ALBANY, Ga. — Albany Technical College will host its 9th annual workshop and luncheon for area clergy today from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the school's Kirkland Conference Center.
The theme for the luncheon is “Real World Training for the Real World Workforce.”
The purpose of the event, according to ATC officials, is to provide information to clergy in the community about educational choices at Albany Tech, financial aid options and employment opportunities available to graduates.
“We understand the important role ministers play in the lives of our students,” said Lisandra DeJesus, vice president for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Albany Tech. “It is these people who shape our students’ character and encourage them to take advantage of education and better their lives. With the help of our local clergy, we can strengthen the Southwest Georgia community, one family at a time.”
The event's keynote speaker will be Jose Mendoza, pastor of Centro Cristiano Victoria Church. A native of Puerto Rico, Mendoza moved to Albany in 1996 and began attending Victory Tabernacle in 1997.
In August of 1997, Mendoza founded the Centro Cristiano Victoria Church where he began to translate the word of God to the Hispanic population. He and his wife have one daughter.
Albany Tech President Anthony O. Parker, will address the group and is expected to challenge them to help those in the community who may need to go to college or even get their GED to do so.