November 4, 2015 - Albany, Georgia – Albany Technical College is pleased to announce it has been awarded a grant in the amount of $22,390 from the Georgia Driver’s Education Commission.
The grant, which runs from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016, will help finance driver’s education locally by providing classes with 30 hours of classroom instruction and six hours of behind-the-wheel experience with a trained instructor.
“Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers and we are committed to providing students with the education and experience needed to avoid tragedy,” said GDEC Chairman, Harris Blackwood. “This grant will help Albany Technical College equip young drivers in the community to be safer when they get behind the wheel.”
The grant will provide free Driver’s Education and is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Currently, Albany Tech has been allotted funds to accommodate 296 persons. Without the grant funds provided by the state of Georgia, the cost for Driver’s Education at Albany Tech costs $250.
“This grant will allow Albany Technical College to offer Driver’s Education that meets Joshua’s Law guidelines to young people between the ages of 15 and 18 who are seeking to become first-time drivers in the state of Georgia,” said Matt Trice, Vice President of the Center for Business Solutions at Albany Technical College. “In addition to the free tuition for the course, many insurance providers offer significant discounts in premiums for teens who have successfully completed approved Driver Education courses.”
PHOTO: Pictured (left to right): Matt Trice, Vice President of the Center for Business Solutions at Albany Technical College; Niki Knox Vanderslice, Executive Director for Business Development and External Affairs, Technical College System of Georgia; Dr. Anthony O. Parker, President of Albany Technical College; Harris Blackwood, Director, Georgia Office of Highway Safety; and Josh Turner, Director, Georgia Driver’s Education Commission.