(Marietta, Ga. – June 27, 2016)
Two members of Chattahoochee Technical College’s Board of Directors are preparing to pass the torch to incoming members. Dr. Don Johnson, who owns a State Farm Insurance branch in Marietta, and David Connell, who is the president and CEO of the Cobb Chamber, recently attended their last meeting after nine years of serving on the college’s local advisory board.
Rob Garcia of Atlanta and Tonya Webster of Powder Springs will officially begin their one-year terms on July 1.
Chattahoochee Technical College’s Board of Directors is composed of 16 members, who were nominated for their positions by area industry and community leaders. Each member represents one of the six counties in the college’s service area, and was selected and approved by the State Board of Technical and Adult Education. The primary responsibility of the local board is to interpret State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia policies and to provide supplemental policies for the college.
During their years of service, both Connell and Johnson witnessed the successful merger of CTC, Appalachian Tech and North Metro Tech in 2009, and have seen countless college graduates contribute to the workforce.
“CTC is responsible for training thousands of people and providing them with the skills needed to fill the jobs in our community,” Connell said. “A job is a very important element of a person’s self-esteem and ability to help their families and others. Cumulatively, CTC is responsible for the success of many companies and thousands of jobs in communities in which it serves.”
As the incoming board members prepare for the upcoming academic year, Connell encourages them to engage in the role, recommending that they learn the college’s financials and visit the eight campus locations to observe the classroom experience.
“It is extremely important to develop the workforce of the future so that we can recruit and retain businesses and jobs,” Connell said. “I have always had ultimate respect for the dedicated professionals that operate and teach in our educational institutions, particularly CTC. I wanted to be a part of something special and help where I could.”
Webster said serving on the board is a fantastic opportunity to have a significant impact on the community. Employed in the media/technology profession, Webster said she finds the college appealing because of the vast breadth of the curriculums and the accessibility of the programs provided to students.
“My goal while serving on the board is to leverage my expertise to help drive the direction and awareness for program decisions and priorities. I will leverage the relationships that I have to champion and ensure that financial resources are adequate for CTC,” she said.
Garcia is a talent development manager for the Cobb Chamber and a project manager for the Cobb Workforce Partnership. The Atlanta resident said he is joining the Board of Directors because technical education plays a vital role in providing the business community with the talent and the resources they need.
“Chattahoochee Technical College has been a key component of the Cobb community for a long time, and I am humbled by the opportunity to play a role in its continued success. The leadership of CTC is second to none, and the vision put forth by Dr. Ron Newcomb is exactly what the Cobb community needs as we continue to see unprecedented growth,” Garcia said.
A priority for Garcia this next academic year is to continue Chattahoochee Tech’s rich history of partnering with businesses throughout Metro Atlanta to provide the world-class talent that has become increasingly important in this ever-changing economy.
“I hope to be an advocate for the opportunities in technical education to a much younger audience, so that they might take advantage of CTC’s flexible, affordable and innovative programs as early as high school — maximizing Move On When Ready and dual-enrollment opportunities and connecting students with high-paying, high-demand jobs right out of high school.”
As a key leader in the Cobb Workforce Partnership, Garcia said Chattahoochee Tech has set an incredible example of how technical colleges can collaborate with K-12 institutions, universities, workforce development agencies, nonprofit organizations and businesses in their communities.
“The accessibility and affordability of technical education can be an avenue to change lives, and these kinds of partnerships only give more people the opportunity to achieve their goals for their careers and their families,” he said.