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PAGE 4 THE FLORALA NEWS - WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2011 I Comments Letter to the Editor The Florala News' editorial section is intended to provide our readers and citizens as complete an opportunity to express themselves with as few re- strictions as possible. Profani direct or implied, and attacks on one's per- son rather than on actions or deeds are not acceptable. Publication on this page in NO WAY REFLECTS AGREEMENT OR ENDORSEMENT BY THIS NEWSPAPER. .k i i i l never know who's gonna come into The F/,e; ala News office from week to week. Sometimes it stays pretty quiet and other times, I get myself a little behind and everyone and their brother seems to come in. It's times like that I want to pull my hair out, but I have to remember it' all part of the business. There are lots of times when someone will come in and they will recognize me or say I look very familiar. That, of course, leads to the "my parents grew up here" or "my grandparents lived here all my life" or "my great-grand- parents had a store here" admission by me and usually followed by a very enjoyable conversation. I enjoy talking about all three of those facts and am very proud of my roots here. I've said it before - I didn't grow up here, but Florala was always home. On Tuesday morning, I had a very nice gentleman come in wanting to look through some old papers because he had lost a ring and someone had mentioned to him that they remembered seeing a lost and found ad in our paper. His name? Walter Aplin. We searched and searched through the September, October, November and December papers from last year with no luck. And like true people from the south, we began talking and he found out who l was and who I was related to. He told me that he went to school with my grandmother, Jean Welch, and received a loan from my great-grandmother, Lucille Medley. I always love hearing stories I had never heard before and the loan one was one of them. And, it certainly sounded like something she would do. Further into the conversation, I found out that he was veteran of the United States Army, something near and dear to my heart, and it made me miss, yet again, my time in a military family. He mentioned that he loved his time in the Army, just like my father did, and that he still misses it greatly after having been out for thirty-two years. He was see REMINISCING page 5 CROSSWORD i . Editor, Susie Morris lost her fight" with cancer just recently, but gained a new home in a place she would not come back from if she could. Of course, her family will miss her sorely, as I do. Even though we hadn't visited very often in the last few years, I tried to stay in contact. She watched over my children in the nursery at First Baptist Church. She prepared and provided lunches for them when they were in high school. She catered the re- freshments for many school proms and meals for a lot of class reunions. Her husband, Donell, and I were friends from the time we were ten years old and still are today. She was proud of her children, and nieces and nephews, and of course, her grandchildren. I will miss you, Susie. Milner Perry Florala roducing scholars with skills "If anything is certain, it is that change is certain. The world we are planning for today will not exist in this form tomorrow,"/ oted Philip Crosby, management consultant. And that, my fellow Alabamians, is a fact. Revolutionary changes have taken place and continue to take place in every aspect of our lives. To name a few: com- munications (think cellular phones, e-marl, social media); transportation (think hybrid vehicles and super-sonic air travel); entertainment (think movies on-demand, 3-D TVs, e-readers). Young people today have more choices than ever and that extends to education options, especially at the high school level where savvy students can simultaneously pre- pare for a career and earn college credits while earning a diploma. More and more students are pursuing this option through the dual enrollment program in career technical education. Dual enrollment is a partnership between high schools and two-year colleges. Students who meet certain eligibility criteria can pai-ticipate. The program offers young people a path to self-sufficiency and independence by equipping them with job-ready skills while providing the foundation for a certificate or a degree. Students may also earn dual credits in academic transfer courses such as those in sci- ence, mathematics, and the humanities. Career preparedness - learning to DO something Dual enrollment allows students to take college classes in a field for which they have an aptitude, or interest; as- sociate with like-minded peers; and have a more hands-on approach to learning. In short, it's learning that translates into earning. As the high school years come to an end, many students are anxious to graduate and get a job, continue their educa- tion, or both. The dual enrollment program provides thesd students with the skills to do so. Armed with a high school diploma in one hand and a certificate or credential in the other, the individual can confidently step through the door marked opportunity. Dropout prevention Dual enrollment programs go a step beyond traditional classroom settings by incorporating actual hands-on train- ing into the curriculum. Class sizes are generally smaller, which allows more one-on-one teacher-student inl eraction, and training with actual equipment provides "real" rather than "realistic" experience. The students know they are enrolled in college-level courses that also count toward their high school diploma. Such motivation increases the likelihood of graduation thus decreasing the probability of dropping out. According to the America's Promise Alliance and Johns Hopkins University Every Child a Graduate Center, Ala- bama has experienced a significant increase in its gradu- ation rate since 2008. In fact Alabama ranks 4th in the nation in the percentage increase in graduation rate in its recently released national report. While this progress is moving our state in the right direction, there remain far The Florala News (USPS 200-560) . . . Editor, Tuesday, a week ago, I had a whole knee replacement and it is really something to go through. It is no fun and games. So to all of the people that have been good to me through this, I'm grateful, and thank you because I'm not through it ye . I've got a long way togo says the doctor who did the surgery on the 5th.'I have lots of people that have cooked and brought us stuff to eat because I cannot cook right now. Also, there were people that have sentme cards and brought flowers. You really don't know what kind of people you have until you go through this. So everyone, I thank all of you very much. Macey Cassady has been espe- cially good to me. She is my right hand person to help me when I needed her. A special thank you goes out to her. When you need her, she is there if she can help you out. So Macey, thank you with all my heart. Again, thank you all so much. Like I said, I'm not out of the woods yet. Thank you, /s/Barbara Sue Dennis by Dr. Freida Hill, Chancellor, Alabama Community College System and Dr. Joe Morton, Superintendent, Alabama Department of Education too many students who choose to leave the K-12 education system before obtaining a diploma. According to Civic En- terprises a high percentage of high school dropouts report "classes were not interesting," calling for alternatives to traditional instructional delivery methods. The dual enrollment program serves as an excellent ex- ample of a more engaging instructional delivery method that does not denigrate current high school curriculum, but rather expands options for students. Dual enrollment essentially serves a "dual" purpose - an incentive to stay in school and a competitive edge in the job marketupon graduation. Economic development tool Research confirms that workforce availability has be- come the number one criterion when businesses look to ex- pand or locate in an area. While Alabama's metropolitan areas certainly have much to offer a prospective business, it's the state's rural areas that have seemingly been left behind the economic power curve. The job-specific skills gained through a dual enrollment program can level the playing field giving rural communi- ties a better shot at landing an industry. Thomasville in Clarke County can attest to this having recently landed a Canadian-based steel manufacturer. The firm itself cited the availability of a trained workforce as the deciding fac- tor. Recruiting an industry, especially to a rural community, is a major coup. In addition to better-paying jobs, enhanced quality of life, and economic growth, other industry pros- pects soon follow. New, existing, and expanding industries are looking for workers with skills, and dual enrollment is one way our education and workforce systems can respond. To be suc- cessful short-term and long-term, we should consider a three-prong approach to education: identification, cultiva- tion, and preparation. Identify a student's interests and tal- ents, and then cultivate these interests and talents through programs such as dual enrollment, so the individual is pre- pared for a successful future. The State Board of Education has approved funding for several thousand students to participate in career technical education dual enrollment free of charge over the past three years. These grants are administered by the Workforce De- velopment Division of the Department of Postsecondary Education. The Alabama Community College System and Alabama's public high schools are proud to help high school students get a jump start on their career and postsecondary education. For more information on the dual enrollment program, contact your area community college. Dr. Freida Hill is Chancellor of ihe Alabama Community Col- lege System/Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education and may be contacted at Dr. Joe Morton is Superintendent of the Alabama Department of Education and may be reached at Florala Editor, My name is Jean Prue and my address is 2162 Prescott Road in Florala. My home is a drop point for unwanted cats! This is inhumane! I need your help to feed these un- loved creatures. Any donation or food is greatly appreci- ated: My phonenumber is 334-858-5293. /s/Jean Prue Florala [E n 3 27 m 59 m m 1T ---~m 29 n i 46 54 65 70 73 PRESENTED BY I0 32 m m 52 62 m m Where volunteering begins. StatePomt Media THEME: THE SIXTIES ACROSS 1. WWII villain 6. *Betty Friedan's org. 9. " 'til you drop" 13. *Twiggy, e.g. 14. "Without further " 15. Round loaf, in Paris 16. Prefix for earliest 17. Diamond or ruby 18. Sicker 19. Moves, as in a prowler 21. *"I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" autobiographer 23. Maiden name indicator 24. Annoying biter 25. 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