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Record summer numbers at ATC

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany Technical College is experiencing record enrollment, and you can see evidence of the expanded student body all over campus. Students crowded the catwalks during the third day of Summer quarter Thursday.

Classrooms are at or near capacity, as is the parking lot. Almost 3,000 students are enrolled... the largest summer enrollment in the college's 48-year history and a 25-percent increase over last summer.

The economy is the driving force behind the growth.  Instructor LaTonya Harris said, "A lot of our students are former Cooper employees and they're coming back to take a trade because you know Cooper just closed down and the medical fi3eld is definitely a field that's going to be forever lasting."

Shanaca Dixon said, "It's very exciting for me as part of student government President and part of the cheerleading squad. I mean everything is just blowing up here at Albany Tech."

Even though the summer quarter started earlier this week, students continue to enroll. The good news for Albany Tech is that the more students are enrolled, the more money the school gets from the state.

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