Georgia Street Rod Association presents donation to South Georgia Technical College High Performance Engines/Motorsports program

Published 9:24 am Thursday, August 17, 2023

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The Georgia Street Rod Association (GSRA), a statewide association of automotive enthusiasts, businesses and organizations dedicated to education, safety, and awareness, presented the South Georgia Technical College Foundation with a donation for the SGTC High Performance Engines/Motorsports program recently.

   Mickey White, President of GSRA, made the donation presentation to SGTC President Dr. John Watford, SGTC High Performance Engines/Motorsports Instructor Kevin Beaver, and SGTC Foundation Executive Director and VP for Institutional Advancement Su Ann Bird recently.

   The Georgia Street Rod Association has been actively supporting SGTC since 2007.  The GSRA endowed a scholarship for the SGTC High Performance Engines/Motorsports in 2007 and 15 students from that program have received the GSRA Association scholarships.

   The Georgia Street Rod Association was formed in 1976 to promote safety and awareness to the automotive hobby in Georgia.  They hold yearly safety clinics and inspections throughout Georgia on hundreds of vehicles to help make the road a safer place.  For more information about GSRA visit  Membership is open to all automotive enthusiasts.  Membership is $25 per year.

   “On behalf of South Georgia Technical College and the South Georgia Technical College Foundation, I would like to thank the Georgia Street Rod Association for partnering with us and providing scholarship opportunities for students passionate about a career in the automotive industry,” said SGTC President Watford.  “We also appreciate this latest donation that will allow the High-Performance Motorsports Program to have additional funds to purchase specific tools and equipment for students to utilize in that program.”

    South Georgia Technical College is currently celebrating its 75th anniversary.  As one of the oldest technical colleges in the state, SGTC has helped thousands of students celebrate success through its workforce education designed to place students in high demand careers.

     “When people think about technical education, many times they use the term ‘hands-on education,’” said South Georgia Technical College President Dr. John Watford.  “I think of technical education as the opportunity to train individuals to use their minds to direct their hands to make a great living doing what they love.”

     South Georgia Technical College, located in Americus, Georgia, offers students the “Complete College Experience.”  It is one of only two technical colleges in Georgia with on-campus housing.  South Georgia Tech also provides the use of textbooks at no cost to students while also offering nationally ranked academic programs, student activities and organizations, and intercollegiate athletics.  “We have over 200 different associate degree, diploma and technical certificate of credit training opportunities.  But we also provide technical college students with the traditional college experience while training their minds and their hands for careers of a life-time,” said President Watford. “Our academics, student activities, and intercollegiate athletic programs are nationally ranked.  South Georgia Technical College has also been ranked as the best community college in Georgia for four consecutive years.”

     South Georgia Technical College has a proud past and a very promising future.  It opened in 1948 and hosted its first graduation in 1949.  “As we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the college and our first graduating class, we continue to take pride in our original mission of preparing individuals for success in the workplace.  For over seven and a half decades we have been celebrating the possibilities of students and business and industry and we look forward to continuing that mission for many more decades to come.”

     South Georgia Technical College has a 99% job placement rate for graduates and offers students lifetime career placement support.

     “Our college has a tremendous reputation for providing an outstanding two-year education that prepares students for the workforce,” said President Watford.  “Choosing to pursue a degree is one of the biggest financial decisions students will ever make.  And South Georgia Tech can help students accomplish that goal without incurring debt.

     Partnerships with industry leaders such as Caterpillar, John Deere, Georgia Power, MetroPower, Delta, and others have helped the college to earn world-wide recognition in graduating students while also taking advantage of the complete college experience.  The college also highlights particularly successful students through its Student of Excellence program and by participation in the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) program.

     For more information about how to enroll and get a jump start on one of the over 200 associate degree, diploma, or technical certificate of credit programs available today at South Georgia Technical College, contact the admissions office in Americus at 229-931-2394 or 229-271-4040 in Cordele.  Visit our website at to apply or learn more.