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Board Certified Chris Hopkins newsL-R) STC Board Member Chris Hopkins and STC President Larry CalhounDecember 3-- Chris Hopkins of Toombs County was recently awarded Board Certification from the Technical College Directors Association of Georgia (TCDA).

In order to become TCDA certified, a local board member must complete four required workshops, one elective workshop, two required activities, and eight selected activities which educate board members on various topics that they will hear about and deal with concerning Southeastern Technical College (STC). The workshops also inform board members of state and local guidelines that affect the college.

The required and selected activities allow the board members the opportunity to learn about community advocacy, budgeting and financial management, as well as much more in relation to the operations of technical colleges on both state and local levels.

The majority of the required workshops are taught at a TCDA Leadership Conference each year. The board members then receive their certification at the awards dinner, held during a Leadership Conference, once all of the requirements are officially completed.

The STC Board of Directors meets at least eight times per year to discuss topics related to STC. Board members serve a three-year term and can serve two additional three-year terms, for a maximum of nine years before retiring from the local board.

The TCDA Leadership Conference was held October 28-30 in Savannah, Georgia, in conjunction with the Technical College Foundation Association (TCFA). STC was also recognized as having 100% board certification at this year’s Leadership Conference.

For further information on STC, visit or call (912) 538-3100 (Vidalia) or (478) 289-2200 (Swainsboro).