Governor Brian Kemp joined the state board of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) ahead of the Christmas holiday to announce approved grants totaling $9 million in bond funds to establish new College and Career Academies in Appling, Evans, and Union Counties. TCSG Commissioner Greg Dozier will award three partnerships with grant funds to establish the new College and Career Academies in the cumulative bond amount of $9 million ($3 million to each) and the cumulative cash amount of $225,000 ($75,000 to each).
“Georgia’s workforce is second to none, thanks in large part to the hard work of Commissioner Dozier and his team at our Technical College System and College and Career Academies,” said Governor Kemp. “Businesses from around the world know when they invest in the Peach State, they will find a readily available workforce to meet their needs. These new College and Career Academies will serve to expand our workforce development efforts in more communities in Georgia and lead to more opportunities for hardworking Georgians and their families.”
Three of Georgia’s technical colleges will partner with local education systems to establish the academies. Coastal Pines Technical College will partner with Appling County Schools to establish the Appling Regional College and Career Academy, Ogeechee Technical College will partner with Evans County Schools to establish the Evans Regional College and Career Academy, and North Georgia Technical College will partner with Union County Schools to establish the Union County College and Career Academy.
“The addition of these three College and Career Academies in Georgia means we are providing more students with learning opportunities that link directly to workforce needs,” said TCSG Commissioner Greg Dozier. “More high school students will experience an education that connects the classroom to a career through valuable partnerships made with local industry.”
The addition of these three will bring the number of College and Career Academies in Georgia to 52. More than 38,000 students are already enrolled in College and Career Academies throughout the state.