OZARK, Ala. (WDHN) — A milestone in career tech education took place here in the Wiregrass.

Dale County School’s Bridge Academy officially opened off Highway 231 in Ozark.

It offers nearly 100 high school students at Dale County, G.W. Long, and Ariton high schools a chance to learn specialized job skills in welding, criminal justice, and several other professions.

Those students also continue to take care of their academic curriculum at their respective high schools.

Governor Ivey and state education officials have stressed getting students ready for college, or
becoming job ready and moving into the workforce following high school graduation.

Bridge Academy is being made possible through teaching agreements with Wallace and Enterprise State Community colleges.

It’s located at the site of Ozark’s old National Guard Armory, which was moved to make way for the Bridge Academy.