ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Tuesday at the Capitol, Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle presented a $3 million check as a start up fund for Dougherty County's Area College and Career Academy. Last month, the academy charter was approved, and now the much-needed dollars will get the academy off the ground.
"This is a great day for Dougherty County and Southwest Georgia," said State Rep. Darrel Ealum.
"Lt. Gov. Cagle and his staff has remained steadfast with us over the past four years as we learned from his CCA Summits and from other successful academies about how to create a CCA that will positively impacted our economy and educational system," Ealum said. "We owe them a debt of gratitude for their continued willingness to work with us on this very important initiative."
The South Georgia Delegation included Representatives Winfred Dukes, Gerald Greene, and Darrel Ealum, joined Lt. Gov. Cagle, Dougherty Co. Superintendent Dr. David Mosely, Albany Tech President Dr. Anthony Parker, Senator Freddie Powell Sims, and others on behalf of the area academy.
Next Fall, South Georgia students will be able to take courses at The Commodore Conyers College and Career Academy at Southside Middle School.
Students in the Dougherty, Terrell, Baker, and Calhoun County School Systems will be transported to the academy through a partnership with Albany Technical College.