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Albany Colleges and Dougherty County School System Join Forces: Education CEO's meet to collaborate for student success

January 31, 2014

Albany, Ga. – Discussions about how to improve student success are underway among Southwest Georgia’s top education leaders. The first in a series of monthly meetings between presidents at Albany State University, Albany Technical College and Darton State College; also, the superintendent of the Dougherty County School System, began Wednesday, Jan. 22 at Albany Technical College. The meeting kicked off a collaborative partnership between institution leaders.

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Pictured (from left to right): Dr. Anthony O. Parker, President of Albany Technical College;
Dr. Paul Jones, Interim President of Darton State College; Dr. Art Dunning, Interim President of Albany
State University; and Dr. David C. Mosely, Interim Superintendent, Dougherty County School System.

ASU and Darton State College Interim Presidents Drs. Art Dunning and Paul Jones joined DCSS’s Interim Superintendent Dr. David C. Mosely and ATC’s President Dr. Anthony O. Parker for talks about how to increase academic achievement in K-12 schools, leverage resources and provide mentoring for underserved students to dramatically impact graduation rates in the region. The goals coincide with Governor Nathan Deal’s “Complete College Georgia” plan to add an additional 250,000 postsecondary graduates to the state’s rolls by 2020 to provide for a more educated workforce. The University System of Georgia (USG) and the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) are working to address this critical need.

Dunning, Jones, Parker, and Mosely believe the new collaboration will identify and solve the challenges faced by underperforming students.

“We cannot separate ourselves from issues such as the dropout rate in K-12 schools. The educational institutions in the region are a joint entity and collaborative partners who can leverage resources to help students get on the path to the middle class,” said Dr. Art Dunning, Interim President of Albany State University.

“This is an effort we have needed here in Albany and Southwest Georgia for a very long time,” said Dr. Anthony O. Parker, President of Albany Technical College. “I’m confident that through the collaboration and our institutions working together, we can more than achieve our goals for the region.”

“This is a pivotal time in the history of Southwest Georgia," said Dr. Paul Jones, Interim President of Darton State College. "In order for us to find solutions to the problems facing our community, we must change the way we approach these issues. Our ability to work together only increases our ability to serve the community."

Albany Technical College has already started a new partnership with the Dougherty County School System with the formation of the new College and Career Performance Learning Center, which launched in the fall of 2013. With almost 15 students beginning at Albany Tech this month, this partnership will allow students who may be behind in graduating from high school to remain in high school and gain some college credit through dual and joint enrollment opportunities at Albany Tech.

"The Dougherty County School System benefits from relationships already established with the community's colleges and universities," said Dr. David C. Mosely, Interim Superintendent for the Dougherty County School System. "We hope these meetings will work to provide more cooperative educational opportunities for our students and ways to help them stay in school through graduation and to achieve at higher levels in their chosen college and career path."

About Albany Technical College

A public postsecondary institution of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), Albany Technical College provides technical education and training support for the evolving workforce needs of Southwest Georgia through traditional and online classroom settings. Albany Tech is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS/COC). For more information about Albany Tech, go to www.albanytech.edu or become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AlbanyTech or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/AlbanyTech. You can also subscribe to our YouTube Channel by visiting www.youtube.com/albanytech1.

About Albany State University

Albany State University, a historically black institution in Southwest Georgia, has been a catalyst for change in the region from its inception as the Albany Bible and Manual Training Institute to its designation as a university. Founded in 1903 to educate African American youth, the University proudly continues to fulfill its historic mission while also serving the educational needs of an increasingly diverse student population. A progressive institution, Albany State University seeks to foster the growth and development of the region, state and nation through teaching, research, creative expression and public service. Through its collaborative efforts, the University responds to the needs of all its constituents and offers educational programs and service to improve the quality of life in Southwest Georgia. http://www.asurams.edu

About Darton State College

Since 1966, Darton State College has been a leader in providing quality educational opportunities and services to Southwest Georgia. Darton offers a variety of programs, including a bachelor’s degree in nursing, 54 transfer program options, and 41 career and certificate program options. Today, Darton is home to more than 6,000 students with over 155 international students from 40 countries. Darton State College, a public institution, is part of the University System of Georgia and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. For more information about Darton State College, visit www.darton.edu.

About Dougherty County School System

The Dougherty County School System is a 16,000-student public school system under the Dougherty County Board of Education that seeks to provide a safe, supportive, nurturing and cultivating environment where students can learn and achieve, academically, beyond all expectations. The mission further embraces the goal of assuring that every student views learning as a lifelong opportunity which will prepare them, educationally, for a global society. Information about the system may be obtained on the web at www.docoschools.org where interested persons may sign up for Facebook and Twitter posts of current events and achievements.

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