South Georgia Tech WIOA graduate grateful for education and employment – Americus Times-Recorder

From staff reports

AMERICUS – Terrellis Lamar of Americus is a 2020 graduate of South Georgia Technical College’s Welding Program and is grateful for the education, job opportunities, and help he received from the college and Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

Lamar has been employed at Big Tex Trailers in Cordele as a welder for the past two years and returned to visit WIOA Coordinator Sandhya Muljibhai and thank her and the college for the support he received while he was a student. He also plans to return to South Georgia Tech to enroll in another program to expand his knowledge and skills.

“I am so grateful for the WIOA program,” said Terrellis Lamar. “It was a big help. I was able to buy tools and school supplies and I also received weekly support to help me with gas to and from university.

Then Lamar smiled and said with affection in his voice, “Mrs. Minnie Williamson (retired WIOA assistant) should have even spoken to me once or twice about my participation, but I needed to. That’s why I loved South Georgia Technical College. People were ready to help me when I needed it.

As he shared some of his experiences at SGTC, his second cousin Gloria Bell, from the SGTC Administrative Services Office, approached to give him a hug. “He is part of my family and we are all so proud of him,” shared Bell, who added that she encouraged him to attend South Georgia Tech.

Lamar enrolled in South Georgia Technical College and discovered the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act which helps provide financial assistance for tuition, fees, books, and direct training costs. The WIOA program helped him start the educational journey that prepared him for a career in welding.

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) still helps South Georgia Technical College students today. This is a federal program that assists eligible students in certain programs with college-related expenses such as tuition, fees, books, and direct training costs. Federal funds are made available to the SGTC by the Regional River Valley Commission and the WIOA Board of Directors.

“Terrellis Lamar is just one of the many success stories we have here at South Georgia Technical College through the WIOA program,” said WIOA coordinator Sandhya Muljibhai. Each semester, Muljibhai visits classrooms on South Georgia Technical College campuses to encourage students to explore their eligibility and apply for WIOA assistance.

More than 20 South Georgia Technical College programs are eligible for the WIOA program (limited enrollment allowed in some programs). These programs include: Accounting, Air Conditioning Technology, Aircraft Structural Technology, Auto Collision Repair Technology, Automotive Technology, Aviation Maintenance Technology, Avionics Technology, Driving commercial trucks, criminal justice technology, diesel equipment technology, early childhood care and education, electrical fitter, electrical systems technology, electronics technology, emergency medical technician, industrial mechanical systems , Industrial Systems Technology, Law Enforcement Academy, Medical Assisting, Practical Nursing, Precision Machining & Fabrication, and Welding & Assembly Technology.

To be eligible for WIOA assistance, students must be currently enrolled at South Georgia Technical College or have been accepted by SGTC; be enrolled in a program accepted by WIOA; have applied for financial assistance (you are not required to receive financial assistance, but you must have attempted to receive financial assistance); meet income eligibility; meet sustainability standards (this includes passing an assessment phase and an interview phase) and live in the Middle Flint Area 16 area of: Crisp, Dooly, Macon, Marion, Schley, Sumter, Taylor or Webster County.

To learn more about the Innovation and Workforce Opportunities Act and to find out if you are eligible, call Sandhya Muljibhai at the SGTC WIOA office at 229.931.2172.

South Georgia Technical College is currently accepting students for its spring semester C, or mini-master. Classes start March 14and. During the C-term, students can earn 16 weeks or credits in just eight weeks of classes. For more information, contact the SGTC Admissions Office at 229-931-2760 in Americus or 229-271-4051 in Crisp County. Students can also email Katrice Taylor at [email protected] on the Crisp County campus or Candie Walters at [email protected] on the Americus campus. Applications are also available on the SGTC website at

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