First Friday - Gretchen Corbin
The Technical College System of Georgia:
Focused on the Future
Technical College System of Georgia
Gretchen Corbin was sworn in as commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) in January 2015 by Governor Nathan Deal. She oversees the state’s 22 technical colleges, adult literacy programs, and a host of economic and workforce development programs, including Georgia Quick Start, the nation’s number one workforce training program.
As an avid supporter of Georgia’s economic success and a passionate enthusiast for a highly educated, skilled and motivated workforce, Commissioner Corbin serves the mission and the 244,000 students of the Technical College System of Georgia by leading its divisions in a multi-faceted approach to meet the economic needs of the state. She is committed to meeting the goals of Complete College Georgia while building the system’s reputation as the state’s primary resource for workforce development.
The Technical College System of Georgia is the state’s top resource for workforce development, a key component for economic development.
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Commissioner Corbin joined TCSG from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA), where she also served as Commissioner as well as Executive Director of the Georgia Housing and Finance Authority. At DCA, she oversaw 65 programs and was responsible for more than $71 million in investment in Georgia communities. Previously she served 15 years at the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), holding a variety of roles leading economic development teams at global, statewide, regional and local levels. During her time as Deputy Commissioner for Global Commerce, GDEcD brought nearly 69,000 jobs and over $13 billion in capital investment to Georgia.
With her leadership experience at these agencies, Commissioner Corbin has a unique understanding of the way education and business must join together to ensure that Georgia has a globally competitive workforce. Global giants like Baxalta (formerly Baxter), Caterpillar, and Gulfstream are just some of the hundreds of companies she continues to help grow in Georgia through providing the workforce development and training assets of the technical colleges.
During her tenure, TCSG has seen numerous advances, including an influx of dual enrollment students thanks to new legislation; new options for GED® completion and transcript acquisition; a new tax credit program for employers who encourage GED completion, the opening of the Georgia BioScience Training Center and other new facilities, and a new mobile app that will facilitate college registration.
Corbin is a native Georgian and is involved in a number of professional and civic organizations, including Leadership Georgia, where she has served as president and chairman. She is a member of the Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute External Advisory Board, the University of Georgia’s Board of Visitors, and the Fanning Institute board of directors. She is also a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow and has been named the last three years as one of Georgia Trend magazine’s 100 most influential Georgians.
She, her husband David, and their two daughters reside in Rome, Georgia.