Beyond the PE, the Technical College System of Georgia is Helping Meet the Needs of the Engineering Industry
By Allison Floyd
One-quarter of the students Stephanie O’Donoghue teaches are on the path to a four-year degree in an engineering or technology field. O’Donoghue, the Technical College System of Georgia’s (TCSG) 2018 Instructor of the Year, sees a lot of her own experiences in her students at Chattahoochee Technical College (Chattahoochee Tech).
“I was good at math and science in high school, and I didn’t know what I could do,” O’Donoghue says. “Back then, we used the vocational handbook; you looked to figure out what careers matched your skills. I found engineering and, of course, looked at the salary. I knew math and science would be my path, and engineering seemed like a good way to go.” TCSG, which is comprised of 22 individual colleges with 85 campuses across the state, offers 600 programs that are chosen and developed by industry advisers, including those in the engineering fields.