CAGLE: Jackson County Awarded $3 Million College & Career Academy Grant

December 6, 2018

Atlanta, GA, December 6, 2018 – Today, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, along with the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), presented Empower College and Career Center with a grant of $3 million to build a workforce engine for Jackson County Schools.

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, there will be 47 College and Career Academies in Georgia. Over 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 four College and Career Academies, we are one step closer to ensuring students across our state have access to these world-class learning institutions,” 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.”

“Empower College & Career Center has taken great initiative to meet Jackson County’s workforce needs, while offering exceptional educational opportunities for students,” said Senator John Wilkinson. “This academy serves as a great example of how our community is growing as a hub of educational innovation to prepare our next generation of students for success in high-demand careers.”

“Jackson County is continuing to equip our students with the tools and resources needed to be competitive in today’s evolving job market,” said Senator Frank Ginn. “Empower College and Career Center has been awarded this grant because of the hard work and tireless efforts of regional industry and educational leaders, which will propel our community’s workforce to reach new heights.”

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.

Empower College & 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 over 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 serve as an educational hub offering innovative and high-demand 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.