I’m not young, per se, but I’m not old, either. When I was growing up—again, let’s stress that it wasn’t that long ago no matter what my children would tell you—technical college, or Vo-Tech as it was somewhat derisively known, wasn’t something you sought out.
It was for those other students, not me. It was dirty and loud and old-world, not something that was innovative and fresh and exciting. It wasn’t the future. It was the past.
As a wise man once said, “the times they are a-changin’.” Or more accurate as it relates to the Technical College System of Georgia, the times they have already changed.
Today’s technical colleges in Georgia are dynamic and industry-driven. What does that mean? It means, as new TCSG Commissioner Matt Arthur told me, “we don’t have programs that there’s not a job for.”
That’s right. TCSG programs are designed in conjunction with high-demand industries in Georgia. That means what you’re taught at a Georgia technical school is what companies need employees to be able to do for them… for money.
The days of grease-stained uniforms and lo-tech concepts are over, both in the classroom and in the workplace.