Albany Technical College gets grant to help veterans, their spouses

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ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - Technical college leaders said a nearly $60,000 grant will help veterans and their spouses in South Georgia.

The Technical College System of Georgia has chosen Albany Technical College to receive a Defense Grant.

It will give career and technical training to military members who are transitioning out of service and their spouses.

Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard said anytime she can rally behind veterans and their families, she’s all for it.

“We do so much better when we work together, where we see a need and all of us work together to fulfill that need,” said Hubbard.

On Tuesday morning, Albany city leaders, Dougherty County leaders and Albany Tech signed onto a one-year agreement for the partnership.

Hubbard said she hopes the Defense Grant will make veterans stay in Albany.

“We are hoping that they would get this training, they will get a job and they will stay here and be a part of our community,” said Hubbard.

The city and county will match around $30,000 coming from the technical college system to make the total nearly $60,000 grant.

People eligible will go to classes at Albany Tech to prepare them for the workforce.

Albany Tech President Dr. Anthony Parker said he’s thrilled.

“This is an opportunity for them to start and finish something in this community,” said Parker.

When they finish training, the veterans and their spouses will then get to apply for paid internships with the city and county.

“I always want to thank veterans and their families for their services and the sacrifices that they make on our behalf by protecting us all the time,” said Hubbard.

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