Ga. system expands college and career academies

Lanier Technical College, which in October opened its new Hall Campus, is among four technical colleges in Georgia that will open a new academy thanks to a state grant. (Photo: Lanier Tech)

The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) will provide grants totaling $12 million to establish new College and Career Academies in four counties in the state.

“College and Career Academies are a proven workforce development model that brings together high schools, technical colleges and industry to provide students with innovative, hands-on educational experiences that create a pipeline of skilled talent,” said TCSG Commissioner Matt Arthur.

Community support is critical in efforts to cultivate educational settings that introduce students to high-demand fields and strengthen academic achievement, Gov. Nathan Deal said in a press release.

“Georgia’s College and Career Academies bring together the resources of local education systems and our technical college system to better prepare students to enter the workforce or pursue higher education.”

Four of Georgia’s technical colleges will partner with local education systems to establish the academies, including Lanier Technical College, which will partner with Jackson County Schools to establish the Empower College and Career Academy

The addition of the four academies will bring the number in Georgia to 47. More than 20,000 students are already enrolled in the academies.

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