The achievements and accolades for area educational outlets seem to be pouring in lately.

Whether they are nods for College of Coastal Georgia’s nursing program and affordability, impressive test scores at Glynn County Schools or the efforts to train the next generation of skilled workers at the Golden Isles College and Career Academy, local schools seem to be getting recognition for all right reasons.

Coastal Pines Technical College is the most recent to be recognized. It was named the Top Technical College of the Year by James Magazine, a state-based magazine covering politics and business news that is popular among top policy and lawmakers in Georgia.

The magazine’s annual review of the state’s colleges and universities is based on a variety of information, including graduation rates, student-to-teacher ratio, accreditations and job placement rates, among other things. Coastal Pines, which is based in Jesup and operates a local campus, topped the 21 other technical colleges once the numbers were crunched.

The top ranking comes a year after Coastal Pines won the Sonny Perdue Award as the top technical college in The Technical College System of Georgia.

We congratulate Coastal Pines and hope to see the good work continue. We are lucky to have such a robust offering of educational options in Glynn County, and the technical college is a major part of that.

Coastal Pines will only grow importance locally as we continue to compete to attract industries to town to create well-paying, stable jobs for our community. Modern manufacturing requires well-trained skilled workers who have experience and education in high-tech fields. Companies look for this when searching for new locations to expand. A thriving technical college will help us attract them.

The recent uptick in local students pursuing workforce education is, we hope, a sign of good things to come. With well-trained and willing workforce at the ready, we may begin to see more and more interest from job creators who have been flocking to Georgia in recent years.

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