Georgia’s Career Academies are Retooling High School Education for 21st Century

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Friday, January 20, 2012

An innovative education model, the career academy aligns high school education with community economic development goals to better prepare students for the 21st-century workforce.

When Newton College and Career Academy (NCCA) opened last August, Akilah George and Kyle Wright were among the first 240 students to enroll. 

“The key to Georgia’s future economic growth rests squarely on our ability to deliver a highly educated, skilled and motivated workforce,” said Ron Jackson, commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia. Each year, GCAP supports that effort by offering grants to launch new academies.

Newton’s academy is a partnership of the Newton County School System, Georgia Piedmont Technical College, the local Chamber of Commerce and local government organizations. It aims to improve high school graduation rates, connect students with career paths earlier and give them the skills they need to succeed in the workplace or college.


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