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Looking for a new career?

August 16, 2007

Albany--Are you stuck in a job you flat out hate, or you're just not sure what you want to do for a career?  Well, if so, you might be in luck. This Saturday, Albany Tech is hosting its annual Community, Family, and Friends Day event.

The goal of this upcoming event is to make future students aware of the many career fields available to them through the college.

Last year, Albany Tech signed up more than 100 students during the event and staff hopes to have even more people apply to the school this year.

Linda Cauley has worked as a dental instructor for Albany Tech for twenty-five years now.

"My program prepares students to work at chair side with the dentist," says Cauley

Through the years, she's had many student success stories.

"One of my favorite success stories, I have a young lady who went through my program about seven years ago, and worked in field for several years. And she built upon her education here, now she's a dental sales rep," says Cauley.

Cauley hopes to help prospective students also find success in a career through Albany Tech's annual Community, Family, and Friends day on Saturday.

"Just a great opportunity with the showcase to see all of our programs and compare each program to the other. Everybody can't be a dental assistant. Maybe their better suited to be a nursing student," says Cauley.

"This is a good opportunity in that if you're not really sure technical education is right for you, but you do have some interest to come out and find our more about the programs," says Albany Tech's Kathryn McPhail.  She says the event will give future students a chance to ask plenty of questions about the college and its many programs.

"We get a lot of questions about financial aid. Can I go to college? Can I afford this? And the answer is usually yes. About 98 percent of our students are on some type of financial aid, and many of them are on the HOPE grant which means you get to go to college for free," says McPhail.

Each program will have displays and instructors on hand to provide future students with valuable information.

"We like to make sure we have lot of interesting pictures showing students in the field actually working, so they can get a good feel of what the task will be that they're doing," says Cauley.

And with just two days to go, until the event swings into gear, Cauley says it's an event definitely worth checking out.

"It's going to be great. It's gets better every year," says Cauley.

The event will take place this Saturday from 10 AM to 1 PM at the Dougherty County campus.  There will be free food, games, as well as a car and bike showcase.  If you can't make it out to that event, don't worry. Albany Tech will also hold the same event at the Randolph County Learning Center on August 25th from 10 AM to 1 PM.

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