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The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards. WG&L leaders say the utility is paying $20,000 dollars a monthMore >>
The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards.More >>
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An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today. Century Pines Assisted Living Center threw a party for resident Charles Walker who turned 101 today. Walker wasMore >>
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today.More >>
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For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing. A couple of businesses are thriving there. The new art park is open, and a sidewalk improvementMore >>
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:20:33 GMT
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come. Tonight, The Albany Dougherty Inner City Authority board began discussionsMore >>
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:51 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:51:07 GMT
Ravi Mikel Givens was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. He is being held in the Dougherty County jail. Givens, who played ball at Westover and StetsonMore >>
Agents say that police responded to the apartment because of a burglar alarm. Officers found the back door broken open and went inside. That's where they detected a strong odor of marijuana, and saw pot in plain view.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany Technical college have enrolled more students this fall than ever before. And the lagging economy may be the reason.
There are just under three-thousand students this quarter, with 171 more than this time last year.
Some of those new faces are not your traditional students. The school is seeing more older adults working to improve their skill set.
There is barely enough room to accommodate all of the students working in the culinary arts lab at Albany Tech, and this is the trend throughout the college. Eighty percent of programs has shown some growth since last fall.
With this growth also comes a change in the student body. "We have more high school students than we had last year at this time, but our biggest growth is from younger adults 22-years-old and older," said Dr. Anthony Parker, school president.
"I have noticed more mature students going back to school to secure more training in case the inevitable happens," said student Wanda Edwards.
The economic slowdown has encouraged more adults to go back to school while they work to stay abreast of the competition.
"It may be that they need to understand new software and drafting, computer technology, etc., and we see them coming back to be current in those fields."
"What can I do today in another area to make money, perhaps if my cash cow or my job of experience goes away. And that is what happened to me," said Edwards.
Wanda Edwards is a software consultant who is now enrolled in surgical technologies. "The information technology field is very limited in the Albany area. Where as the medical field is wide open in this area."
Edwards, as well as the other adults at Albany Tech, hope these improvements will make them recession proof as they continue to work to make it through these tough times.
There are also 27% more students taking online courses compared to last summer. More than 70% of Albany Tech students take at least one online class.