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4C academy aims to keep graduates working in SWGA

Albany economic development leaders now have a fresh understanding of how a new school will help the local workforce move forward. (Source: WALB) Albany economic development leaders now have a fresh understanding of how a new school will help the local workforce move forward. (Source: WALB)
The Commodore Conyers College and Career, or 4C, Academy hosted members of the Albany Dougherty County Economic Development Commission Wednesday. (Source: WALB) The Commodore Conyers College and Career, or 4C, Academy hosted members of the Albany Dougherty County Economic Development Commission Wednesday. (Source: WALB)
EDC President Justin Strickland said the partnership with the school will benefit the area. (Source: WALB) EDC President Justin Strickland said the partnership with the school will benefit the area. (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Albany economic development leaders now have a fresh understanding of how a new school will help the local workforce move forward.

The Commodore Conyers College and Career, or 4C, Academy hosted members of the Albany Dougherty County Economic Development Commission on Wednesday.

4C Academy CEO Chris Hatcher spoke with board members.

Hatcher said his school will encourage students to enter the workforce in South Georgia.

EDC President Justin Strickland said the partnership with the school will benefit the area.

"For our high school students to be well-trained, to be ready to go to work, is a great benefit for our industry and helps the industry that we have in Albany and Dougherty County, Southwest Georgia, have a pipeline of talent," said Strickland.

Albany Technical College Vice President Matt Trice spoke with the board about a new program entering its second year at his college.

The Industrial Operations Technician program awards students who complete the program a Technical Certificate of Credit. 

Forty-six students have enrolled in the program since it began one year ago.

The program is designated as the Governor's HOPE Career Grant, meaning students who qualify for HOPE also qualify for Enhanced HOPE, and those pay for the entire program which costs a little more than $2,000.

For more information on the Industrial Operations Technician program, click here.

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