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      School system and college unite to lower drop out rate

      The Dougherty County School System announced a new partnership with Albany Technical College on Thursday evening to help high school students earn college credits.

      The program is set to begin in January and will offer dual or joint enrollment for students allowing them to graduate high school with an Associate's Degree.

      "You want to be as competitive as you can, as early as you can. I think students who are engaged at this level in high school are far less likely to drop out. There's only a 5% drop out rate, 95% completion rate from high school," said Albany Tech President Dr. Anthony Parker.

      School officials say another benefit is in the form of cost-saving because the program is funded by the Hope Grant, making it free to those who enroll.

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