NACAT Georgia 2011
If you were not there, you missed a doosey of a conference. It all took place in Savannah, Georgia and was hosted by Savannah Tech. Our on site hosts were Matt White, Ernest Cushman and Anthony Hobbs. They made it all run very smoothly and we felt welcomed with good old southern hospitality.
It all started on Monday June 13 with a NACAT Georgia business meeting. The meeting was held at Effingham Technical Center. Keith Cornell our host gave us the grand tour of his training facility and provided us dinner that was prepared by their culinary arts program and volunteers like the CEO of the school. Take a look at what Keith has created http://youtu.be/gCRj7NWEv0o The meeting was well attended with well over 20 members. Our secretary will have the meeting minutes put together soon and you will see what the chapter is up to. After the meeting we had our dinner. The pork chops were so good, I had to ask how do I get some of those.
Tuesday June 14 we started our training schedule. The training was all arranged by the NACAT officers along with the help of Sonny Reeves and Eugene Brown. The conference was held in conjunction with the Georgia Department of Education Camp T&I. The conference is a draw for all of the Automotive Teachers in the state. There is not a better way to gain your required 20 hours of technical update training than attending this annual conference. The fee for the conference was only $65 which went toward the NACAT membership for the upcoming year and to offset the cost of some of our meals. The actual training was free of cost. You can’t beat that. Cengage was our sponsor for lunch on Tuesday. Cengage has been a huge supporter for Automotive Education. Be sure to thank them for all of their support. In the afternoon and evening we had a trade show with more than 13 booths. This was a great time to mingle with the companies and explore the products and services they had for sale. We had an awesome Bar B Q catered from Sticky Fingers provided by NACAT Georgia.
On Wednesday we continued with the training agenda. With more than 40 Georgia teachers attending, there was a lot of training activity going on. We want to thank all of the presenters for sharing their time and expertise. We could not do it without your help. It is amazing how tired you can get when you are in training sessions from 9 in the morning till 4:30 in the afternoon. Our sponsor for lunch on Wednesday was Learning Labs. We had a great lunch. Thanks to Clark Hortman and the whole Learning Labs group. Wednesday evening there was a Camp T&I reception for Dr Barge. In his place Joel Thornton, chief of staff for Dr. Barge gave us an outline of what the education agenda will be for the next few years. Joel says we must shift to a new paradigm if we are to improve education in Georgia. We must acknowledge the many learning paths that students take to reach the conclusion of their high school careers and prepare them for further education, specifically Career and Technical Education. Hopefully next year, Dr Barge and/or Joel Thornton will speak to us again and you will be there to hear it first hand. One important difference in this DOE staff report is that Joel talked to us and not at us. He then asked for our questions, listened and asked for our help. “I feel very positive for the change at DOE!” Sonny Reeves, NACAT National Board Member said.
Thursday June 16 was our last day of training agenda. We had a full slate of seminars scheduled and had a full house of teachers to receive the training. That just goes to show you how much those attending were getting out of the seminars. When we closed the conference, there were almost all 40 plus teachers standing there collecting their certificates and wishing each other safe travels and exchanging contact information. Hunter Corporation was our sponsor for lunch on Thursday. The Pizza was great. Thanks to Larry Watson and Hunter for always being there to support the Automotive Teachers of Georgia. K&N donated 2 intake systems as door prizes. There was a drawing at the conference wrap up meeting. The intakes systems were won by Barry Freeman and Jimmy Scott. Congratulations guys. Be sure to thank K&N for their generosity.
A great big thanks to the presenters and companies that gave us their time and talents to make this years conference a success. We could not do it with out you. Look at this video to see some of what you missed. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTEDEZZXlZU&feature=related
These are the folks that helped with the great presentations and trade show booths.
Please tell them thanks and you saw them at the NACAT Georgia conference in 2011.