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August 15, 2007

Albany-  A new alternative education program for high school students who plan to enter the workforce after graduation could help them land better jobs.

The Bridge program would allow participating students to take regular high school courses combined with specialized classes from a technical school. House Speaker Glenn Richardson proposed the program and said it will give better skills to students who don't plan to go to college. Albany Technical College President Dr. Anthony Parker supports programs like this.

"Individuals who graduate from high school need about one or two years of education to be able to compete in the work force for the better paying jobs," said Dr. Anthony Parker, Albany Technical College.

Albany Tech is working with Dougherty County and Lee County Schools to develop similar programs. Just last year, a Lee County student graduated high school and the same week received a diploma from Albany Tech in dental assisting. That helped her get a good paying job as she works her way through dental school.

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