The school was among three chosen by the State Board of The Technical College System of Georgia to receive a grant that will be matched with local funding.
“As Lt. Governor, I am committed to providing every student in Georgia access to a college and career academy. Their proven success at providing our children the relevant, job-related skills they need is more important than ever in these tough economic times,” said Cagle. “I applaud the Bartow County School System, Chattahoochee Technical College, the local business leaders, and the many community partners that came together to provide this important tool to ensure our students are prepared to enter the 21st century workforce.”
The Bartow County College and Career Academy is slated to open in 2013 at the old Cass High School off Grassdale Road.
The Technical College System of Georgia evaluated four career academy proposals from across the state and selected three new academies.
Because of Cagle’s initiative, there are currently a total of 27 college and career academies in Georgia. Students from different college and career academies across the state enjoy graduation rates in the high 90th percentile and 100 percent post-secondary or job placement rates.
College and Career Academies, an initiative of 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.
According to a news release, students find that the academies’ challenging, hands-on programs provide greater relevancy and value which not only lead to higher graduation rates, but also employment.
The specified training for students is attractive to area businesses and communities prosper from the highly-trained and skilled workforce. Businesses have found that partnering with the college and career academies provides a qualified and prepared workforce.