Technical College System of Georgia and Coastal Pines Celebrate Outstanding Alumni of the Year Joey Bullard

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Coastal Pines Technical College (CPTC) is proud to announce the Alumni of the Year nomination for CPTC alumni, Joey Bullard. Joey Bullard is a Practical Nursing graduate from Coastal Pines Technical College.

After graduating from Pierce County High School as an honor graduate, Joey began his studies in 2006 with Okefenokee Technical College (now CPTC) and Waycross College (now South Georgia State College). By enrolling in a joint program with two colleges, he completed his Imaging Science Assistant Certificate withOkefenokee Tech and his Associate of Applied Science degree with Waycross College. After deciding that a career in nursing was the path for him, he attended Altamaha Technical College (now CPTC) where he completed his Health Care Assistant Certificate and Practical Nursing Diploma. While attending Altamaha Tech, he was nominated for the GOAL program. After becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse in 2012, he enrolled at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College where he completed his second Associate of Applied Science degree and obtained his RN license. His unwavering drive for knowledge and increased responsibility led him to complete his Bachelor of Science in Nursing as an honor graduate at South Georgia State College in 2015. Joey’s aspiration to grow as a medical professional continued and he completed his Master of Science in Nursing Degree at South University in 2018. With hard work, lots of hours of study and supervised clinical care, Joey passed the FNP-BC exam to becomea certified Family Nurse Practitioner with the ANCC (American Nurses Credentialing Center). He also earned his Basic Life Support Certification, Advanced Life Support Certification, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support Certification.Joey thrives in the emergency room environment. He finds fulfillment in helping people in emergency situations. He passionately believes in technical education as he works with graduates from technical colleges every day. The education he gained from technical college provided the strong foundation upon which he has built his career. It was this foundation that provided his ticket to economic prosperity and strengthened Georgia’s workforce of today.

The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) is proud to announce the recognition of 23 exceptional individuals as the Alumni of the Year from its affiliated colleges. This prestigious honor celebrates the remarkable achievements and contributions of these alumni to their communities and the industries they serve.

"Our Alumni of the Year exemplifies the incredible talent that emerges from our technical colleges,” said TCSG Commissioner, Greg Dozier. “They are living proof of the transformative power of technical education and serve as role models for current and future students. We are immensely proud of their achievements."

The Alumni of the Year recognition not only acknowledges the accomplishments of these individuals, but also highlights the invaluable role that TCSG plays in providing high-quality education and training that prepares graduates to excel in their chosen professions. These honorees represent a diverse range of careers and industries, from healthcare and business to information technology and public service.

The Alumni of the Year honorees have been selected based on their exceptional contributions to the following areas:

  • Professional Excellence: Demonstrated outstanding performance and leadership in their respective fields.
  • Community Engagement: Made a positive impact on their communities through volunteer work, leadership roles, or community service.
  • Advocacy for Technical Education: Supported and promoted the value of technical education and its role in workforce development.
  • Career Success: Achieved notable career milestones and success in their chosen professions.

The Alumni of the Year honorees are:

  • Dr. Lorenzo Carson, Radiologic Technology, Albany Technical College
  • Lori Anne Lord, Respiratory Therapy, Athens Technical College
  • Cremeithius Riggins, Paralegal Studies, Atlanta Technical College
  • Sabrina Griffin, Clerical Office Specialist, Augusta Technical College
  • Eric Wilson, Paramedicine, Central Georgia Technical College
  • Mattie Harris, Radiography, Chattahoochee Technical College
  • Joey Bullard, Practical Nursing, Coastal Pines Technical College
  • Manford Metcalf, Electronics Technology, Computer Aided Drafting, Architectural Drafting, Columbus Technical College
  • Allison Patnode, Dental Assisting, Georgia Northwestern Technical College
  • Teresa Watson, Commercial Truck Driving, Georgia Piedmont Technical College
  • Dr. Jeffrey Scott Bailey, Surgical Technology, Gwinnett Technical College
  • Lanier Swafford, EMS, Paramedicine, Fire Science, Lanier Technical College
  • Ray Chamblee, Business Technology, Criminal Justice, North Georgia Technical College
  • Howard Clifford “Trey” Sheppard, Commercial Truck Driving, Oconee Fall Line Technical College
  • David Rogers, Computer Information Systems, Ogeechee Technical College
  • Dennis Adams, HVAC, Savannah Technical College
  • Michael Coley, Electrical Construction & Maintenance, Machine Tool, South Georgia Technical College
  • James Everett, Mechanical Technology, Computer Information Systems, South Georgia Technical College
  • Michelle Smith Lank, Early Childhood Care and Education, Southeastern Technical College
  • Edva Angela Smith, Criminal Justice, Southern Crescent Technical College
  • Jimmy Smith, Jr., Business Management, Southern Regional Technical College
  • Mark Foster, Marketing Management, West Georgia Technical College
  • J. Glenn Gregory, Drafting Design Technology, Wiregrass Georgia Technical College

The accomplishments of these alumni highlight the success stories that are born out of TCSG's commitment to providing affordable, accessible, and high-quality technical education in Georgia. As TCSG continues its mission to prepare students for careers in various industries, the achievements of these distinguished alumni serve as a testament to the system's impact on Georgia's workforce and economy.