Albany Technical College Blog
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”