Sherrie Rowe, Design and Media Production Technology program Department Head, has been named the 2019 Rick Perkins Award Instructor of the Year for Augusta Technical College.

Sherrie Rowe, 2019 RPA WinnerAugusta, GA, February 26, 2019 – Sherrie Rowe, Design and Media Production Technology program Department Head, has been named the 2019 Rick Perkins Award Instructor of the Year for Augusta Technical College. The announcement was made by President Terry Elam at the Faculty and Staff Meeting on December 8, 2018, at Augusta Technical College. 

Miss Rowe was selected from among ten participating faculty nominees for this year’s award. She has taught at Augusta Technical College since November 1997, and after multiple nominations for the instructor of the year award, this is Ms. Rowe’s second time being selected as the college winner.

Ms. Rowe represents Augusta Technical College at the regional competition at Central Georgia Technical College in Warner Robins on February 27, 2019, and will participate in the state conference at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta in April 2019.

“Teaching at Augusta Technical College has not only changed my life, but has actually made my life purposeful. While working in the private sector is rewarding in many different ways - monetarily especially - teaching is personally very rewarding. I imagine it’s much like rearing a child. The person who walks in the door is not the person who walks out the door. I know that when I teach a student to do something new that student not only gains a new skill, he or she also gains a sense of accomplishment and, with enough accomplishments, comes confidence. With a sense of confidence, they can go on and conquer their little corner of the world.”

The state winner will carry the title of Technical College System of Georgia’s Instructor of the Year and serve as the state’s ambassador for technical education. The winner exemplifies excellence and a commitment to the mission of the Technical College System of Georgia and makes many public appearances throughout the year, including addresses to the Georgia General Assembly, the governor and the TCSG Leadership Conference, to name a few. A $1,000 grand prize is also presented to the deserving award winner.

The Rick Perkins Award (RPA) for Excellence in Technical Instruction honors the Technical College System of Georgia’s (TCSG) most outstanding instructors. The award has been an ongoing statewide event since 1991 and is designed to recognize technical college instructors who make significant contributions to technical education through innovation and leadership in their fields. Formerly known as the Commissioner’s Award of Excellence, the award was renamed in honor and memory of Thomas “Rick” Perkins, an instructor at West Georgia Technical College.


About Augusta Technical College

Augusta Technical College, a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, is a public postsecondary institution that provides academic and technical education, customized business and industry training, continuing education, student support, economic development, and adult education services to its service area (Burke, Columbia, Lincoln, McDuffie, and Richmond Counties) at a competitive financial value. Associate of Science Degrees, Associate of Applied Science Degrees, diplomas, and technical certificates of credit are provided through traditional and distance delivery methods. For more information, visit .  For more information, contact Kimberly Holden Director of Community Engagement & Public Affairs, Augusta Technical College 706.771.4819.

About the Technical College System of Georgia

The 22 colleges of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) are Georgia’s top resource for skilled workers. TCSG offers world-class training in more than 600 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs to students who are trained on state-of-the-art equipment by instructors who are experts in their fields. The system also houses Georgia’s Office of Adult Education, which promotes and provides adult literacy and education programs, including the GED® testing program, throughout the state. In addition, TCSG partners with companies through Quick Start, the nation’s top customized workforce training program, and through its individual colleges, who work with local industry to provide workforce and training solutions. For more information, visit

All News & Updates