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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  A taxpayer led coalition, intent on making Darton College a 4-year university, is gaining momentum. 

Darton has estimated that it would cost approximately $368,000 a year to run a bachelor's degree program in nursing.

Citizens for Economic Development say they want the Board of Regents to approve at least that program, perhaps as a pilot program, and if money is an issue, they say they'll raise it themselves.

Glenn Tennyson, a member of Citizens for Economic Development,  is leading the campaign. He says it's an issue of providing more opportunities for education, which will enhance economic development in the community.

"The last group that led this were led by politicians and we're not politicians. We're taxpaying citizens, so we refuse to take no. We'll keep trying. We're not going away," Tennyson said.

Tennyson says one reason another four-year college is needed is that only 14% of adults in Southwest Georgia hold bachelor's degrees, compared to the state average of about 28%.

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