BAKER CO., GA (WALB) - The Baker County School System revamps their curriculum, implementing new programs. One even includes a dual enrollment partnership with Albany Tech.
17-year-old Gabriel Ornelas is one of more than a dozen students in Baker County taking dual enrollment courses at Albany Tech. It's the first time the school system has offered the program allowing students to take hotel management and event planning.
"Dual Enrollment gives me a better opportunity to not only get my high school diploma but also work on my college degree at the same time," said Gabriel Ornelas, Baker County Student.
Juniors and Seniors in the program take classes twice a week at Albany tech and receive three course credits for high school and a "Pathway" completion.
"It also gives them a chance to look out there and see the different opportunities, work environments for them to choose what environment they would like to work in," said Cindy Anglin, Assistant Principal.
They've also incorporated a "Gifted" program for students in grades K-8 with a certified gifted teacher in each grade level.
"The teacher designs a special curriculum at an advanced level within the classroom and the student has an independent pathway," said Buddy Edwards, Assistant Principal.
They also added Spanish for all grades last year.
"We have a lot of migrants that come into our area, but there's also been some studies done that students that have a second language do better in school," said Anglin.
"With the gifted program, with the Spanish, with the dual enrollment the expectations for all the students are higher," said Edwards.
Ornelas says he sees a career in hotel management and is glad to be a part of the dual enrollment program.
"So far, everyone that I talk to that does it they enjoy doing it too," said Ornelas.
School officials say there will be five dual enrollment courses offered for students by the end of the school year.