Power Breakfast: Tech colleges surge in recession, Publix, Aaron’s, CCE, BP, Target

Chalk up more fallout from this recession — surging enrollment in tech schools.

The Technical College System of Georgia’s 26 campuses enrolled 190,842 students during the 2010 fiscal year — an increase of 22 percent over last year’s figures and a new record, AJC reporter Laura Diamond writes.

Much of the increase can be attributed to the recession as thousands of out-of-work and underemployed adults returned to school in search of new careers, Commissioner Ron Jackson said. For example, enrollment among students 40 and older increased by 32 percent to 31,262, according to new figures.

Another sizable increase came from traditional students — those 25 and under, Diamond reports. The system has become a first-choice for many recent high school graduates. Enrollment among students 21 and under increased by 11 percent to 46,910. The number of students between the ages of 21 and 25 increased by 22 percent to 46,377.

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Winfield J. Abbe

July 27th, 2010
7:12 am

In the article “State Revenue Agents Seize Five Motels in the Augusta Area” http://www.ajc.com/news/state-revenue-agents-seize-578648.html, what happened do “due process of law” as “guaranteed” by the United States Constitution? Isn’t this just another example of how the State totally obliterates the U.S. Constitution when it suits them? They don’t want to waste time and money going to court as they force lowly citizens, especially landlords, to do all the time, while tenants camp out and destroy property for even a year or more, while not paying any rent, and while the State of Georgia patently violates the U.S. Constitution with its illegal landlord-tenant law which gang rapes the basic rights of landlords to evict tenants by contract just like hotels, motels and any other business has the basic right to do. The U.S. Constitution states: “No State may pass any law impairing the oblications of a contract”. The landlord-tenant law in GEorgia totally violates this provision and is written and enforced totally unfairly in favor of deadbeat tenants encouraging irresponsible actions on the part of them while shafting the landlords and property owners.

Winfield J. Abbe

July 27th, 2010
7:21 am

Horor stories of landlord-tenant disputes almost never reach this newspaper either. Here is one from Jackson County recently. A family being evicted from a very expensive home there, of the order of hundreds of thousands of dollars, appealed, through their lawyer, the eviction process to federal court not once but two times, This delayed the eviction process for over a year. Both times the federal courts remanded the case back to the local courts. Their lawyer likely did this deliberately just to delay matters.
Then, after these deadbeat criminals were forced out, do you know what they did? They ripped all the plumbing fixtures and sinks off the walls with water still on and flooded the house with a few feet of water, thereby destroying the house.
Do you know what happened to them for doing this horrible act of destruction of someone else’s property? Nothing. That is right. Nothing. This is an example, of many, of the total dismal negligent corrupt failure of the disgusting landlord-tenant law of Georgia. The U.S. Constitution is being gang raped by the illegal but unchallenged landlord tenant law of GEorgia. It provides that
“No State may pass any law impairing the obligations of a contract”. In other words, landlords should and are legally able, according to the U.S. Constitution, to provide for eviction of deadbeat tenants by contract, without being illegally forced to spend money and time with unfair local courts before evicting unruly, deadbeat tenants who fleece them every day of the year. The lawyers have sold out the landlords.