seeking specific certifications to children eager to explore and discover. Georgia Tech-Savannah’s professional education, training and military programs encourages participants to challenge themselves and meet goals by sharpening existing skills and picking up valuable new ones. We’re proud to bring cutting-edge technology, applied research capabilities and innovation to the Coastal Empire, where our campus also serves as a home for various Georgia Tech affiliates, institutes and centers. To learn more, visit us at pe.gatech.edu/savannah.

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GEORGIA TECH SUPPLY CHAIN AND LOGISTICS INSTITUTE EXPANDS ITS LEAP PROGRAM WITH THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF JUVENILE JUSTICE

SAVANNAH, GA – July 26, 2022 – The Georgia Tech Supply Chain and Logistics Institute (GT-SCL) residing in and supported by the Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE), in coordination with Georgia Tech Professional Education (GTPE), is expanding its Logistics Education And Pathways (LEAP) program with the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) Reentry Program to implement services for eligible participants in Chatham, Bibb, and Muscogee Education Transition Centers (ETC).

The goal of the ETCs is to reduce recidivisms and enable participants with the tools, training, and opportunities to move forward as a productive member of society with sustainable employment and a rewarding career. LEAP is a fast-paced certification program that prepares secondary education students to compete for successful high-growth jobs in the supply chain and logistics field, an outcome that is a natural component to the mission of the ETCs.

“I want to thank Georgia Tech for being a great corporate partner in rehabilitating our justice-involved youth,” said Tyrone Oliver, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice. “The LEAP program will help our youth gain valuable skills to aid them towards a brighter future.”

Initially, this partnership began with a pilot program in July of 2019, and culminated when the DJJ’s Chatham ETC hosted their Award Certification Ceremony on the Georgia Tech’s Savannah campus. Expanding this program in 2022 will equip students not only in Chatham County, but now in Bibb and Muscogee Counties with the knowledge, skills, and credentials for careers in the fast-growing Supply Chain and Logistics industry. All the funding for the LEAP program comes from industry partners like the GA Power Foundation, Schneider Foundation and JP Morgan Chase & Co. In addition, DJJ also contributed funding for this successful partnership with the ETCs.

The LEAP program initially covers understanding with the Supply Chain Management Principles course and then the various domains within the supply chain through three other optional courses (i.e., Customer Service, Warehousing Operations, and Transportation Operations). It also explores with students how the supply chain supports organizations’ strategic and financial goals, and current events through subject matter lectures and simulation exercises.

After completing the program, students receive an official GTPE Certificate of Completion for each completed pass/fail LEAP course (Supply Chain Management Principles, Customer Service Operations, Transportation Operations and Warehouse Operations), that are all sanctioned by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. Typically, at their end-of-program, there is an Award ceremony where they receive their professional education certificate from Georgia Tech Professional Education (GTPE).

“While earning GT Professional Education credentials, attending fieldtrips to Gulfstream, GA Ports Authority, Amazon, or Dynacraft and improving their potential to secure employment in the exploding Savannah Supply Chain Industry, may have served as the initial motivation to attempt the program, the impact was immeasurable. Our students grew in areas that enhanced their self-confidence, work ethic, and intrinsic motivation. As a result, our students view themselves as productive citizens with credentials for quality jobs or careers in their future,” said ArtLisa Alston-Cone, Lead Teacher, DJJ Chatham ETC.

Students have a working knowledge of the fundamentals of Supply Chain and Logistics and will be immediately prepared for internships and job opportunities. Two students completed more than one course, indicating their interest and aptitude in this field. One student who was already working in a distribution operation actually completed four courses, earning a Logistics Fundamentals Program Certificate. After the program in December of 2019 with the DJJ’s Chatham ETC, seven of the eleven graduates received job offers, and another two were scheduled for interviews, making the program a great success. The students in the ETC’s have completed all requirements from the juvenile system. They are in transition to becoming productive members of society. At this point, many students are completing their High School Diploma requirements for graduation or getting their GED. They are typically living with family, a guardian or in a transition home

“We’ve all had times in our lives when someone has discounted us, intentionally or unintentionally. There will always be that student in the corner who you think couldn’t care less, but given the proper attention and care, they can become a star. It’s easy to predetermine what someone is capable of doing; but when these students take this program, the lightbulb goes off, and they become interested and develop a passion and confidence because of this course,” said Charles Easley Jr., GT-SCL Project Director and Instructor.

The program is delivered in a cohort format so that the students always feel supported not only by the instructors but by their classmates as well. Students receive educational content but also learn how to integrate their training in the real world, so they are prepared to perform in the workplace. Students are taken on field trips with the support of community partners to learn how to apply their knowledge and see first-hand how the supply chain operates. In previous years, students were taken to Georgia Tech’s Atlanta campus to explore The Ferst Center for the Arts, The Supply Chain and Logistics Institute, and The H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE) so they could see what options are open to them for their future working careers. During these visits they were able to participate in student information sessions, see the innovative technology in the ISyE Physical Internet Lab and interact with faculty like Benoit Montreuil, Tim Brown, GT-SCL, and role models like Gen. Ron Johnson, Professor of the Practice, and ISyE Student Ambassadors. Students were also taken to Gulfstream in Savannah and The Georgia Fair where they participated in a hands-on project to map out the supply chain process for food.

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GT-SCL created LEAP in 2015 through a grant from JPMorgan Chase & Co. to further the financial services firm’s “New Skills at Work” initiative that promotes workforce development to bridge the gap between the talent employers need and the qualifications of the local talent pipeline. The curriculum and content were developed by The H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE) at Georgia Tech. In August 2018, JPMorgan Chase & Co. continued once again committed to supporting LEAP with an additional grant. The Georgia Tech LEAP program has been delivered throughout Georgia to Schools, Cohorts, and Individual Students in 18 School Districts or Systems, at 46 different schools public and private, in 13 colleges and universities, and across several well-known organizations and employers. This includes schools like Maynard Jackson HS, Grady HS, North Atlanta HS, Effingham College Career and Career Academy, Fulton Schools College and Career Academy, Newton College and Career Academy, Social Circle HS, Griffin Region College & Career Academy, New Manchester HS; non-profit organizations like Goodwill, United Way(Career Rise), Scouts BSA(Crew 2421), The Latin American Association; and businesses like Sysco, and Mohawk Industries. The program has been continuously supported by generous donations from schools, civic organizations including Effingham College and Career Academy, Fulton Schools College and Career Academy, foundations including Home Depot Foundation, Fulton Education Foundation, Schneider Foundation, Georgia Power Foundation, Regions Foundation, and employers including companies like HMTX Industries, Inc.

For more information on the LEAP program, please visit www.scl.gatech.edu/LEAP/overview.

For more information on Georgia Tech Professional Education, please visit www.pe.gatech.edu.

For information on the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice, please visit  https://djj.georgia.gov/.

A link to a video of the Inaugural DJJ/GT LEAP Award Ceremony is included below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgR8gC-FqkI.

GEORGIA TECH-SAVANNAH TO CELEBRATE SAFE + SOUND WEEK WITH FREE HYBRID OSHA TRAINING COURSES (AUG. 15-21)

SAVANNAH, GA – JULY 12, 2022 – In recognition of Safe + Sound Week, Georgia Tech-Savannah will host a series of free OSHA training seminars related to business and healthcare.  Safe + Sound Week runs from Aug. 15-21 and is a nationwide event that recognizes the successes of workplace health and safety programs and offers information and ideas on how to keep America’s workers safe.  These free courses are hybrid so they are available to people to attend either virtually or in-person at the Georgia Tech-Savannah campus, 210 Technology Circle Savannah, GA.

These free seminars are especially topical in light of the recent challenges to health and safety due to the pandemic.  Each seminar will be instructed by professionals from Georgia Tech’s OSHA Consultation Program, who are well-experienced in assisting small and new businesses with their safety and health needs and concerns. Ample time will be provided for discussion with instructors, as well as networking with other attendees to on share experiences and challenges.

The week will kick off Monday, Aug. 15 with an “Introduction to OSHA for Small Business” course from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. This seminar is designed to teach small businesses how to work with OSHA to reduce and prevent injuries and illnesses. The free course will help participants understand the OSHA inspection process, how it operates, and most importantly, how to create a safety and health program for companies.

The next course, “Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Control for Healthcare Facilities,” will be offered from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 16. This free course, designed for those in all areas of the healthcare industry, will cover the development and implementation of robust Exposure Control Plans (ECP) as required by the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standard. The session is intended to provide a review of potential exposure and control methods for facilities and activities, and how to develop an ECP that manages vaccinations, exposure incidents, training, and record keeping.

On Wednesday, Aug. 17, a free course on “Infectious Disease Training for Funeral Home Workers” will be offered from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Participants will learn to manage, guide and lead workforces through pandemics and infectious disease hazards. Other topics will include application OSHA standards relating to infectious disease (COVID-19), the COVID-19 National Emphasis Program Emergency Temporary Standard, managing grief, stress, and bereavement, and where to find additional resources. 

Georgia Tech-Savannah will continue its week-long celebration of Safe + Sound Week on Thursday, Aug. 18 with a free course addressing “Public Warehousing and Storage” from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Potential hazards in this rapidly growing and fast-paced industry are numerous and unfortunately, injuries to warehouse employees are on the rise. This free course will address public warehousing and storage operations, including encounters with powered industrial trucks, material handling, lifting and ergonomic challenges, chemical hazards, slips, trips and falls, and life safety requirements including fire protection and evacuation.

The week will conclude on Friday, Aug. 19 with an “Infectious Disease Training for Long Term Care Healthcare Workers” course, slated for 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. This course for long term healthcare workers will provide the opportunity for participants to learn to manage, guide and lead their workforces through pandemics and infectious disease hazards.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) may be obtained for a fee of $25. For questions regarding this or any of the seminars fill out the form https://pe.gatech.edu/contact-us/savannah.

You can register for one or more of these seminars at https://linkmix.co/10507226. This link can also be found on all of Georgia Tech Savannah’s social media sites.

To learn more about Georgia Tech-Savannah’s OSHA training solutions, please visit www.pe.gatech.edu/savannah/courses/occupational-safety-health.

 

ABOUT GEORGIA TECH SAVANNAH:

Georgia Tech-Savannah provides educational experiences for learners of all ages. Our multitude of learning platforms are tailored to meet the needs of a diverse population, from working professionals pursuing career development and those seeking specific certifications to children eager to explore and discover. Georgia Tech-Savannah’s professional education, training and military programs encourages participants to challenge themselves and meet goals by sharpening existing skills and picking up valuable new ones. We’re proud to bring cutting-edge technology, applied research capabilities and innovation to the Coastal Empire, where our campus also serves as a home for various Georgia Tech affiliates, institutes, and centers. To learn more, visit us at pe.gatech.edu/savannah.

 

 

GEORGIA TECH-SAVANNAH WELCOMES NEW EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH COORDINATORS

SAVANNAH, GA – June 20, 2022 – Georgia Tech-Savannah recently welcomed Crystal Nichols and Deidra Wirick to their team of CEISMC Educational Outreach Coordinators.

 

Deidra Wirick, the new Educational Outreach Coordinator II, has seven years of classroom experience. She is responsible for creating and facilitating the summer and Saturday K-12 programs, organizing and promoting the K-12 competitions as well as teacher professional development. Crystal Nichols’ has several combined years of experience working in both K-12 education and in the public library system. Her role as Educational Outreach Coordinator I with Georgia Tech-Savannah includes much of the administrative, behind-the-scenes work to help all CEISMC programs continue running smoothly.

 

“I am very excited to welcome Crystal and Deidra to our team,” CEISMC Program Director at Savannah Campus, Tim Cone said. “Both of our new members of staff have diverse backgrounds, and each brings something special to the table. It’s great to have them, and I look forward to continuing to collaborate with them on all of our on-campus K-12 programs.”

 

ABOUT GEORGIA TECH-SAVANNAH:

Georgia Tech-Savannah provides educational experiences for learners of all ages. Our multitude of learning platforms are tailored to meet the needs of a diverse population, from working professionals pursuing career development and those seeking specific certifications to children eager to explore and discover. Georgia Tech-Savannah’s professional education, training and military programs encourages participants to challenge themselves and meet goals by sharpening existing skills and picking up valuable new ones. We’re proud to bring cutting-edge technology, applied research capabilities and innovation to the Coastal Empire, where our campus also serves as a home for various Georgia Tech affiliates, institutes and centers. To learn more, visit us at pe.gatech.edu/savannah.

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GEORGIA TECH-SAVANNAH TO HOST INAUGURAL FIRST GENERATION COLLEGE INSTITUTE EVENT – JULY 16

SAVANNAH, GA – May 31, 2022 – The Georgia Institute of Technology will host a one-day First-Generation College Institute for rising first-generation and limited income 8th through 12th graders on Saturday, July 16 at the Savannah campus, 210 Technology Circle. This inaugural event, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., is supported by the Institute’s First-Generation Student Programs, the Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing (CEISMC) and the Office of Undergraduate Admission.

The First-Generation College Institute is a state-wide summer initiative designed to identify, engage, and prepare participants in making the successful transition to college while increasing their exposure to science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEM and STEAM) enrichment. Planned morning activities include informational sessions on undergraduate admissions and financial aid with hands-on STEM and STEAM activities in the afternoon. The event is free and only requires online registration. Meals and snacks will be provided.

“Collaborating with CEISMC and Undergraduate Admission affords us the opportunity to be proactive in expanding access to underserved populations, especially in Georgia’s rural communities,” said First-Generation Program and Operations Manager Charmaine Troy. “The earlier that students know the college preparation process and the aptitude in STEM that is required for an institution like Georgia Tech, the more prepared they will be for the college application process and their transition into college.”

The First-Generation College Institute is one of the signature programs of First-Generation Student Programs, which seeks to advance first-generation and limited income student success at Georgia Tech through resources and programming in collaboration with campus partners.

When Troy joined Georgia Tech last year to lead the new unit, which is housed in the Office of Undergraduate Education, she already planned to bring such an event to the first-generation students of Georgia. Adding a STEM component to the event was the result of a meeting between Troy and Sirocus Barnes, CEISMC director of student programs. Through its outreach activities and research projects, CEISMC has served as the primary connection point between Georgia Tech faculty and students and the preK-12 STEM and STEAM education community for over 30 years.

“We bonded over being first-generation students ourselves and decided to combine our areas of specialty,” said Barnes. “The program aligns with Georgia Tech’s strategic goal of expanding access. More importantly, this collaboration between First-Generation Student Programs, CEISMC Student Programs, and Undergraduate Admission is a perfect example of a cross-campus collaboration to provide supports to Georgia’s K-12 students.”

Annually CEISMC Student Programs have been facilitating a plethora of STEM and STEAM activities for more than 2,000 K-12 students on Saturdays, after school, and during the summer in Atlanta since the late 1990s and extending its reach to Savannah since 2012.  The First-Generation College Institute offers another pathway for CEISMC to broaden participation of underserved populations from the city to the coast, thereby reducing obstacles to higher education opportunities.

“This event is designed to help all students, regardless of their background, understand that college and specifically Georgia Tech, is both a viable option and somewhere they can thrive,” said Timothy Cone, CEISMC Savannah program director. “It was important for us to have an in-person opportunity here at the Georgia Tech Savannah campus as well as the main campus in Atlanta.”

From the beginning, CEISMC has been involved with the planning of the event as several staff members serve on the steering committee regarding logistics and content planning. Georgia Tech staff, faculty, and students will also lead the experiential activities with a focus on Georgia Tech majors and possible STEM-related career choices. 

The staff from the Office of Undergraduate Admission will also be on hand to facilitate sessions on demystifying the admissions process at Georgia Tech and provide resources on financial aid, scholarships, and navigating college life.

“By us collaborating with our campus partners, we will help unlock the potential and spark the curiosity of STEM for all first-generation students!” said Leri Argueta, senior assistant director of undergraduate admission. “As a first-generation student and son of immigrants myself, it means the world to me that we do more programs like this because I know what it is like to be the first in your family to potentially go to college.”

For more information about the First-Generation College Institute, please visit: https://studentprograms.ceismc.gatech.edu/FGCI.

ABOUT GEORGIA TECH SAVANNAH:

Georgia Tech-Savannah provides educational experiences for learners of all ages. Our multitude of learning platforms are tailored to meet the needs of a diverse population, from working professionals pursuing career development and those seeking specific certifications to children eager to explore and discover. Georgia Tech-Savannah’s professional education, training and military programs encourages participants to challenge themselves and meet goals by sharpening existing skills and picking up valuable new ones. We’re proud to bring cutting-edge technology, applied research capabilities and innovation to the Coastal Empire, where our campus also serves as a home for various Georgia Tech affiliates, institutes, and centers. To learn more, visit us at pe.gatech.edu/savannah.

 

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GEORGIA TECH-SAVANNAH UNVEILS SUMMER 2022 PROGRAMS FOR RISING 3RD – 12TH GRADE STUDENTS 

SAVANNAH, GA. – March 3, 2022 – The Center for Education Integrating Science Mathematics and Computing (CEISMC) at the Georgia Tech-Savannah campus will be offering in-person student programs this summer for rising 3rd – 12th graders. Programs will be open for students to participate in STEM/STEAM programming from June 6 – July 22 with adherence to all COVID-19 policies and procedures in accordance with safety guidelines from local, state, and federal health officials. 

These high-quality and uniquely themed summer programs are designed to enhance and encourage curiosity and enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. During each week, students will experience different themed programming in areas such as robotics, video game design, coding, logistics and more. Fun and learning go together in as students will find a program that fits their interests. 

In-person programs will run from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and parents/guardians will be invited to a student showcase on the final day. Additionally, all programs will include a meaningful take-home component so that participants can continue to expand their STEM/STEAM knowledge after their summer experience with Georgia Tech-Savannah.

We are also offering virtual programs during this time as well. Students can register for those and do programming virtually. 

“We are very excited to offer so many opportunities for students to participate in our summer programs on our campus throughout the long summer break from school,” said Timothy Cone, CEISMC Program Director at the Georgia Tech-Savannah campus. “Our programs are a great way to keep kids involved in learning during the summer as activities are fun and engaging. Kids will be exposed to STEM/STEAM learning and are sure to find something that piques their interest. We look forward to welcoming students on campus this year and making lasting memories.”

Registration per participant varies per program at $200-$250. For more information or to register, email gtsoutreach@gatech.edu or visit: www.ceismc.gatech.edu/savannah/studentprograms. 

Scholarships are also available, and more information can be found here: www.ceismc.gatech.edu/savannah/summer-scholarship-information. 

For more information on the Georgia Tech-Savannah campus, visit https://pe.gatech.edu/savannah.

ABOUT GEORGIA TECH SAVANNAH:

Georgia Tech-Savannah provides educational experiences for learners of all ages. Our multitude of learning platforms are tailored to meet the needs of a diverse population, from working professionals pursuing career development and those seeking specific certifications to children eager to explore and discover. Georgia Tech-Savannah’s professional education, training and military programs encourages participants to challenge themselves and meet goals by sharpening existing skills and picking up valuable new ones. We’re proud to bring cutting-edge technology, applied research capabilities and innovation to the Coastal Empire, where our campus also serves as a home for various Georgia Tech affiliates, institutes, and centers. To learn more, visit us at pe.gatech.edu/savannah.