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Record enrollment


For the first time in its history, Savannah Technical College enrollment has topped 4,000 students, according to the first official accounting for fall quarter 2007 (DTAE 7-day report) which reports enrollment at the state’s 33 technical colleges. With a total of 4,086 students enrolled, only Chattahoochee, Central Georgia, Augusta and Gwinnett technical colleges are larger.

"This milestone is important for this community," says College President C.B. Rathburn. "It indicates the growing respect and value people place in technical education generally and in Savannah Technical College specifically. We’re seeing enrollment trends now that were not happening here just a few years ago."

In the past five years, the college has become much more international, with the number of Hispanic students doubling and the number of international students tripling.

In the past three years, the college has seen the number of men attending increase by 3 percent. At the same time, more students are pursuing associate degrees - up nearly 300 students in three years.

"We’re attracting a stronger student body," says Vice President of Student Success Verlene Lampley. The percentage of students enrolling after earning a high school diploma has increased 8.1% in the past five years and a smaller percentage of students need remedial instruction. Data show a ten percent drop in the total percentage of students enrolled in developmental courses (math, English and reading).

Savannah Technical College serves Bryan, Chatham, Effingham and Liberty counties with campuses in Savannah (White Bluff Road and Crossroads Business Park), Hinesville (Airport Road and Ft. Stewart Army Education Center) and in Effingham County on Hwy 21.


Avoid workplace harassment claims


Company administrators, human resource personnel and front-line managers are invited to attend a seminar on how to minimize or avoid workplace harassment claims.

"Hostile Work Environment: A Case Review" will be offered on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Coastal Georgia Community College in Brunswick. The seminar will run from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

Part of the Legal Awareness in the Workplace (LAW) series sponsored by Georgia Southern University, the seminar will be taught by Sarah Lamar, an attorney from the employment law firm of Hunter, Maclean, Exley & Dunn, P.C.

Lamar will help seminar participants develop an understanding of the proactive and inexpensive steps that their firms can take to reduce the risk of harassment claims.

The LAW series will return to Brunswick for "Retaliation Under Title VII" on Feb. 12 and "Best Practices in Running Background and Reference Checks" on May 13.

The LAW series will continue at the Coastal Georgia Center in Savannah with "Hot Topics in Employment Law" on Dec. 13, "Workplace Violence in Georgia" on Jan. 22, "Recent Developments in the Fair Labor Standards Act" on March 25, "Basics of the Family and Medical Leave Act" on April 22, and "Georgia Employment Law" on June 24.

The fee for each seminar is $69 per person. The fee will be reduced to $59 for anyone who signs up for three or more seminars, and for groups of three or more people from the same firm.

Each seminar provides 1.5 recertification credit hours for individuals with (Senior) Professional in Human Resources (PHR/SPHR) certification.

Advance registration for any of the seminars may be made by calling Georgia Southern University’s Continuing Education Center at (912) 681-5551.

For more information on any of the seminars, visit or contact J.Marie Lutz, SPHR, at or (912) 871-1763.

Georgia Southern University, a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University, offers more than 120 degree programs serving nearly 17,000 students.

Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement. The University, one of Georgia’s largest, is a top choice of Georgia’s HOPE scholars and is recognized for its student-centered approach to education. Visit: .


- information provided by Savannah Technical College, Georgia Southern University

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