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Jackson County Schools awarded $3 million grant for college & career academy
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Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle speaks Thursday Nov. 29, 2018, at the Initiation and Installation Ceremony of the Jobs For Georgia Graduates program at the Johnson High Performing Arts Center. Jobs for Georgia Graduates is a school-to-work transition program designed to provide high school students with pre-employment training, work skills, motivational activities, and job development. - photo by Scott Rogers

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, along with representatives from the Technical College System of Georgia, presented Empower College and Career Center with a $3 million grant to build a “workforce engine” for Jackson County Schools.

In partnership with Lanier Technical College, Empower College and Career Center is “designed to provide the students of Jackson County with valuable opportunities and resources that will ensure student success and accelerate regional economic growth,” according to a press release. 

The college and career center connects students with more than 50 business, industry and community partners for skilled job training. Pathways for study include manufacturing and mechatronics; health care science; multimedia and audio-visual production; architecture and construction; and transportation, distribution and logistics.

More than 20,000 students are already enrolled in college and career academies across Georgia, which aim to train high school students for in-demand careers that when filled help local businesses and communities prosper from a skilled workforce.

“Our students deserve every opportunity for academic success – and with the creation of Georgia’s next four college and career academies, we are one step closer to ensuring students across our state have access to these world-class learning institutions,” Cagle said. “These school systems have embraced innovation in the classroom, bringing business and community leaders together to ignite economic growth for many years to come.”