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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 >>
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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 >>
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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 >>
A college degree is key to increasing your chances of getting a job.
By 2018, more than 60-percent of Georgia job openings will require a post secondary degree.
But many college students in the Peach State don't stick it out to graduation day.
The state is looking to change that by changing the way it funds higher education.
Haley Blanchard just finished with her microbiology class at Darton College. She wants to be a dental hygienist but knows the program is competitive.
"They only take 23(students)," said Blanchard.
Right now she's getting the help she needs to meet her goals one day.
"Most of my teacher have been pretty helpful some could spend a little more time on creating better study guides for the test," said Blanchard.
A new commission appointed by Governor Nathan Deal wants to make sure students like Haley don't get frustrated trying to reach that goal and drop out. Right now in Georgia only a quarter of students at two year schools and 44 percent at four year schools are graduating and at four year schools for many its taking six years. Which is why students think it's a good idea for the University System to take a look at how they're funding higher education.
"I think that's important I think that's a good thing," said Chachovia Brown, a Darton student.
Digging deeper we found the state spends approximately 11 percent of its budget and approximately two-thirds of the lottery funds on providing access to college, money students say is needed.
"It's good because we finally have a chance to get the support that we need," said Denzel Rice, a Darton student.
Albany Technical College's Dr. Anthony Parker is one of the 26 members named to the governor's commission to study the funding issue. They'll look at the current system based on enrollment and determine whether rewarding institutions for increasing the number of students who graduate might incentivize college completion. Students say they also have to be held accountable.
"You definitely have to put in the time and effort of studying if you want to do good in your classes, it's not all about the teachers," said Blanchard.
To ensure they've got a place in the workforce after graduation.
Kevin Vantrees, a student at ABAC is also a member of the 26 person commission.
It will make recommendations to the governor by the end of next year.