Early College Opportunities Expanding In Albany

Thanks to the Facebook post from friend of the Pundit and writer extrodinare Maggie Lee, we have this story about the Doughtery County Board of Education extending and expanding a lease with Albany State University to house 8th-11th grade students and enroll them in classes with Albany State while still in high school.

According to the school system’s website, the Albany Early College initiative is the result of a longstanding partnership between the DCSS and ASU. The AEC opened its doors in 2008 to serve as an extension program for middle schools in the school system and is designed so that students may earn both a high school diploma and up to two years of credit toward a bachelor’s degree.

AEC’s priority is to serve low-income students, first-generation college students, English language learners and students of color, all of whom are statistically under-represented in higher education, and for whom society has low aspirations for academic achievement.

In an era where high school diplomas are required but almost meaningless for job training, it is great to see an innovative partnership to make students’ time worth something material.  The state BOE should take a hard look at this program for lessons learned, good and bad, and see how it can be expanded across the state.

Cue John Konop now to remind us that he’s been begging for this kind of program for years.


  1. bowersville says:

    Just as an example: http://www.bcswan.net/education/school/school.php?sectionid=6

    Brunswick County, NC has a high school building on the campus of Brunswick County Community College. HS students can graduate from high school with a high school diploma and AA college degree in 4-5 years. It’s my understanding that HS students are eligible to ride a standard school bus to the college campus from any where in Brunswick County. Apparently the tax money involved per HS student foots the college bill for the AA degree as well as the high school diploma.

    Similar programs to the Albany College Initiative can be developed by the co-operation of the GA BOE, local BOE’s, Technical Colleges and Community Colleges.

  2. CobbGOPer says:

    Wow, holding up Albany State as a shining example of anything but ineptitude is tough to do.

    Of course, perhaps this has something to do with wanting to make sure their new incoming freshmen actually qualify for admission, unlike half the incoming freshman in the last few years – who then mysteriously are accepted despite not qualifying. Just wait till that story gets legs.

  3. John Konop says:

    Thanks for the post ;), BTW this will help the economy!

    …..On the surface, it may seem ludicrous to prepare young people for an industry with such high unemployment. Electricians, plumbers and HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) skills may not be needed for residential building right now, said Tricia Pridemore, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development, but they are needed in commercial construction, manufacturing, utilities, transportation, telecommunication and other sectors.

    “We’ve identified more than 16,500 skilled trade positions in Georgia that will be available over the next year, and we don’t have the workers to fill them,” she said. “Baby boomers [ages 47-65] make up 49 percent of the construction workforce. For every four retiring workers, there’s only one replacement in the pipeline. We are facing a significant skills gap.”

    Funded by federal Workforce Investment Act dollars initially, Go Build Georgia is a public/private partnership between state government, the Technical College System, apprenticeship programs and industry. The campaign kicked off with a 13-stop tour aimed at raising awareness about the issue and job opportunities……….


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