Albany Technical College Blog

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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.

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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.

 

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According to the Roman General Vegetius, the time to prepare for war is during peace (Si vis pacem, para bellum).  Thomas Jefferson is credited with saying, “The eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.”  In the Hebrew Bible, Joseph recommends to Pharaoh that Egypt store grain during seven years of plenty to prepare for seven years of famine. To quote John Kennedy, “it is an unfortunate fact that we can secure peace only by preparing for war.”  The motto of the boy Scouts of America is “Be prepared.”

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As a student, I understood that in order to be successful, I had to predict how I would be evaluated.  I found course descriptions to be useful but not an adequate predictor of what would be included in the testing material.  I found the syllabus to be a relatively good learning contract but often without the details needed to earn a high grade.  I needed to know what was expected of me at the end of the course.  Gradually, I learned that a better method of learning the material was by reading the introductory and summary paragraphs first. Then, I attempted to answer the review questions. The questions that I couldn’t answer indicated where I should focus my studies. 

 

From left: Amy Carter, Deputy Commissioner for Rural Georgia Initiative with Georgia Department of Economic Development; Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Matt Arthur, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, P&G Albany Plant Manager Werhner Washington, and other P&G employees.

Georgia’s Fall Line is the rough geographic boundary between North and South Georgia.  It stretches from Augusta through Macon to Columbus.  Most of Georgia’s population reside in counties on or north of the area.  Most of Georgia’s metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) are located on or above the Fall Line.  Consequently, one might expect that because of the law of large numbers, any event involving people is more likely to occur where more people reside. On April 18, 2019, the law of large numbers was temporarily repealed.  Erdrich USA Inc. from Dublin, Briggs & Stratton from Statesboro, and Procter & Gamble from Albany were recognized by Governor Brian Kemp as the small, medium, and large manufacturers of the year.