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Open house opens doors
College courts students for fall semester
Lanier Tech employee Kari Register talks with prospective students about future career options during an open house Tuesday at the college’s Forsyth campus. - photo by Jennifer Sami


The Lanier Technical College open houses wrap up today at the Winder/Barrow campus. The deadline to register for the fall semester, which begins Aug. 19, is July 25. For more information, call (770) 531-6300 or visit .

Tamiko Tallington is just shy of finishing her accounting degree.

“I’m coming back,” she said Tuesday as she filled out an application to attend Lanier Technical College’s Forsyth campus. “I’m 10 short classes away.”

While she lives in Atlanta, Tallington is coming back to finish up at Lanier Tech because that’s where her credits are from. That, and she feel like the school offers “a lot for preparing me for the field I’m going into.”

Tallington was just one of many prospective students who attended an open house Tuesday at the local campus. The college’s Dawson, Oakwood and Winder/Barrow campuses also have similar events this week to court students, offer tours, field questions and talk about new programs.

Deanna Orza, director of enrollment for the college, said the open houses are a great way to “let the community now about our new programs” before the fall semester begins in August.

“We had students waiting before we even started,” Orza said of the turnout. “It’s to encourage students to sign up for the fall semester ... and get the word out about what we have.”

The school’s nursing program is among its most popular, but Lanier Tech also offers specialist certificates in general studies, so students can earn core credits for their first two years at a cheaper rate than other universities, Orza said.

There’s also a new horticulture program and a variety of technology-based offerings.

For Michele Palumbo, the open house was a chance to sign up for online courses to improve her career prospects.

The college was just one stop for Benjamin Wilson, who said he’s new to the area.

“I’m trying to look at my options,” he said.

He and other potential students are also welcome to take the career assessment test, a new offering from the college to place individuals in a suitable career they’ll enjoy.

Kari Register, who administers the test, said it “takes not only likes and dislikes, but it’s an aptitude test.”

By combining passion and aptitude, the test can pinpoint a specific goal, or highlight a track toward obtaining a certain career.