Officials with the Dougherty County School System say that the College and Career Performance Learning Center is on track to open in January.The learning center is a three-way partnership designed to improve graduation rates, reduce dropouts, and provide high school students an accelerated path to graduation that has the potential to add college credit to the academic progress of students. Dr. Ufot Inyang, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, reported that the program would receive 64 application packages from 75 students who were recommended by principals, guidance counselors and graduation coaches in the system's four high schools. Students who are accepted will receive letters informing them of the date to report for interviews, the last step in the intake process. A parent orientation will be held Wednesday, December 18, 6:30 pm at the Logistics Education Center Auditorium, where information about program expectations, schedules and transportation will be delivered. The parent-student orientation will be held in room 212 at the Albany Technical College Library.In order to take classes for college credit, students must pass the COMPASS test offered for entry at Albany Tech. Sixty-five students have tested with a higher than predicted pass rate for the assessment. Nearly half of those tested either passed all sections or need only one section to complete testing requirements for joint enrollment credit. "These students will receive individualized instruction by highly qualified teachers using accelerated learning software," said Dr. Inyang. "They will work toward high school credit completion at school and at home or after hours with the goal of catching up and earning their high school diploma in record time. This will also ease the transition to Albany Technical College for a chosen course of study. Parent involvement is expected to support online instruction and volunteer support for student success."The program was initiated by Dr. David Mosely, Interim Superintendent of the Dougherty County School System, Dr. Anthony Parker, President of Albany Technical College, and Virginia Monroe, Executive Director for Communities In Schools of Georgia, Dougherty County, last summer amid reports of high numbers of high school students lagging behind their peers in graduation credits. The Dougherty County Board of Education approved the program in October and approved hiring four teachers and counselor/graduation coach at the December meeting, Monday night.For more information about the programs, DCSS officials say to contact your student's current high school.