Today, the Technical College System of Georgia presented Marietta College and Career Academy (CCA) with a grant of $3.16 million to build a workforce engine for Marietta City Schools.
Lt. Governor Casey Cagle praised Marietta City Schools for their successful partnership with Chattahoochee Technical College:
“Marietta City Schools 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 all our communities have the same opportunity to grow a workforce that is second to none.”
“The creation of and investment in Marietta College and Career Academy will allow us to train our students for quality, in-demand jobs,” said Senator Doc Rhett. “I am appreciative of the hard work put forth by all stakeholders and I’m confident that this academy will attract businesses to our community and state.”
“The countless positive impacts that College and Career Academies have on local communities are undeniable,” said Senator Lindsey Tippins. “Lt. Governor Cagle has led to position Marietta College and Career Academy to provide our students with exceptional opportunities that will improve student achievement and build a workforce that is the envy of our nation.”
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 specialize in training high school students for in-demand careers. Students find that challenging, hands-on programs provide greater relevancy and value, which not only leads to higher graduation rates, but also rewarding professional opportunities. The specialized training for students is attractive to local businesses, and communities benefit from a highly-trained and highly-skilled workforce.
About Marietta College and Career Academy:
Marietta College and Career Academy, in partnership with Chattahoochee Technical College, will be designed to prepare students for personal and professional success with courses and career pathways that jumpstart their futures. By completing one of the academy’s career pathways, students will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to successfully enter Georgia’s workforce or transition into post-secondary education opportunities. One of Marietta College and Career Academy’s goals is to provide students with rigorous academic standards, valuable hands-on experience, and applicable real-world learning opportunities to give students futures they won’t have to second guess.
With a direct focus on responding to Cobb County’s workforce needs, this academy will be offering pathways in skilled industries that are experiencing rapid growth, including Construction, Aerospace and Engineering, Healthcare and Bioscience, Professional Services and Information Technology.