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Fitzgerald leaders want to attract business

May 13, 2007

Fitzgerald - - If you visit East Central Technical College in Fitzgerald, you'll find state of the art equipment in a new building designed to introduce students first hand to technology. 

 In the school's new Telecommunications and Technology building, instructors can control all of the classroom settings from a computer.

When the instructor writes notes to appear on the overhead, he can then save them and students can access them online.

The school is also teaming with the City of Fitzgerald and Ocilla to attract businesses to a new Technology Center across from the campus.

"One of the biggest problems we face in small communities is we lose our workforce. We educate them, we train them, then they have to leave here to go find jobs. Well this technology, joint relationship with the school, will offer an opportunity for our young people to be here making good salaries," says Ocilla Chamber of Commerce President Hazel McCranie.

Currently there's a call center operating at the school, which will soon add 40 jobs in Fitzgerald.

There are 18 sites available at the technology center, where city leaders plan to attract business offices and data centers.

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