Georgia Magazine - September 2012 - (Page 35)

Focusing on the future Georgia colleges promote ‘recession-proof’ academic careers BY MARGIE FISHMAN T he 2008 financial crisis spurred colleges and universities across the country to start operating in drought mode. “Two things happened at once,” explains David Bridges, president of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton. “The cost of education has gone up, and the job market has gone down. In a drought year, you need more drought-tolerant crops.” The state Department of Labor terms it another way—“recession-proof” industries. Not surprisingly, education and health services top the list, with neither sector experiencing negative job growth since 1992. That is truly a success story when considering that Georgia lost more than 302,000 jobs during the recession, ending with nearly 3.9 million jobs in June 2009. The current unemployment rate statewide hovers around 9 percent, higher than the national average. Still, students have to learn. And even with the influx of changes associated with federal health care reform, the industry remains sound, accordState Labor Commissioner Mark ing to state Labor ComButler, right, welcomes a veteran missioner Mark Butler. to a recent Georgia Department “I don’t see health of Labor job expo for veterans in care slowing down bePerry, and explains some of the cause the baby boomers services available to job seekers. Welding instructor Cabot Carlton, center, and his class from 2010 work with an installation crew to install the Wiregrass metal feature on the fountain at Wiregrass Georgia Technical College in Valdosta. The metal feature resembles the school’s logo and is the focal point of the campus. 35 September 2012 More online at WIREGRASS GEORGIA TECHNICAL COLLEGE GEORGIA DEPT. OF LABOR

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia Magazine - September 2012

Georgia Magazine - September 2012
Picture This?
Georgia News
Liberty Notes
Calendar of Events
Georgia's Energy Outlook
Dedicated to duty
Resolved, for good
The 2012 Washington Youth Tour
Focusing on the future
Around Georgia
My Georgia
Georgia Gardens
Georgia Cooks

Georgia Magazine - September 2012