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Okefenokee Tech Prep Consortium Nominates Champions

Kristin Bell Kristin Bell, a student in the Registered Nursing program at South Georgia College, and Chris Jones, the former human resources manager for Milliken & Company’s Alma Plant, were recently nominated as Tech Prep Champions to represent the Okefenokee Tech Prep Consortium. They were recognized at the Georgia Tech Prep Annual State Conference held February 14 in Atlanta.

Georgia Tech Prep is a partnership between the Georgia Department of Education and Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education and supports 37 Consortia throughout the state.  Through the community partnerships among the 37 Consortia, “Champions” have emerged that illustrate the potential and power that come from a foundation built on the combination of a variety of educational opportunities with life’s experience.

Georgia Tech Prep wanted to recognize outstanding individuals in each Tech Prep Consortium. Each Consortium coordinator, with the help of the Tech Prep Consortium Coordinating committee, facilitated a process to recognize their champions. One category of champions was for the student participating in a technical career major; the other champion was an adult who had greatly contributed in implementing a seamless educational system and promoting the goals of Tech Prep.

Kristin Bell, a student in Registered Nursing Program at South Georgia College, was the student champion for this consortium. She was a 2003 honor graduate of Pierce county High School with a College Prep/Career Technical diploma. Kristin’s career technical areas of concentration were health occupations and business. She is a 2005 graduate of Waycross College with an Associate of Science in Pre-Nursing.

While in high school, Kristin served as a class officer each year, was a varsity Chris Jonescheerleader, a member of the Beta Club, Student Council, FBLA, VICA, and several other organizations.  She was named the Outstanding Youth Apprentice Student of the Year in 2003. Kristin also participated in region and state skills competitions. She placed fifth in the state as Future Business Leader and eighth in the state in public speaking.

Kristin attributes the Youth Apprentice Program as having the most profound impact on her career choice. She served as the first youth apprentice student placed at Satilla Regional Medical Center in Waycross where she continues to work in the ICU/CCU unit. After she completes her current training, Kristin plans to pursue a Master of Nursing degree.

Chris Jones, the adult champion, has always been an avid supporter of Tech Prep and has always been a role model for the Okefenokee Educational Consortium (OEC) as a business and community representative. He diligently has served as an OEC board member for four years, been a CHOICES presenter at Bacon County Middle School for five years, and has served on the Bacon County Elementary School Council since its inception. Also, Chris addressed the Summer Educator Academy as keynote speaker twice, was a Summer Educator Academy Industry Tour host, as well as a host for Educators in Industry.

Charlie Gibson is the Tech Prep Coordinator for the counties of Bacon, Brantley, Charlton, Clinch, Pierce, and Ware.

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