Cagle: $3.16M Grant Awarded to Paulding County College and Career Academy

Staff Report

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

The Technical College System of Georgia presented Paulding County College and Career Academy with a grant of $3.16 million to build a workforce engine for Paulding County Schools.  

Lt. Governor Casey Cagle praised Paulding County Schools for their successful partnership with Chattahoochee Technical College:

“Paulding County has embraced the proven success of our College and Career Academies, and I am excited that even more students will have the chance to pursue a new world of opportunities in the classroom and in the workplace,” said Lt. Governor Cagle. “It is more important than ever that all of Georgia’s students learn the valuable skills that will make them successful, igniting economic growth at the local level. I am committed to bringing a College and Career Academy to every student across our state by 2020, so that every community has the same opportunity to grow a workforce that is second to none.”

“This investment in Paulding County College and Career Academy will truly transform the educational opportunities available to our students,” added Senator Bill Heath. “I am confident that the grant provided today will position our county to continue producing a highly skilled workforce that fuels continued economic growth and success.”

“Paulding County College and Career Academy has developed unparalleled partnerships with local businesses, post-secondary education institutions, and community leaders to serve as a hub for workforce development and economic growth. I am grateful for Lt. Governor Cagle’s leadership and I am excited to see the many successes our new College and Career Academy will achieve as we continue to provide the students of Paulding County with the skills needed to compete in our rapidly evolving workforce,” said Senator Mike Dugan.

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. Because of Lt. Governor Cagle’s initiative, Georgia has led the charge to create 46 College and Career Academies in communities across the state. Approximately 30,000 students are enrolled in Georgia’s College and Career Academies, 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.