Equity From Start to Finish


The Equity From Start to Finish program is designed to support the underrepresented population of African American male students in postsecondary education. Through targeted recruitment efforts, the program promotes equity and access in postsecondary opportunities, provides ongoing support for students to ensure they are retained and graduate, and expands program offerings that lead to workforce opportunities in high demand growing industries such as Industrial Systems Technology, Machine Tool Technology, and Welding and Joining Technology.


Increase African American male students’ recruitment into postsecondary education.

Increase African American male participation in high demand growing programs.

Increase retention and completion rates for African American males through the improvement of student success resources and programs designed to improve academic success.


We can assist you with the following:

  • Guided Admission Support
  • Assigned Career & Academic Planning Coach
  • Tutoring & Mentoring Services
  • Campus Resource Referrals
  • Outreach Services
  • Financial Aid Assistance
  • Program Equipment
  • Graduation Coaching

Participating Programs of Study

Welding and Joining Technology

Program Description:

The NCCER Welding and Joining Technician diploma prepares students for careers in the welding industry. Program learning opportunities develop academic, technical, and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. Program graduates receive a Welding Technology diploma, have qualifications of a welding technician, and are prepared to take qualification tests required by industry. The program emphasizes welding theory and practical application necessary for successful employment.

Career Options: Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers – Estimated Median Annual Salary $41,251

Industrial Systems Technology

Program Description:

The Industrial Systems Technology diploma program is designed for the student who wishes to prepare for a career as an Industrial Systems technician/electrician. The program provides learning opportunities that introduce, develop, and reinforce academic and technical knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. Additionally, the program provides opportunities to retrain or upgrade present knowledge and skills. The diploma program teaches skills in Industrial Systems Technology providing background skills in several areas of industrial maintenance including electronics, industrial wiring, motors, controls, PLCs, instrumentation, fluid power, mechanical, pumps and piping, and computers. Graduates of the program receive an Industrial Systems technology diploma that qualifies them for employment as industrial electricians or industrial systems technicians.

Career Options: Industrial Systems Technician/Electrician, Industrial Engineering Technologists and Technicians – Estimated Median Annual Salary $55,195

Machine Tool Technology

Program Description:

The Precision Machining and Manufacturing diploma program is a sequence of courses that prepares students for careers in the machine tool technology field. Learning opportunities develop academic, technical, and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. The program emphasizes a combination of machine tool theory and practical applications necessary for successful employment. Program graduates receive a Precision Machining and Manufacturing diploma and have the qualifications of a machine tool technician.

Career Options: Industrial/Mechanical Maintenance Technicians, Machinists, Millwrights, and Robotics Technicians – Estimated Median Annual Salary $44,360

The Equity from Start to Finish initiative provides an exciting avenue for Southern Crescent Technical College to expand access to postsecondary education options.  By growing our African American male enrollment and providing the appropriate academic and student support services necessary to retain and graduate African American males we are exhibiting our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.  It is also a great example of Southern Crescent Technical College’s commitment to fueling the workforce talent pipeline in our region.

– Xenia Johns, Vice President of Student Affairs


Deidra Dugger
Mrs. Deidra Dugger
Director of Equity From Start to Finish
Student Affairs