ATLANTA -- Yesterday, Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan celebrated College and Career Academies across Georgia by hosting the 12th Annual Business and Education Summit at Lanier Technical College in Gainesville. Surrounded by educators, students and business leaders, Duncan congratulated the award winners and recognized the significant impact College and Career Academies are having throughout Georgia.

"Workforce development is a huge part of what has made Georgia the best place to live and work,” Duncan said. “College and Career Academies play a huge role in attracting new businesses to Georgia, and it is an honor to celebrate the hard work and achievements of those associated with this great program. My office looks forward to working alongside the educators and business leaders who have devoted their time, resources and expertise to put Georgia second to none in workforce development.”

Award Winners Include: 

Students of the Year: (1st place) Ja’Nyia Maloy - Houston County College & Career Academy; (2nd place) Diego Calderon - Northwest Georgia College & Career Academy; (3rd place) Levi Johnson - Houston County College & Career Academy.

Business Partner of the Year: King & Prince Seafood, Brunswick

College & Career Academy of the Year: Griffin Region College & Career Academy 

GCCAP12 Grant Awardees: Jones County College & Career Academy; Fitzgerald High School 

College & Career Academy; IGNITE College & Career Academy (Sumter County); EMPOWER College & Career Academy (Jackson County)

CCA Approved Certifications: Calhoun City College & Career Academy; THINC College & Career Academy (LaGrange); Southeastern Early College & Career Academy (Vidalia); Polk County College & Career Academy (Rockmart); Liberty College & Career Academy (Hinesville).