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GMC hosts ACCG summer regional meeting
On June 24, 2016, Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell, IV, President of Georgia Military College (GMC) was the guest speaker at the Association County Commissioners of Georgia’s (ACCG) summer regional meeting held at GMC. Nearly 40 county commissioners from across the state of Georgia were in attendance to hear his presentation about GMC’s history and success.
“I was hoping to make sure that the county commissioners understood that GMC is a school of opportunities,” said Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell, IV, President of Georgia Military College. “It’s a school of opportunities that can really be available to anyone in their counties who are looking to find education to help change their lives.”
ACCG is a non-profit organization that works to provide leadership, services and programs to 159 county governments in the state. They finished their week long summer regional meetings at GMC. The ACCG Summer Regional Meetings are designed to provide county officials with information on ACCG’s member services programs. ACCG Customer Relations Director, Brent Williams, said having the meeting at GMC provided the opportunity for county commissioners to view GMC’s beautiful facility and learn more about the institution.
“I think a number of people don’t realize that GMC isn’t just a military college,” said Brent Williams, ACCG Customer Relations Director. “Many people will be surprised that 98 Percent of the students attending GMC are typical college students with on two percent of the student body involved in the military cadet program.
GMC was established in 1879 and is a Public Access College with an enrollment of more than 13,000 students across 13 campuses. GMC is focused on student success and has graduated more than 1500 students so far this year.
Talbot County Board of Elections Commissioner, Johnny Howard, said his son is a GMC success story. Howard’s son, Eric, came to GMC in 1993 and graduated in 1995 with an associate’s degree in science. Howard said GMC prepared his son to receive his bachelor’s degree in social work from Mars Hill University, a master’s degree in social work from The University of South Carolina, and his doctorate in education from East Tennessee State University.
“I just love Georgia Military College,” said Johnny Howard, Talbot County Board of Elections Commissioner. “The improvements that have been made at Georgia Military College are tremendous.” Dr. Eric Howard is now providing services to help veterans who have gotten into legal trouble get back on their feet through his Veteran’s Treatment Court in North Carolina.
Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell, IV, said GMC is a school that is continuing to expand and offer more two and four-year programs both online and in the classroom that are applicable to today’s society.
Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell, IV speaks to county commissioners