CCA to Host Multi-state Summit
College & Career Academy to Host Multi-state Career Academy Summit
Posted on 08/22/2011

Lt. Governor Casey Cagle to deliver keynote

The career academy charter school movement is growing in the southeast as more communities seek to develop school and business community partnerships. Floyd County Schools was an early adopter of the concept in Georgia when the school system opened the College and Career Academy two years ago. The partnership between Floyd County Schools, Georgia Northwestern Technical College, Georgia Highlands College, and the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce has been a model for other communities looking to provide brighter opportunities for graduates, local businesses and the community. The Floyd County Schools College and Career Academy will be the center of attention at the summit to promote the career academy concept in the fall. The school will host a Georgia/Alabama Career Academy Summit featuring Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and business and education leaders from Georgia and Alabama. 

In announcing the plans for the summit to be held on October 26 – 28, 2011, College and Career Academy CEO Frank Pinson unveiled the summit’s theme “Business and Education Partnerships: Success in Action”. Alabama Lt. Governor Kay Ivey is also expected to be one of the participants in the summit. The summit will be co-hosted by Georgia Northwestern Technical College and the Technical College System of Georgia.

The summit will begin with a reception and dinner featuring Lt. Governor Casey Cagle as the keynote speaker on the evening of Tuesday, October 26. Lt. Governor Cagle’s presentation will outline “the state of charter” in Georgia. The reception and dinner will be hosted by Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s School of Culinary Arts. The dinner will be an invitation only event and proceeds will benefit the Floyd College and Career Academy Foundation’s student scholarship fund.

The summit program will begin on Wednesday, October 27, and will feature a roundtable discussion featuring Lt. Governor Cagle with business and educational leaders from Georgia and Alabama. Special guests from other neighboring states are also expected to attend.

The summit program will feature both general sessions for the entire group of education, business and government leaders, as well as, breakout sessions that will target specific groups. Topics will include: economic and workforce development, building sustainable partnerships between business and education, Alabama’s Go Build initiative, Ford’s Next Generation Learning Communities, and the process for starting new college and career academy programs.

Superintendent Dr. Lynn Plunkett stated, “The College and Career Academy’s community partnership with higher education, business and industry is providing exciting opportunities for young teens in our community and is a model of success for other communities to implement”. Dr. Craig McDaniel, president of Georgia Northwestern Technical College also is excited to showcase the value of the College and Career Academy to this community and to hear from others how career academies have been developed in their communities. He said, “The bulk of the future workforce for Georgia and this nation will have to possess technical skills and the process of providing graduates with those skills can best begin in a career academy.”

Summit organizers anticipate over 200 participants from Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, and Ohio will attend the three day summit.