GYSTC began as a conversation and evolved into a mission. From its inception, board, staff, teachers, students and supporters have all played critical roles in elevating access and aptitude in STEM disciplines throughout Georgia.
The conversation between Don Cargill (still a stalwart GYSTC board member) and the late Beverly Golden and Jim Thompson, both of the former Southern College of Technology in Marietta, led to the slow but steady development of the nine regional GYSTC centers we have today. Over time the conversation expanded to include corporate sponsors like the Woodruff Foundation, Georgia Power Company, Siemens, then BellSouth, the state of Georgia and local public school systems whose combined funds have allowed GYSTC to offer an array of creative STEM training and programs to teachers and students.
The first regional GYSTC center opened in Newnan followed by Cartersville and Metro Atlanta. Some communities had strong interest in launching centers, but couldn’t marshall the combination of personnel and local support to make it happen. Still, growth was steady and hundreds of committed individuals played key roles in the GYSTC success story, particularly in geographic areas where the needs were acute.
As we approach our 30th anniversary year, challenges remain, yet our resolve is stronger than ever to continue offering energetic and innovative programs that will secure Georgia’s place as a leader in the science & technology fields well into the coming decades.