ALBANY — Albany Technical College has been selected as the fiscal agent of a Defense Grant, offered by the Technical College System of Georgia Office of Workforce Development.
This Defense Community Economic Development Fund will directly impact the lives of military veterans and their spouses in the local community. Albany Tech will enter into a one-year agreement with the city of Albany and Dougherty County governments, a memorandum of understanding that will be signed Tuesday at 10 a.m. in Albany Technical College’s Logistics Education Center Executive Board Room.
Under the agreement, ATC, in collaboration with the city and county governments, will provide career and technical training services to military personnel and/or their spouses who are transitioning out of service. These individuals will be eligible to take technical certificates of credit and/or continuing education courses, which will provide them employment opportunities within the local work force or upon transferring to another station for duty. Some of the examples of TCC’s available include:
1. Health Care
b. Nurse Aid Certificate
c. EKG Technician
2. Diesel Technology
3. Quality Assurance Specialist
4. Microsoft Office
5. Real Estate Pre-Licensing
Upon completion of the training, participants will be eligible for internships, through the city of Albany and Dougherty County. The participants will have the option to intern within various governmental departments that align with their program of study.
“We’ve long held veterans and their families, who have served our country, in high regard and have worked diligently with the community to train and place these honored citizens in decent, good paying jobs in our community,” Albany Tech President Anthony Parker said in a news release. “This grant just reiterates the goals and objectives set forth by the Technical College System of Georgia in rural work force development.”
“The Dougherty County Board of Commissioners recognizes the importance of providing military families who locate to our community the opportunity to train for a second career,” Dougherty County Commission Chairman Chris Cohilas said. “We are pleased to provide internship training to our military personnel and their families.”
“The Marine Corps Logistics Base is a major asset to our community, and this partnership with Albany Technical College is a great opportunity for military families who are placed in our beautiful city to receive training,” Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard said. “What better way to learn a skill than to get firsthand experience, and that is what the internship with the city will provide to those who will participate in this program.”
The defense grant amount is $59,646, and Albany Tech is responsible for meeting all financial and programmatic requirements for the grant. The period of performance for the grant will be June 1–May 31, 2020.