State OKs Commodore Conyers Academy

State OKs Commodore Conyers Academy

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The state board of education approved the charter for the Commodore Conyers College and Career Academy Thursday.

Conyers was a longtime Albany educator and former Dougherty High School Principal, who died last year, at age 84.

The college and career academy will serve as a regional workforce development engine for Southwest Georgia; allowing students from Dougherty, Baker, Calhoun and Terrell Counties the opportunity to connect on-site with Albany Tech, Albany State University and Darton State College for
credit and coursework.

"This academy has been a priority and focus for the system and the board for years," said Dr. David Mosely, Dougherty County School Superintendent.

The next step is hiring a CEO and starting renovations to the site, at Southside Middle School. Those renovations are possible thanks to a competitive $3 million grant from the Technical College System of Georgia.

The training will concentrate on Agriculture, Healthcare, Defense, Logistics, Information Technology, Aerospace, Automotive Manufacturing and Manufacturing.

Students who are dual enrolled with Albany Tech, Darton or ASU will have added support at the school as early as their ninth grade year - expanding their access to college credit to their entire high school term without any additional costs.

Students viewed as at-risk for dropping out in the ninth grade can be redirected into a career pathway that will allow them to enter the workforce and become gainfully employed.

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