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Governor Deal visits Coffee County Career Academy

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200 students are enrolled in the Coffee County Career Academy 200 students are enrolled in the Coffee County Career Academy
Scott Gillis, Principal Scott Gillis, Principal
Emily, Student Emily, Student
DOUGLAS, GA (WALB) -

Some students in Coffee County are getting a head start on their careers.  The Coffee County Career Academy opened this school year, and just got a $3.15 million state grant to expand to serve students in two other counties.  Governor Nathan Deal helped celebrate its success today.    

These 9th through 12th grade students are getting a jump start into their careers as the first students to enroll in the Coffee County Career Academy. Governor Nathan Deal visited the school today for their ribbon cutting ceremony.  

"To see how hard we're planning and working to get our students to be successful," said Scott Gillis.    

200 students are enrolled after applying to take courses at the school. The school received a $750 thousand grant earlier this year from the Governor's Office of Work Force Development aimed at increasing graduation rates for their STAR PITSCO Ninth Grade Academy.  

"We want to tell him thank you for the confidence in the grant that came to us while we're a career academy," said Gillis.    

Students work on computer based instructional software for their academic subjects. They are then transported to Wiregrass Technical College for their technical classes in career pathways for Nursing and Industrial system maintenance.  

"This was a course that was requested by our industry partners to fill a need, they need some industrial maintenance skilled workers," said Gillis.    

Some students are even encouraging others to apply to the school.  

"The teachers here are really awesome, they really help you a lot, so I really hope that people will actually come," said Emily.    

Gillis says there is a need for career academies.  

"The main thing is that you're taking the learning for students and you're making it relevant, you're making it real and you're connecting it to a career," said Gillis.  

School officials are currently reviewing applications for second semester. There are currently 29 college and career academies in Georgia.  The new grant will allow the one in Coffee County to serve students in Irwin and Atkinson Counties as well.

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