ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Three months after Hurricane Michael hit, construction classes at Albany Technical College have been relocated for this semester.
The storm’s high winds ripped the roof off Carlton Construction Building.
“With the damages in the community we need roofers, carpenters, plumbers,electricians, masonry workers etc. so we need to get those students back in class so they can help this community,” said ATC President Anthony Parker.
Parker said the hurricane mostly left damages to the roof of the Carlton Construction Building.
“The building got wet obviously with the rain that we had after the hurricane so there were some areas in phase one that were close to electrical panels that we couldn’t keep dry,” he said.
Six programs and more than 200 students are impacted by this move.
The former Albany Regional Youth Detention Center, Artisian Hall, and the Center for Excellence IT and Electronics building will house those programs until repairs are complete.
We are told the funding for the renovations is still available to the academy.
“We believe that most of the damages are covered by insurance so the college has insurance for events like that,” said Parker.
He said what’s most important students and faculty should know, is the school is moving along with repairs to get students back in their building.
“We’re in business, I think sometimes when individuals ride by that facility on Slappey they may believe that the construction programs are no longer being operated but they are obviously just not at that location,” he said.
Those repairs will begin sometime in February.
Classes start back at the college Monday.
If construction students need information on this move, they can report to the Nathaniel Cross Health Care Technology Building.