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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Dougherty County schools and Albany Technical college have teamed up to form new program that will ensure more high school students who are one to two years behind schedule.

Interim Superintendent David Mosley and Albany Tech President Anthony Parker started meeting over the summer to talk about the new program.

School officials plan to start in January with about 60 students. They will also have the opportunity to earn college credit.

"For those that are behind in graduation that just seems like a more distant goal to them often and this program will allow them to see a goal and set a time frame and then go on past high school to a career path that can lead to rewarding employment,"says R.D. Harter, Public Information Director.

School board members will also consider approving the hiring of about a dozen teachers to work in elementary schools as early intervention teachers.

They'll focus on making sure young people are up to speed on reading and writing.There are fourteen elementary schools in the Dougherty County School System. Harter says the early intervention program will cost about a million dollars.

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