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Savannah Tech adds truck-driving school
Cosmetology program also added
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Information session

The cosmetology course will be the topic at 6 p.m. Thursday in room 122 at STC’s Liberty Campus.
Call 408-3024, ext. 6000 for more information on either. 

Liberty County and Savannah Technical College officials gathered at the old Liberty County airport Wednesday to announce the arrival of commercial truck driving instruction.
Savannah Tech will provide the CDL program starting Oct. 5. A soon-to-be-constructed classroom will be put on the site on space made available to the college by the Liberty County Commission.
“We are very grateful to the county commission for allowing us to offer this training at this location,” STC President Kathy S. Love said. “It’s a continuation of a long and mutually beneficial partnership.”
The county was instrumental over the past two decades in providing continuing support for the college through its local option sales tax and was an original partner in bringing the college to its current location on Airport Road.
Savannah Tech has offered the CDL program for more than 20 years at other locations and its curriculum is a model for the state’s technical colleges. The program is a 10-week, certificate program that includes 70 hours of classroom instruction and 240 hours of hands-on instruction. It is HOPE grant eligible, allowing students to take advantage of a state-funded grant program that covers tuition and most fees.
“This is a great value,” says Mike Patterson, dean of industry and public service programs. “Students can spend less than $400 and get an education valued at almost $3,900.”
Savannah Tech owns and operates a fleet of 14 trucks and 14 trailers. At Liberty, STC will offer classes Monday–Thursday. The number of faculty members and trucks dedicated to the Liberty instruction will be based on demand, according to Patterson. Classes will be offered at the airport site and the former runway will serve as a driving track.  
Last year, the college graduated 171 students in truck driving with 98 percent of them passing the licensure exam on the first try.

Cosmetology too

Savannah Technical College is adding a second career training opportunity this fall.
A cosmetology diploma program is being added on top the commercial truck driving certificate program.
Cosmetology is designed to take six quarters to complete and will be offered Monday-Thursday evenings from 6-9 and two half-day Saturdays per month. Classes begin Oct. 12 and will be in the cosmetology lab at Liberty County High School, off Highway 84 in Flemington.
“Being able to offer classes in the evening will allow students to continue working while they complete the program,” says Kim Cutter, cosmetology department head and instructor.
The program includes theory and applications of cosmetology and prepares students to test for their cosmetology license, a credential that allows them to practice in all but two states. It is covered by the Georgia HOPE grant for eligible students. Military, spouses and family members are eligible for HOPE.
For more information about either program or the information sessions, call the Liberty Campus at 408-3024, ext. 6000.

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