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November 14, 2007

Thomasville --   A south Georgia school system is one of five in the state to get money for a career academy.

It's part of Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle's initiative to give students specialized job training. Thomas County will get $2.7 million dollars to start an academy.

Superintendent Dr. Jean Quigg says the money will soon be put to use starting Thomas County's new P.R.E.P. Academy.

"PREP, standing for Preparing for Relevant Economic Pursuit, will allow us to add on to the facility at Thomas County Central High School, as well as renovate some of the existing vocational career classrooms that we have at the high school."

Students will continue to take classes like English, Math and Social Studies in high school. But a whole new world of opportunities will be open to them in the future facility. "We'll be able to expand our career and tech opportunities for students"

Architecture and drafting courses, automotive, welding, will all be offered. "Broadcasting, we'll be expanding that. Those kinds of classes will be taken out in the actual career academy."

But the county school system can't do it alone. They'll team up with south Georgia technical college to provide the specialized job training at the academy.

 "There will be some students in 11th and 12th grade who will be dually enrolled and they will receive college credits for those classes," says Quigg.

If students choose to take classes in the career academy, their options after high school are wide open.

 "It will be a bridge to SWGTC or students can graduate from TCCHS with a skill ready to go into the workforce. Or it will be a bridge for students who want to go to a 4 year college."

Quigg knows for students in her school system, a plan for the future is one you can take to the bank.

The Thomas County School system worked with the department of labor to figure out what jobs will be available for students. They plan to offer courses in those fields at the career academy.

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