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Turner Job Corps lends a hand to help save lives

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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A collaboration between Dougherty County and Turner Job Corps could save lives and money.

Twenty-four Turner Job Corps students will work as many as 40 hours over the next two weeks entering contact information of more than 30,000 Dougherty County citizens into the county's Code Red Emergency Notification System. This will create the database for the county's automatic alert for severe weather. Job Corps students are getting valuable experience and saving the county as much as 20-thousand dollars.

"The fact that they are students using this as a part of a program for their school as part of a learning assignment it would cost us a tremendous amount of money thousands of dollars to get somebody to come in and sit down and enter each one of these for us," said Jim Vaught, Deputy EMA Director.

"The students wanted to be a part of something that was going to help the community. We do tons of community projects and our students they just love of give that volunteer hour and time," said Calandra Jefferson, of Turner Job Corps.

 When students are finished with the computer data entry, they'll also help the county by canvassing neighborhoods passing out educational material on the Code Red system.

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