Central Georgia Technical College's Rolandria Tolbert travels to schools and other events to speak with youth about the benefits of obtaining an education and skills at the college. As Special Populations Coordinator in CGTC’s admissions office, she has a unique knack for relating to youth about their future and furthering their education.
On April 4, Rolandria had a chance to speak to a unique group of young people…10 young ladies who took part in a program called Spiritual Women Aiding Nurturing Sisters (SWANS). The program is a ministry of Tremont Temple Baptist Church in the Bloomfield community, which surrounds CGTC's Macon Campus.
As part of the day’s activities the girls were introduced to a number of topics ranging from leadership to etiquette. "It was a wonderful experience working with several teenage girls in our local community who need positive mentors during this influential time of their lives," said Tolbert, who spoke to the group in the morning on Positioning Yourself for Excellence. She also provided the girls with a CGTC bag.
The afternoon activities included a spa session, where the girls were exposed to cosmetology, manicure and pedicure services, facilitated by Tolbert, CGTC's program chair for barbering, Sandra Lane and some volunteers. "I personally enjoyed talking with some of the girls during the spa time and found out more about them personally and what goes on in their everyday lives," Tolbert noted. "It presented an opportunity to mentor to them on a one-on-one basis to offer words of encouragement and hopeful advice for their situations."
At the end of the session, each girl donned a dress designed especially for them and proudly showed their makeovers before an audience.
Tolbert is excited about the outcome of the event. She plans to return Tremont for their annual Spring Fling in early May, where she will set up a CGTC display table. "As a mentor to several girls in the surrounding neighborhoods, it was a privilege to relay good wholesome advice that will build our youth into better women of tomorrow. Having the opportunity to work in this capacity is what I enjoy most about my job, as I have a desire to touch those that I meet along the way so that they, too can become more successful in life."
About Central Georgia Technical College
A comprehensive higher education institution, Central Georgia Technical College provides students more than 190 career program opportunities with numerous degree, diploma and certificate options, in addition to customized business and industry services, continuing education and adult education services. The College serves Baldwin, Bibb, Crawford, Jones, Monroe, Putnam and Twiggs counties. More information about CGTC can be found at www.centralgatech.edu.
CGTC's Rolandria Tolbert, right, with participants in the SWANS program at Tremont Temple Baptist Church.