Albany Technical College Blog
Many of our SW Georgia neighbors could say that they’ve failed because they did not have the opportunity to succeed. They could also say that they did not have the opportunity to acquire the resources that lead to good employment through education, or that the mere struggle to stay alive kept them from opportunity. No matter what personal reasons people may feel are their causes of failure, empirical evidence indicates that six counties in Albany Tech’s Service Delivery Area are distressed or at risk for being distressed. Only one of the seven is prosperous. Further, there is a high correlation between the attainment of a high school education or GED and economic prosperity and affluence gained from higher education.
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.
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.