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April 17, 2014

SWGTC students place in state PBL competition

THOMASVILLE — Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) students placed in the Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) Georgia State Competition in Atlanta.

Bill Collins placed first in Cyber Security; Brian Wynne placed fifth in Cyber Security and fifth in Information Management; Tryon Lockhart placed fifth in Business Law; and Teresa Crumby placed second in Macroeconomics and fourth in Organizational Behavior and Leadership. These talented students competed against other college students (from technical colleges and 4-year institutions) from across the state. In June, Collins will travel to Nashville, Tenn., for the next level of competition at the PBL National Leadership Conference.

“Congrats to all of our students who completed and placed. We are so proud of each one of them. We are also excited for Bill to represent SWGTC at the upcoming PBL National Conference and compete in the Cyber Security category. Having the opportunity to see the moment Bill placed first out of 15 other students who competed in the Cyber Security category is one of those times that you hold in your memory as extremely special. I was so grateful to be a part of that moment,” said Carol Peppers, PBL advisor.

Phi Beta Lambda is a national, nonprofit organization and educational association with a quarter million student members preparing for careers in business and business-related fields. The association has four divisions: Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) for high school students; FBLA-Middle Level for junior high, middle, and intermediate school students; Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) for postsecondary students; and Professional Division for business people, FBLA-PBL alumni, educators, and parents who support the goals of the association. The mission of PBL is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.

PBL hosts these competitive events as part of their National Awards Program, which was established to recognize and reward excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. Each competitive event, which is categorized as individual, team or chapter, is governed by specific guidelines and judged by a panel of judges who rate competitors with a rating sheet specific to the category.

“I am very proud of all of our students who represented SWGTC at the PBL state competition. Each of these students competed in very challenging categories and represented SWGTC with professionalism and I am extremely honored to be a part of their success. All of us at SWGTC wish Bill Collins the very best of luck as he heads to Nationals this summer. I have no doubt he will be a great representative for SWGTC,” said Dr. Craig Wentworth, SWGTC president.

SWGTC offers more than 80 certificate, diploma, and degree programs. Many of these programs provide training for some of the nation’s fastest-growing career fields including Nursing, Automotive Technology, Clinical Laboratory Technology, and Emergency Medical Technology. More information may be obtained by calling 229-225-4096 or by logging onto

Summer Semester 2013 begins May 20.

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