Exploring Possibilities at Savannah Tech

June 29th, 2018 by

By: Edward Gresham, CAP Coordinator

In my role as Chatham Apprentice Program (CAP) coordinator, my job is to look for ways for participants to be exposed to resources and high wage earning career paths. When considering opportunities, I recalled attending school at Savannah Tech and learning about the many possibilities offered there. In fact, that experience led me to start my own company in the construction field. This was something that I believed would be of value to the CAP class.

CAP has always had a strong relationship with Savannah Technical College, partnering for forklift safety training and other hard skills training as well as ensuring that participants are able to enroll easily in educational opportunities. However, we noticed that many were still limited on exactly how many doors the college could open for them. So we scheduled a tour of Savannah Technical College to open our participant’s eyes to the resources and career paths available there.

The visit to Savannah Tech began with an orientation where participants received valuable information about admissions, readmissions, financial aid, transferring credits, and other administrative processes. They also provided a brief overview of the programs offered at the college.

Following the orientation, we toured the campus. Our participants had the opportunity to visit the paramedic facility – complete with an ambulance and everything you need to become a certified paramedic.  We ventured into the dental hygienist facility where we learned about the history of the program and viewed the clinical space where students perform dental work at a reduced cost to the community.

We toured the industrial technology facility where participants gained knowledge about the various HVAC, electrical, carpentry, construction, drafting, and solar programs the college provides.  Lastly, we made our way to the paint and auto body repair facility where class participants gained knowledge about the industry and the state of the art tools the program has to keep its students at the cutting edge of their field.

It was an amazing experience to watch the lightbulbs go off in the minds of our participants after being exposed to new possibilities for employment, lifelong careers, and business opportunities.  At CAP, we recognize that these are the types of experiences that our greater community needs to better help our citizens realize their full potential using the resources available to them.

Neighborhood Leadership Academy Mini-Grant Program

June 16th, 2016 by

This is the first in a two-part series introducing Neighborhood Leadership Academy (NLA) graduates who have been awarded mini-grants to assist with their work in our community. 

2016 NLA Grant Recipient – Tina Browntina-brown

About Tina Brown
Award- Winning Journalist Tina A. Brown is president of TAB Brown Publishing, a multimedia professional services company. A journalist for over thirty years, Ms. Brown completed a contract with the VOICExperience Foundations’ Beautiful Voices Savannah opera training program as a Public Relations manager and media consultant. She is also an AIDS activist and the author of Crooked Road Straight: The Awakening of AIDS Activist Linda Jordan, a book about one woman’s message of hope for those suffering with AIDS.

Ms. Brown worked in partnership with Savannah State University and the Moses Jackson Community Center to run a journalism and multimedia camp for high school students called SSU Media High. This matured during her participation in the Neighborhood Leadership Academy (Class 3). She credits NLA with having helped her develop her program and link it with another organization.

What is SSU Media High?
At SSU Media High, students experiment and interact with cutting-edge technology to build 21st century skills, while also learning the basics of journalism and mass communication. Up to 20 high school students will receive technology and media skills training during a two-week residential camp. By producing a daily digital “magazine,”teens acquire lifetime digital technology skills while also preparing for school media projects. The staff of the camp will consist of seasoned media professionals as instructors, and Savannah State mass communications majors serving as mentors. In addition, SSU Media High is recruits technology and Geek Squad talent to provide demonstrations and hands-on training of the latest technology.

How will the mini-grant help?
Step Up Savannah’s grant will assist SSU Media High in achieving its goals which are to: bridge the digital divide by enabling underserved and minority students to become innovators and creators of digital technology, provide underserved and minority teens with web and social media skills, enable students to develop multimedia packages and take home multimedia personal apps for their smartphones and multimedia packages, instruct students on how to create and use blogs, digital cameras, and mobile devices including smart phones and tablet, provide snacks for students between meal time, provide students with hands-on digital media learning opportunities and, provide meals.

Are you interested in participating in Step Up’s Neighborhood Leadership Academy? Applications are currently being accepted, visit www.nlasavannah.org.