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Albany Tech receives Dollar General and USDA grants

ALBANY, Ga. -- Albany Technical College recently received two grants to help with the GED testing changes and medical program equipment purchases.

One is from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation for $10,000 and the other is a USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant in the amount of $54,000.

This academic year, GED testing in Georgia will transition to a computer-based test format. The Dollar General grant will provide computer literacy skills to students that are enrolled in Albany Tech's Adult Education programs.

"These funds will assist students to gain computer skills to be successful with the new computer-based GED Test," said Linda Coston, associate vice president of Adult Education at Albany Tech. "The new test will require students to type the essay, as well as use basic functions such as drop and drag, point and click. Tests are timed and students must have the ability to type at a rate of speed when completing the essay to complete the test. The assistance from this grant will help students gain basic computer knowledge."

The USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant will allow Albany Tech to purchase equipment which will train students in the acute care medical scenarios utilizing human patient simulators in the Practical Nursing, Medical Assisting, and other Allied Health programs.

The mannequin will be able to mimic body functions such as bleeding, breathing, blood pressure and heart rate, as well as corresponding patient responses.

"Simulation technology has enabled nursing instructors to create new and better methods of teaching and reinforcing evidence-based practices for nursing students," said ATC Nursing Instructor Schvon Bussey. "We are happy to provide our students with the opportunity to use a high-tech mannequin for real world experiences."