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Glenn Deibert, president of Coastal Pines Technical College, accepts the College of the Year Award from Matt Arthur, deputy commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia, Gretchen Corbin, the system’s commissioner, and Joe Yarbrough, the state board chairman. Provided photo Courtesy of The Brunswick News.

Coastal Pines Technical College earned this year’s statewide Technical College of the Year title.

The Technical College System of Georgia selected Coastal Pines as the 2017 recipient of the Sonny Perdue Award for the TCSG’s College of the Year.

“I’m extremely proud to accept this award on behalf of the board, faculty, staff and students of Coastal Pines Technical College, as well as the communities we serve,” said Glenn Deibert, president of the college, in a press release sent Thursday. “This award is a testament to their dedication to higher education and a symbol of the college’s contributions to growth opportunities for our students and our companies.”

The TCSG board chooses the award winner each year from among the system’s 22 technical colleges.
The colleges are evaluated based on performance criteria in several areas, including technical education, adult education, economic development, resource development and administration.
The announcement was made Thursday during the board’s monthly meeting.

“We congratulate President Deibert, the faculty and the staff of Coastal Pines for the teamwork that has made this honor possible,” said Joe Yarbrough, state board chairman for the system. “The state board joins them in celebrating the opportunities for growth and success they have created for students throughout the 13 counties served by the college.”

In 2017, Coastal Pines achieved the highest graduation rate — 87 percent — among Georgia’s public technical colleges. More than 1,200 students graduated from the college this year.
Coastal Pines also saw the highest enrollment growth in the system, as well as the largest increase in high school dual enrollment.

More than 1,800 high school students enrolled in its credit courses this year.

Coastal Pines made improvements to operational efficiency as well in 2017, and the college reduced its cost-per-FTE, or Full-Time Equivalents, by 11.3 percent.

About 95 percent of Coastal Pines graduates passed their licensure exams this year.

“Coastal Pines’ consistent focus on excellence reflects its commitment to serving its students and its community,” said Gretchen Corbin, the TCSG commissioner. “The college not only continues to enroll a growing number of new students, but also has instituted effective measures to support their success, providing students with greater career opportunities and the college’s region with a pipeline to a talented and ready workforce.”

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