Floyd County Schools College and Career Academy was once again named a finalist for the 2016 College and Career Academy of the Year award. The announcement was made at Lt. Governor Casey Cagle’s Ninth Annual Business and Education Summit, a two-day event that began on Monday in Dalton, Ga. and concluded Tuesday in Calhoun, Ga. This is the fourth consecutive year the Floyd County College and Career Academy has earned this state distinction.
“Floyd County is an integral part of our College and Career Academy Network and they continue to raise the bar for success with the over 850 students enrolled in their numerous pathways,” said Lt. Governor Cagle. “By embracing innovative ideas and methods in the classroom, they have seen drastic improvements in student achievement, community involvement and, most importantly, students graduating workforce ready.”
The College & Career Academy began in 2008 when the Floyd County Technical High School was converted to a state charter career academy in Floyd County Schools. The school currently offers 22 career-technical pathways including dual enrollment and work-based learning opportunities. In August 2013, math and science academic classes were added to the curriculum at the CCA. The inter-related math and science concepts are taught by academic teachers who work in cooperation with of courses in the technical pathways to show students how they will use the academic concepts in their future careers. An example of teens applying the academic concepts they learn a study of game theory in math class. While the students learned about the complex math concepts, they designed, programmed, and built a robot that always wins in a game of tic-tac-toe when playing against a human opponent.
Lt. Governor Cagle's summit brought together business, industry, and education leaders to discuss and demonstrate the 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 building a workforce to maintain Georgia’s status as the No. 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.
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 jobs that are in-demand in the workplace. Students find that the academies’ challenging, hands-on programs provide greater relevancy and value which not only lead to higher graduation rates but also improves opportunities for 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.