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2015 July 28 - 11:25 pm

Around Campus

A look at campus life at various community and junior colleges

From left to Right: Chris Carr, commissioner, Georgia Department of Economic Development; Laura Laganá, director, Centro Paula Souza; Gretchen Corbin, commissioner, Technical College System of Georgia; and Marcio Franca, vice governor of São Paulo.

College students in Georgia and Brazil will soon be able to take advantage of additional reciprocal educational and training opportunities, thanks to an agreement between the Technical College System of Georgia and São Paulo’s technical education system, Centro Paula Souza.

A memorandum of understanding was signed in Brazil by TCSG Commissioner Gretchen Corbin and CPS Director Laura Laganá during an economic development mission led by Gov. Nathan Deal. The MOU provides a formal path way for TCSG and CPS students to engage in internships, language training, short-term cultural exchange trips for staff members and students, joint student projects and traditional semester exchanges. In addition, the agreement facilitates increased cooperation between the educational agencies and local and regional chambers of commerce, municipal and provincial or state governmental agencies, hospitals, local and regional businesses, and manufacturing and industrial enterprises.

These cross-border educational opportunities will benefit students and faculty and provide worldclass workforce training and management development for industries and other organizations, both in Georgia and in São Paulo. The MOU will be administered in Georgia by TCSG’s International Center for Technical Education, which collaborates with countries and colleges to develop and improve their technical workforce through higher education partnerships and the sharing of people, programs and best practices. The office works closely with the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the University System of Georgia, and TCSG’s own Quick Start customized workforce training program. Georgia has had representation in Brazil for more than two decades. More than 12,000 Georgians are employed by 40 Brazilian-owned businesses. Deal led a delegation of state and local business leaders on an economic development mission in Brazil to establish new business relationships, strengthen existing ties and promote Georgia as an excellent tourism destination and quality source for products and services. The Georgia delegation represents some of Georgia’s greatest economic development assets in business, education, tourism trade and workforce.

Guilford Technical Community College (N.C.) hosted a free open house for its Avionics Technology program. Visitors had the opportunity to speak one-on-one with avionics faculty members, learn more about the program and potential career paths and experience avionics through hands-on simulations. The Avionics Program offers both day and evening classes. GTCC offers the only Avionics Technology program in North Carolina. The curriculum provides individuals with the basic knowledge and skills to enter the avionics field as a technician and prepares students for the current avionics licensing agency examination. Course work includes general aviation maintenance, sheet metal, airframe systems, electrical and electronic systems, practical wiring, navigation equipment, flight management and flight control systems and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations. Upon completion of the program, students will receive an associate in applied science in aviation electronics (avionics) technology.

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