From Eastern Europe…to the Welding Booth?

Matthew Goodwin The welding classroom on the Thomasville campus of Southern Regional Technical College is abuzz with activity. There is a continual sharp clanking of metal tools against metal objects. Bright blue sparks fly behind translucent plastic curtains, silhouetting helmeted students in vivid detail. The wide utility doors are open to the crisp autumn breeze, and dual-enrollment kids from various high schools in Thomas County circulate from station to station. One boy, Matthew,...



Technical Education Fills the Needs of a Working World

Contributed by Carrie Viohl I recently came across quotes from two great thinkers. The first was from ancient Greek Philosopher, Aristotle: “Where your talents and the needs of the world cross; there lies your vocation.” (The modern version of this is, “Find what you love to do, and then find a way to get paid for doing it.”) The second was from Dirty Jobs host, Mike Rowe: “We've waged war on work. We have collectively agreed, stupidly, that work is the enemy.” Of course, Mr....