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National TV show comes to Albany Tech

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By Christian Jennings - bio | email

August 7, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A crew from a national television show was on the campus of Albany Technical College today. They shot a feature on the school's Commercial Truck Driving Program. ION Network's show called "The World's Greatest...!" says the school's driving program the best of its kind.

Albany Technical College has taught students to be Commercial Truck Drivers for ten years. Now, the program is getting the recognition instructor David Ratliff thinks it deserves.

"We have good equipment, we have a good program. Good students...we take care of our students. We don't guarantee them anything, but if they apply themselves they'll go far," says Ratliff.

The show's name speaks for itself. "The World's Greatest..." is a cable tv show that showcases the world's greatest: Companies, products, hotels, etc. Now, Albany Tech is named the home of the world's greatest truck driving program. Students are excited.

"I thought it was great for them to actually pick Albany Tech to do so. That's telling me a lot about the school if they picked the school to do that," says Brodrick Stewart.

The eight week certificate program starts students out in the classroom. Then they hit the course, learning basic driving skills with certified instructors. Finally during the last few weeks, they hit the road. President Dr. Anthony Parker thinks the television show will not only highlight this course, but others as well.

"This gives us an opportunity to have people learn about us. We do what we do well and maybe prospective students will find something interesting and go for them," says Parker.

Instructors say one of the best parts about the program is the cost. HOPE grants are available to all Georgia residents. The grant covers almost 3,000 dollars. Students only have to pay a little over 200 dollars out of pocket.

The air date and time of the episode have not yet been determined. Feedback