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ABAC growing at record speed

June 17, 2003

Tifton- Summer session at Abraham Baldwin College is in full swing. This year classes are fuller than ever with 1,600 students in summer classes and enrollment numbers reaching record highs.

"Our applications are coming in regularly right now we're ahead of last year. Last Fall was a record for us and were headed at that pace right now, so we're expecting big numbers this fall," adds Tom Call, of Student and Enrollment Services.

Along with its increased student base the school has also increased it's course and degree offerings. The small college offers 52 program of study and 19 new one year certificate programs, as well a degree programs through other Georgia colleges.

"You have five other institutions offering four year degrees and graduate degrees right here at ABAC, so a student could conceivably get a one year certificate program, a two year degree, a four year degree, or even a Masters from Albany State right here in Tifton," explains Public Relations Director, Mike Chason.

ABAC is also growing physically resembling a major university with construction projects in progress throughout the campus.

"This year with a culmination of about two years worth of work we'll be opening over $40 million worth of new facilities on the campus from new dorms, new classrooms, a pedestrian mall running right through our campus, so we're quite proud of our accomplishments," adds ABAC President, Mike Vollmer.

While students at ABAC learn how to grow turf grass and produce, their school will be sprouting as well.

ABAC will break ground on a new $32 million residence hall Monday making it the largest in the nation for a two year institution.

Posted at 6:00 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com