Lt. Governor Cagle Announces $9 Million in Grant Funding Awarded to Create Three New College and Career Academies

December 7, 2017

Atlanta, GA, December 7, 2017 – Today, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, along with the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), announced that three new College and Career Academies (CCAs) will be created this year. Greene County College and Career Academy, Marietta High School College and Career Academy, and Paulding County College and Career Academy were each awarded a $3 million grant from the Technical College System of Georgia.

Lt. Governor Cagle praised the partnership between local school systems, technical colleges, and industry, which has proven effective in increasing student achievement and workforce development across our state. Because of Lt. Governor Cagle’s initiative, next year there will be 43 College and Career Academies in Georgia. Approximately 20,000 students are already enrolled in College and Career Academies throughout Georgia, boasting graduation rates as high as 99%.

“Our students deserve every opportunity for academic success – and with the creation of Georgia’s next three College and Career Academies, we are one step closer to ensuring all students across our state have access to these world-class learning institutions by 2020,” said Lt. Governor Cagle. “These school systems have embraced innovation in the classroom, bringing business and community leaders together to ignite economic growth for many years to come.”

College and Career Academies are effectively developing programs to train high school students for in-demand careers. Students find that challenging, hands-on programs provide greater relevancy and value, which not only lead to higher graduation rates but also rewarding professional opportunities. The specified training for students is attractive to local businesses, and communities prosper from the highly-trained and skilled workforce.

Greene County College and Career Academy:

Greene County College and Career Academy, in partnership with Athens Technical College, will provide students with advanced courses and career pathways that will give them a head start in technical and professional careers, setting students on the fast track to a successful future. One of Greene County College and Career Academy’s goals is to secure a next generation workforce that effectively closes the skills gap and boosts the regional economy. This CCA will offer innovative pathways and dual enrollment programs in Construction, Culinary Arts, Healthcare, Manufacturing, and Welding to support the economic growth of Middle Georgia’s regional workforce.

“Greene County College and Career Academy is bringing together leaders from our community to develop a skilled workforce that will allow our economy to thrive for years to come,” said Senator Burt Jones. “I’m proud of Greene County Schools, local industry, and the many partners who are making this significant investment in educating our students for the jobs that will lead our community’s growth in the future. Thanks to Lt. Governor Cagle for his leadership in establishing Georgia’s College and Career Academy Network, and for once again recognizing the success of a worthy Middle Georgia school system with this honor.” 

Marietta High School College and Career Academy:

Marietta High School College and Career Academy, in partnership with Chattahoochee Technical College, will be designed to prepare students for personal and professional success with courses and career pathways that jumpstart their futures. By completing one of the academy’s career pathways, students will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to successfully enter Georgia’s workforce or transition into post-secondary educational opportunities. One of Marietta High School College and Career Academy’s central goals is to provide rigorous academic courses, valuable hands-on experience, and applicable real-world learning opportunities to give students futures they won’t have to second guess. With a direct focus on responding to Cobb County’s workforce needs, this academy will offer pathways in skilled industries that are experiencing rapid growth, including Construction, Aerospace and Engineering, Healthcare and Bioscience, Professional Services and Information Technology.

“Marietta City Schools continues to excel as an innovative Charter System and now our students will have even greater opportunities to prepare for successful careers,” said Senator Lindsey Tippins. “Lt. Governor Cagle’s College and Career Academy Network is transforming education across Georgia - and Marietta’s economy is ready for the growth this workforce development engine will bring to our community.” 

Paulding County College and Career Academy:

Paulding County College and Career Academy’s mission, in partnership with Chattahoochee Technical College, is to engage the entire Northwest Georgia community to prepare students for the future needs of our workforce. Using their $3 million grant, Paulding County Schools will create a 21st century learning environment conducive to applied learning and career-related experiences. By aligning their post-secondary curriculum with multiple partners in industry, Paulding County students will have limitless career opportunities immediately after graduation. This academy will offer career pathways in Healthcare, Energy, Mechatronics, Industrial Maintenance, Information Technology, and Cybersecurity, as well as TCSG and Department of Labor Certified apprenticeship programs. 

Senators Mike Dugan and Bill Heath joined Lt. Governor Cagle in commending Paulding County Schools on this remarkable achievement: 

“Bringing industry and education together is what will continue to set Georgia apart as we lead the nation as the #1 state to do business,” said Senator Dugan. “I look forward to working with Lt. Governor Cagle and Paulding County CCA as we break ground on this engine of economic growth.” 

“Paulding County is responding to the needs of industry in our community - and this College and Career Academy will make a big difference in our region,” added Senator Heath. “I am confident that our students will continue to gravitate toward careers in high-demand industries like advanced manufacturing and engineering as this CCA allows more individuals to gain hands-on career experience.” 

Empower College and Career Center, Fitzgerald High School College and Career Academy, and Jones County College and Career Academy were also recognized for the strength of their communities’ efforts. These three academies will immediately be included in the Georgia College and Career Academy Network, and provided technical assistance from TCSG for future development and grant opportunities.

Empower College and Career Center:

In partnership with Lanier Technical College, Empower College and Career Center is designed to provide the students of Jackson County with valuable opportunities and resources that will ensure student success and accelerate regional economic growth. Currently boasting nearly 50 business, industry, and community partners, students will have access to the most advanced and relevant skilled job training. Empower College and Career Center will create Empower Centers, educational hubs that each host several pathway programs such as Manufacturing and Mechatronics, Healthcare Science, Multi-media and Audio/Visual Production, Architecture and Construction, and Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics - with plans to continue growing over the next ten years.

Fitzgerald High School College and Career Academy:

Fitzgerald High School College and Career Academy, in partnership with Wiregrass Georgia Technical College, will empower students to achieve career success by uniting local businesses with education. Focused on the workforce needs of Ben Hill County, this academy will offer students pathways to skilled employment in Agriculture, Industrial Manufacturing, Childhood Care and Education, Health and Human Services, and Science, Technology, Business, and Arts (STEAM). 

Through the Freshman Discovery Center, Fitzgerald College and Career Academy students can explore numerous career options while learning advanced skills that will prepare them for Georgia’s 21st century economy. The academy will also encourage career development and success through job shadowing, mock interviews, apprenticeships, and internships.

Jones County College and Career Academy:

In partnership with Central Georgia Technical College, the mission of Jones County College and Career Academy is to create a career pipeline that improves economic development and the quality of life throughout Central Georgia with innovative academic and skills training programs. With plans to offer 17 pathway programs for students by integrating employers into classroom environments, this academy is aligning school curriculum with workforce needs to benefit both local business partners, as well as high school students. Jones County College and Career Academy is actively taking steps to provide students with the skills necessary for professional success by offering career education, job shadowing, internships, cooperative education programs, and apprenticeships. 



Danny Kanso
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