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January 13, 2006

Albany - Albany Tech plans to offer more construction programs thanks to a big donation and some help from the state government. Since the Carlton Family donated a building next to the campus to the school in 2003, Albany Tech has worked to turn the building into a construction academy.

This year, the state's Department of Technical and Adult Education included $1.8-million in its budget for the academy. But the Governor didn't included it in his proposed budget. Albany Tech President Anthony Parker still feels optimistic the money will come through and says the academy will allow the college to offer several new construction programs.

"We hope the construction academy will help us add programs such as plumbing, masonry, construction, planning and management, civil technologies, roofing and cabinet making," said Parker.

President Parker says the school is now encouraging area lawmakers to revise the Governor's budget to include the Carlton Construction Academy funding. The 80,000 square foot facility already comes with welding and machining equipment making the Carlton's donation worth about $2-million.

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