Wiregrass announces new program coordinators

December 3, 2012

Tom Moody
Mr. Tom Moody

Fitzgerald, GA—Wiregrass Georgia Technical College would like to announce that Thomas Moody is the new Industrial Systems Technology Program Coordinator and Ira Smith is the new Telecommunications and Security Technology Program Coordinator for the Ben Hill-Irwin Campus.

Thomas is a resident of Worth County, and has lived in South West Georgia his entire life. Thomas graduated from Albany Area Vocational School (now Albany Technical College) in 1986 with a diploma in Electrical Construction. Prior to his last semester of training, he began working for Albany Electric. During his employment there, he worked in the minor construction, major construction, service, contract maintenance, and controls and panel assembly departments. Thomas completed a four-year apprenticeship program with the company during his employment.

Thomas began his career in education 17 years ago at South Georgia Technical College in Americus. He managed a co-op program with Albany Electric and the college. During his career in education, Thomas has also continued to pursue his educational goals. He earned an Associate of Science degree from Darton State University, and is currently working towards his Bachelor degree in Education from Valdosta State University. He is married with three children and one grandchild. Two of his children are also graduates of the technical college system and currently employed in their respective fields.

Mr. Ira Smith
Mr. Ira Smith

Ira Smith comes to Wiregrass with a great deal of experience in the broadband world of telecommunications. He has risen through the ranks of the regional Mediacom branches since 2000 to become very well-respected and one of the go-to-men in providing excellent technical and customer service to the surrounding communities. He has a long list of specialized certifications including the National Cable Television Institute’s designation of Senior Master Technician. He is an alumnus of the telecommunications program at Wiregrass. He graduated from the program in 1996 and is a few weeks away from completing his BS degree in Information Technology with a specialization in Telecommunications and Networking.

According to Dean Roy Warren, “Ira has the heart of a teacher.” For more than 20 years he has coached all types of youth sports, works weekends at the Jessamine Place in Fitzgerald Georgia, an organization that serves those with disabilities, and he serves as a mentor for at-risk youth as part of the Youth in Action program. Ira is married with 3 children.

“We are excited to welcome such experienced instructors to the Wiregrass family,” stated Roy Warren, Dean of Technical and Industrial Programs. “Their combined educational and real world experience in the field is a critical component in preparing students for the workforce.” To find out more about the Industrial Systems Technology or the Telecommunications and Security program on the Ben Hill-Irwin Campus, please call 468-2000 or visit www.wiregrass.edu. Spring Semester classes begin January 7 and new student applications are now being accepted.