The Poor People's Campaign - The True Legacy of MLK (In My Opinion)

Written by Dr. Anthony O. Parker Dr. King Luther King always went where he was needed, when he was needed. In April 1968, the sanitation workers needed him in Memphis, Tennessee. He didn’t hesitate when they called. His speech on the evening of April 3, 1968 at Mason Temple illustrates that he knew that any day could be his last. He had other plans, but the sanitation workers of Memphis, Tennessee, needed him there. Before leaving for Memphis, Dr. King began planning for a...



Value versus Cost

Written by Dr. Anthony O. Parker Programs offered by the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) have high value and relatively low cost. Although cost and value are related, they are not identical. If the cost of an education experience is too high, regardless to the outcomes after graduation, enrollment of non-affluent students will decline. Even additional financial aid may not create much more than a marginal increase in enrollments. Price rations scarce resources. When...



Inclusion is Deliberate

Written by Dr. Anthony O. Parker While channel surfing, at approximately 11:15 PM on October 23rd, I found a tape-delayed football game between the Montana Grizzlies and the Idaho Vandals. Why was I watching the Grizzlies and the Vandals, you ask? It’s because South Carolina State played Delaware State in Dover. The SC State game was also tape-delayed, and I wanted to see my SCSU Bulldogs in a victories effort. However, I couldn’t find the SC State vs Delaware State game on...



It’s what’s inside

Written by Dr. Anthony O. Parker When I fly into Albany I do my best to get a window seat. I hope the approach is from north to south. I enjoy seeing the landmarks such as Chehaw Park, the Georgia Power Lake, River Point & Flint River golf courses, downtown, Albany State, etc. However, I must admit, I’m looking for Albany Technical College. Yes, I’m biased. I’m proud of the work that my team has done in developing our campus. I think that we are the most attractive landmark...



Let's Rebuild Southwest Georgia

Posted October 11, 2021 I wasn’t born at Phoebe Putney Hospital. I didn’t start or spend my entire life in this community. However, I’ve lived here longer than I lived anywhere else. I’ve lived in Dougherty County for 26 of my 68 years. I am more at home in Albany than anywhere else I’ve been. We are a resilient community. I arrived during the recovery from the flood of 1994. I’ve experienced with you the flood of 1998, the tornados of 2018, Hurricane Michael, and the COVID-19...



Dual Enrollment - A Generational Blessing, Only if Utilized

Posted on October 2, 2021 A combination of resources is available in Albany Tech’s eight-county service areas that could allow high school students to earn an associate degree, a workforce diploma, or two technical certificates of credit. Georgia’s dual enrollment program provides the first 30 credits, and the Rebuild SW Georgia Initiative can provide an additional 30 credits for children who are economically disadvantaged. The children from both affluent and economically...



Preparing high school students to help solve the nursing shortage

Posted on September 2,2021 It’s not news that we have an acute nursing shortage across the entire length and breadth of the United States. Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas, reported a nurse shortage of 500. On NBC nightly news with Lester Holt, Parkland also said that they have temporarily closed labor and delivery to devote more space to treat COVID-19 patients. Our local hospital has fared no better. Scott Steiner, President and CEO of Phoebe Putney Health System reported an...



Open for Business

Posted August 2, 2021 Albany Technical College has made plans to resume offering a more robust fall semester 2021 course calendar. We understand that it is our responsibility to make the learning and teaching environment as safe as possible. We also understand that other activities related to college attendance require safe interaction between students and our staff. We intend to do as much as we can, as safely as we can, as quickly as we can. Your community’s technical college has...



The Relevance of Technical Colleges in the Post Pandemic Era

In 2020, during the worse days of the COVID-19 Pandemic, many of us were concerned about a sluggish economic recovery or even a recession. To date, we are fortunate that the initial recovery has been robust. We are grateful to see our friends and neighbors return to work and are relieved to see the help wanted signs. I’m an optimist. Sometimes however, there is a cloud that accompanies the silver lining. The better jobs that lead to a family sustaining income usually require at least...



COVID Era Graduates

Dear Regional Employer: The 2020 and 2021 graduates of Albany Technical College are especially talented, focused, and motivated to succeed. As president, I’m proud to write this endorsement of their accomplishments. If you are looking to employ someone who is driven to succeed, adaptive, and resilient, then I recommend that you consider our over 2,000 graduates of the pandemic era. Our pandemic era graduates completed technical certificates, diplomas, and associate degrees under...



Work Ethics Training and Graduate Warranties

Each spring I take the opportunity to remind regional employers of the confidence that the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) has in graduates from all 22 colleges. We teach, and hopefully model, good work ethics for our students. Each student earns a work ethics grade that’s included on their transcript. We encourage employers to review and to consider each graduate’s work ethics grades. When graduates have comparable academic achievements, we encourage hiring managers to give...



Family Sustaining Wage

There has been much discussion recently about the National Minimum Wage. Please know that I’m not offering an opinion on what the minimum wage should be. I know that chambers of commerce, economists and politicians will eventually make an informed decision. However, I’ve had firsthand experience working for a minimum wage job as a teenager and as a young adult. I worked at McDonald’s, as a department store clerk, a school bus driver, and as a hospital orderly. Subsequently, I...