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ECCA Receives College and Career Academy of the Year

(ATLANTA)- The College and Career Academies of Northwest Georgia proudly hosted Lt. Governor Casey Cagle’s Ninth Annual Business and Education Summit, a two day event that began on Monday in Dalton, GA and concluded in Calhoun, GA. Lt. Governor Cagle named Effingham County Career Academy as the College and Career Academy of the Year.

 “Effingham College and Career Academy exemplifies the type of success a school system can achieve when they fully embrace innovative ideas inside and outside the classroom,” said Lt. Governor Casey Cagle. “With over 50 educational and community partnerships, Effingham leaders have drastically increased student achievement and continue to lead students into our 21st century dynamic workforce with numerous pathways designed for the specific needs of their community.”

 “The direct impact this college and career academy has made in Effingham County is undeniable,” said Sen. Jack Hill. “They have developed key partnerships to ensure our students have access to unique educational opportunities designed for success after graduation. Thanks to Effingham County College and Career Academy, we are truly building a workforce second to none.”

 Sen. Jack Hill represents Bulloch, Candler and Effingham counties as well as portions of Emanuel, Evans and Tattnall.

 The summit brought together business, industry, and education leaders to discuss and demonstrate importance of abandoning the one-size- fits-all model in public education. Leaders from around the state highlighted beneficial impacts of innovative classroom settings and instructional methods designed to unleash students’ full potential while maintaining Georgia’s status as the #1 state to conduct business. By partnering with local businesses and industries, school systems are implementing relevant career pathways with public-private partnerships proven effective in filling the current gaps that exist in Georgia’s workforce.

 About Effingham County Career Academy:

 Effingham College and Career Academy has proudly sustained collaboration with employers, economic development professionals, post-secondary institutions, parents, and the Effingham County Board of Education to provide academic and career programs. With the goal of fulfilling their mission of creating a high tech career with a focus to better serve their students’ needs, they have proven track record of equipping their students with the skills needed to directly enter into the work force from high school, along with those pursuing additional post-secondary opportunities. They currently have a 100% graduation rate, with 60% of graduates going directly to college and 30% obtaining fulltime employment or entering into apprenticeship opportunities.

About College and Career Academies:

 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.

 Because of Lt. Governor Cagle’s initiative, there are currently over 37 College and Career Academies in Georgia. Approximately 20,000 students from different college and career academies across the state enjoy graduation rates in the high ninetieth percentile and 100% post-secondary job placement rates.