By Su Ann Bird

AMERICA – Cars kept coming and smiles were contagious at South Georgia Technical College’s Drive Thru “Light Up Your Future” event which showcased the campus and its study programs illuminated by thousands of people. bright lights.

It was the 6e annual ‘Light Up Your Future’ event, but this was only the second time as a Drive Thru edition. About 300 cars and nearly 1,200 people took part in South Georgia Technical College’s “Light Up Your Future” event which allowed everyone to drive through campus and see all programs and buildings lit up. and decorated for the holidays.

“We have decided to host the ‘Light Up Your Future’ event as a Drive-Thru again this year, as a COVID-19 precaution. It was a success last year and we thought the Drive-Thru event would be a great way for people to come and enjoy the Christmas spirit and the holidays. We wanted to do something safe, but still ‘give back’ to the community, ”said South Georgia Technical College president Dr John Watford.

The event took place along a two-mile route through the Americus campus of South Georgia Technical College. Each program area was represented in the creative event which promoted the exceptional education and extracurricular activities offered by South Georgia Tech. The cars entered Lindbergh Drive, looped through Pope Center Circle, then re-entered Lindbergh Drive to Transportation Drive and exited at Success Avenue.

“It was a great event,” said President Watford. “Each year I wonder how our teachers and staff will improve from the year before. And every year they surprise and amaze me. We have exceptional instructors who go the extra mile to create fun and exciting exhibits about the educational opportunities offered here at South Georgia Technical College. This event also allowed South Georgia Tech to give back to the community by hosting a fun and informative vacation event. We appreciate all of the community members who came to celebrate with us.

Dr Watford and his sister, Lettie Watford, are on display with SGTC’s Culinary and Barber groups.
Photo by Su Ann Bird

The showcase of programs and beautiful light shows were only surpassed by the enthusiastic sprint of the South Georgia Tech family, students and community members who came to enjoy the event. Each of the individual program divisions such as Transportation, Personal Services, Business and Computers, and Industrial and Technical Programs were transformed into stunning light displays that highlighted different career opportunities.

In transportation, the Caterpillar Heavy Equipment program described the big Caterpillar equipment and generators in Christmas lights. John Deere’s agricultural technology program did the same with its large tractors and diesel and commercial truck driving showcased its large trucks, trailers and lighted platforms.

The auto programs had a car decked out in lights. Aviation programs had a small plane wrapped in colored lights with the large propeller wrapped in lights. SGTC’s Aaron’s Rents race car was also at the center of the Motorsports program. Fire Science featured the fire truck donated by the Americus Fire Department and the law enforcement and criminal justice team had a four-wheeled vehicle driven by the Grinch stopped.

Business and computer programs had their program areas set up with lights and a Merry Christmas surrounded by lots of goodies. Adult education featured a sign and gifts surrounded by snowflakes and Christmas decorations to encourage students to make the right choice for further education. The health and personal service groups had different areas lit with their Christmas gear, and the cosmetology group also showcased their products in bright lights with Santa Claus receiving a facial. The barber was also featured in the lights. Industrial systems, electrical technology, electronics, and precision machining and manufacturing have hit the nail on the head with electronic music, movies, and Santa costumes.

Santa and his elves were on the move overnight and WISK-FM 98.7 did a live remote and played Christmas music. Light up toys were distributed by the student affairs group, wrapped peppermint candy canes were distributed by the commercial truck driving team and other groups, and Culinary Arts distributed individually wrapped boxes containing cookies, candies, glow sticks and more.

“It was an amazing event and we hope the community enjoyed the enlightenment and learned more about the opportunities available at South Georgia Technical College,” said President Watford. Photos of the event can be viewed on: Individuals can also vote for their favorite exhibit using the QR code provided during the drive or on SGTC’s Facebook post.

And it’s not too late to enroll in the more than 200 programs available at South Georgia Technical College. Spring semester starts January 12e. A special orientation and registration day is scheduled for January 10e on the Americus and Crisp County Center campuses. For more information, visit the website at: or contact the admissions office at 229-931-2394 in Americus or 229-271-4040 in Cordele.


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