The end of a school year and graduation closes one chapter for students but it is also a bright, new beginning. That is especially true for students earning scholarships to continue their education. The Floyd County Schools College and Career Academy held its annual awards night recently at Georgia Northwestern Technical College to honor student accomplishment and present scholarship awards. Eleven students received scholarships totaling $5500.00. Community partners with the College and Career Academy also stepped-up to reward seniors who have distinguished themselves in programs at the school. Georgia Power awarded a $500 scholarship to Kevin Smith, Oglethorpe Power provided a $500 scholarship to Brennen Baird, and Carla Ramirez received a $500 from Floyd Medical Center.
The College and Career Academy Foundation awarded $500 scholarships in program areas. Receiving scholarships were: Jessie Bradshaw, Cosmetology; Rebecca Jackson, Criminal Justice; Tyler Thompson, Graphic Communications; Tyler Watkins, Horticulture; Jamie Hughes, Metals Technology; Emily Ashmore and Kevante Drew, Teacher Academy; and Mikaela Ball, Work Based Learning.
The College and Career Academy recognized a large number of students earning industry certification, competition awards during the year, and for participation in dual enrollment college courses during high school. Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) dual enrollment recognized more than 70 students; Cosmetology dual enrollment honored 11, Criminal Justice dual enrollment, 13; and Teacher Education dual enrolment, 4. Students will be able to use these experiences and certifications to give them an advantage when seeking employment or applying to colleges and technical programs. The school also recognized students for excellence in core academic programs of math and science. This is the first year math and science courses have been available at the College and Career Academy.