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Sen. Sims wants Career Academy in Albany

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – A state senator is encouraging the Dougherty County school system to compete for a career academy.  The school board chairman says that could force the system to close one of its four high schools.

State Senator Freddie Powell Sims will meet with board members this week to discuss trying to get a grant to establish a career academy in Southwest Georgia.  The goal of the program is to increase graduation rates and ensure job placement and post-secondary opportunities. 

Students would be dual enrolled in high school and a technical, two year, or four year college.  Sims says the program would compliment what the schools already do and give students a chance for a better future after graduation.

She said, "It is to enhance what we already have, to augment what we already have.  It is to make certain that our children are exposed to everything that the state has to offer."

Board chairman David Maschke says there's not enough money to create the academy.  In an email to the board, he suggested one way to come up with the money would be to close one high school, but he said it's premature to talk to us about that. 

The board will meet with Senator Sims and a representative from the Lt. Governor's office about the career academy Thursday.

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