Southwest Tennessee Community College

October 14, 2004

For more information, contact: Kimberly Stark (901) 333-4023

New partnership offers technical scholarships to high school students
Release written by Kimberly Stark

Southwest Tennessee Community College is partnering with Smith & Nephew and Kingsbury High School to offer high school juniors and seniors the chance to get started on college early.

Through the College’s Dual Enrollment and Tech Prep programs, students are being offered the chance to begin taking classes towards a Manufacturing Fundamentals Technical Certificate from Southwest. Shortly after graduating high school, students will be able to receive a certificate and can get a job in a chosen area or continue on with their education with an Associate’s degree or Bachelor’s degree.

“This certificate will allow them entry level credentials into any manufacturing company in the area,” said Jeff Wood, program coordinator at Southwest. Currently two students at Kingsbury High School are participating in the program.

“Memphis is becoming more competitive in the global marketplace,” states Greg Maksi, department chair of Engineering Technologies at Southwest. “Therefore the marketplace needs more high tech workers. It needs technicians that know how to maintain and install all the equipment and keep it running.”

However, Southwest is not just working with Smith & Nephew or Kingsbury High School. “We are trying to bring in other industry leaders and high schools from across the area to participate in this program,” states Maksi. “The one thing high school students need to remember is that no matter how high tech an area gets there will always need to be someone on hand to maintain the equipment and make sure everything works.”

Southwest, Tennessee’s largest two-year college, serves more than 12,000 students in Memphis, Shelby and Fayette counties, and the Tri-State area.

Southwest offers 39 programs for career studies and transfer, 37 two-year programs leading to immediate career entry through the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree, and more than 40 areas of interest in traditional university transfer programs through the Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree and the Associate of Science (A.S.) degree.

In addition, Southwest offers Academic Certificate and Technical Certificate programs in 28 areas. Technical certificates are usually completed in no more than one year, and prepare students for immediate entry positions in high-demand, specialized fields.

Southwest, a Tennessee Board of Regents institution, is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.