ATLANTA — Lisa J. Smith, region manager for Georgia Power’s Metro South Region, will address the Atlanta Technical College Class of 2016 during commencement exercises on Monday, May 16. The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. and will be held at the Georgia International Convention Center, 2000 Convention Center Concourse, College Park, GA 30337.
An estimated 600 students will be awarded associate degrees, diplomas, and technical certificates of credit in high demand fields such as bioscience technology, dental hygiene, nursing, criminal justice technology, firefighting, supply chain management, design and media production, construction management, hotel/restaurant/tourism management, plumbing, carpentry, digital illustration, and early childhood education. In addition, 21 high school students from Atlanta Public Schools and Clayton County Public Schools, will be awarded credentials for completing Atlanta Technical College dual enrollment programs.
For the first time in recent years, Atlanta Technical College adult education students will participate in the commencement ceremony. Forty-five of them have qualified for General Education Diplomas (GEDs) and will be recognized during the event.
The graduation ceremony will feature reflections from Ahmad Johnson, Atlanta Tech’s 2016 Student of the Year and greetings from Dr. Alvetta Peterman Thomas, president of Atlanta Technical College. The commencement address will be given by Lisa J. Smith, region manager for Georgia Power’s Metro South Region.
Smith, who has been with the Georgia Power Company since 1997, leads the company’s operations in serving more than 265,000 customers in the southern crescent of metropolitan Atlanta. She is responsible for region operations, sales, customer service, economic and community development, and external affairs activities.
A native of Meridian, Miss., Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Mississippi State University and an MBA from Kennesaw State University. She has served as a member of the board of directors for the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce and Fayette Education Foundation, and as vice president of the boards of both the Central Educational Center and Communities In Schools.