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Albany Tech opens new career center

Albany Technical College President Anthony Parker holds the ribbon as Director of Career Services Judy Jimmerson prepares to cut it.

Albany Technical College President Anthony Parker holds the ribbon as Director of Career Services Judy Jimmerson prepares to cut it.

ALBANY, Ga. — It took six years of preparation, but Albany Technical College cut the ribbon on its new Career Development Center Monday afternoon.

ATC Director of Career Services Judy Jimmerson cut the ribbon on the renovated building which will be the new home of career services at the technical college.

“Our new Career Development Center will offer resources, services, and opportunities to students to assist them in achieving their career goals and also provide services to employers to help them meet their workforce needs,” Jimmerson said.

The Career Services division is responsible for assisting active Albany Tech students and graduates in the pursuit of suitable, rewarding employment.

The division conducts quarterly follow-ups on graduates and employers. These surveys help to ensure that Albany Tech is achieving its educational objective of providing students and graduates with the skills necessary to perform in a competitive workforce environment.

“I’d like to first thank the Dougherty County Commission for working with us in allowing the Albany Technical College Foundation to acquire the building,” ATC President Anthony Parker said. “It took us six years, but this building is representative of Albany Tech beginning with the end in mind. Students and instructors helped with the renovation.”

The new center, which was once the old Dougherty County Ag Building, has a large state-of-the-art computer lab equipped with 30 new computers, 10 kiosk computer stations, interview rooms, and a conference room.

Beth Lane, chairperson of the Albany Area Employer Committee, was pleased with the new facility.

“We applaud this new Career Development Center,” Lane said. “We have worked with Albany Tech in many different ways in the past, and the partnership has been a blessing for both of us.”