CAIRO, GA (WALB) - A $3 million construction project for a new career academy at Cairo High School is almost done.
The school was one of three centers in the state chosen to receive a $3.5 million dollar grant.
Students in Cairo will return back to school next fall to a brand new 20,000 square foot facility.
"The students are real excited about the opportunity. But I think the teachers are excited for the state of the art facilities in our CTAE classes," said Todd Gainous, CEO of the College and Career Academy.
Career Technical and Agriculture Education courses will cater to a variety of career paths like nursing, graphics and design. The academy will also offer a new course called mechatronics.
Administrators said the classes will better prepare students for their future.
"The kids will receive hands on training and in most of our CTAE courses they will receive some national credential to take with them when they leave high school," said Gainous.
The academy will partner with neighboring universities, colleges, and health care facilities to make sure the students have the best materials to get a hands on learning experience.
Administrators said the academy will cater to popular career industries in South Georgia communities.
"As we go along were constantly evaluating the programs we have in the industry we have here to make sure what we train them on here, there will be jobs available in our community," said Gainous.