5 Questions with Tamika McKenzie: Fort Benning recruiter at Columbus Technical College

March 17, 2013 

What are your main responsibilities at Columbus Technical College?

As a recruiter, my main responsibility is planning and implementing recruitment activities for Columbus Technical College on Fort Benning. I also work cooperatively with the faculty on student recruitment and retention activities. I assist students with the admissions process, financial aid and various programs offered by the college.

Proposed legislation in Georgia seeks to lower grade requirements for those seeking HOPE grants to attend the state's technical colleges. If passed, how would the bill impact Columbus Tech?

Enrollment will increase due to affordable tuition. When the requirements were raised, the enrollment went down. If the legislation passes, many students will be afforded the opportunity to seek certifications and advanced educational programs for employment. With the new GPA requirements, the college can embrace a more diverse student body and continue to meet the needs of the community.

What is the biggest misconception about technical colleges?

Many people are not aware that most technical colleges in Georgia are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) which is the same accrediting agency as the University of Georgia and Columbus State University. Technical college courses may be articulated to four-year colleges and provide the same academic excellence. Technical colleges also provide training to meet industry needs, technical certificates of credit, diplomas and continuing education courses.

Does Columbus Tech offer any programs or services that are open to the public?

The cosmetology program has a large clientele, giving students experience in cutting, styling, manicures, pedicures and facials. There is also the community dental clinic. The clinic is a partnership between the college, area dentists, community service providers and medical/dental organizations. Once a month, patients who have been referred to the dental hygiene and/or assisting program at Columbus Technical College can receive dental care.

Aside from your job, what's the best-kept secret in the Chattahoochee Valley?

The best-kept secret in the area is an organization I belong to called Toastmasters International. Toastmasters is a nonprofit educational organization that operates clubs worldwide for the purpose of helping members improve their communication, public speaking, and leadership skills.

There are 14 Toastmasters Clubs in the area so far. The club I belong to is Columbus Uptown Toastmasters. We meet on the first, third, and fifth Friday of every month at 7:05 a.m. at the Twelfth Street Deli & Catering Company (2nd Floor) at 117 12th Street. Come and join us.

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