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Cagle Announces $3.15 Million in Funding for Coffee County College and Career Academy

State of Georgia

Office of the Lieutenant Governor

For Immediate Release                                                Contact: Ben Fry

December 5, 2013                                                       404-656-5030



Cagle Announces $3.15 Million in Funding for Coffee County College and Career Academy


(Atlanta, GA) –Lt. Governor Casey Cagle today announced $3.15 million in College and Career Academy funding for the Coffee County College and Career Academy, a partnership between the Coffee County School System and Wiregrass Technical College.  The school was among 3 chosen today by the State Board of The Technical College System of Georgia to receive a grant that will be matched with local funding.  The Coffee County School System has already entered into agreements with Atkinson and Irwin Counties to allow access for students from all three school systems.


“As Lt. 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 these tough economic times,” said Lt. Governor Casey Cagle.  “I applaud the Coffee County School System, Wiregrass Technical College, the Coffee 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 Senator Tyler Harper for his tireless efforts in support of this exciting new educational opportunity in Coffee 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% post-secondary or job placement rates.


“Today is a great day for south Georgia and the young people who will benefit from this crucial funding,” said State Senator Tyler Harper.  “We must continue to empower our young people with the tools and resources needed to be competitive in today’s ever changing job market.”


College and Career Academies, an initiative of Lt. Governor Casey 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.

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