Graduating from college is a joyous time for anyone but there was a bittersweet aura at the May 6, 2013 commencement ceremony for Columbus Technical College. President Bob Jones took the stage for the last time in his 15 year tenure as the College’s chief administrator. President Jones announced his retirement in December, 2012 with his last day at Columbus Technical College being June 30, 2013. Mr. Jones delivered the keynote address to the estimated 250 graduates and hundreds of loved ones at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center. Approximately 400 students met the qualifications for graduation.
President Jones told the graduates to be accountable and committed.
“It is your responsibility to take car of your own life,” he said. He also persuaded them to be a good example for their loved ones.
“Cowardice is to surrender to difficult circumstances. Who will you offer your courage to? You are writing the story of your children’s lives,” he said.
During his tenure at Columbus Technical College, Mr. Jones led the way to tripling enrollment and doubling the size of the campus which includes the region’s premier healthcare learning environment, the Robert L. Wright, Jr. Health Sciences Center on River Road. Columbus Tech is one of only three technical colleges in Georgia sanctioned to offer the Associate of Science Degree in addition to the Associate in Applied Technology Degree.
From accounting to air-conditioning technology to certified personal trainers, childhood development, dental hygiene, computer networking, and dozens of other programs (more than 90 total), students graduating from Columbus Technical College face a very optimistic future. The college’s job placement and continuing education rates are well in the 90 percentile range. An estimated 1,200 people graduate into the workforce each year from Columbus Tech.