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College and Career Academies

GeorgiaCCAN (College and Career Academy Network) is a network of schools that promote academic excellence and prepare students for the 21st century work force. 

The College and Career Academy model helps businesses partner with local high schools and technical colleges to allow students obtain a technical certificate upon graduation to begin employment with a local company.  These students receive specific training and develop specialized skills needed to pursue a career path catered to their individual skills set.  Many work towards post-secondary education while they’re still in high school, but most importantly – it prepares students to compete and excel in a 21st century workforce.

Georgia CCAN seeks to provide the leadership at the state level to ensure success at the local level.  Developed to provide quality education to students, college and career academies are designed to partner with local school systems, local businesses and industries, and local schools within Georgia’s technical college system or university system.  These partnerships enable the development and growth of high school and college-level programs that prepare students for in-demand jobs and success in higher education. 

Students find that the college and career academies’ challenging, hands-on programs provide greater relevancy and value in today’s workforce.  This leads to higher graduation rates, immediate employment opportunities, and greater access to college.  The specified student training is attractive to area businesses, and communities prosper from a highly-trained local workforce. 


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