Dougherty County educational leaders got a first hand look at the operations at the Marine Corps Logisitics Base Friday.
This tour is believed to be the start in building a strong relationship to improve education in Albany.
The children at the child development center on the Marine Corps Logisitics base had some very important visitors Friday.
The presidents of Albany State University, Darton College and Albany Technical College, along with the Dougherty county school system superintendent toured the center, getting a look inside the classrooms where the youngest children on the base are getting an education.
"Teaching them to read is the very first step in getting them to finish high school and even go on to college. So we know it starts here," said Colonel Don Davis, the MCLB Commanding Officer.
This stop was just part of the overall tour, which gave leaders a firsthand look at how education ties into the base.
"The idea is to show them what we do and how we work together. Whether it's through things like logistics programs that we do educational classes with, partnerships or our active duty personnel who take classes at their schools," said Davis.
"We need to know what their needs are, we need to know where their concerned about the educational experiences in Albany," said Dr. Anthony Parker, the Albany Technical College president.
Its all part of an ongoing partnership between all of the institutions to benefit the children and the community.
"A continued excellent working relationship of cooperation, mutual respect, mutual help and for us to do a better job of relating to the children here, helping them through their struggles as well as their success stories," said Dr. David Mosely, the DCSS superintendent.
The educational leaders say more meetings like this are planned in the future.