SGTC’s Abisai Gutierrez presented the GADA Collision and Auto Repair Fellowship – Americus Times-Recorder

From staff reports

AMERICUS – Abisai Gutierrez, an automotive repair and collision student at South Georgia Technical College, Macon County, was recently awarded the Georgia Automotive Dealers Association (GADA) scholarship by the South Georgia Technical College Foundation. SGTC Chair Dr. John Watford made the presentation.

The Georgia Automobile Dealers Association (GADA) has pledged $100,000 to the Technical College System of Georgia Foundation to fund scholarships for auto and auto collision and repair students attending TCSG colleges across the State. The scholarships are designed to promote careers in the automotive industry in Georgia.

Gutierrez is currently in his final semester in the Auto Collision and Repair Technology program and was very happy to receive the scholarship. “Thank you very much for this opportunity,” Gutierrez said. “I really enjoyed this program and learned a lot. Working on cars has been a dream of mine since I was little. And now I have this opportunity. Thanks again.” He plans to use the funding for tools.

The SGTC Auto Collision and Repair student heard about South Georgia Technical College from his family members. Two sisters and his future wife all graduated or attended South Georgia Technical College in different programs.

“South Georgia Technical College is wonderful,” Gutierrez said. “It helps me achieve my goals of opening my own business. My instructor, Mr. Starlyn Sampson, is terrific and I would recommend this program to anyone who wants to learn how to fix a car from start to finish.

Gutierrez was recommended for the scholarship by Starlyn Sampson, an auto collision and repair instructor, because of his academic performance and work ethic. Sampson is the SGTC Instructor of the Year for 2022 and encourages his students to “go the extra mile” and learn all they can to excel in their chosen profession.

“On behalf of the South Georgia Technical College Foundation, we are pleased to present the GADA Scholarship,” said Su Ann Bird, SGTC Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the Foundation.

SGTC President Dr. John Watford thanked Gutierrez for choosing South Georgia Tech and the Auto Collision and Repair program to pursue his education. “It’s a great opportunity. We appreciate TCSG and the Georgia Automotive Dealers Association for providing this support to our students. We know this support makes a difference in your life and will benefit our community through a well-trained workforce. Congratulations on obtaining this scholarship.

South Georgia Technical College is currently accepting applications for the fall semester. The college will hold orientation and registration for the fall semester on Tuesday, July 19e at 9:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 5 p.m. at the John M. Pope Center in Americus and at 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Crisp County Center campus.

Students can apply online at and attend orientation and registration in person on July 19e. For more information about attending South Georgia Technical College, contact Candie Waters at in Americus or Katrice Taylor at in Cordele.

For more information about the SGTC Auto Collision and Repair program, contact instructor Starlyn Sampson at or 229-931-2580. Fall semester begins August 18e and it’s not too late to apply. Financial assistance is available.