Dougherty County Schools receives $11 million grant

(ALBANY, Ga)- Dougherty County school students will be receiving a financial boost for the next few years.

The school board announced they are the recipients of an $11 million federal grant, which they are putting towards a program they call “Gear Up”.

Gear Up will have students in the county working with organizers such as the United Way and the Boys and Girls Club.

Dougherty County School System Spokesman, J.D. Sumner says the program will include out-of-classroom assistance such as financial literacy, college tours, as well as internships within the city of Albany.

Sumner says, “At the start of the next school year, we’ll begin working with our 6th and 7th grade students to get them plugged in with these partners, to find out what their needs are and get those addressed. And then to start building those connections throughout the community that’ll help those kids succeed.”

Gear Up is set to start for the upcoming school year, and will follow 6th and 7th graders through their first year of college.