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Graduation marks new start for STC student

POSTED: June 25, 2012 7:05 p.m.
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Kevin Steinbach will graduate with honors tomorrow night from Savannah Technical College with an associate degree in business management. He recently started working at JCB in a specially-created logistics position, one of only two worldwide.

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At 6 p.m. Tuesday, more than 300 Savannah Technical College students will walk across the stage at the Johnny Mercer Theatre in the Savannah Civic Center at the college’s graduation ceremony.


Among the faces beaming with pride will be Kevin Steinbach, an honors graduate in the business management program, who started work recently with local heavy equipment maker JCB in a specially-created logistics position, one of only two worldwide.


Steinbach, an unassuming young man originally from Effingham County, finished his class work, including an internship with the company in April.


“We were always told to take advantage of the opportunity and absorb all the knowledge we could from the culture and environment,” he said. “I did my best to work hard and do things right.”


And doing things right is something he’s done for some time. Three years ago, he was the general manager of a landscaping company. When he saw business tapering off, he and his wife paid off all their debts and started saving cash so that they could both go to college.


He enrolled full-time at Savannah Tech and his wife enrolled part-time, studying accounting. Two years later, he has completed the business management associate degree program and she will start her accounting major courses this fall.


“It was definitely worth the investment,” Steinbach said. “I liked that the schedule offered me the flexibility to get things done when I needed to.”


He also attributes his internship experience with helping him land the job. “There is no way I would be here now if it hadn’t been for my internship and what I learned at Savannah Tech,” he said.


Said Susan Pinkson, STC business management department head: “The program has a strong track record and an excellent reputation.”


Within the past year, Pinkston has had graduates hired by the Landings Club, major hotel chains, manufacturing companies and in larger markets such as Washington, D.C.   Others choose to continue their education or open their own businesses.


“The great thing about the business programs at Savannah Technical College is that students can study in a major that interests them and find electives in related areas that can broaden their knowledge. For example, many business management students take accounting, computer, marketing, and hospitality courses that help further define their career paths,” Pinkston said.


Savannah Technical College offers associate degree and diploma programs in Business Management. For information, contact Pinkston (912) 443-5082 or spinkston@savannahtech.edu.

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