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December 11, 2013

Career Academy grant for Coffee County

VALDOSTA — The State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) awarded grants totaling $9.45 million to help establish three new college and career academies in Georgia on Thursday, Dec. 5.  

Each received $3.15 million in funding that is to be matched with local funding to support the academies’ start-up costs, construction, and initial staffing.

The Coffee County College and Career Academy, a joint project between Wiregrass Georgia Tech and the Coffee County School System, was one of the projects funded. Coffee County Schools began a Career Academy in August of this year located in a portion of the old high school campus. 

The grant will allow the school to partner with Wiregrass in the construction of a new state-of-the-art building to be located on the Wiregrass Coffee Campus.

The College and Career Academy will provide a student-centered, seamless, and comprehensive educational experience that prepares students for college, career and life.

Students find that the academies’ dual credit programs provide greater relevancy and value which leads to higher graduation rates. Students are also better prepared for higher education because they take college-level courses and earn college credits. Businesses realize the benefit from students who can put their education to work as part of Georgia’s highly-trained and skilled workforce. 

Students at the 27 college and career academies across the state have graduation rates in the high 90th percentile, and most go on to attend college. The job placement rate for career academy graduates is also very high.

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