Savannah Colleges Ready Students for Workforce
Colleges keep the labor pool well stocked and well skilled
Savannah State University’s enrollment is at nearly 3,500 students, the highest in the university’s 116-year history. The university offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in its College of Business Administration, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, and College of Sciences and Technology.
Savannah Technical College, a leader in industry-driven continuing education, expects to move into a new 55,000-square-foot classroom building in January 2010 to accommodate steadily increasing enrollment.
Savannah Tech works closely with local business and industry leaders, tailoring programs specifically to meet the needs of area employers.
“Many things push that student into the classroom, but it’s only the business community that’s going to pull them out of the classroom,” says Ken Boyd, vice president of economic development for Savannah Tech. “Part of our charter is our partnerships and our linkage to the communities. Every one of our programs has what’s called an advisory committee, made up of businesses and industries that are aligned by function with that particular program.”
The college’s Hire Education program links students with the job market by guaranteeing that if they complete a set program of work, they will have an interview with a local company in their field.
The college also reaches into high schools, offering students the chance to enroll in college courses before they graduate.
“We’re constantly working on not only the current workforce but the future workforce, as well,” Boyd says. “I think that has a very strong appeal for businesses that are coming into our area.”