Schools Get $3.3 Million Grant to Strengthen College, Professional Success

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School officials believe this grant is the key to expanding and enhancing the educational opportunities available in the county

By Tia Lynn Ivey
Morgan County Citizen

The Morgan County Charter School System was awarded a highly competitive College and Career Academy (CCA) grant through the Technical College System of Georgia, earning $3.33 million dollars toward the establishment of a CCA in Morgan County. Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle praised Morgan County for this remarkable achievement. “I am excited that the Technical College System of Georgia approved Morgan County College and Career Academy as one of Georgia’s newest College and Career Academies,” said Lt. Governor Cagle. “As Lt. Governor, I am committed to providing every student in Georgia access to a college and career academy. [Morgan County’s] proven success at providing our children the relevant, job-related skills they need is more important than ever in the 21st century economy.”

Only two other schools were awarded the grant this year: Atlanta Public Schools and Albany Regional School System. School officials believe this grant is the key to expanding and enhancing the educational opportunities available in the county. “We are committed to providing our community with the best opportunities through a College and Career Academy for all students,” said James Woodard, superintendent of Morgan County schools.  “This opportunity will transform our high school through the integration of workforce development strategies leading to greater economic development opportunities for our community,”

“This outcome of this important and timely grant will change the lives of Morgan County students and our community as more students will stay in school, learning a craft about which they are passionate, and sharing that knowledge with others as they move on into college and careers,” said Sarah Burbach, assistant superintendent. Georgia Senator Burt Jones is looking forward to seeing Morgan County join the growing trend across Georgia of establishing successful CCAs. “Morgan County College and Career Academy will be a tremendous asset to our community,” said Senator Jones. “Through the leadership of Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, College and Career Academies have thrived across the state helping produce a highly skilled, 21st Century workforce. With the funding provided today, community leaders can begin a partnership in Morgan County that will position students for career-ready jobs here in our community and globally. I am excited that this will be the 3rd College and Career Academy in Senate District 25.”

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