Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle recently announced $3.15 million in College and Career Academy funding for the Cairo High School College and Academy, a partnership between the Grady County School System and Southwest Georgia Technical College. 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 lieutenant 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 those touch economic times,” said Cagle. “I applaud the Grady County School System, Southwest Georgia Technical College, the Grady County 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. Additionally, I would like to recognize Sen. Dean Burke and Rep. Darlene Taylor for their tireless efforts in support of this exciting new educational opportunity in Grady County.”
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 29 college and career academies in Georgia. Students from different college and career academies across the state enjoy graduation rates in the high ninetieth percentile and 100 percent post-secondary or job placement rates.
Burke said, “I am excited about Cairo High School being named a recipient of this funding. The whole county and its many higher education partners have worked together to make this dream a reality. Rep. Darlene Taylor and I have been supportive of the process throughout and look forward to its fruition. It will help the whole region to improve local education and support our next generation to be more successful. I want to thank the lieutenant governor, his staff and the State Board of Technical College System for their support.”
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.
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.