Georgia on My Mind: STEM in Our Curriculum
The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) has an active role in preparing students for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers. Georgia’s 24 technical colleges work closely with industries in their individual service areas and also assist in recruiting new industries to Georgia.
• Kia Motors America located a billion-dollar automotive assembly plant in West Point, Georgia, area and has worked in close collaboration with West Georgia Technical College (WGTC). This was Kia’s first North American plant, and WGTC developed a number of advanced manufacturing credit programs specifically designed to train the Kia manufacturing workforce.
• Gulfstream Aerospace has experienced rapid expansion at its operations in the Savannah, Georgia, area and has worked closely with Savannah Technical College (STC) to provide education and training to ensure talent for the company’s growing workforce. To help meet those needs, STC has built a new facility and is adding additional industry-specific programs, including an expanded aviation maintenance program.
• Baxter Pharmaceuticals is building a billion-dollar, state-of-the–art manufacturing facility near Covington, Georgia. The company is working with Athens Technical College to produce graduates who are prepared with the math and science skills necessary for a stable, long-term pipeline of highly skilled workers for Baxter’s highly technical jobs.
• The Caterpillar Training Center in Athens, Georgia, a TCSG Quick Start facility in conjunction with Athens Technical College, is training employees who are part of the growing workforce for the new Caterpillar plant in Athens that will eventually employ people in 1,400 jobs.
Georgia’s technical colleges offer not only associate degrees but also stackable shorter-term certificates. These certificates allow students to obtain the skills and knowledge needed for STEM jobs and serves to get them into the workforce quickly. TCSG colleges also have articulation agreements with Georgia’s four-year colleges and universities that allow a TCSG graduate to continue his or her education and earn a four-year degree with little or no loss of credit.
–Benita H. Moore, Ph.D.
Curriculum Program Specialist
Technical College System of Georgia