Spark Workforce Development Award

Chattahoochee Tech Foundation

Presented to those who, through untiring efforts and altruistic resources, have provided the spark needed to ignite the flames of innovation, advancement, and ingenuity for the flourishing workforce that embodies the communities we serve.

The SPARK Awards includes three categories of recognition:

Alumni of the Year – Presented to an illustrious graduate who truly supports workforce development within the community, advocating for technical and continuing education within their chosen field. This person consistently demonstrates real leadership on the job, making significant contributions to their particular field and/or industry.

Volunteer of the Year – Presented to an individual who has demonstrated commitment to and passion for technical education, enabling our students to provide real and tangible benefits to the community’s workforce. This person has consistently gone “above and beyond” to secure funding that specifically supports our students, our academic programs, and our varied services.

Benefactor of the Year – Presented to a major benefactor who has actively supported student scholarships and college programs throughout the year. This person continues to exhibit their confidence in technical education and demonstrates the value of changing student lives through their significant and meaningful financial contributions to the Chattahoochee Tech Foundation.


2021 SPARK Awards

Alumni of the Year
Jenny Lynn Bridges receiving the 2021 Alumni of the Year Award
2021 Alumni of the Year  – Jenny Lynn Bridges, Physical Therapy Assistant

Volunteer of the Year

Ed Voyles Automotive Group receiving 2021 Volunteer of the Year Award
2021 Volunteer of the Year – Ed Voyles Automotive Group

Benefactor of the Year
Craig Douglass receiving the 2021 Benefactor of the Year Award
2021 Benefactors of the Year – Craig and Glinda Douglass


2020 SPARK Awards

Alumni of the Year
Portrait of Dustin Cain
2020 Alumni of the Year – Dustin Cain, Surgical Technology Associate Degree, 2012


Benefactor of the Year
Lockheed Martin Vice President and General Manager Roderick McLean receiving the 2020 Benefactor of the Year Award
2020 Benefactor of the Year – Lockheed Martin


2019 SPARK Awards

Alumni of the Year

2018 Chattahoochee Tech Alumnus of the Year, Cecelia Byers

2018 Alumni of the Year – Ms. Cecilia Byers, Biomedical Engineering Manager, WellStar Health System

– Associate of Applied Technology (AAT)
– Degree in Biomedical Engineering Technology
– AAT in Electronics and Engineering Technology

Volunteer of the Year

2019 Volunteers of the Year - Alan and Claire Peterson 

2019 Volunteers of the Year – Alan and Claire Peterson

Alan and Claire Peterson, along with a group of dedicated family and friends, established the Mike Peterson Memorial Scholarship Fund, in memory of their son, Mike.  The primary fundraiser for the Scholarship Fund is an annual golf tournament. Proceeds from the tournament are used to purchase automotive, diesel and now automotive collision tool sets for upcoming program graduates. Through the Peterson’s efforts and those of the Tournament Board, the Scholarship Fund has raised over $160,000 for the purchase tools awarded to 82 students.

Benefactor of the Year

Beacon Foundation Charitable Trust – Elizabeth Smith Williams
2019 Benefactor of the Year – Elizabeth Smith Williams

The Beacon Foundation supports the Special Population Fund from which the college provides bus passes, books and book codes for the textbook lending program, and this year, helped us establish funding for homeless students needing short-term housing – a growing need for today’s college student.

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