New College and Career Academies for 3 Counties
Three new college and career academies are coming to Mitchell, Candler and Lumpkin counties. In December, the Technical College System of Georgia’s (TCSG) state board approved $9 million in bond funds to establish the new academies, which offer high school students access to college-level courses and technical certificate programs along with hands-on learning in high-demand industries.
The college and career academies, which currently enroll more than 40,000 students across the state, are created through partnerships between a technical college or post-secondary education institution, local school systems and local business leaders.
Partnerships for the new academies are:
- Southern Regional Technical College and Mitchell County Schools to form the SOWEGA College and Career Academy
- Southeastern Technical College and Candler County Schools to form the Metter College and Career Academy
- Lanier Technical College and Lumpkin County Schools to form the Lumpkin County College and Career Academy.
Each of the partnerships will receive $3 million in grant funds from the total bond amount and $100,000 in cash to form the new schools.
Georgia’s college and career academies were created in 2007 by then Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle as a way to ensure that Georgia students graduate with the skills needed for high-paying jobs and that businesses could rely on a trained and job-ready workforce. With the addition of the three new schools, the state will have 55 college and career academies.