Category: Technical College System of Georgia

Georgia’s Skills Gap Affects Wages, Economic Growth

This week’s Courier Herald column: There’s a lot of wisdom behind the old saying “he couldn’t see the forest for the trees.”  Sometimes we get so focused on what is right in front of us that we can’t see the bigger picture, no matter how obvious it is. This phrase can also help us understand

Gubernatorial Candidates Missing in Action

Last night all the Georgia gubernatorial candidates were invited to participate in a community forum at Atlanta Technical College.  Of the nine candidates invited five confirmed their attendance yet only one candidate for the Governor of Georgia appeared before the packed audience – Representative Stacey Evans.   The event hosted by Delta Sigma Theta sorority, Zeta

Rep Amy Carter Resigns House Seat; To Join TCSG

Representative Amy Carter (R-Valdosta) is leaving the Georgia House to become the Executive Director of Advancement for the Technical College System of Georgia. In the Georgia House, Carter has served as a subcommittee Chair for the Appropriations Committee. She’s also been a classroom teacher for two decades. What is a huge loss for the House

Casinos: Georgia Is Leaving Significant Money On The Table

Two weeks ago I wrote a column debunking the thought that we don’t have significant legalized wagering going on already in Georgia. We do, and it’s available at every corner store, fully backed by the Georgia constitution, and sanctioned and governed by the Georgia Lottery Corporation. We’re more than a little pregnant on the issue.

Employers Hiring; Qualified Applicants Needed

This week’s Courier Herald column: In last week’s column I wrote about a new factory coming to north Georgia that will make shoes for Adidas. The facility is unique because it is being billed as a Speedfactory – relying significantly on technology to mass produce products – with many of the employees needing technical skills

Ten Students Sign Up for the New GA CATT Apprenticeship Training Program.

Everything old was new again, or so it seemed at the Georgia Capitol on Tuesday, as the inaugural class of the Georgia Consortium for Advanced Technical Training (GA CATT) Program signed apprenticeship agreements that will allow them to graduate from high school with a diploma, an associate degree in Industrial Mechanics via West Georgia Technical

Film Industry Had a $7 Billion Economic impact in FY 16

The audience quieted down as the movie industry awards ceremony continued at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood. … And in the category of “Greatest Economic Impact,” the winner is …. Georgia! Governor Nathan Deal announced today that Georgia’s film industry had a $7 billion impact on Georgia’s economy in Fiscal Year 2016, an increase of

Georgia Workers Thriving In Film Industry

This week’s Courier Herald column: The flag draped coffin sitting in the Georgia Capitol’s rotunda indicated that it wasn’t business as usual last week. Yet it was not an overly somber occasion. Instead, it was the increasingly common break from politics as the interior of the gold dome was being used for yet another movie.

School Choice Abundant In Georgia

This week’s Courier Herald column: Last week I attended the event to launch the Georgia Consortium of Advanced Technical Training that I previewed in my prior column. The program is a pilot that will allow high school students to participate in a three-year apprenticeship program that will have not only graduating on time with a

Georgia Turning Graduates Into Employees

This week’s Courier Herald column: We’re in the weeks that transition the unofficial move from Spring into Summer. Colleges have begun their graduation ceremonies with my alma mater the University of Georgia holding commencement ceremonies last Friday. Most of Georgia’s high schools will hold commencement ceremonies in the next couple of weeks. Then students will