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Albany Technical College gets approval to offer advanced medical imaging degree
Information sessions on radiologic technology being offered at Albany Tech

ALBANY — Albany Technical College will be able to offer an advanced medical imaging associate of applied science degree, a 64-credit hour program, this coming spring.

Officials at the school said the new degree opens a world of opportunity for the post-graduate registered radiologic technologist, registered radiation therapist and registered nuclear medicine technologist.

The new program provides the students with the knowledge needed to perform magnetic resonance imaging, MRI, and computed tomography, CT, exams and to sit for the Post-Primary Magnetic Resonance Imaging Certification Examination and/or the Post-Primary Computed Tomography Certification Examination. The academic component is designed to meet content specifications of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists exam in MRI and CT, as well as provide for continuing educational requirements.

“We are proud to announce the expansion of the program here at Albany Technical College, which will now include advanced medical imaging with embedded certifications in computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging,” Lisa Stephens, program director of radiologic technology, said. “With the entry of new students in the spring of 2020, we should see students obtaining certifications in computed tomography as early as summer 2020.”

In addition to the advanced medical imaging degree, students may also opt to only complete the certificate for CT specialist or MRI specialist.

These are stand-alone certifications and will prepare registered technologists to be eligible to sit for the certification exams in either specialty.

Students may enter the major at any point during an academic year, but the CT courses will begin in the summer of each year and the MRI courses will start in the fall.

The didactic portion of the program will be offered entirely online and provided in the “7+7” format. The clinical part will be in the traditional format, done off-campus at a clinical education site on the 15-week semesters.

Information sessions on radiologic technology will be offered in the Nathaniel Cross Healthcare Technology Building, HCT 141, at Albany Tech. These sessions will be provided at:

♦ Today: noon to 6 p.m.

♦ Thursday: 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

For more information about the advanced medical imaging Associate of Applied Science Degree or radiologic technology program, contact Stephens at (229) 430-6049 or visit albanytech.edu.

Law enforcement brings hot dogs, homemade cakes, bonding to annual event

ALBANY — It wasn’t outdoors on a Saturday, but a Monday night rescheduling of the Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office’s annual Unity in the Community event brought food, games and togetherness to those gathered in an elementary school cafeteria.

“I think it’s wonderful,” said Ayesha Henderson, who brought her three children to the event at which law enforcement officers served barbecue chicken, hot dogs and ran cake walks at five-minute intervals at Morningside Elementary School. “I think we need this in this area and Dougherty County, a (chance) to get to know one another.”

The planned Saturday gathering was postponed due to Tropical Storm Nestor’s arrival in the area.

“It’s a pretty good turnout,” Henderson said.

Sheriff Kevin Sproul said school officials helped save the day — and kept the food that had been donated from going to waste.

“When I took office in 2009, we took up building unity in the community,” Sproul said. “This is the 10th anniversary (of the gathering).”

Feeding people is a way to bring them together and hang out with others, he said.

“This gives us the opportunity to listen to men and women, families in the community to give them a chance to express their concerns,” Sproul said. “It gives the community the opportunity to meet law enforcement.”

The sheriff’s office has held the event in venues all over the city, he said. As for the cakes, they were not store-bought versions.

“My mother-in-law, my wife and I baked 15 cakes,” Sproul said.

Mayoral candidate Tracy Taylor endorses Chad Warbington

ALBANY — The fallout from Ward IV Albany City Commissioner Roger Marietta’s admission that he had taken campaign signs of opponent Chad Warbington after video of Marietta taking two signs surfaced on social media has begun in earnest.

Mayoral candidate Tracy Taylor, who is chairman of the Dougherty County Republican Party, told The Albany Herald this morning that he is now “formally endorsing” Warbington’s bid to unseat Marietta.

“I strongly believe that, as mayor, I need a man of Chad’s integrity sitting at the commission table,” Taylor said.

Taylor, a Waycross firefighter who is one of seven candidates in the Nov. 5 mayoral race, said the issue with the campaign signs led him to throw his support behind Warbington.

“I wanted to give Roger the benefit of the doubt when I saw the video,” Taylor said, “but then when I read that news alert in the Albany Herald where Roger admitted he took a sign, well, that helped me make this decision.

“As for what will happen with this issue and how it will impact the election, that’s for the voters to decide.”

The city’s mayoral race, as well as contested Ward IV and Ward VI commission races, will be determined in the nonpartisan Nov. 5 municipal election.