TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson to serve as keynote speaker at the Annual Atlanta Technical College Business Breakfast
Ron Jackson, Commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), will address members of the Fulton County and Clayton County business community at the Annual Atlanta Technical College Business and Industry Breakfast. The event will be held June 20, 2013 at the Atlanta Technical College Dennard Conference Center located at 1560 Metropolitan Parkway, SW, Atlanta, Georgia. The program begins at 7:30 a.m. and will focus on the theme, “College that Works: The TCSG is Building Careers and Improving Lives.”
Commissioner Jackson oversees the operation of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG,) a state agency that provides a unified network of technical education, adult education, and customized business and industry training. The 25 colleges of the TCSG offer affordable education and excellent training in more than 600 certificate, diploma and two-year associate degree programs. During Jackson’s tenure as the TCSG commissioner, enrollment peaked at more than 190,000 students in 2010. That was at the height of the national recession, as more people than ever looked to the TCSG colleges for new training and better jobs. Enrollment has leveled off, but the colleges are still very busy delivering 2.8 million credit hours of instruction in 2012. Last year, the TCSG colleges produced 36,000 graduates.
In an effort to continue to move Georgia forward and strengthen the pool of qualified workers in the state, Jackson has been implementing Governor Deal’s Complete College Georgia initiative. He and Hank Huckaby, Chancellor of the University System of Georgia (USG), established an unprecedented collaboration between the TCSG and USG aimed at improving college access, addressing remediation through innovative programs, enhancing articulation, and graduating more students on-time and into Georgia’s workforce.
Already, the TCSG has taken a huge step forward by expanding the articulation agreement with the USG from 10 courses to 27 courses.
Commissioner Jackson has also expanded the strategic focus of the TCSG to include international education. In 2011 he created the TCSG Office of Global Initiatives. Soon after, the TCSG entered into an $8 million agreement with Saudi Arabia in which the TCSG will help to develop the new King Faisal University Community College. Through the Office of Global Initiatives, the 25 technical colleges will develop ongoing educational and cultural partnerships like The Halle Exchange Program, a student and faculty exchange between Atlanta Technical College and Felix-Fechenbach Berufskolleg College in Detmold, Germany, that has been operating since 1998.
The mission of the TCSG is workforce development and under Jackson’s leadership, the System has expanded the Quick Start workforce training initiative. Thorough Quick Start, TCSG prepares workers to meet the needs of new businesses moving to the state. It also provides employee training for existing Georgia companies that are looking to expand. The program has provided customized workforce training to almost 58,000 employees of new and expanding companies in Georgia including Caterpillar, KIA Motors, NCR, Gulfstream, Baxter International and Dendreon.
During the 2013 Atlanta Technical College Business Breakfast, Commissioner Jackson will outline how the TCSG is working to provide Georgia with a highly trained workforce, and how business both small and large, can benefit from partnering with their local technical college.
The 2013 Business Breakfast sponsors are Perfect Image Printing, the Atlanta Technical College Foundation and The Atlanta Dream.