Lt. Governor Cagle Announces Creation of Three New College and Career Academies

December 2, 2016

(ATLANTA)- Today Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, along with the Technical College System of Georgia, announced the creation of three new College and Career Academies. Chattahoochee Valley College and Career Academy, Tift College and Career Academy and Worth County College and Career Academy were each awarded a $3.1 million grant from the Technical College System of Georgia. Lt. Governor Casey Cagle praised the unique partnerships between local school systems and technical colleges that has proven effective throughout the state for increasing student achievement and workforce development.

“Georgia’s students deserve every opportunity for academic success – and with the creation of these new College and Career Academies, we are one step closer to ensuring all students have access to these world class learning institutions,” said Lt. Governor Casey Cagle. “These school systems have embraced innovation in the classroom, bringing business and community leaders together to truly unleash their students’ potential to build a workforce second to none.”

About Chattahoochee Valley College and Career Academy:

The mission of Chattahoochee Valley College and Career Academy is to prepare all graduates for the 21st century workforce through relevant secondary and post-secondary career training. Classroom instructors will be comprised of Chattahoochee County High School CTAE teachers, Columbus Technical College, Columbus State University faculty and business/industry subject matter experts. Recruitment, employment and evaluation of these instructors will be shared between the academyCEO, the College Presidents and their staff, the Career Academy Board of Directors, and the Chattahoochee County Board of Education.

Chattahoochee Valley College and Career Academy will accept any student who wishesto enroll plus any high school student from a neighboring system.

About Tift College and Career Academy:

Over the last decade, no Georgia community has consistently had more high school students dually-enrolled with a technical college than Tift County. After several years of planning, the stakeholders of Tift County, Georgia decided to create Tift College andCareer Academy (TCCA) as a “school within a school” academy inside Tift County High School. The mission of TCCA states that it will be the economic engine of the Tift County area, preparing students to succeed in a globally competitive workforce that will positively impact the economy of Tift County.

About Worth County High School College and Career Academy:

The vision of Worth County College and Career Academy is to ensure that all students are college and career ready.  Their mission is to ensure a quality education and access to industry relevant workplace skills leading to graduation and productive citizenship.  This mission guides practices and focuses their effforts on providing  high quality experiences for all students in Worth County.

Transitioning to a College and Career Academy, where all students have access to high quality industry training, shows industries and business leaders that the system is exhausting every effort to better the community and region by increasing opportunities for the local workforce.  

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 College and Career Academy partnerships provide them with a qualified and skilled workforce. Because of Cagle’s initiative, there are now 40 College and Career Academies in Georgia.

Learn more about Georgia’s College and Career Academy Network here.