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School board discusses new Career Academy

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Dougherty County School System has a chance to create a Career Academy that could help keep potential dropouts in school and train them for jobs.

The big question is, can the system afford it? A Career Academy would teach students trade skills so they can head straight to a technical college and into the job force.

Monday night, board members discussed the support they would need from major employers such as Proctor and Gamble, Miller Coors, and Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.

They decided to form a special committee to study what the Career Academy will involve. School Board members talked about funding, developing a curriculum, and getting community members and businesses to help launch the program.

"It's a two part concept here," said board member, Darrel Ealum. "Number one is catching that student who may be thinking about dropping out, giving him or her something to grab a hold of. The other side of this coin is for the community and we've got to get with the key players in the county to help us."

One of those key players is Albany Tech. It's already working with the school system on the project. By working with major employers,  school officials can learn what skill sets they need to teach students.

Every board member seemed to be for the career academy except Milton Griffin. The system could receive $3 million from the state to get the academy off the ground, but it has to come up with the rest of the money needed to run it.

Anyone interested in serving on the Career Academy committee should contact the School Superintendent's office.

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