Special Population Resource Fair to Be Held On the Campus of Albany Technical College Thursday

Staff Report From Albany CEO

Tuesday, September 10th, 2019

Albany Technical College will host a fair to explore available Community Resources. Community agencies will be on campus to provide information on services available to assist students with food, clothing, housing, utilities, childcare and more. This Resource Fair will be September 12, from 9 A.M. to 12 P.M. in the Kirkland Conference Center.

This resource fair will allow the students to explore several different available Community Resources. Over 35 Community agencies will be on campus to provide information on services available to assist students with food, clothing, housing, utilities, healthcare, childcare and more.

Quanta Bell, Special Populations Program Coordinator, commented "Our mission is to prepare individuals to meet dynamic and evolving workforce needs, utilizing industry-driven teaching and learning approaches including traditional, online, and customized business solutions. My goal as the Special Populations Program Coordinator is to eliminate as many barriers as possible, to ensure student success."

The Special Population office is designed to assist students with support services, resource referrals, customized workshops and life skills. The program provides useful guidance to assist students in overcoming barriers to stay in school and achieve their career goals.

Special Populations serves students enrolled in Career and Technical Occupation programs and are members of one of the following Special Populations:

Displaced Homemakers

Single Parent (male or female)

Non-Traditional Students

Academically Disadvantaged

Economically Disadvantaged

A displaced homemaker is an adult, who is divorced, widowed, separated, or has a disabled spouse and is unemployed or underemployed. The displaced homemaker is also one who has worked primarily without pay to care for a home and family and for this reason, has diminished marketable skills.

A single parent student is an individual who is unmarried or legally separated from a spouse and has a minor child or children for whom the parent has either custody or joint custody.

A student in a non-traditional program is a student who has chosen to enter training in a field that is dominated by persons of the opposite gender, such as, a male in nursing, or a female in automotive technology.

An economically disadvantaged student is an individual receiving PELL, WIA, TANF, etc.

Albany Technical College staff helps you:

Transition into the college setting

Acquire financial assistance (tuition, fees and required books)

Albany Technical College staff offers counseling and referrals to community resources in areas of need such as:

Assessment testing & evaluation



Occupational information on non-traditional careers

Students may initiate the use of these services or can be referred by college staff, faculty, area high school counselors, social agency personnel, or other professionals.

Confirmed Community Partners:


Feeding the Valley Food Bank       

Boys & Girls Club of Albany, Inc.                

Albany Housing Authority             

Easterseals Southern Georgia                   

City of Albany Community & Economic Development

Dougherty County Neighborhood Service Center                  

Goodwill Industries of Southern Rivers        

DPH-Women, Infants and Children 

SOWEGA Council on Aging                      

National Alliance on Mental Illness-Albany, GA                     

Southwest Georgia Project for Community Education, Inc.       

Dougherty County Extension Program                    

Open Arms, Inc.             

Southwest Georgia Community Action Council Inc-Head Start/Early Head Start Program              

Peach State


Family Literacy Connection

U.S. Census Bureau


Quality Homecare and Medical Services, LLC                      

Liberty House of Albany               

Right from the Start Medical Assistance Group         

Southwest GA Health District 8-2 (Breast and Cervical Cancer Program)                       

Albany Area YMCA                     


Horizon's Community Solutions                 

Albany Area Primary Health Care, Inc.                    

GEAR UP Dougherty                   

H.E.R.O.'s Instillment Academy                 

Aspire BHDD Services     

New Beginning Early Learning Academy                 

Alpha Pregnancy Center              

Senior Community Service Employment Program                  

Department of Community Supervision