Ga. tech college system awards $10 million for new career academies

The Technical College System of Georgia awarded $10 million in grants Thursday for three new college and career academies across the state.

Three of the state’s technical colleges will partner with local school systems to establish the academies in Atlanta and Morgan and Dougherty counties. Each system received $3.33 million, which will be matched with local funding, to support the academies’ startup costs, construction and initial staffing.

Atlanta Technical College will collaborate with the Atlanta Public School System in partnership with the Fulton and Clayton County school systems. Georgia Piedmont Technical College will collaborate with the Morgan County School System, and Albany Technical College will work with the Dougherty County School System in partnership with the Terrell and Calhoun County school systems.

The academies’ dual-credit programs, allowing for high school and college credits simultaneously, are appealing to students, said Gretchen Corbin, director of the state’s technical college system. The programs in other parts of the state have also led to higher graduation rates and help produce a skilled workforce for Georgia’s employers, Corbin said.

There more than 30 college and career academies throughout the state.