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DCSS works to improve its low grad rate

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Interim Superintendent Dr. David Mosley Interim Superintendent Dr. David Mosley
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Graduation rates for the state are in, and Dougherty County school officials say they are always working hard to increase the rate, no matter what it may be.     

Dougherty County school officials are involved in a three way partnership designed to improve graduation rates and reduce dropouts.  School officials are teaming up with Albany Technical College to start the College and Career Performance Learning Center in hopes of accelerating student's path towards graduation and into a successful work environment.

Interim Superintendent Dr. David Mosley has been working since the beginning of this year teaming up with Albany Technical College President Anthony Parker to create the College and Career Performance Learning Center designed to improve graduation rates and reduce dropouts.  

"We wanted to do something for potential high school dropouts or dropouts that we knew could have the capabilities to graduate from high school and  better their life," Dr. Mosley said.

The state has an overall 2013 graduation rate of 71.5 percent. Dougherty County's 2013 four year cohort graduation rate is at 60.1 percent up three points from last year. The state recently started using a new formula which caused rates in many systems to go down.

"One of the things that's a part of that rate is if a student falls behind and doesn't graduate within four years of entering ninth grade they don't count as a graduate even though they may graduate the next semester or next year after earning the appropriate number of credits," said Public Information Officer R. D. Harter.

School officials say a difficult home environment can hinder a student from graduating on time, and that's where the College and Career Performance Learning Center comes in.  

"We developed this program where they go into a small academic class setting," Dr. Mosley said.   Students who are recommended by school officials in the system's four high schools will take computerized courses in a separate wing at Monroe High school.

The Dougherty County Board of Education approved hiring four teachers, a counselor and a graduation coach for the program at their meeting Monday night.  

"We think this has the potential to be a trendsetter in public education because nobody else is doing that at this point,"  Dr. Mosley said.  

Students can earn college credit if they pass the COMPASS entry test and dual enroll at Albany Tech.  They will be transported to the college to take a variety of courses such as Hotel and Restaurant Management, Nursing and Engineering.

"Getting the students more interested in their college career soon will help them to persist through their high school as well which will help that graduation rate," said Drenda Davis-Jackson- Director of Admission.  

The program plans to start out with sixty students. So far, 15 students have passed the COMPASS test to be dually enrolled. Additional testing for the COMPASS test will take place this Saturday at Albany Technical College.

A parent student orientation meeting will also be held there next Wednesday at 6:30 in the Logistics Education Auditorium to discuss program expectations, schedules and transportation.  The College and Career Performance Learning Center will start January 6th at Monroe High School. The Joint Enrollment Program at Albany Technical College will start January 8th.

To see a list of courses Albany Technical College is providing for the College and Career Performance Learning Center click here.

 

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