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economIcs oF educAtIon GeorGIa's tecHnIcal colleGes: Where Business and Education Intersect By Gretchen Corbin, Commissioner, Technical College System of Georgia The new Georgia Bioscience Training Center at Stanton Springs Industrial Park near Social Circle. The Center, which opens in September 2015, will serve locating and expanding bioscience companies in Georgia and is operated by Quick Start, an arm of the Technical College System of Georgia. Its first client is Baxalta (formerly Baxter International). Photo courtesy the Technical College System of Georgia. HAVE yOU VISITED your local technical college lately? If not, you may be in for some surprises. Georgia's technical colleges are constantly changing in response to the needs of their students, business partners and communities. The 22 colleges of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), which served more than 240,000 students in both technical and adult education last year, are enormous assets for their regions. Many county government officials already know this because they are intimately involved with their local college as board members, employees, donors, business partners or supporters in other ways. Likewise, TCSG college presidents, faculty and staff are deeply integrated into their communities and responsive to their needs. Community engagement is the secret to the success of the Technical College System of Georgia and its students. Competitiveness Initiative. Although the skills gap is a national trend, the state of Georgia, under the Governor's leadership, is taking aggressive steps toward solutions that ensure our companies have the workforces they need to be successful. TCSG graduates an average of 31,000 students each year. But did you know that by 2020, more than 60 percent of jobs in Georgia will require a college certificate or degree? To meet this challenge, Governor Deal launched "Complete College Georgia" in 2011 to ease the path for Georgia adults to return to school and finish their degrees. Governor Deal has charged the state's Technical College System of Georgia and University System of Georgia (USG) to graduate an additional 250,000 students by 2020. TCSG is more than 10,000 students ahead of its benchmark in meeting that goal, thanks to innovative initiatives and partnerships that are already paying off. Addressing the skills Gap By providing high-quality educational opportunities and hands-on training for students, the colleges are equipping our next-generation workforce to fill the skills gap in Georgia identified by Governor Deal's exciting new Initiatives We know that workforce is the top priority for employers and local businesses, and a highly-skilled workforce begins with access to quality in higher education. For high school students in your community who are already focused on a career, TCSG offers dual enrollment through its collaboration with the Georgia Department of Education and the Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC). In fact, the number of high school students who are now simultaneously enrolled in college has passed 11,000 and is climbing quickly. Thanks to new legislation passed by the General Assembly last year, dual enrollment is now easier than ever for high school students wanting to embrace college-level education earlier in their lives. The new Move On When Ready Act allows for more robust funding than in the past, covering 100 percent of tuition, supporting mandatory fees and even providing a book allowance. TCSG is also partnering with the University System of Georgia (USG) and GSFC to enhance Georgia's workforce through education. One example is the "Go Back. Move Ahead." campaign, which targets the 1.1 million Georgians who attended college for some time but did not finish. Through a simpler enrollment process, more flexible ways to transfer earned college credits, additional course schedule options and a personal academic advisor, this campaign encourages working-age adults to return and finish their degree or certificate. FALL 2015 57

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia County Government - Fall 2015

President’s Message
Director’s Desk
Putting the Private Sector to Work for Georgia’s Counties
Military Partnerships with Georgia Counties a Win-Win
Georgia Helps Itself: The Efforts to Provide Funding Alternatives
A New Direction
Rebounding Economy Leads to Reform in Property Tax Law
The Crisis on our Roads: Turning the Tide on Surge in Georgia Traffic Deaths
2015 Legislative Service Award Recipients
Education and Economic Development Go Hand-in-Hand
County Collaborations with Local Schools Save Money, Improve Efficiency
Georgia’s Technical Colleges: Where Business and Education Intersect
Welcome to 191 Peachtree, ACC G's New Home
Georgia County Internship Program: Summer Success Stories
ACCG Heads to Jekyll Island for the Legislative Leadership Conference
Conference Agenda
I, You, Me, and We
Reducing In-the-Line-of Duty Deaths with Below 100 Train the Trainer
“Her Majesty” Instills Valuable Lessons: Lessons learned from the Hancock County Courthouse Fire
Thank You to our Partners
Why Can’t We Just Keep It All? The Case for Records & Information Management
Social Media and the Dog Tags
News & Notes
Index of Advertisers

Georgia County Government - Fall 2015