Val Tech Helps Out Students With Gas Prices

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By Ben Wolf
Posted 5:00 p.m. August 15, 2006

High gas prices are something that's on many Americans' minds.

Valdosta Technical College, however, helps some of its students out with the problem. They bring the classroom to students' places of employment. That means more money saved for students working in the industrial park like Jason Barham.

"Forty dollars a week," said Barham.

Fellow students can't say enough about the convenience.

"I think it's a great idea because I drive an SUV and it really sucks gas," said Raymond Copeland.

"It's closer. You don't have to look for a parking space and the classes are smaller. I like that. There's more one on one with an instructor," said Susan Kidd.

Carl Barber of T.M. Poly Film Incorporated says the program is good for improving talent inside the company, as well as attracting new workers.

"Utilizing their working time to allow them to continue their education is a benefit to us," said Carl Barber.

Val Tech begins classes at the Department of Labor and Valdosta City Hall soon with the same goal to enroll students who would normally shy away because they can't afford the commute.

The class offered at T.M. film deals with supervisor training.

Classes at the Department of Labor and City Hall will train students in computers and professional growth.