Far left standing up is Nathaniel and Daniel Szokoly and the far right in back with White chef hat is Lee Cranz, Sarah Smith and Haley Harvey Chef Jennifer Evans, Lauralee Worth, Lyndsey Branch and Eric Evans
Some of the top programs that Altamaha Technical College and the 27 other institutions in the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) have to offer were recently on display for the state's school counselors during the TCSG Expo 2009 at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel in Atlanta.
The event, held in conjunction with the annual conference of the Georgia School Counselors Association, highlighted some of the more than 600 degree, diploma and certificate programs that are available at TCSG colleges. More than 800 counselors browsed program displays and met college presidents, faculty, staff and students while enjoying delicacies from a 100-foot long appetizer buffet created by the chefs and students from colleges with culinary arts programs.
Altamaha Technical College's highlighted program was Culinary Arts. The six students and two chefs from the Hazlehurst Campus and Golden Isles Campus put on quite a spread. They prepared and presented a delicious array of foods focusing on a Middle Eastern theme. "I am so proud of our students," stated college President Lorette M. Hoover "They worked extremely hard to prepare their menu and to present it professionally".
Four out of the six Culinary Arts students, were high school dual enrollment students from Jeff Davis High School and Golden Isles Career Academy. Dual enrollment allows eligible high school students to earn college credit while in high school.
"We want Georgia's school counselors to know that there are plenty of very good reasons why the Technical College System of Georgia can be their students' first choice for a great college education and a future career," said TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson. "TCSG colleges offer individualized instructor attention, affordable tuition and excellent career opportunities, and people are taking notice that technical education is today's pathway for tomorrow's jobs."
Enrollment is booming at the technical colleges, with a record-breaking 110,000 students enrolled in the current fall quarter. Altamaha Technical College saw an 84.5% increase since last Fall Quarter. "This was our largest enrollment in the history of the college," stated Hoover.
A recent study by the Georgia Governor's Office of Student Achievement reported that TCSG colleges ranked among the top ten most popular college choices for graduating seniors in 165 state school systems and a TCSG institution was the number one college choice in 62 of those systems.
For more information about the programs and services offered at Altamaha Technical College please call 800-645-8284 or visit the website at www.altamahatech.edu.
Altamaha Technical College conducts college level program classes in Culinary Arts at the Golden Isles Career Academy