Albany Technical College Blog
Our community is in the unique position of expecting thousands of vacancies for technically educated individuals. Most of these vacancies will come about through normal attrition and retirements.
Not all technical college students enter careers primarily for the money. Technical college should be preparing students for careers that provide gainful employment and pay a living wage. In my opinion, graduates should seek employment that provides adequate income and insurance for their families. I’ve said in an earlier blog that the income earned by TCSG graduates provide a disproportionately large positive contribution to their region’s commerce. However, many graduates enter their chosen careers mainly to serve. They work to make our lives better.
The board of education and the superintendents in our service delivery area were successful in improving the quality of instruction in secondary education and increasing the percentage of high school graduates. One result of these efforts has been the Commodore Conyers College and Career Academy, which has shifted the paradigm for secondary education. Instruction for students in secondary education is far more relevant than say ten years ago.
The twenty-two colleges that are a part of the Technical College System of Georgia have a disproportionally large economic impact on the communities that they serve. Technical College students are likely to live in communities near their campus. Eighty-five percent (85%) of Albany Technical College students reside in Dougherty, Lee, Terrell, Worth, and Mitchell counties. Technical College students will likely resolve workforce shortages in communities near their homes. Seventy-seven percent (77%) of Albany Technical College’s graduates are employed within a 25 miles radius of downtown Albany, Georgia.