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Proposed career academy gets $3M grant
School to emphasize vocational training
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Liberty College and Career Academy will receive $3 million in state funding to help build a campus and jump-start the development of high school and college-level programs. The announcement was made Wednesday by the office of Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle.
“I look forward to the success that will come from the Liberty County College and Career Academy as more students are prepared for a 21st century workforce,” Cagle said in the announcement. “Career academies provide a relevant learning environment, a proven record of high graduation rates and 100-percent job placement or post-secondary opportunities.”
The career academy in Hinesville is a partnership between the Liberty County School System and Savannah Technical College. Superintendent Dr. Judy Scherer has spearheaded efforts to bring the academy to life, which she has said will still require additional funding to complete construction of facilities and support education services.
The grant, which was approved by the State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia, requires matching-fund commitments from local entities.
In an interview with the Coastal Courier in September, Scherer said students enrolled in Liberty County schools could benefit from having multiple options after graduation.
“The reality is in the area about 40 percent [of high school graduates] go to college and 20 percent finish, we’re adding value to the rest of them. Then they can use the skills down the road for college or with these jobs they can earn a good living,” she said.
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