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Thursday, 08 November 2018 22:59

Albany, GA, Technical College Students Return to Classrooms

Written by Terry Lewis, Albany Herald

Albany, GA, Technical College students returned to campus Oct. 22 for the first time since the arrival of Hurricane Michael on Oct. 10.


Their return coincided with the Technical College System of Georgia announcing the identification of employment fields that have many job openings and programs that will help students move into the jobs quickly.


Through the creation of incentives to fill these positions, several programs of study have been identified. Many of these programs are eligible for HOPE grant and HOPE Career Grant funding, which provides free tuition.


Officials at Albany Tech say the college is actively working to provide employees with training to meet specific needs of the area work force and is offering several Technical College Certificates of Credit that can be completed in as little as eight weeks to six months. This allows access to programs that are direct-to-work situations with little out-of-pocket cost. These certificates are linked to advance diplomas or degrees where skills gained would assist in Georgia’s work force initiative.


“Albany Tech is adding 18 technical certificates for students who previously could not be admitted to our diploma or degree programs. These programs are a part of Gov. Deal’s HOPE Career Grant. This means that, for eligible students, 100 percent of tuition and fees are paid through the HOPE Career Grant,” Albany Tech President Anthony Parker said.


To be eligible for the HOPE Career Grant, students must first qualify for and receive the HOPE Grant. The two grants together will cover all tuition in the 18 programs of study. Students will still be responsible for student fees and any equipment necessary, although in some cases, financial aid is available for those as well.


Entry-level work force certificate programs announced by the college Oct. 22 include:


• Automotive Collision Repair Assistant I
• Automotive Collision Repair Assistant II
• Automotive Refinishing Assistant I
• Automotive Refinishing Assistant II
• Automotive Collision Mechanical/Electrical Helper
• Basic Shielded Metal Arc Welder
• Certified Construction Worker
• Certified Customer Service Specialist
• Certified Warehousing Distribution Specialist
• Commercial Truck Driving
• Criminal Justice Specialist


We thank Albany Herald for reprint permission.

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