COLUMBUS (November 14, 2016) | Sen. Ed Harbison (D – Columbus) and Rep. John Yates (R – Griffin) were honored by Columbus Technical College with an appreciation award and a scholarship established in their names on Thursday, Nov. 10. Sen. Harbison and Rep. Yates both served as keynote speakers at the event to share their experiences during the Vietnam War and WWII, respectively.
“I am grateful to be honored in this capacity by Columbus Technical College and to have a scholarship named in my honor. I am proud to be a part of a scholarship that is helping students succeed,” said Sen. Harbison. “President Loretta M. Hoover and everyone at Columbus Technical College should be commended for the respect and support they give to our state’s veterans.”
In addition to the award and scholarship, Sen. Harbison and Rep. Yates will have donations made to the charity of their choice by Columbus Technical College. Sen. Harbison is a Purple Heart recipient and Vietnam War veteran who represents Georgia’s 15th senatorial district.
ATLANTA (February 17 , 2015) | Sen. Ed Harbison (D – Columbus) sponsored Senate Bill 18, a bill that allows the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) to accept prior work experience and skills learned through the Military for academic credit. SB 18 passed the Georgia Senate today by a vote of 53-0. SB 18 ensures that members of Georgia’s military have the opportunity to apply the knowledge gained through their service to their academic careers.
“Georgia must provide every opportunity for the men and women who serve in our military to advance their academic careers,” said Sen. Harbison. “Georgia’s military members have received world class training and education in their respective fields. These men and women who have made immense sacrifices for our country deserve to be given the opportunity to put these valuable skills to use in our workforce. Allowing Technical Colleges to grant academic credit for knowledge gained through military service gives deserving veterans in Georgia an additional pathway to a successful future.”
SB 18 will now head to the House of Representatives for consideration.