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Carlton Construction Academy opens

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany Technical College revealed its newest tool to train students Thursday.

The Carlton Construction Academy will house programs including masonry, carpentry, plumbing and other construction trades. While the construction industry has been hurt more than most in the current recession, and jobs may be hard to find, Stimulus projects are opening up and eventually all over, people will once again build.

Once known as the Carlton company, this 8,000 square foot building, has a new purpose. Home of the Carlton Construction Academy.

ATC President Dr. Anthony Parker said, "It means we can bring all of our construction programs in one location to create some synergy."

The same synergy they'll need once they get into the workforce, jobs they can find right here in Albany.  Dr. Parker said, "It means we can enroll more students in jobs that can't be out-sourced, so those students will buy goods right here in Albany and contribute to our economy."

But the economy has been hard hit, especially the construction industry. But more students are enrolling in these programs, from carpentry to plumbing, because they know they'll be able to find jobs eventually.

"it also means we can grow construction enrollment at the same time we are building new infrastructure in America with both government projects and hopefully those government projects will stimulate private growth in the construction industry," said Parker.

But none of this would have been possible without the donation of this $2 Million facility by the Carlton family. Tom Sullivan said, "The Carlton Company used to be here on this site and they decided to donate it to Albany Tech for the good of the community and it's something the family is excited to do, proud to do it to help Albany, to help Southwest Georgia and help Albany Tech."

Bringing all the tools together, to build up the future of its students.

Renovating the first stage of the Carlton Construction Academy cost about $1.8 Million. The second stage of renovations will add an additional 20,000 square feet of class and office space, but that funding has not been secured by the General Assembly.

The Carlton Company was a Caterpillar equipment dealer. The business was sold in 2002.

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