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Dougherty Co. schools help students build career path

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Starting this year, students in Georgia high schools are expected to choose courses geared toward their future careers.

It's part of a national trend to align course work with the needs of employers. Some schools in Georgia, including Dougherty County Schools, have had this type of program in place for years.

The career path program allows students to choose certifications, or areas of interest, like art or dance.

Students can also study programs such as firefighting, cosmetology, and culinary arts.

School officials says this helps them narrow down possible careers.

"Say for example they go into the 9th grade, and they decide you know I really don't like this, they still have the 10th, 11th, and 12th grade to go into another field that they are interested in. So they may say I thought I was gonna like culinary, but you know what, I really like business, and so they can switch over to business," says Patricia Jackson, Director of Technical and Agricultural Education.

Dougherty County High School also participates in a dual credit program with Albany Technical College.

This year about 42 students could graduate with a high school diploma, and a certification from Albany Tech.

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