Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

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February 11, 2014

SGTC graduate to speak at African American History program

AMERICUS — Michael Coley Sr. of Plains is keynote speaker for South Georgia Technical College’s (SGTC) annual African-American History program at 11 a.m. Feb. 19 in the John M. Pope Industrial Technology Center on the Americus campus. The public is invited.

Coley is a 1973 graduate of Plains High School and a 1975 South Georgia Tech graduate. He was offered a two-year scholarship to play basketball with SGTC’s team that was then called the Technics, and was an electrical construction and maintenance student. Upon graduation, he joined the U.S. Navy, where he served for six years as a sonar technician. In 1981, he was employed at Robins Air Force Base as an electronics technician and retired in 2012, after 37 years of federal service.

Coley attended Georgia Southwestern State University and earned an associate’s degree in business administration and a bachelor of science degree from Macon State College. He is currently the senior pastor at First United Holiness Church in Montezuma and works part time for MBC360 as a senior analyst.

He is married to Linda and they have three children: retired Air Force Master Sgt. Terrill Coley; Michael Coley Jr., a teacher at Sarah Cobb Elementary School; and Yolanda Shanee Coley, a teacher at Staley Middle School. They have four grandchildren.

The theme for SGTC’s 2014 African-American History Month celebration is “Reflecting on the Past, Embracing the Present, Building the Future.” The Sumter County Primary School Singers will perform at the event as well as the SGTC Gospel Choir under the direction of Leonard Tyson.

For more information call Cynthia Carter at 229-931-2057 or Don Smith at 229-931-4251.


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