Albany -- Many people used to believe that a vocational education in high school was second rate to the college prep path.
The Dougherty County Superintendent says that's simply not the case anymore. Dr. Sally Whatley says students who go through the career technical agricultural or college prep programs are held to high standards, and that students who choose to study in both areas come out with a true working knowledge in particular fields.
Dermund Stewart is a student in the drafting class, part of the Center of Excellence at Monroe. He says the class has helped him excel in other areas as well. "It helps me better understand the measurements of things, I learned some new things I never thought I could learn until I got in this class," says Stewart.
"Many years ago, vocational education was not as rigorous as college prep," said Superintendent Dr. Sally Whatley. "Now it's essential that children in college prep or CTAE have a rigorous preparation."
More centers of excellence are planned for the school system and students may actually be able to transfer from one high school to another in order to participate in their program of choice.