In this episode, we are talking to Dr. Tina Anderson as she trades in her hectic schedule as president of Wiregrass Tech for a more relaxed unscheduled life of retirement.
Anderson shares some highlights from her past eight years as Wiregrass Tech’s president and her plans for retirement—which will include motorcycle rides with her husband, Tony, and spending time with the couple’s beloved dachshunds, Buddy Wilson and Harley Davidson.
“We are in the business of changing lives,” Anderson shares, a mantra that has carried through her tenure and the work that Wiregrass has completed.
At the top of the list is workforce development. As part of her “Talks with Tina,” Anderson meets directly with industry and business leaders to discover their workforce needs. She considers these conversations the “starting point” in making sure Wiregrass Tech students are skilled and ready to enter the workforce.
Wiregrass Tech has been a leader in expanding the workforce pipeline through dual enrollment and apprenticeship programs.
Anderson says dual enrollment provides a “taste of college life” while students continue to have a high school support system.
In 2019, Wiregrass Tech had Georgia’s highest dual enrollment rate.
More than earning a paycheck, Wiregrass Tech’s apprenticeship program is helping high school students build successful careers.
Under Anderson’s leadership, Wiregrass Tech reached many achievements, including having its Associate of Science in Nursing (RN) program named the No. 1 program in Georgia.
Another source of pride is Wiregrass Tech’s SkillsUSA team, which has received multiple state and national awards, including being one of the top chapters in the nation two years in a row.
You can read more about Anderson’s contributions to South Georgia in the spring issue of South Georgia Business + Magazine. Sign-up to receive a complimentary subscription (print or digital) at https://sgamag.com/index.php/subscribe/
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