Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and Senator Lindsey Tippins Congratulate Marietta High School College and Career Academy on $3M Grant

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Friday, December 8th, 2017

The Technical College System of Georgia announced that Marietta High School will launch one of Georgia’s three new College and Career Academies. The announcement came with a $3 million grant from the Technical College System of Georgia.  Lt. Governor Casey Cagle praised Marietta City Schools for their successful partnership with Chattahoochee Technical College.

“I am excited that Marietta High School will build Georgia’s next College and Career Academy,” said Lt. Governor Cagle. “In today’s rapidly evolving economy, expanding the proven success of our CCAs is more important than ever so that we can provide all Georgia’s students with the relevant skills they need. To grow a workforce that is second to none, I am committed to providing every student across our state access to a College and Career Academy by 2020.”

“Marietta City Schools continues to excel as an innovative Charter System and now our students will have even greater opportunities to prepare for successful careers,” said Senator Lindsey Tippins. “Lt. Governor Cagle’s College and Career Academy Network is transforming education across Georgia - and Marietta’s economy is ready for the growth this workforce development engine will bring to our community.” 

Lt. Governor Cagle praised the partnership between local school systems, technical colleges, and business, which has proven effective in increasing student achievement and workforce development across our state. Because of Lt. Governor Cagle’s initiative, there will be 43 College and Career Academies in Georgia. Approximately 20,000 students are enrolled in College and Career Academies throughout Georgia, boasting graduation rates as high as 99%.

College and Career Academies are effectively developing programs to train high school students for in-demand careers. Students find that challenging, hands-on programs provide greater relevancy and value, which not only lead to higher graduation rates but also rewarding professional opportunities. The specified training for students is attractive to local businesses, and communities benefit from developing a highly-trained and skilled workforce.

“Our students deserve every opportunity for academic success – and with the creation of Georgia’s three new College and Career Academies, we are one step closer to ensuring all students across our state have access to these world-class learning institutions,” said Lt. Governor Cagle. “These school systems have embraced innovation in the classroom, bringing business and community leaders together to ignite economic growth for many years to come.”