Thursday, June 20 2013 12:09 AM EDT2013-06-20 04:09:02 GMT
The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards. WG&L leaders say the utility is paying $20,000 dollars a monthMore >>
The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:41 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:41:18 GMT
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today. Century Pines Assisted Living Center threw a party for resident Charles Walker who turned 101 today. Walker wasMore >>
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:34 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:34:54 GMT
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing. A couple of businesses are thriving there. The new art park is open, and a sidewalk improvementMore >>
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:20:33 GMT
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come. Tonight, The Albany Dougherty Inner City Authority board began discussionsMore >>
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:51 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:51:07 GMT
Ravi Mikel Givens was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. He is being held in the Dougherty County jail. Givens, who played ball at Westover and StetsonMore >>
Agents say that police responded to the apartment because of a burglar alarm. Officers found the back door broken open and went inside. That's where they detected a strong odor of marijuana, and saw pot in plain view.More >>
June 21, 2006
Albany - - Not enough Georgia students are graduating from high school. That's the message of an Education Weekly report published this week.
When students drop out of school, finding a good job becomes more difficult. Especially with the number of job-seekers on the rise.
This past school year, more than 600 Dougherty County Students walked across the stage with diplomas. 10 years ago, there were more than 800 students. Where are they going?
"Drop out is linked to boredom," says School Board member Richard Anson.
He says students need to be better taught how their lessons relate to real life.
"Make the teaching electric, make it relevant. Show them how it relates to getting ahead in life," says Anson.
If students drop out, they probably won't be able to find a good paying job.
"Employers are looking for people that have basic education, at least a high school diploma or GED, were getting fewer and fewer job orders from employers for people who don't have that educational background," says Norman Race with the Department of Labor.
Jennifer Clark knew that growing up. She graduated from high school and even started college, but...
"I made the wrong decisions and I didn't really take my work in college seriously and I payed for it in the end. If I had the chance to do it over again, I would and I'd make better decisions," Clarks says.
So she enrolled in the Job Corps program and finished. Now, she's at the Department of Labor getting her resume together looking for a job with better pay. One thing to her advantage, she graduated from high school.
"Five years ago there were more job orders that didn't require a high school diploma, but now employers are seeing the value of that education," Race says.
They're looking for an education that will pay their employers more than minimum wage.
Race also says healthcare, technology, and customer service are the growing employment fields in our area. Jobs in manufacturing seem to be going down.
A week from today, WALB will sponsor a job fair with the Department of Labor. You don't even have to leave your home to participate. Just tune in to WALB from 7:00 PM until 9:00PM.