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Lanier Tech to tweet for grant money in contest
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Lanier Technical College is looking for some help so it can provide more help to its students.

The college is one of nine statewide that will compete in a Twitter contest for $8,000 from AT&T.

Lanier Tech won a $12,000 grant in May for its “special populations” program. The additional $8,000 also would go to that.

The money is administered through the college foundation, and students are eligible for up to $300 per semester. The money would go for tuition, fees, books and required classroom supplies. Students may apply for the funding for up to three semesters.

The competition for $8,000 is from Monday through Friday.

The school created a video that showcases the college and addresses how the college prepares students for a 21st century workplace. The college will tweet the video, and the college with the largest number of retweets by 5 p.m. Friday will qualify for the additional money.

Dave Parrish, director of marketing and public relations for the college, said, “Small amounts of money for our students go a long, long way.”

The school had to develop a social media plan using Twitter, Teresa Grizzle, advancement and marketing secretary for the foundation, said by email.

Some of the schools would use the money for specific programs, but Lanier Tech plans to spread the money across its programs. Parrish said the money would benefit a specific population that has multiple needs.

The “special populations” includes single parents with a child, pregnant women, displaced homemakers, economically disadvantaged students, those with limited English proficiency or enrolled in nontraditional study.

“The money will serve many, many students,” Parrish said.

In addition to the $8,000, second place will garner $5,000 for a school and third will be good for $3,000.

People who see the video are “going to learn a lot about Lanier Tech that they don’t know,” Parrish said.

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