ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany Technical College will hold Fall Commencement Exercises tonight, at 7:00pm, at the James H. Gray Civic Center in Albany. The keynote speaker will be J. Randy Jackson, Senior VP of HR and Administration, Kia Motors Manufacturing, in West Point, GA.
More than 250 candidates for associate degrees, more than 700 candidates for diplomas, and more than 1,250 candidates for technical certificates of credit are expected to graduate. Among these graduates, nearly 130 students were honored at an earlier ceremony on the Albany Tech campus on Tuesday with such distinctions as General Education Development highest test scores, Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL), Presidential Scholar, Honors with Distinction, National Technical Honor Society (NTHS), ATC Ambassadors, American Criminal Justice Association Club, Collegiate DECA, Phi Beta Lambda (PBL), Student Government Association (SGA), and SkillsUSA. In addition, nearly 100 high school students will graduate with college credit through Albany Tech's dual/joint enrollment programs. Over 50 students will graduate with their General Education Development or GED.
Among the list of graduates for Thursday evening's ceremony is 2015 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) winner and Medical Assisting student, Jerri Jarrell, who said she came back to school after deciding it was time for her to do something for herself and pursue her passion to work in the medical field.
"I had a long road ahead of me trying to balance my school life with my life at home, however, I meant I was going to finish school this time no matter what," said Jarrell.
Students in most of Albany Tech's Healthcare Technology programs are required to do externships. Jarrell, who was interested in doing hers with a neurologist or gastroenterologist, was placed at an orthopedic office. She said that she loved it from day one.
Randy Jackson has been published several times in the National SHRM magazine for Human Resources Professionals, and is recognized as one of the Top Leaders in his field around the country. He has coached, mentored, and developed many other Human Resources Professionals with their careers, and continues to make contributions to the Human Resources and Legal field. He holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology, an MBA, and J.D. degree in Law from the University of Georgia and also has legal certification in Labor Law from the Institute of Applied Management and Law.
A VIP reception preceding the ceremony will be held 6pm to 6:45pm in the Meeting Room at the Civic Center.