by David Shivers-
Keith Gaines, area coordinator for Troy University, spoke to the Kiwanis Club of Dougherty County on December 2 about what his institution has to offer.
Troy has had a presence in Albany since 2000, he said, starting at the Marine Corps Logistics Base, but moved into town and is now located at 321 William Jr. Street, behind the Harveys food store near the Slappey Boulevard/Gillionville Road intersection.
Troy, originally known as Troy State University, is based in Alabama and has four campuses there (Troy, Dothan, Montgomery, and Phenix City), but has off-campus sites in Georgia, Florida, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia, as well as Korea, Japan, Malaysia, and Vietnam. All programs are also available on-line, Gaines added. Several years ago, all campuses, off-campus locations, and online programs were brought together under the umbrella of Troy University, said Gaines, so that no matter where a student graduates, “it carries the same weight as any Troy University degree.”
In Albany, Troy holds two “full graduation services” annually with an average of 40 to 50 graduates. The local site is “more than adequate” for current classes with an auditorium, classrooms, and a computer lab.
“We’re responsible for everything in southwest Georgia from Warner Robins over to Columbus and everything southward to Valdosta to the southwest corner, Bainbridge,” Gaines explained. And, “We have alumni with all the major employers” in Albany.
Students in other institutions considering transfer to Troy University can have their credits quickly evaluated, said Gaines.
“We can give them a 48-hour turnaround on evaluation of their transfer credits, so they will know before they take the step,” he said.
Also, he said, “We cater to military students with their deployments with the online program. We make it possible for them to start and conclude their education” at Troy.
Troy University’s various and extensive range of programs have earned numerous awards over the years, according to Gaines, from such prestigious institutions as the Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report, and the Chronicle of Higher Education.
A goal that Gaines said he has in Albany is the establishment of a local Troy University alumni chapter “that will provide some scholarship opportunities” for the Albany site students. Troy has a “full complement of scholarships for traditional students,” most of whom are at the Alabama campuses, but students at the Albany site can apply for Pell grants or student loans. They are not, however, eligible for Georgia’s Hope Scholarship.
Troy University is a non-Georgia school operating in Georgia, said Gaines. “We do work in cooperation with the state and are in full in compliance with state regulations. They recognize us” as an educational institution, but not for Hope scholarship eligibility.