Gov. Nathan Deal announced on Thursday that the board of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) approved grants totaling $9 million to establish new College and Career Academies in Greene County, Paulding County and the City of Marietta. Each of the three academies will receive $3 million, which will be matched with local funding to support startup costs, construction and initial staffing.

(GA Gov. Nathan Deal -AP Photo/David Goldman)

Two of Georgia’s technical colleges will partner with local education systems to establish the academies. Athens Technical College will partner with Greene County to establish the Greene County College and Career Academy in Greensboro. Chattahoochee Technical College will collaborate with local partners to establish both the Marietta High School College and Career Academy in Marietta, and the Paulding County College and Career Academy in Dallas.

The academies will encourage high school students to dually enroll in college.

Many of Georgia’s current and future employment opportunities require some form of education beyond high school,” said Deal. “To help meet this demand, Georgia’s College and Career Academies bring together the resources of local education systems and the technical college system to better prepare students to enter the workforce or pursue other options in higher education. Community support is critical in our efforts to cultivate educational settings that introduce students to high-demand fields and provide greater opportunities for academic achievement across the state. With these three new academies, TCSG is continuing to establish innovative partnerships that will serve Georgia students well for years to come.”

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Jeremy Spencer grew up in rural South Georgia and has served as a healthcare provider, high school science teacher, school administrator, and state education official. Jeremy is currently the market and content manager for All on Georgia-Camden and Glynn Counties. Jeremy’s focus is local news, statewide education issues, and statewide political commentary for the All on Georgia News Network. Jeremy has served as an education policy analyst for local legislators and state education leaders as well as a campaign strategist for local and statewide political campaigns.  Jeremy holds degrees in science and education from the University of Georgia, Piedmont College, and Valdosta State University. He and his wife have lived in Camden County for 17 years, and they have two teenage children. Jeremy and his family live in St. Marys, GA and attend the Harbour Worship Center in Kingsland.


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