Legislators Enjoy 3rd Annual ‘Taste of the Technical Colleges’

Atlanta – The 33 colleges of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), including Columbus Technical College, put technical education’s “wow” factor on center stage for more than 400 state legislators and other dignitaries during the third annual Taste of the Technical Colleges.

The event was held on January 29 and filled the historic Atlanta Freight Depot across from the State Capitol. TCSG officials, college presidents, faculty members, college staff and students were on hand to talk to their VIP guests about the new age of technical education in Georgia. The lawmakers saw program demonstrations from each college, including courses in in-demand fields like heath care, electronics, logistics, digital technology, and more. The best of technical education was on full display while the guests feasted on food prepared by the chefs and students from the 12 colleges with culinary arts programs.

Representative Carolyn Hugley (D-Columbus) enjoys her tutorial on a sonography machine from Columbus Technical College student Charlie Sampson.

“Columbus Technical College decided to again focus on its health sciences school for this year’s Taste of the Technical Colleges,” explained College President J. Robert “Bob” Jones. “Our Diagnostic Medical Sonography program was the highlight. Guests were able to experience this hi-tech learning in action through live demonstrations.”

State Senator Seth Harp (R-Columbus) talks to Columbus Technical College’s Dean of the School of Health Sciences, Linn Storey (left) and nursing students Valerie and Tukesha.

TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson said the event showcases for legislators the kind of learning opportunities that are attracting more people to the state’s technical colleges. “Last year, our colleges educated more than 140,000 Georgia students and our enrollment is growing,” said Jackson. “The technical colleges’ exceptional level of training, and the in-demand, high-paying jobs that result, is a big reason why more students than ever are making a state technical college their first choice for a college education.”