Atlanta Colleges Strive to Outrun the Recession

Region's 11-percent unemployment means layoffs and scholarship cuts

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Bob Andres, Atlanta Journal & Constitution, AP Images

Students lined up for a job fair at Atlanta Technical College. Georgia's 11-percent unemployment rate makes finding work tough; more students need part-time work, too.

"The economy blows."

That's Ariel Stitt's take. She lays her textbook flat on a table in the crowded student center at Georgia Perimeter College's campus here and then continues: "The HOPE Scholarship got cut, so a lot of students got their HOPE taken away, or got a traumatic cut. One of my best friends' parents' house was foreclosed, so they moved back to New York. And gas prices—OMG! I used to have an SUV, and I could spend $240 to $260 a month on gas."

"Now I have to