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Strickland Named as CGTC Instructor of the Year

MACON - Tiffini Strickland, program chair and instructor of Cardiovascular Technology and Electrocardiography, was named Instructor of the Year for Central Georgia Technical College (CGTC). She will represent the College in the Central Region competition, to be held in Macon at CGTC, in pursuit of the title of Rick Perkins Award winner for the state of Georgia.

The Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Education recognizes instructors at each of the 25 Technical Colleges across the state. College winners compete at the region level and the top three from each of three regions will interview for the title of state winner.

The Rick Perkins Award, formerly the Commissioner's Award of Excellence, was named for the Late Rick Perkins after his untimely death. As a commercial truck driving instructor at West Georgia Technical College, he was a past recipient of the award.

Strickland, who was nominated for this honor by her peers, was selected from a group of three candidates. Other nominees for the award were Tony Abel, program chair and instructor of Distribution and Materials Management and Metrology; and Otis Lucas, instructor of Carpentry/Cabinetmaking.

"Teaching at Central Georgia Technical College allows me to share my knowledge, my experience, and my passion for teaching," said Strickland. "As a technical college graduate, I am able to lead by example and prepare my students to enter the workforce as skilled technologist. I take pride in knowing that I am making a difference in the lives of not only the students, but also the entire community."

Candidates were judged by a panel of community leaders. Each instructor was asked to give their thoughts on Technical Education and participated in an interview session.

Strickland began her career at CGTC in 2007. Prior to coming to CGTC, she worked in the Cardiac Cath Lab at the Georgia Heart Center of the Medical Center of Central Georgia as a Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist for 4 years. She is earning a Bachelor of Radiologic Sciences from the Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences. She is a graduate of CGTC with an Associate of Applied Science in Health Studies.

Strickland, along with Rick Perkins award winners from across the state, will attend the state conference in Atlanta in April where region winners will be announced. The top nine from region competitions will interview for the title of state Rick Perkins Award winner and the announcement will be made at the Rick Perkins Award Banquet. The state winner will serve as an ambassador for Technical Instruction over the next year.

About Central Georgia Technical College:

CGTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia offering more than 190 program opportunities with numerous associate degree, diploma and certificate options. The college serves Baldwin, Bibb, Crawford, Jones, Monroe, Putnam and Twiggs counties. For more information, visit

Submitted by Tess Harper
January 31, 2013


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