Albert and Esther Thomson Scholarship Trust to Give Endowment to Coastal Pines

September 30, 2020 09:48 AM


Mrs. Dale James

The Albert and Esther Thomson Scholarship Trust was established in the early 2000s by Esther Thomson to assist students in technical education. The late Mrs. Dale James was entrusted with the Scholarship Trust after the passing of her Aunt, Mrs. Thomson. Over the years, Mrs. Dale James assisted in awarding thousands of scholarship dollars to students in the pursuit of higher education. Mr. Don James, husband to the late Mrs. James, is the current trustee of the Albert and Esther Thomson Scholarship Trust. In honoring his late wife’s legacy of service to the education field, Mr. James is giving a scholarship endowment to the Coastal Pines Technical College (CPTC) Foundation. Scholarships will be allocated to students pursuing certificates, diplomas and degrees at Coastal Pines Technical College.

Mrs. Dale James was a fierce advocate for the education system. Mrs. James graduated from the University of Georgia and came home to be an educator in the Waycross City School system. Throughout her career, she assumed numerous roles within the school system and retired as a member of the National Education Association, the Georgia Association of Educators, and the Waycross-Ware County Association of Retired Teachers. The family of Mrs. James hopes that this endowment will go to students who need financial assistance to complete their education and enter the workforce.

“I would like to thank Don James for his role in establishing this scholarship endowment for technical education. These scholarship funds will provide much needed assistance to Coastal Pines Technical College students who need help with their educational needs” stated Dr. Glenn Deibert, President of Coastal Pines Technical College.

Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded thousands of dollars in scholarships and grants to assist students in pursuit of higher education. CPTC graduates contribute to a pool of highly qualified workers that attract new industry and sustain existing workforce needs. For more information on the CPTC Foundation, visit


Coastal Pines Technical College John P. Pike Memorial Golf Tournament A Success

October 31, 2019 03:25 PM


The Family of John P. Pike©

The Coastal Pines Technical College (CPTC) Foundation hosted its annual John P. Pike Memorial Golf Tournament on Friday, October 25, 2019. There were twenty three teams who participated and helped raise money for student scholarships.

“Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support of our students. Our community partners continue to show up and show out to ensure that higher education is an option for everyone – even those who may not think they can afford it. Funds from the Tournament go directly towards scholarships for students.”, said Stephanie Roberts, Director of Institutional Advancement for the CPTC Foundation.

The winners of the four man scramble tournament were as follows:

Chipping Contest Winner: Dr. David Morton

3rd Place Gross: Team Thomas and Hutton
Tyler Vaughn, Jake Storey, Tre Wilkins and Scott Monson


3rd Place Net: Team Fairley
Dan Walker, Parker Lee, Lee Douglas, and Jimmy Riggins


2nd Place Gross: Team T&T Fencing
Robbie Williams, Ben Bennett, Stacy Anderson and Robert Williams


2nd Place Net: Team Southeastern Business Machine
Adam Thomas, Blake Dowling, Brian Hickox and Brandon Carter


1st Place Gross: Team Rotary Club of Waycross
Wayne Bashlor, Philip Suess, Bryant Wiggins, and Strat Theologus


1st Place Net: Team Metronlina LLC
Jonathan Sanders, Chris Aldridge, Josh Tootle and Robert Tatro


Distinguished Service Award Given to Coastal Pines Technical College Partner

November 11, 2019 02:45 PM
The Trustees of the Coastal Pines Technical College (CPTC) Foundation recognized William H. Gross as the recipient of the 2019 Distinguished Service Award at the recent Technical College Foundation Association of Georgia yearly Leadership meeting held recently in Savannah.

Mr. Gross has a passion for developing his community as seen evident by his very kind donation to Coastal Pines Technical College. For many years Mr. Gross has been an advocate for technical education. Realizing the need for a more educated workforce in Camden County, Mr. Gross was one of the first community leaders to promote a partnership between Coastal Pines Technical College and Camden County High School in an effort to build one of the largest dual enrollment programs in South Georgia. In 2017, the Gross family donated 20 acres off Exit #3 near Interstate I-95 for the construction of a Coastal Pines Technical College campus to enable dual enrollment students to continue their technical education after high school graduation.

Construction is underway currently for the new campus with plans to open up for Fall 2020. The programs on the approximately 62,000 square foot campus will include; Adult Education classrooms/labs, Business Technology, Certified Engineer Assistant, Computer Information Systems, Electronics Technology, Engineering Technology, General Education, Health Care Science, Health Care Assistant, Industrial Systems Technology, Maritime Operations Technology, Naval Maintenance Apprentice, Nurse Aide, and Welding and Joining Technology.

William H. Gross is the Owner and President of W. H. Gross Construction Company, a commercial construction and development company in Georgia and Florida. He has a bachelor of Finance degree from the University of North Florida.  He is dedicated to the well-being and growth of Kingsland, Camden County, and the entire Coastal Georgia area. His civic service includes:  Finance Chairman of Jekyll Island Authority Board, the SGHS Foundation Board of Directors,  a member of the CHSI board for the Southeast Georgia Health System,  The Camden Partnership Committee,  Member of the Coastal Regional Comprehensive Planning Advisory Council, Deacon and active member of the First Baptist Church of Kingsland, Member of the Kairos Prison Ministry Outreach Program, Past President of the Camden County Chamber of Commerce, a member of Leadership Georgia,  and benefactor of many local charities, churches, and other non-profit organizations.

Mr. Gross resides in Kingsland, Georgia with his wife Renee with 2 Adult children and a granddaughter. On behalf of the students of Coastal Pines Technical College, the CPTC Foundation Board of Trustees thank Mr. William H. Gross for his continuing support of the College.


Pictured from left to right: Commissioner of TCSG , Matt Arthur; William H. Gross, CPTC Foundation 2019 Distinguished Service Award Winner, John DeVeer, TCFA Board Member

Coastal Pines Technical College Foundation Receives Role Model Board Certification

November 11, 2019 03:27 PM

Coastal Pines Technical College (CPTC) Foundation received the Role Model Board Certification at the Technical College Foundation Association of Georgia Leadership Meeting recently held in Savannah, Georgia.  This is the third year in a row that the CPTC Foundation has received this certification. The Technical College Foundation Association of Georgia (TCFA) is a membership organization that represents the 25 TCSG-College affiliated foundations and over 600 trustees statewide.

The TCFA Role Model Foundation Board Certification is an honor bestowed on the TCSG foundations that:

  • Engage in best practices in nonprofit governance, board management, and operations;
  • Have policies in place to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations, especially in financial matters;
  • Are led by a Board of Trustees whose members are actively engaged in the foundation’s development activities; and
  • Support the professional development and state-level participation of their Trustees, Executive Director and college advancement personnel.

The TCFA Role Model Foundation Board Certification is an annual certification process. Those foundations who complete the application by the established deadline and who have met all the requirements will be recognized at the Fall Leadership Conference. Each year, foundations, all trustees and advancement personnel must meet the requirements for Certification established by the Delegate Council.

For more information on the CPTC Foundation, please visit


Pictured from Left to right – Anne Kaiser, Chair for TCSG Board of Directors; Larry Paulk, Chairman of CPTC Foundation Board of Trustees; Stephanie Roberts, Director of Institutional Advancement for CPTC, Dr. Glenn Deibert, President of CPTC, and John DeVeer, TCFA Board of Trustees