Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

On Campus

December 30, 2012

Cochran retires from SGTC

AMERICUS — South Georgia Technical College’s (SGTC) Avionics Technology instructor Mike Cochran has retired from SGTC after 27 years of service to the college. SGTC faculty and staff celebrated his retirement with a reception hosted by the South Georgia Tech retirement club in the John M. Pope Industrial Technology Center on the Americus campus recently.

Mike Cochran came to work at SGTC in February of 1985 as the Electronics Technology instructor. He has served as the Avionics Maintenance Technology and Aircraft Maintenance Technology instructor since 2003. “Mike has actually been here longer than 27 years,” said SGTC President Sparky Reeves at the reception for Cochran’s retirement. “He earned his Electronics Technology degree from SGTC in 1978.”

“South Georgia Tech is very near and dear to me, and I am going to miss everyone here at SGTC,” said Cochran.

Cochran previously worked as an Electronics Technician at Williams Office Equipment and Southern Bell Telephone Company, both in Americus. After that, he worked as a Cable Technician for Storer Cable Communication before coming to work at SGTC. While working as the Electronics Technology instructor, Cochran earned his Avionics Maintenance Technology degree and later accepted the position as Avionics instructor in 2003.

Cochran is a second generation SGTC graduate. His father, Paul, left North Carolina in the early 1950’s and he graduated from the Diesel Mechanic program at SGTC in 1954.

In addition to his education at South Georgia Tech, Mike earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Avionics Maintenance Technology from Georgia Southwestern State University in 2003 and then returned to college to graduate with honors from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Education, Technological Studies in 2008.

He has licenses and certifications from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in airframe and powerplant. He is an FAA private pilot and is licensed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). He also has National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) Electronics Technology certification and is IMACA Air Condition certified.

He and his wife Nancy have two daughters and four grandchildren. Their daughters are Kelly Bazemore and Katie French. They have three granddaughters, Mary Ellis and Ella French, and a newborn, Carlisle Ruth French. He also has a grandson, Nate French.

Cochran is an active member of Cheek Memorial Baptist Church, and has many hobbies including building his own house and working on race cars and airplanes.

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