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Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 9:56am

Grant For Three Georgia Tech Schools

Three Georgia Technical schools will share a multi-million dollar grant to develop new technology programs. The money will go toward expanding school curriculums and job opportunities with big companies coming to Georgia.

Athens Technical College, Albany Technical College and Atlanta Technical College will share a 13.6 million dollar grant. The announcement, from the US Secretary of Labor, means new programs for each school to address the need for increasingly sought after tech workers.

Athens Tech will get the largest share of the grant—nearly 10 million dollars. The school will implement four new engineering technology programs. Dan Smith with Athens Tech says they’re anticipating the recruiting needs of large companies like Caterpillar and Baxter International:

"So as we were developing the grant application, we were trying to structure it so we could get the resources for us to achieve what we need to do to help these companies achieve their business objectives."

The Caterpillar plant is being built in Bogart, near Athens and is expected to hire 1400 people before their opening next year.