Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

September 12, 2013

Happy Birthday, Wiregrass

VALDOSTA — Traditional college and university has never been the answer for all students. For 50 years, Valdosta Technical Institute then Valdosta Technical College, what most called Val-Tech, and now for the past three years, Wiregrass Georgia Technical College has provided that other answer for regional students.

By offering training and courses in a wide variety of fields, Wiregrass Georgia Technical College has been providing opportunities for both people seeking jobs and employers needing a work force with a specific skill set. It provides training for young people in high school, those who have recently graduated high school, those who have lost their jobs to economic layoffs or an ever-changing employment environment, those looking for a new career after military services, those looking for new jobs later in life.

While Wiregrass will celebrate its golden anniversary, the school’s successes can be found throughout the community. It is apparent in the abilities of people who know their jobs from hospitals to manufacturing to repair services to a surprising variety of people working throughout the region.

Wiregrass’ successes are evident in the parent who transferred from one type of job to another; in a young person learning how to repair automobiles; in the dental hygienist who prepares patients for the dentist; in the person who can step into what has been described as the “gold collar” technical jobs.

Wiregrass isn’t just the facility sitting on Val-Tech Road. The positive impact of Wiregrass is apparent throughout Valdosta and Lowndes County. Its successes are ingrained within the successes of our entire community.

Wiregrass’ job well done is visible in the number of jobs well done throughout South Georgia.

Happy Birthday, Wiregrass! Here’s hoping for more successes in the next 50 years.

Look for a 50th anniversary Wiregrass special section in this Sunday’s editions of The Valdosta Daily Times.

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