Atlanta Forward: Regional economy

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan visits the Southwire Co. factory in Carrollton, site of the "12 for Life" program that seeks to motivate teens to stay in school while working a job.

Credit: Ricky Stilley/The Times-Georgian

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U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan visits the Southwire Co. factory in Carrollton, site of the "12 for Life" program that seeks to motivate teens to stay in school while working a job.

Credit: Ricky Stilley/The Times-Georgian

Credit: Ricky Stilley/The Times-Georgian

We devote today’s discussion to a Carroll County cable manufacturer that has opened a factory for troubled teens. The youths spend eight hours a day in company classrooms and work four hours a day, earning above minimum wage. Read how this novel concept produces high school graduates with workforce skills, and how it’s spread statewide.

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