Chattahoochee Technical College’s efforts to assist and support those who have served in the United States military has not gone unnoticed, as the state’s largest technical college was named a finalist in AT&T’s $20K for 2020 workforce development competition – an announcement that puts the college one step closer to achieving its goal of opening a Veterans Support Center at the Marietta Campus.
As part of AT&T’s $20K for 2020 workforce development competition, the multinational telecommunications corporation has contributed $12,000 to assist the eight finalists in achieving their workforce development objectives. In order to receive the full $20,000 donation, Chattahoochee Technical College is competing in a social media competition called $20K for 2020, which will take place through July 22.
In order to show exactly how Chattahoochee Technical College contributes to the state’s highly touted workforce, the college turned to those who know it best – the students. In a 2 minute video, recent graduates describe the ways in which Chattahoochee Technical College prepared them for today’s workforce. Whether by offering affordable classes, job opportunities or access to the latest technology, CTC puts the needs of our students first.
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In addition to CTC, the finalists are: Albany Technical College, Communities in Schools, Decatur Education Fund, DeKalb Workforce Development, Lanier Technical College Foundation, The nsoro Educational Foundation and Savannah Technical College.
“These organizations show a strong commitment to addressing and meeting the needs of our workforce here in Georgia, and with the adoption of new technologies and increasing connectivity, the skills that these organizations are developing in Georgians all across the state are invaluable,” said Bill Leahy, president of AT&T Georgia. “Here at AT&T, we are aggressively pursuing efforts to establish a lifetime commitment to skills development among our employees, and we are proud to support the efforts of these organizations.”
One way the college can further assist the community is through the Veterans Support Center, which is being created to support the more than 700 students who have identified themselves as former military or veteran family members. The primary objective of the Veterans Program is to assist veterans and their families as they transition to a post-secondary academic environment to promote program completion and career placement.
“The center will assist the veterans by providing access to resources, a space to connect with their peers and allow for a gradual transition into civilian life,” said CTC’s Director of Student Engagement Alaina Abney.
Communication and Veteran Services Coordinator Barry Munday added that the center would be a location where veterans and their family members can experience the camaraderie which they knew while serving with other veterans and their families as they acclimate to a “new normal” in the civilian and academic community.
A ribbon cutting ceremony is planned for Veterans Day on Friday, Nov. 11.
— Chattahoochee Tech (@chattech) July 18, 2016