MGTC Names Hawkinsville Center Director | Community Spirit
Middle Georgia Technical College named Brittany Joiner-Lucas as the Hawkinsville Center Director.
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Brittany Joiner-Lucas has recently been selected to serve as the director for Middle Georgia Technical College's (MGTC) operations at the Sam A. Way, Sr. Hawkinsville Workforce Development Center. Her appointment becomes effective Monday, March 11.
Lucas is currently working with MGTC as an Instructional Coordinator for the Career Pathways and Accelerating Opportunities (AO) programs, both initiatives for MGTC's Adult Education department. Lucas helped lead the development and implementation of the AO program, an innovative program that allows General Educational Development (GED®) students to enroll simultaneously in college courses while pursuing their GED®. MGTC was the first technical college in Georgia to offer this type of program to its students.
In her new role, she will serve as a liaison between the College and the Hawkinsville-Pulaski County community. As the Center's director, Lucas will be responsible for ensuring that the post-secondary educational needs in the Pulaski County community are met and that the Pulaski County's interests are represented to the College. MGTC offers credit instruction in various program areas at the Hawkinsville Center, as well as Adult Education classes for students pursuing a GED®. Additionally, Lucas will assist with MGTC's focus on economic development initiatives in Pulaski County.
"I am very eager to be a part of the Hawkinsville community and be a representative for MGTC," said Lucas. "I have worked in education for almost a decade and I fully believe that this opportunity will allow me to become part of a thriving community and continue the work of developing a viable workforce for this part of the College's service area."
Following her undergraduate career, Lucas taught at the secondary level and then moved in to higher education at MGTC as the Health Literacy Instructor in 2007. In 2009, she became the Lead Adult Education instructor in Pulaski County. She returned to the main campus in Warner Robins in 2011 to take on her current role.
"Brittany is well-respected as a high-energy and knowledgeable leader among her peers," said Dr. Joan Thompson, vice president of Satellite Operations-South for MGTC. "Her familiarity with credit instruction, adult education, continuing education, and economic development will be a tremendous asset to the Pulaski County community as she serves in this role for MGTC."
Lucas is a graduate of Wesleyan College and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Middle Grades Education. Additionally, she earned a Master of Education and holds a secondary reading endorsement from Georgia College and State University. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Philosophy in Adult Education with a concentration in Educational Leadership from the University of Georgia.
She is married to Luther Lucas, a high school history teacher in Houston County. They reside in Bleckley County and attend First Baptist Church in Cochran.
The administrative consolidation process is currently underway for MGTC to merge with Central Georgia Technical College (CGTC) in Macon. As of July 1, 2013, MGTC's main campus, as well as the Hawkinsville Center, will be part of the NEW Central Georgia Technical College. The merger of the two colleges will allow students access to more program options and will create one of the largest two-year colleges in Georgia.
For more information about the MGTC's programs at the Hawkinsville Workforce Development Center, call (478) 783-3017 or log on to www.middlegatech.edu. Summer semester begins May 20. Applications are being accepted now for all MGTC and CGTC locations.