Chamber leader visits CHS
Chamber leader visits Coosa High School
Posted on 05/18/2010
Students at Coosa High School received information about career pathways, global marketing and the importance of education from a leader in business, industry and education. Al Hodge, president and CEO of the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce and member of the State Board of Education representing the 11th Congressional District spoke with social studies and literature students at Coosa High School on Friday, May 14th. 

The importance of education to the youth of the area and the recruitment of business and industry to the community were discussed but the primary focus of the visit was what Mr. Hodge’s learned on a recent trip to China. Hodge gave CHS students his perspective concerning the Chinese economy, political landscape, and social structures. He also discussed the importance of competition in the global marketplace and how that impacts Rome and Floyd County. Students were active in the discussion of issues such as: the Global Cap in Trade agreements, pollution, Civil Rights, totalitarianism, and the importance of Democracy.

Hodge visited the People’s Republic of China on two occasions, one as a teacher and another as a student. His discussions with the students helped to foster an understanding of China among the students and staff who were in attendance. Hodge also discussed the importance of foreign investment in the Rome/Floyd County area. He concluded his discussion with a warning regarding global competition and its impact on students locally. Hodge said, “My generations moms told us to eat all of our meal because there was a child in China who would love to have the food on the plate. Today’s mothers should be telling their children to do their homework because there is a child in China who wants your job.”