Evans steers programs to meet industry needs
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Bartow County resident Shane Evans is the associate dean of technical studies at Chattahoochee Technical College. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
Bartow County resident Shane Evans is the associate dean of technical studies at Chattahoochee Technical College. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
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Around Chattahoochee Technical College, Shane Evans is known as the “go-to man” for all things related to technical programs. From small business owner to instructor to administrator, Evans has experienced industry-related programs from varying perspectives.

Name: Shane Evans

Age: 43

Occupational title: Associate Dean of Technical Studies and Engineering Technology

City of residence: Pine Log

Family: Wife, Angela Evans; daughters, Addie and Lucy Evans

Education: Associate of Applied Science Horticulture, Georgia Highlands and Chattahoochee Technical College; Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Landscape and Grounds Maintenance, the University of Georgia; Master of Education in Higher Education, Georgia Southern University

When did you start working at CTC and what led you to this line of work?

A: In 2003, I began working at CTC as an adjunct in Horticulture where I taught Horticulture at Cass High School while I was operating a landscape business. I enjoyed teaching and in 2005 had the opportunity to sell my business and become a full-time faculty member. In 2010, I moved into administration with the college, which allowed me to expand my role with students and industry.

What does your position at CTC entail and what is your favorite aspect of the job?

A: As the associate dean of Technical Studies and Engineering Technology, I oversee 16 programs of study with a variety of curriculum offerings in the technical and engineering fields. In this role I work with curriculum development, faculty and students. I am also heavily involved in the facilitation and development of relationships with industry leaders and building partnerships that lead to employment opportunities for graduates of these programs.

In terms of my favorite aspect of my job, I enjoy working with businesses and community organizations to promote the opportunities that are available at CTC. It is rewarding to be a part of the process that connects students with employment opportunities and seeing how that can change their lives.

If funding were not a hindrance, what is one thing you would like to see in technical educational?

A: If money were not an issue, I would want to see increased technology in classroom and laboratories to better prepare students for the technology they will see in the workplace. In many of these fields the technology changes daily, so we must keep up with that innovation. It cannot take the place of knowledgeable instruction from our faculty and networking opportunities provided by partnerships with local businesses, but we must continue to stay on the cutting edge to provide our students the best education and skills training possible.

Where do you see technical education in 10 years?

A: I believe technical education’s best days are ahead. Technical education will become more customized for industry needs and students’ interests. There will be a seamless connection between K-12 education and all higher education, highlighted with articulation agreements that will benefit students around this community.

Technical education and higher education in general will become even more seamlessly connected, providing students with opportunities for dual enrollment and easier transitions to either four-year colleges and universities or the workforce.

What is something people may be surprised to know about you?

A: Our family raised Boer goats, which were shown with the International Boer Goat Association and 4-H by our daughter.

What is greatest personal or professional achievement?

A: My greatest personal achievement would be marrying my wife, Angela, and having our two girls, Addie and Lucy.

Professionally speaking, it would be serving as a faculty advisor/coach to our CTC Horticulture team who won the 2008 and 2010 Professionals Landcare Network Student Career Days Competition — PLANET SCD. This annual event consists of 60-plus colleges and universities in the United States who compete in 28 horticulture/landscape-related events. Being able to see a team of students who juggle school, work and family compete and win against much larger programs with full-time students was a great accomplishment.

What is the best advice you have ever received?

A: My father always emphasized the importance of education as it can never be taken away.