Albany Technical College Blog

Workforce - various profession workers with work tools in hands.

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.

Black student wearing protective face mask while studying in lecture hall during coronavirus epidemic.

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.

Rubber stamping that says 'ATC Graduate Warranty'.

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 graduates with better work ethics grades a higher priority.

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.

Family At Home Eating Outdoor Meal In Garden Together.

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.