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Record Number of Graduates for Altamaha Technical College in Commencement


Jesup – A record number of Altamaha Technical College graduates were conferred Saturday, July 17, 2010 in the Wayne County High School Auditorium. Mr. Tony Thaw, Owner of Thaw’s Electric Service in St. Simons, gave the keynote address. Mr. Thaw was also bestowed an Honorary Associates of Applied Science, Technical Studies Degree. Since the last graduation ceremony in January, the College has had 538 credit graduates, with 63 of those students and 68 GED students participating in the July ceremony.

Welcoming the audience in the filled-to-capacity Kay Cagle Theatre of the Performing Arts was Lonnie Roberts, the Director of Institutional Effectiveness at the College. Instructors James Tankersley and Larry Thompson, retired Military employees of the College, presented the colors. The Star Spangled Banner was led by Instructor Margaret Brunson, GED Graduate Irazine Green led the Pledge of Allegiance, and Welding Graduate Santonio Brantley gave the invocation and benediction. Acting President Monica O’Quinn recognized several special guests:  Board of Directors Chairman Ted Buford, Board Members Lana Cooper, Linda Williamson, Joel Hanner, Randal Morris and Foundation Board Member Miriam Murray. She also shared with the graduates, “Graduation signifies the milestone of completing your chosen program of study and the goal you set for yourself.  You are successful, and you should feel very proud.  We are proud of you.  You had to believe in yourself, but we know that many others believed in you and your ability.” President Hoover introduced Keynote Speaker Thaw stating, “His broad support of technical education and workforce development extended beyond the support he gave to the career academy.  His support helped to assure that Altamaha Technical College had a successful first year on the coast in McIntosh, Glynn, and Camden counties.”

Thaw gave a message of reflection and encouragement with the graduates, asking them, “What can you do to change the world? What is your role in life going to be? What is your role in life going to be with high school and middle school students?” He explained that after spending time with ATC President Hoover during the formation phase of the Golden Isles Career Academy (GICA) and sharing the same vision of world class technical education ATC holds, he knew the creation of GICA “was my calling.”
Administrative Office Technology Graduate Tammy Thornton provided the Student’s Point of View before the Presentation of Academic Awards began. The college conferred 538 associate degrees, diplomas and technical certificates of credit to graduates who have met the standards as set forth by the Technical College System of Georgia. The college also acknowledged 498 graduates who earned the GED. Graduates earned special awards, including the President’s Medallion (perfect 4.0 GPA), honor graduate cords, and recognition of membership in the National Technical Honor Society, the Student Leadership Council and student leadership clubs, including Phi Beta Lambda and ATC Ambassadors.

Roll call of the graduates was performed by Walt Pinder, Dean of Academic Affairs. Presenting Academic Awards were Buford and Karla Eubanks, Vice President for Student Affairs. The President’s Scholastic Medal and Recognition of Honor Graduates were given by Hoover and O’Quinn, assisted by Dr. June McClain, Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Thaw is a life-long resident of Glynn and McIntosh Counties and a graduate of Glynn Academy, Class of 1974. In his senior year of high school, he was in a vocational technical program. This program allowed him to work with an electrical contracting company, while at the same time, attend night business class at Brunswick Junior College. He received his Masters Electrical Contracting licenses in 1978. He started Thaw’s Electric in 1979, which is still in operation today. In the mid 1980’s, he began a development company and acquiring rental properties. In the 1990’s, he established Storage by the Sea, climate controlled storage facilities throughout Glynn County.

Elected to the Glynn County Commission in 2003, he has served in both the Vice Chairman and Chairman roles. He currently serves as Chairman of the Glynn County Finance Committee. In 2007, he received a Certified County Commission Degree from the University of Georgia. In 2008, Thaw was appointed by Governor Sonny Perdue to serve on the Georgia Public Defenders Standard Council, overseeing the state’s indigent defense fund. As Founder and Board Member of the Glynn County Joint Water and Sewer Commission, he helped lead the merger of water and sewer in the city of Brunswick and county of Glynn. He also served on the Founding Board of Community in Schools of Glynn.

Thaw is a Board Member and has served as Chairman of the Golden Isles Career Academy; Past President of St. Simons Exchange Club, Frederica Club and Two-Way Sports Fishing Club. His hobbies include hunting and fishing. Having competed for over 15 years on the Southern King Fish Pro Fishing Tour, he was part of the two-time national team and won the distinction of Angler of the Year.

Altamaha Technical College, a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, is an academic institution of higher education that supports the economic empowerment of people, communities, and businesses along the Altamaha River and southern coast through providing technical education programs at the associate degree, diploma, and certificate levels, a variety of workforce development services and adult education programs. For more information about the programs and services provided by Altamaha Technical College, call 800-645-8284 or visit 
Members of the Spring Quarter 2010 Graduating Class include the following:
Honorary Associates of Applied Science:

Technical Studies: Tony Thaw

Associates Degree:
Administrative Office Technology: Tammy Thornton  Computer Networking Specialist:  Amy Blalock  Computer Support Specialist: Edmond Dove Criminal Justice: Michael Gaitten Marketing Management:  Mary Channell

Accounting:  Jodie Taylor, Stephanie Wilds, Elizabeth Jones, Rachel McDade, Kanecia Williams Air Conditioning Technology:  Michael Elliott, Kendrick Doomes, Justin Grace, Darrell Grant Business Office Technology:  Melonie Calhoun, Ethel Hudson, Mae Joyner, Vanessa Smith, Patricia Strickland, Cynthia Tillman, Chanda Jenkins CIS-Networking: Vincent Keith  Computer Support Specialist:  Melody Devereaux  Cosmetology:  Sharita Armstrong, Kelley Bare, Brittany Carroll, Jermalla Crispin, Nancy Davis, Tedaka Hill, Renata Lawrence, Katrina McClinton, Deborah Ramirez, Rodney Robinson,  Candace Harper, Lindsay Johnson, Summer Kinstle Criminal Justice Technology: Editha Lockley, Jessica Eury, Brandi Walker, Heather Rios, Sylvia Smith Diesel Equipment Technology: Steven Grant, Gene Taylor, Kelvin Davis Early Childhood Care Education: Angela Crummey, Salina Poppell Electrical Construction and Maintenance:  Eddie Davis, Michael Hayes, Lennis Johnson, Jr., Dustin Corley, Tyler Hall, Joseph Strauch
Electrical Control Systems: Adam Carter, Tyler White Industrial Electrical Technology:  Ella Dean, Guillermo Rangel, Antonio Jackson Industrial Systems Technology: Roman Hall, Garrett Altman, Keith McClendon, Shane Overstreet Machine Tool Technology: John Fischer, Kim Godwin Marketing Management: Zumesha Hinton, Nakia Nixon, Rachael Russell Practical Nursing: Jennifer Bass, Kimberly Bohannon, Vicky Byczkoski, Dawn Harrelson, Sally Reynolds, Amber Wood, Rebecca Parlor, Christy Roberts, Karen Smith, Jerrianne Ware, Linda Zipf, Wayne Butler, Twaneisha Carter, Morgan Davis, Kimberli Gray, Crystal Herndon, Brittany O'Steen, Francis Paulk, Michelle Thomas Public Works Civil Technology: Talena Patrick, Zachary Bailey Welding & Joining Technology: Santonio Brantley, Kamar Burton, Wayland Daniels, Jeffery Hand, Jesus Soliz, Christopher Witt, Anthony Arsenault, Philip Delegal, William Graham, Eric Kenn, Johnny Manuel, Mark Rice

Technical Certificate of Credit:

Air Conditioning Electrical Technician: John Bailey, Terrance Foster, Johnny Pope, Joshua Ward Air Conditioning Repair: Howard Brogdon, Robert Kramer, William Gray Air Conditioning Technician Assistant:  Carey Allen, Gonzalo Almanza, Nicholas Bacon, Michael Cash, Scott Dukes, Terrance Foster, Henry Grant, Michael Grovner, Martin Johnson, LaJarveus Lanier, William Lawrence III, Derrick Mccain, William McLeod, Aaron Miller, Jonathan Mitchell, Joseph Phillips, James Robertson, Jamal Smith, Shawn Sudden, James Tyson, Scott Brockington, Reuben Dozier, Sage Nuss, Will Wimberly Automotive Automatic Transmission – Transaxle: Jerry Mauney Automotive Heating and Air Technician:  Justin Beck, Darrell Davis, David Grantham, Andrew Kaczmarek, James McDowell, Travis Unruh, Michael Wilson, Glenn Bullard Catering Specialist: Constance Rollins, Rodney Carter, Amber Floyd, Haley Harvey, Sarah Smith CNC Specialist:  Shane Cox Commercial Wiring Technician: Michael Hayes Commercial Truck Driving:  Andrew Beaver, Curtis Beaver, Willie Bennett, Dewayne Brown, Aubrey Burkhalter Jr., Chris Clemons, James Cline, Brandon Darley, Colton Davies, James Denison, Melvin Denison, James Ferguson, Robert Hall III, Morgan Helms, Albert Killi, Helen LaBoone, James Livingston, Ronald Lott, Dominique McCladdie, Joseph Mullen, Tevin Preston, Brelin Rooks, Ashley Rush, Daniel Sharpe, Lacey Strother, Philip Tootle, Kyle Waters Diesel Electrical - Electronics Technician and Diesel Engine Service Technician: Shon McEachin, Windell Sapp Drafter's Assistant: Tariq Mungin-Bey Flat Shielded Metal Arc Welder:  Anthony Arsenault, Ramon Bell, Donald Benjamin, Justin Brazell, Seth Breeding, Joseph Bunch, Christopher Bunkley, Joseph Clark, Kyle Cobb, Isaac Curtis, Jeremy Esteves, Donald Glover, Bobby Gray, Benjamin Green, Jason Johns, Robert Knowles, Dustin Koenig, James Kohl, Taylor Lamb, Dakoda Manning, Victor Marx-Smith, Gregory McKamey, Joshua Middleton, Fred Miller, Tristan Murphy, Evan Parker, Paul Seymour, Vernon Spell, Kenneth Thomas, Devonnte Tippins, Levin Tomlinson, Donovan Victor, Jan Michael Villanueva, Jacob Vurnakes, Bradford Parker, Ryan Schwartz Food Production Assistant:  Lindsey Branch, Hayden Entwistle, Michael Gower, Joseph Herndon, Melissa Irvine, Brittany Jordan, Joann Murphey , Josephine Murray, Amy Parrett, Martin Polis, Rachel Rafolski, Brittany Slay, Shannon Smith, Tabitha Stamey, Lelia Strickland, Leah Swinson, Jennifer Symons, Tommie Turner, Mercedes White, Lauralee Worth, Kristian Hargrove
Gas Metal Arc Welder:  Philip Delegal, Jason Luft, Bradford Parker, Keenan Phillips, Ryan Schwartz Gas Tungsten Arc Welder: Eddie Parks, Keenan Phillips, Robert Brannen, Matthew Fuller, Jacob Newbern, William Pilon, Vernon Walwyn, Matthew Tootle Health Care Assistant: Zashila Bennett, Alissa Brannen, Alecia Butts, Victoria Copeland, Noah Cravey, Felicia Darley, Michelle Dean, Felicia Disharoon, Kenzie Evans, Selesia Flint, Cristy Foskey, Whitney Gray Crystal Hand, Kyla Hand, Nancy Hartley, Shanequa Hayes, Cheramy Hulett, LaRonda Johnson Kimberly Lairsey, Rayna Leverett, Gwen Lewis, Gerri Mauldin, Sierra McRae, Shameka Moran Lisa O'Berry, Kayla Rea, Shamika Roberts, Diane Shumans, Latrelle Smiley, Jada Smith Kimberly Stancil, Laura Strickland, Chelsea Thomas, Theresa Thomas, Megan Thornton Jessica Toler, Jennifer Wooten, Sara Wooten, Crystal Bryant-Primus  Industrial Fluid Power Technician:  Eric Beecher, Delancier L. Jr Black, Eric Carter, Billy Hooks, Christopher Jones, Cody Parlor, Kevin Sellers, Mark Washington Law Enforcement Investigations:  Joshua Aron, Christopher Brown, Tyrek Butler, Harley Byrd, Robert Cable, Jessica Cotter, Rachel Glisson, Belinda Lee, Peyton McNabb, April Peterson, Kimberly Prescott, Justin Smith, Bonnie Stouffer, Kaleigh Thompson, Averi Vagtborg Peter Van Leeuwen, Reba Williams Medical Coding:  Katrina DuBose MS Office Application Specialist:  Michael Armfield, Cole Gardner, Mckiver Grant, Dawn Henry, Felicia Stewart, Jimmy Parks  Naval Maintenance Apprentice:  Bobby Allen, Abigail Altimus, Brandon Ard, Nicole Beckner, Sharell Belanfante, Lashonda Bembry, Dustin Bennett, James Bonner, Jona Bruce, Brandon Burch, Jacob Burton, Adam Bushby, James Call, Allen Card, Jessica Chandler, Alexandra Cleveland, Andrew Clink, David Cobb, Louis Cobb, Heather Daigle, Shane Delaney, Chad Duncan, Shaun-Michael Duncan, Patrick Dunlap, Christopher Easterling, Justin Eyraud, Nathan Floyd, Donyea Fluker, Savannah Gendron, Kimberly Gray, Brandon Groover, Cristy Groover, David Hand, Janice Hawkins, Shayla Hendricks, Michael Hollenbeck, Charles Holloway, Jacob Johns, William Johnson, Douglas Jones, Lonnie Joyce, Michael Keller, Gregory Kerner, Christopher LaFontaine, Heather Lamar, David Lawson, Christopher Lively, Christopher Lombard, Christopher Mahabir, Glenn Matthews, Joshua May, Brandon McDonald, Piper McKinney, Brian McLaws, Chris McLaws, Chad McNaughton, Michael Miller, George Moeller, Justin Parker, Patrick Paulus, John Pickett, Nicholas Piljay, Adrian Rice, Jennifer Richard, Song Rogers, Anthony Scarlett, Dylan Schaefer, James Stein, Katrina Struble, Nicholas Sylvester, William Talbot, Kennith Taylor, Phillip Thompson, Benjamin Tyre, Kayla Underwood, Willet Upayaso, Stephen Wade, Robert Wainright, Stephen Ward, Casey Young Office Accounting Specialist:  Rebecca Herrington, Delorise Loughry, Mary Skipper, Vanessa Tankersley, Gertrud Makay, Stephanie Wilds Overhead Shielded Metal Arc Welder:  Christopher Frye, George Fuller, Brad Keller, Jason Laws, Ronald Mason, Jerry Rollins, Kenneth Thomas, Artavious Veale, Roy Tabb
Patient Care Assisting: Mindy Blanton, Lillian Hall, Arturo Hernandez, Karen Holloway, Cathy Shepard, Katrina Williams, Veronica Allen, Alexa Arroyave, Alyssa Ashley, Candace Austin, Kristin Baker, Amber Bargeron , Amber Beard, Kendra Bell, Steven Bender, Sonni Boatright, Lacey Branch, Jessica Brinson, Ashley Brooks, Nikki Bush, Marcia Butler, Kasandra Carter, Maria Chavez, John Clay, Amanda Cooper, Brittanie Crapps, Megan Crawford, Alyse Deen, Jade Dixon, Kelley Evans, Lakesha Fields, Gracie Flowers, Kara Forrister, Victoria Foskey, Kristina Foster, Peggy Fowler, Candace Gardner, Kimberly Griffin, Erick Griffith, Leah Griffith, Kristie Grover, Stephanie Grovner, Robyn Hamm, Catalina Herrera, Chastidy Herrera, Linda Hesters, Ashley Howard, Julie Hughes, Katie Hutto, Sarah Jackson, LaCandace Jones, Ora Kilpatrick, Janene Lara, Crystal Littleton, Shaunte' Mays, Amber McGauley, April McLaughlin, Angela McRae, Beulah Meeks, Lana Mims, Kelly Mobley, Rubi Morfin, Matilda Myers, Candace Nichols, Myesha Nix, Rachel Norman, Lisa Norris-Angle, Tiffany OQuinn, Carelle Overstreet, Pamela Parsell, Lilly Peacock, Meagan Poppell, Dawn Prince, Taylor Pruitt, Charlie Randolph, LaQuita Rankin, Tierra Rankin, Arnos Rogers, Dannielle Scott, Christina Shanklin, Rachel Short, Tiffany Smith, Sabrina Stephens, Jessica Strickland, Sheila Thomas, Carmaleta Thompson, Donna Tracy, Sherri Tyson, Shemeka Vann, Summer Walker, Taylor Weatherford, Frankie Williams, Hailey Williams, Sherry Worth, Jarrod Yawn, Jessica Yawn, Tara Yawn, Shadaydra Ross, Kristin Trutt, Deserae Wynn Pulp, Paper Operations: Christie Hall, Josh Keen, Ethan Wendel Residential Air Conditioning Technician:  John Bailey, Shelton Coppet, Anthony McCall, Carl Kincade Residential Wiring Technician:  Dustin Corley, Michael Hayes Shampoo Technician:  Amber Amor, Vivian Blythewood, Nicole Braccio, June Buchan, Kristy Cordell, Michelle Daniels, Ashley Floyd, Chelsea Haddock, Michelle Hicks, Ashley Jones, Jessica Middleton, Aubriel Moore, Linda Ross, Shaquita Schaeffer, Alanna Smith, Cynthia Thomas, Dana Whitmore Small Business Marketing Manager: Nakia Nixon, Laura Simmons, Leslie Sermons GED Graduates in Ceremony:
Mohamed Abajtour, Kristin Alvarado, Elaina Berry, Jack B. Blue, Teresa Bonsell, Nicholas Bottoms, Lainie Cardona, Tara Cochran, Christina A.  Crowley, Mary Davis, Jonathan Ford, Lindsay Ford, Irene Forseca, Trever Foster, William Fowler, Julie Gould, Sharon Gray, Irazine Marie Green, Shyathia Gutierrez, Rachel Guy, Dean Handley, Joshua Harrison, Chassy Haynes, Arturo Hernandez, Latarsh Hill, Lacey Hilton, Sheila  Humphrey, Matheau Joseph, Cheyenne Kelley, Yashica  Lewis, Amanda Libby, David Mathew Manning, Jamie Lee Manning, Casey Mosley, Michelle Mullis, Amber Myers, Cynthia Nye, Enga Orvin, Preston J. Osborne, Emily Pelsang, Montel Phillips, Jerry Proveaux, September Ramirez, Dustin Reach, Whitney Reach, Sandra Remusat, Johnel Roussert, Janie Christine Sanders, Tashina Scott, Nicole Searcy, Nathan Sennett, Melissa Sims, Jennifer Smith, Andrea Spivey, Terry Suber, Jennifer Taylor, Jessica Taylor, Quinton Truong, Tan Truong, Shawn Wade, Freddie Ward III, Sabrina Weeks, James White, Tina M. Wilkins, Kantonya Williams, Sheena Williams, Gina N. Williamson, Lindsey Wiseman

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