Albany Technical College Blog

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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 estimated 300 nurse shortage at Phoebe Putney Health Systems and a 20,000 nurse shortage in Georgia.

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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.

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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.

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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.

George Washington Carver (1864-1943), African American botanist, teacher and former slave, Tuskegee Institute, Tuskegee, Alabama, photograph by Frances Benjamin Johnston, 1906.

Living by Dr. Carver’s rules would benefit any of us in our professional and personal lives. Living as he did creates better neighbors, employees, and citizens. The world would be a better place any time we commit to any of his principals. However, I invite technical college students to consider the opportunities that will be provided to them by living up to rule eight.