Eighteen students at Albany Technical College attending as Dual Enrolled high school students have plans to either continue to get a bachelor's degree or go into the military. There is a ceremony that is usually conducted annually during the spring semester where Dual Enrolled high school students are honored for completing their Associate of Applied Science degree prior to completing their high school diploma. Unfortunately, we will not be able to have that ceremony at the college. COVID-19 has changed how we are able to recognize these students in person. We want to acknowledge their remarkable achievements and highlight their accomplishments. Albany Technical College is very proud of the accomplishments of the Dual Enrolled students and looks forward to hearing of their great success.

With the Georgia Dual Enrollment program, all Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) colleges are seeing success, especially those who move on to four-year universities to obtain higher levels of degrees. The goal is to highlight these students each academic year.

"The Georgia Dual Enrollment program is one of the best programs available for high school students, and we encourage local area students to take advantage of this opportunity. Albany Technical College offers a chance to accelerate a high school student's future career," said Dr. Anthony O. Parker, President of Albany Technical College.

The following students have completed the required courses and will receive their Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree as they graduate high school:

Dougherty Comprenensive High School

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Roderick L. Pollock, Senior

High: Dougherty Comprehensive High School

Parents: Mr. & Mrs. Pollock

Major: Criminal Justice AAS Degree

Professional interest/goals: Roderick plans to attend Purdue University in the fall and pursue a degree in Criminal Justice. Roderick is a member of the MCROTC Drill Team and Rifle Team at Dougherty High. He will graduate with honors from Dougherty Comprehensive High School.

Fun facts: Roderick enjoy spending time with family and friends.

Experience in Dual Enrollment Program: The Dual Enrollment opened the door of opportunity for me to start my college career while still a high school student. The Dual Enrollment program is one of the best programs available to high school students to earn an associate degree while in high school.

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Ka'Myah St.Rose, Senior

High: Dougherty Comprehensive High School

Parents: Ms. Seqaous Walker & Mr. Troy Williams

Major: Interdisciplinary Studies AAS Degree

Professional interest/goals: Ka'Myah plans to attend Tuskegee University’s School of Nursing and Allied Health in the fall and major in Nursing. Ka'Myah is an active member of National Beta Club, Georgia Civic Awareness Program for Students (GCAPS), Dougherty Comprehensive High School Student Council Parliamentarian and member, Dougherty Comprehensive High School Lady Trojans Basketball Team, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), and Delta GEMS Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Educational Program. She has received the following recognition; A/B Honors, 1st Place Recipient DECA Regional Competition (Job Interview) and State Qualifier, Panelist on the Lt. Gov. Cagle's Business & Education Summit, Certificate of Achievement, Freshman Class President, Student of the Month, State Track Qualifier, Kiwanis Club Art Competition Award 3rd Place and 1st Place and Best Dressed. Ka'Myah will graduate in the top 10 percent of her high school class.

Fun facts: Ka’Myah enjoy spending time with family and friends and shopping.

Experience in Dual Enrollment Program: The Dual Enrollment program exposed and prepared me for the future in the healthcare field.


Lee County High School.

Ayanna Newberry.

Ayanna Newberry, Senior

High: Lee County High School

Parents: Ms. Kearran McDaniel & Mr. Nolan Newbery

Major: Business Management AAS Degree

Professional interest/goals: Ayanna will continue her education at Valdosta State University in the fall. She is the vice president of DECA and a member of Beta Club, NTHS, NHS, and the Lee County Female Minority Mentoring Program.

Fun facts: Ayanna has completed 25 hours of volunteer work for the 2019-20 year.

Experience in Dual Enrollment Program: Dual Enrollment has been a blessing; the program allowed me to take a step closer to my career dreams. For me, as a senior, to get my associate degree before I graduate high school is SO uplifting. I want students to know it can be done, and do not let trials and tribulations steer you in the wrong path. I have almost been to the point where I wanted to stop, but I remembered what was at the end of the finish line and that became my motivation.


Monroe Comprenensive High School

Dezeaire Billings

Dezneaire Billings, Senior

High School: Monroe Comprehensive High School

Parents: Ms. Shebreka Riggins

Major: Interdisciplinary Studies AAS Degree

Professional interest/goals: Dezneaire Billings plans to attend Georgia Southwestern State University in the fall to pursue a major in Nursing Program and minor in Forensic Science. She plans to become active in campus organizations including the NAACP. Her extracurricular activities at Monroe include membership in the Beta Club. Dezneaire will graduate in the top 10 percent of her class.

Fun facts: Desneaire enjoys reading, writing, and listening to music, traveling and sampling different foods.

Experience in Dual Enrollment Program: Dual Enrollment allowed me to earn college credit while still in high school. In the beginning, I didn't plan on earning my associate degree, but I changed my mind and decided to go against the odds and do something most high school students didn't deem popular.

Donte Daniel

Donte' Daniel, Senior

High School: Monroe Comprehensive High School

Parents: Mr. Brian and Mrs. Roselyn Daniel

Major: Computer Programming AAS Degree

Professional interest/goals: Donte' Daniel is enrolled in the Computer Programming Degree program at Albany Technical College. He plans to join the United States Air Force in the fall. Donte' has passed all the physical requirements to enter the USAF, and he will be leaving for boot camp in a few months. He has already been assigned a MOS (Military Occupational Specialty) in Cyber Security, which speaks of how well he performed on the ASVAB (Armed Service Vocational Aptitude Battery) test. Donte' is an active member of the Monroe Tornadoes Band. Donte' is a very well-rounded student, not only has he consistently been an honor roll student throughout his elementary, middle school, high school years and college years; he participated in band, playing the tenor saxophone, the alto saxophone, and the trumpet. Donte' has the distinct honor of graduating with a 3.7 GPA and will graduate in the top 10 percent of his high school class.

Fun facts: Donte' is the third child of Brian and Roselyn Daniel, and he loves participating in very physically challenging activities like the yearly Spartan Race and the Savage Race. Donte' was active in martial arts, boxing and in his free time, he enjoys playing basketball with his family and friends. Donte' took great joy in participating in a program called KICKS, where he helped serve food to the homeless. Donte' loves God, his family, and his country.

Experience in Dual Enrollment Program: Dual Enrollment program allowed me the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school. I was unclear of all the benefits of the Dual Enrollment program when I begin, and now I know the ultimate benefit is earning my Associate Degree while still in high school. When I enlist in the United States Air Force, I will have two years of college completed.

Aaliyah Harris

Aaliyah Harris, Senior

High School: Monroe Comprehensive High School

Parents: Ms. Monice Turner & Mr. Brian Harris, Ms. Jacqueline Mumphery, Grandmother

Major: Criminal Justice Degree AAS

Professional interest/goals: Aaliyah plans to attend Clark Atlanta University in the fall and pursue a Political Science degree. Aaliyah is an active member of the National Beta Club, Honor Society, NSHSS, SkillsUSA, and FBLA.

Fun facts: She enjoys going to the movie and specializes in natural hair care.

Experience in the Dual Enrollment program: The Dual Enrollment program allowed me jump start my college career and get ahead of my peers while still enrolled as a high school student. The program also allowed me to get a feel for what college life would be like. Being enrolled in the program, I learned how to balance school, work, and social life.
LeVasis Roddy

Le' Vasia Roddy, Senior

High School: Monroe Comprehensive High School

Parent: Ms. Angelina Roddy

Major: Interdisciplinary Studies AAS Degree

Professional interest/goals: Le' Vasia plans to attend Albany State University in the fall to pursue a bachelor's degree as a Registered Nurse. Le' Vasia is an active member of the Beta Club and JROTC program at Monroe High School. Le' Vasia will graduate in the top 10-15 percent of her high school class.

Fun facts: Le’Vasia enjoys doing her hair, make-up, shopping and listening to music.

Experience in the Dual Enrollment program: I’ve had an awesome experience in the Dual Enrollment program. It has been very challenging but worth it. The Dual Enrollment program is one of the best opportunities, designed to promote and encourage high school students to invest in their career education.

Kyla Smith

Kyla Smith, Senior

High School: Monroe Comprehensive High School

Parents: Mrs. Kicheka Smith & Harold Smith

Major: Interdisciplinary Studies AAS Degree

Professional interest/goals: Kyla plans to attend Albany State University in the fall and pursue a degree in Nursing. She is an active member of the Beta team/club and National Honors Society. Kyla will graduate in the top 15 percent of her high school class.

Fun facts: Kyla enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Experience in Dual Enrollment Program: The Dual Enrollment program afforded me the opportunity to earn my associate degree while still in High School. Earning my associate degree as a high school student opened the door to Valdosta State University where I will enroll as a junior and in two years, I can earn my bachelor’s degree.


Randolph-Clay County High-School

Aaliyah Gilbert

Aaliyah Gilbert, Senior

High School: Randolph Clay High School

Parents: Mr. Edward & Ms. Dyan Gilbert

Major: Interdisciplinary Studies AAS

Professional interest/goals: Aaliyah Gilbert plans to attend Georgia Southwestern State University as a Nursing major and earn a minor in marketing. When she receives her bachelor's degree, she plans to start her own home health care business and become a head nurse at a children's hospital. Aaliyah is the Vice president of the senior class, member of prom committee, secretary of the yearbook committee, captain of the cheerleading squad, volleyball team, co-captain of one-act play, literary, quiz bowl academic team, secretary of National Beta Club Chapter at Randolph Clay High School.

Fun Fact: She enjoys spending time with friends and family. She also enjoys cheerleading, and her favorite sports are football and basketball.

Experience in Dual Enrollment: I am happy to have the opportunity of being a Dual Enrollment student. In the beginning, it was challenging, seemed to be impossible; but I am glad I decided to give it a try because it was the best decision. I am thankful for the support of my family, counselor, and Albany Tech, who played a part in my success. It has taught me time management and how to focus on one specific goal. I have learned many skills that I will use for the rest of my life. I am thankful for this opportunity, and I will forever be grateful.
Shanice Harris

Shanice Harris, Senior

High School: Randolph Clay High School

Parents: Mrs. Monica Harris & Mr. William Harris

Major: Criminal Justice Associate AAS

Professional interest/goals: Shanice plans to attend Fort Valley State University in the fall to pursue a degree in Computer Science with a minor in Cyber Security. While attending Fort Valley State University, she plans to join the ROTC program and be commissioned in the United States Army where she plans to work in the IT division. Shanice is the reigning Miss Randolph Clay High school, Student Government President, Class President, National Honors Society (BETA) President, and she is the basketball manager. She is currently in the top 5 percent of her class ranking Number 4.

Fun facts: Shanice loves to spend time with her family, traveling, and serving others. Shanice is very involved in the Randolph community during the holidays. She makes cards for the residents at the Joe Anne Burgin Nursing Home, and she volunteers at the Senior Citizen Center.

Experience in the Dual Enrollment program: Initially, I was apprehensive about taking Dual Enrollment classes, but I overcame my fear and decided to take more than one class at a time. With encouragement from my mother and high school counselor I completed the certificate program, then I moved on to my diploma and ultimately earned my associate degree. The program also allowed me to take my core classes for college in place of my high school classes. Therefore, I didn't have to take classes in my senior year. Dual Enrollment has allowed me to get a head start in my college career. Dual Enrollment has been a wonderful, challenging experience, and some days I felt like giving up, but I kept going and am glad I did. I will be the first in my family to graduate high school with a degree.
Natasha Jones

Natasha Jones, Junior

High School: Randolph-Clay High school

Parents: Ms. Marshell Jones

Major: Criminal Justice AAS

Professional interest/goals: Natasha Jones plans to attend Georgia State University and pursue a degree in Criminal Justice. She plans to earn her master's degree and become a forensic psychologist. She is an active member of the Student Council/Government, class officer, Beta Club, Quest for Change/Success for life, and the Randolph-Clay Yearbook Committee. She received the Georgia Reach Scholarship, the University of Georgia Merit award, and A Honor Roll. As a high school student, Natasha will graduate in the top 5 percent of her class.

Fun facts: She enjoys listening to music, spending time with friends, drawing and painting.

Experience in Dual Enrollment Program: The Dual Enrollment program exposed me to the college classes and college experience while in high school. I am ahead of my classmates by being a dual-enrolled student. I am a high school junior who is earning my associate degree before graduating from high school. Dual Enrollment afforded me an opportunity of a lifetime, and it helped me to achieve things that I thought were impossible for me.


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Aaron Zheng, Senior

High School: Terrell High School

Parents: Mr. & Mrs. Zheng

Major: Computer Programming AAS Degree

Professional interest/goals: Aaron plans to attend Georgia Institute of Technology to major in Public Policy. He plans to start in the summer of 2020. Aaron is the valedictorian of his graduating class. He is an active member of gifted club and has received recognition for competing in history competitions.

Fun facts: Aaron enjoys working at his family restaurant during his free time.

Experience in the Dual Enrollment program: The Dual Enrollment program allowed me to take college courses while still in high school which has prepared me for the next step in pursuing my educational goals.


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Tylar Adams

Taylar Adams, Senior

High School: Westover Comprehensive High School

Parents: Ms. Kimberely Warren & Mr. Vekonditt Adams

Major: Interdisciplinary Studies AAS Degree

Professional Interest/Goals: Taylar Adams plans to attend Columbus State University in the fall and major in Nursing. After earning her bachelor's degree, Taylor’s goal is to work in healthcare as a pediatric nurse practitioner. Her extracurricular activities at Westover include membership in FBLA, National Honor Society, Beta Club and a cheerleader for two years. Taylar will graduate in the top 26 percent of her high school class.

Fun fact: Taylar enjoys crafting, reading, and shopping in her free time.

Experience in Dual Enrollment program: I chose Dual Enrollment to help me advance in my college career. Dual Enrollment gave me a great opportunity to jump-start my college education. Consequently, in two years I will earn a bachelor's degree and begin to work as a pediatric nurse practitioner.

Nia Christian

Nia Christian, Senior

High School: Westover Comprehensive High School

Parent: Ms. Veronica Christian

Major: Interdisciplinary Studies AAS Degree

Professional interest/goals: Nia Christian plans to attend Valdosta State in the fall and pursue a degree in Education program. Her extracurricular activities at Westover include membership in the Chorus. Nia will graduate in the top 10 percent of her class.

Fun facts: Nia enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Experience in Dual Enrollment Program: The Dual Enrollment program allowed me to earn college credit while still in high school. These credits will give me a head up in my college career.
Ayanla Dudley

Ayanla Dudley, Senior

High School: Westover Comprehensive High School

Parents: Mr. Wayne & Mrs. Arretha Dudley

Major: Interdisciplinary Studies/Business Healthcare AAS

Professional interests/goals: Ayanla Dudley plans to attend Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in the Pre-Nursing Program and plans to earn a master’s in Forensic Nursing or to be an Obstetrics Nurse.

Fun facts: Ayanla is an active member of the Varsity Football Cheerleading Team, DECA Marketing Club, National Honor Society, DELTA GEMS, WIOA and Utilis Matron Debutante Club. Ayanla has received the following recognition: Most Improved Student, Top Student, Miss Marketing, Miss DECA, and she currently reigns as Miss Westover. Ayanla will graduate in the top 10 percent of her class.

Experience in the Dual Enrollment program: My Dual Enrollment journey started fall of 2017. It started smoothly and efficiently. As I soared through the semesters, teachers got a little more strict, and assignments got more difficult. The Dual Enrollment program challenges students to invest in their academia and prepares students for the future in higher education. Being a Dual Enrolled student was not easy, but I can wholeheartedly tell you it was well worth it.

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De'Ideja Green, Senior

High School: Westover Comprehensive High School

Parents: Mr. & Mrs. Derrick and Shayna Greene

Major: Interdisciplinary Studies AAS Degree

Professional interest/goals: De' Idega plans to attend Fort Valley State University as a Political Science major as the first step to attending law school to become a lawyer. While in high school, De’ldeja has participated in various organizations, such as Gcaps, Literary Yearbook Staff, Skills USA, and National Honors Society. She was crowned Homecoming Queen and selected as a Senior Superlative, a 2019 Debutante. She was a cheerleader all four years of high school and was the captain of the basketball and football cheerleading team during her senior year.

Fun facts: De' Idega loves swimming and reading in her free time. She is a member of First Mount Olive Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Gary C. Sanders Sr.

Experience in Dual Enrollment Program: I chose Dual Enrollment to get a jump-start on my college credits. Becoming a dual enrolled student was one of the best decisions because I was able to earn my associate degree before I graduated from high school. I am looking forward to continuing my education and remain grateful for all the opportunities and support I have received thus far. Although a worldwide pandemic is going on, I managed to obtain all my credits to graduate from both Westover high school, Albany Technical College, and maintain a 4.0 GPA.

Myia Haines

Myia Haines, Senior

High School: Westover Comprehensive High School

Parents: Rasheda Haines and Dondrell Haines

Major: Business Management Associate Degree

Professional interest/goals: Myia plans to attend the unsinkable Albany State University in the fall and major in Business Management. Myia currently has a 3.6 GPA at Albany Tech and a 3.5 GPA at Westover where she will graduate as an honor graduate. Myia is a participate in tennis and cheerleading at Westover. She is a member of Deca, President, 2019 Utilis Matronae and Debutante Club, WIOA and Delta Gems.

Fun facts: Myia enjoys running her beauty products business and making YouTube videos.

Experience in Dual Enrollment: My experience in the dual enrollment program was challenging and rewarding. I was able to earn an associate degree prior to receiving my high school diploma. I am very grateful for this opportunity and I would definitely recommend the program to other high school students. This experience has prepared me for college, and I am looking forward to furthering my education.

Alayzhah Owens

Alayzhah Owens, Senior

High School: Westover High School

Parents: Ms. Lakessa Winbush

Major: Interdisciplinary Studies AAS Degree

Professional interest/goals: Alayzhah has plans to attend Albany State University in fall to pursue a degree in Nursing. Upon graduation from Albany State University, Alayzhah plans to work as a Labor and Delivery Nurse. As a High School student, Alayzhah was active member of DECA. She will graduate in the top 50 percent of her class.

Fun facts: Alayzhah enjoys reading and spending time with family and friends.

Experience in Dual Enrollment Program: My experience in the Dual Enrollment program taught me time management. This experience allowed me to jump-start my college career, which will enable me to get ahead in my future career before many of my peers.