ATLANTA, GA (WALB) - Over $6 million in state grants was represented in Atlanta Friday, as new education opportunities took root in Tifton and Sylvester.
Senator Greg Kirk, Republican from Americus, joined Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle along with officials from Tift and Worth Counties for a check presentation highlighting the $3.1 million grant each system received.
The money creates the Tift College and Career Academy, and the Worth County High School College and Career Academy.
"A one-size-fits-all education model is no longer viable for our students in today's modern, 21st- century economy," said Lt. Governor Cagle. "Our outstanding network of College and Career Academies embrace the individuality of each student, helping to craft an education plan tailored to their goals and interests. This investment reaffirms our commitment to providing world-class educational opportunities all across our great state."
"This kind of investment has the ability to truly transform the educational opportunities our communities have access to in Southwest Georgia," said Sen. Kirk. "I'm deeply appreciative of the Lieutenant Governor for his leadership with Georgia's College and Career Academies. Both academies will greatly expand the reach of our educational resources so that we increase student achievement across the board."
Over the last decade, no Georgia community has consistently had more high school students participating in dual enrollment in a technical college than Tift County. After several years of planning, the stakeholders of Tift County, Georgia decided to create Tift College and Career Academy (TCCA) as a "school within a school" academy inside Tift County High School. The mission of TCCA states that it will be the economic engine of the Tift County area, preparing students to succeed in a globally competitive workforce that will positively impact the economy of Tift County.
The mission of the Worth Co. College and Career Academy is to ensure a quality education and access to industry-relevant workplace skills leading to graduation and productive citizenship. Transitioning to a College and Career Academy, where all students have access to high-quality industry training, shows industries and business leaders that the system is making every effort to increase opportunities for the local workforce.
About College and Career Academies:
College and Career Academies, an initiative of Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, partner local school systems with the state's technical colleges, other post-secondary institutions, and local businesses, enabling the development of high school and college-level programs that train students for quality, in-demand jobs.
Businesses have found that College and Career Academies partnerships provide them with a qualified and skilled workforce. Because of Cagle's initiative, there are now 40 College and Career Academies in Georgia.