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Lanier Technical College expands program offerings
Lanier Technical College
Lanier Technical College will start night classes in its Interiors program as well as a new hotel/restaurant/tourism management degree program at its Forsyth campus.

Lanier Technical College has announced the start of night classes in its Interiors program as well as a new hotel/restaurant/tourism management degree program at its Forsyth campus.

The college is expanding offerings in its interior design program — which has experienced strong growth in recent years — with evening classes to meet the needs of working adults who want to move into a satisfying career in design. 

“Interior design is more than picking colors and fluffing throw pillows,” said Amy O’Dell, program director for interiors at Lanier Tech. “It’s all about making our world a more beautiful, safe, sustainable, functional, and accessible place to live, work and thrive. You will learn in a supportive, nurturing, and fun learning environment.” 

According to a news release from Lanier Tech, the program’s diplomas and degrees include coursework with state-of-the art electronic design software including Revit & AutoCAD. Students also learn commercial and residential design, color theory, textiles, and window treatment design and lighting design. 

The program has a 100 percent placement rate and graduates express high satisfaction with their careers, according to the release.

Rachel Lawrence, who recently completed an internship with AH Thomas Architectural Design Consultants and has since been hired by the firm, said that with her degree nearly completed, she’s “confident walking into work every day and interacting with clients on a professional level. I have learned that I’ve made the best decision for myself. I’m so happy that I decided to pursue my passion in interior design. It’s a great feeling to truly enjoy my career. Not many people can say that.” 

Lawrence is scheduled to graduate in late 2018.

The hotel/restaurant/tourism management program is designed to meet workforce development needs along the Ga. 400 “Hospitality Highway” corridor. 

With continued growth in Forsyth County and the tourism industry surrounding Lake Lanier and points north, area employers need job candidates with in-depth understanding of the industry and strong management skills, the release stated.

Kelly Tam, the program’s lead instructor, said that as someone who has operated restaurants in Forsyth County for nearly 20 years, she recognizes “the need to employ candidates who are knowledgeable in the field of hospitality.” 

Tam has worked with Lanier Tech to develop a program that will “both ensure-post graduate success and promote a skilled workforce capable of meeting market demands.”

The college is hosting a Meet the Faculty event from 5-6 p.m. Tuesday, April 17.

Interested area residents are invited to visit the LTC Forsyth labs and classrooms and to talk with the instructors about the programs and about salaries, working conditions, and opportunities in a wide range of careers. 

Lanier Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). With tuition at $89 per credit hour, its programs provide affordable and accessible college education in competitive fields. Classes are offered in both on-ground and online formats. Scholarships and financial aid from a variety of sources is available for qualifying students.

More information is available at www.laniertech.edu, and by calling (678) 341-6600.