Dr. Deborah Jones has been named Assistant Vice President for Student Navigation and Institutional Support for South Georgia Technical College, effective immediately.
The Technical College System of Georgia established the Student Navigator positions at each of the system's 24 colleges in an effort to promote the TCSG Complete College Georgia Student Success Initiative.
The Student Navigator position has been tasked with coordinating an early alert system that can help track student performance in required courses and targeted interventions. They are also responsible for focused academic advising, academic progress review, and development and coordination of retention efforts for new and continuing students.
The Student Navigator will help students navigate the system, choose coherent programs of study, and receive the necessary support services. At South Georgia Technical College, Dr. Jones will be designing, coordinating and targeting new intervention strategies including manning the college's LIFE – Learning Is For Everyone – lab.
This new position was implemented throughout the system in an attempt to improve college completion rates and create a more highly skilled workforce. These objectives are imperative for a prosperous future in Georgia.
Dr. Jones has been serving as an Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs on the Crisp County Center Campus since July 2011. She was the Distance Education Coordinator for the College from 2006 until 2011 and was a Business Office Technology instructor in Americus and Cordele for 10 years prior to that appointment. She has also worked as an adult literacy instructor at South Georgia Technical College. She and her husband, Eddie, live in Americus. He is the owner of Precision Automotive.
Jones received her Doctor of Philosophy, General Education, degree in 2005 from Capella University, Minneapolis, Minnesota. She earned a Master's of Science in Business Administration from Georgia Southwestern State University in 1997 and her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach, Florida, in 1993.
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