What welcomed news that the Georgia Board of Regents voted to allow Darton College to now offer some four year degree programs. Darton is also one of four community colleges approved for “State” college status in Georgia.
The board recognized the value Darton holds and the quality education it offers.
This is a big victory, not only for Albany, but for all of southwest Georgia. Darton nursing students, who previously had to look elsewhere to finish their degrees, now have the advantage of staying here. And as time goes on, this will translate into an ever bigger boost for south Georgia.
The more students who attend Darton, the more stimulus for the local economy.
We appreciate all the hard work of those who worked to make this happen, and we are especially grateful that the Board of Regents responded with its affirmative vote.
We look forward to watching Darton grow, and we are excited about the benefits that the enhancement of this quality educational institution will bring to south Georgia.
MCLB workers saving
troops’ lives abroad
Once again, workers at Maintenance Center Albany at MCLB have shown how vital they are not only to our community and economy, but to our national security.
They designed and built an incredible piece of military equipment that is saving lives on the battlefields of Afghanistan. The Mobile Trauma Bay is an armored, fully-stocked, intensive care unit and emergency room on wheels that can be deployed a couple of hundred yards from the front lines.
A Navy doctor came up with the idea. The commandant of the Marine Corps ordered the team in Albany to build it. It was a complex project that experts say should normally take at least 13 months to complete. The Albany workers had the first MTB out of the door in 79 days.
The project manager from Marine Corps Headquarters in Virginia says no other group of workers at any industrial facility in the country could have done that. And a Navy doctor who has used the MTB in the field says that because of it, troops are now surviving wounds that have never been survivable.
Many Albany employees worked 12 to 14 hour days, seven days a week, for more than 50 straight days to get the job done and support our troops. The troops now making it home alive appreciate their dedication, and so do we.
Written by Jim Wilcox, general manager of WALB.