April 24, 2014 --
Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany and Marine Corps Logistics Command officials hosted educational leaders from Albany State University, Darton State College, Albany Technical College and Dougherty County School System Friday.
During the visit, the installation’s and schools’ leaders discussed the economic development of the Southwest Georgia region as well as the continued improvement and increasing opportunities of education for students.
As a military installation with more than 400 school-age students, MCLB Albany officials have a vested interest in students, they said. Maintaining good relationships with area school and college leaders is an important tool in ensuring their success.
Col. Don Davis, commanding officer, MCLB Albany, explained to the group the important role the base plays in preparing children for higher education.
“Preparation begins with early childhood development,” he said. “Those first few years from K4 is key to the education process. We provide that education right here on base.”
The group was afforded an opportunity to tour the Child Development Center and see the teachers and children interact during a song and dance routine.
“I had no idea they had all this out here,” Dr. David Mosely, superintendent, Dougherty County School System, said of the CDC. “This is a very nice facility.”
Davis said once day care children reach school age, parents living on base are allowed to choose which school system their children will attend. That is a very important asset, he noted.
“We have parents who are choosing to move back on base in order to have a choice in which school their child attends,” he said.
Davis revealed that because the base is the largest employer in the Southwest Georgia region, it is the goal for those students to return here as well trained employees.