Lt. Governor Cagle Names College and Career Academy of the Year at Ninth Annual Business and Education Summit

October 26, 2016

(ATLANTA)- The College and Career Academies of Northwest Georgia proudly hosted Lt. Governor Casey Cagle’s Ninth Annual Business and Education Summit, a two day event that began on Monday in Dalton, Ga. and concluded in Calhoun, Ga. Lt. Governor Cagle named Effingham as the College and Career Academy of the Year.

“Effingham College and Career Academy exemplifies the type of success a school system can achieve when they fully embrace innovative ideas inside and outside the classroom,” said Lt. Governor Casey Cagle. “With over 50 educational and community partnerships, Effingham leaders have drastically increased student achievement. They lead students into the 21st century dynamic workforce with numerous pathways designed for the specific needs of their employers.”

“The direct impact this college and career academy has made in Effingham County is undeniable,” Said Sen. Jack Hill. “They have developed key partnerships to ensure our students have access to unique educational opportunities designed for success after graduation. Thanks to Effingham College and Career Academy, we are truly building a workforce second to none.”

Sen. Jack Hill represents Bulloch, Candler and Effingham counties as well as portions of Emaneul, Evans and Tattnall.

The summit brought together business, industry, and education leaders to discuss and demonstrate the importance of abandoning the one-size- fits-all model in public education. Leaders from around the state highlighted beneficial impacts of innovative classroom settings and instructional methods designed to unleash students’ full potential while building a workforce to maintain Georgia’s status as the No. 1 state to conduct business. By partnering with local businesses and industries, school systems are implementing relevant career pathways with public-private partnerships proven effective in filling the current gaps that exist in Georgia’s workforce.

About Effingham County Career Academy:

Effingham College and Career Academy has proudly sustained collaboration with employers, economic development professionals, post-secondary institutions, parents, and the Effingham County Board of Education. Designated as a Ford Next Generation Learning Community, Effingham actively provides academic and career programs to further student achievement. With the goal of creating a “high tech career” focus, they have a proven track record of equipping their students with the skills needed to directly enter the work force or purse additional post-secondary opportunities. They currently have a 100% graduation rate, with 60% of graduates going directly to college and 30% obtaining fulltime employment or entering into apprenticeship opportunities.

About College and Career Academies:

College and Career Academies, an initiative of Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, partner local school systems with the state’s technical colleges, other post-secondary institutions, and local businesses, enabling the development of high school and college-level programs that train students for quality, in-demand jobs. Students find that the academies’ challenging, hands-on programs provide greater relevancy and value which not only lead to higher graduation rates, but also employment. The specified training for students is attractive to area businesses and communities prosper from the highly-trained and skilled workforce. Businesses have found that partnering with the College and Career Academies provides a qualified and prepared workforce.

Because of Lt. Governor Cagle’s initiative, there are currently over 37 College and Career Academies in Georgia. Approximately 20,000 students from different college and career academies across the state enjoy graduation rates in the high ninetieth percentile and 100% post-secondary or job placement rates.