THINC College & Career Academy continues to move forward, as they hire their first principal, Chris Williams.
Williams has nine years of teaching experience, six years of Navy leadership, and five years in the corporate sector, working in the IT field.
THINC is unique - all career pathways focus on high demand fields and skills, like mechatronics, engineering, energy and health care. Officials with THINC said Williams’ education and work experience in IT, science and math, he is equipped to not only challenge the students, but the faculty and staff. To them, it made him the perfect choice for the position.
“I entered the teaching profession to help kids see their potential to succeed,” said Williams. “That’s exactly what I want to see happen at THINC. As THINC’s principal, I will lead a team of highly qualified, innovative instructors to create the best learning environment for students.”
Williams holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from LaGrange College, a master’s in teaching from LaGrange College, and a doctorate of education from Columbus State University. He also received the education specialist qualification from CSU and was chosen as the 21st century classroom representative for Gardner Newman Middle School.
In addition to his expertise, Williams is well-informed about today’s technology. After high school, he worked with one of the Navy’s two most technologically advanced systems, the Tomahawk Cruise Missile Weapon System. After leading a team of six men aboard the USS Paul F. Foster during Desert Storm, Dr. Williams worked in IT for Trackmobile, Federal Mogul, and Interface Flooring.
“With his stock of experience,” said John Asbell, THINC governing board chair, “Chris will certainly steer THINC in the right direction.”
Troup County’s first and only College and Career Academy, THINC helps shape students into highly desirable employees and college applicants. Students are equipped with technical and career-specific skills and understand the soft skills of business - a firm handshake, a strong work ethic and critical thinking skills.