Career Academy moving forward

ALBANY — The executive steering committee of Dougherty County’s College and Career Academy, at its monthly meeting Thursday morning at Phoebe Northwest, took its first steps toward putting together a charter authoring committee, which will be comprise three sub-committees — curricula, accountability and operations.

This group will be responsible for writing the school’s charter, which will be crucial when the CAA applies for a $3 million state grant next fall.

A needs assessment committee was also named, consisting of Woody Brooks, Angie Barber, Brenda Holloway and Tim Knowles.

This group will canvas the community’s wants and needs in a charter school and their recommendations will be written into the school’s charter.

“I think we are really ahead of the game. We have a good group of business, education and government leaders with us who are fully engaged in this,” said steering committee Chairman Bobby McKinney. “We still have a lot of things to do and more hoops to jump through, but I am pleased at the progress we have made so far.”

McKinney said community participation in the needs assessment will help shape the new school and he hopes to have the complete assessment and charter authoring committee in place by the end of the year.


waltspecht 3 years ago

The only way these programs have worked in the past is to have a very strict attendance program and have part time jobs available for the students. The Work Ethic is probably the most important thing to teach. The part time work puts some small amount of money in the student's pocket and gives them real world experience in what work is about. The people running this part of the program would have to be dedicated to teaching as well as working.


TrixibelleBento 3 years ago

I agree with you Walt. Until you teach these kids how to dress for interviews, how to show up ON TIME, how to contribute to society, how to respect and obey authority, then they will get no where. I am tired of these kids that show up to be hired and want me to tell them that they're the best thing since sliced bread (like their parents have). The Career Academy also needs to teach these kids how to fail. Life is full of failures, and it's how you react and work past it that shows your superiors what kind of person you are. Until these basic things are taught, then we will continue getting an inadequate local labor force.


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