02/12/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/14/2018 06:10
Georgia's College and Career Academy Network (CCAs) continues to grow and excel - and the 2017 Georgia Department of Education Annual College and Career Academy Report confirms last year set new records for student enrollment and performance.
Today, nearly 32,000 students are enrolled in 43 College and Career Academies across Georgia. Raising the bar to new heights this year, multiple CCAs currently boast graduation rates and post-graduation employment rates as high as 100%.
'Georgia's students deserve every opportunity for academic and professional success, and with the growth of our College and Career Academy Network, our state is leading the nation in ensuring all Georgians have access to world class educational opportunities,' said Lt. Governor Cagle. 'In order to continue our strong economic momentum as America's best state to do business and to grow a workforce second to none, we will continue expanding the reach of Georgia's College and Career Academy network - offering these unparalleled workforce training programs to every student by 2020.'
In 2007, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle launched Georgia's College and Career Academy Network to offer high school students access to accredited college-level technical certification programs and courses. Georgia's CCAs now offer more career pathways than ever before, giving students across the state access to 53 high-caliber career options. By developing and strengthening partnerships with technical colleges, post-secondary institutions, and local businesses, College and Career Academies create pathway programs and curriculum that train students for quality, in-demand jobs and meet the demands of each community's workforce.
The specialized training for students is attractive to local businesses, and communities prosper from growing a highly-trained and skilled workforce. Businesses find that partnering with College and Career Academies provides a strong pipeline for a qualified and prepared workforce. Students find that these challenging, hands-on programs provide greater value, which not only lead to higher graduation rates but also rewarding careers.
Plans are in place to ensure that more school systems receive grant funding during the 2018-2019 school year, making it possible to achieve Lt. Governor Cagle's goal - so that by 2020, every student in Georgia will have access to a College and Career Academy.
The full 2017 report on Georgia's College and Career Academy Network is available here.