Albany -- Darton College expects over three thousand 500 students to enroll for fall semester, a record enrollment for the two-year college. But the state-ordered budget cutbacks are making it hard to provide the education all those students are seeking.
Darton continues to run newspaper ads looking for part-time instructors to teach English, math, and science. As registration continues Tuesday, college leaders scramble to provide the classes the students want.
Classes start Wednesday at Darton College, but students were already lined up outside the Book Stores door, waiting for it to open. Construction projects continue across the Albany campus, as the community college tries to keep up with record growth. President Dr. Peter Sireno said "That's the challenge for all of us. I think the faculty and the staff at Darton understand how critical all this is, and they are willing to put in the double-time necessary to serve the students who come to us."
In his state of the college address to the faculty, President Peter Sireno said the budget cutbacks will not hurt Darton. The increased student body and nearly 3 million dollars in grants has the school on solid financial ground. Dr. Sireno said "Continued emphasis on enrollment growth and external grant sources will minimize the impact of our educational programs."
Dr. Sireno told the faculty that a new Humanities and Learning Support Building and student housing were future goals for the college. Because he sees an even bigger demand for college education in Georgia in the next decade.
Dr. Sireno said "Everyone of the institution of higher education in our state could have double and triple the enrollment they have right now."
Darton College needs people with Master's Degrees to be part-time instructors in math, science, and English. If you are interested, contact the College's Vice President of Academic Affairs.