On the front page of The Telegraph on Friday, March 19, the caption under the picture of Judge J. Taylor Phillips, addressing the Bibb County Board of Education regarding stimulus funds reads, in part, “He asked the board to consider using the funds to deal with students with discipline problems and send those that were not academically-inclined into a ‘vocational-technical environment.’ ’’
While I certainly understand the point the judge was trying to make, his comment seems to infer that vocational/technical education in the high schools is only for poorly behaved students, and that could not be further from the truth.
As a former employee of the one of the states largest and most effective technical colleges, I take issue with that comment. I know many of these students feed from the high school programs into a technical college setting. For those who are ill-informed, technical colleges are for everyone, not just for disorderly students. With the job market the way it is today, there are many college graduates going back to technical colleges to get the hands on experience they need in order to be more qualified and competitive.
Perhaps back in the day, kids who couldn’t do anything else went to the vocational schools, but that is no longer the rule. I challenge everyone to find out more about the myriad programs that Central Georgia Technical College has to offer. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.
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Melissa M. Odom is a resident of Warner Robins