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ATC kicks off fundraising campaign

Albany -- Albany Tech is crowded with students, growing more than 100% in the last ten years. So the college is asking the businesses that often hire the school's graduates, to help pay for needed improvements.

Aspiring chef Claudia Vallaeares studied engineering in Mexico, but came to Albany Tech to perfect her passion for cooking. "I have the scientific part of food, now I need the artistic," she said.

She banking on the college's specialized Culinary Arts program to teach her the skills she needs to land her dream job. "Being a caterer in real Mexican food, not the food they serve in Albany," said Vallaeares.

Albany Tech President Dr. Anthony Parker says serving up a skilled workforce will take new courses, larger facilities, and more money. And colleges can no longer rely on a very tight state budget for money. So the college is holding its first fundraising campaign.

"We hope to raise $3 million to $4 million," said Parker.

The school plans to use the money for two things: First, to improve student achievement. "Scholarships, better facilities, and an opportunity for students to have career services up front so they know the areas better that they want to go in to," Parker said.

And secondly, to partner with industries. "Giving industries that need additional employees an opportunity to partner with us to help those employees be educated and trained."

Training that will hopefully help these students easily transition from the classroom to workplace.

Albany Tech has already raised about $1.3 million toward its $4 million goal.

posted by dave.miller@walb.com 

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