ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Technical College System of Georgia set a new record high in enrollment this year growing by 7% from the previous year.
More than half of that increase was among students ages 26 and older a reflection that many of the new students are laid-off or under-employed workers. Officials say these students are turning to technical colleges to learn a new skill set in a relatively short time period.
"Out enrollment is up by 30 percent head count we think we would have had half that growth any way but the economy is impacting students going to technical college," said Dr. Anthony Parker, President of Albany Technical College.
TCSG's online college, the Georgia Virtual Technical College, also had a record year, enrolling 58,472 students in online courses in 2009.