Thursday, May 23 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-23 11:30:38 GMT
Dougherty County Police believe a pair of convenience store smash and grabs may be the work of the same two men. The first smash and grab happened around 2:20 am at the Pit Stop convenience store atMore >>
Dougherty County Police believe two men are behind a smash and grab and a break in at two convenience stores within four miles of each other.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:26 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:26:38 GMT
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year. AAA says the average gas price in Georgia right now is about $3.46 a gallon. That'sMore >>
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:20:46 GMT
Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear. Rangers expect a large number of boaters all weekend. They say they will strictlyMore >>
Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:14 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:14:04 GMT
A Cordele woman and her father are leading an effort to send clothes and other supplies to tornado victims in Moore, Oklahoma. Not only are a lot of people already donating items, but people are chippingMore >>
A Cordele woman and her father are leading an effort to send clothes and other supplies to tornado victims in Moore, Oklahoma.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 8:20 PM EDT2013-05-23 00:20:52 GMT
The Lee County Sheriff's Department is now working with the Albany Crime stoppers. The Lee County Sheriff's Department asked to join the Albany Crime-stoppers program. The Sheriff's Department believesMore >>
The Lee County Sheriff's Department is now working with the Albany Crime stoppers. The Lee County Sheriff's Department asked to join the Albany Crime-stoppers program. The Sheriff's Department believes it will be a helpful tool in closing some cases.
THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - Budgetary issues are causing financial woes at colleges across the country, but a lack of students is not the problem.
More kids are attending college now, than at any point in history. "So far in the last 6 years it's fallen between 10 and 15 percent growth each year and we'd like it to continue for a few more years," said Thomas University President Dr. Gary Bonvillian.
Bonvillian says they've had to work for their successful enrollment. "Unlike community colleges in the public sector we don't typically grow because we have a bad economy. We grow because we are reaching out in the market more ambitiously than we ever have before."
But the poor economy has affected many students, causing them to stay close to home. Jessica Cashwell is a second year nursing student at Southwest Georgia Tech. "It's convenient. I have a family here in town so it keeps me at home and I'm able to go home in the afternoons and spend time with my family and it's cheaper."
Southwest Georgia Tech had an 8 percent enrollment jump from last year. "Even though our enrollment is growing we have small classrooms and we can give that individualized attention," said Vice President of Student Affairs Joyce Halstead.
These days, it can be hard to find a job even if you have a degree, but Southwest has a job placement rate of 99 percent. "Well if I was a student, to know that the school has such a successful placement rate number one would attract me to that school. Today it's very difficult to find a job. You can be well skilled and still not find a place in the workplace," said Placement Director Janine Long.
Cashwell says although it did make financial sense to stay close to home, it was also the best thing for her education. "The technology here is great. The virtual hospital, I couldn't imagine any better."
Cashwell says her biggest reason for choosing Southwest Georgia Tech was the promise of having a job when she graduates.
Cashwell says she was able to get financial help to pay for college and she encourages other students to check out the many scholarship and financial aid programs.