Major grant for Ford PAS designation
Floyd County Schools receives major grant for Ford PAS designation
Posted on 02/24/2011

Floyd County Schools has received a $10,000 grant to support the system’s teacher development efforts as a Ford PAS Next Generation Learning Community. The grant was announced by Lt. Governor Casey Cagle at a special presentation ceremony in Atlanta earlier this week. The grant was made out of funds raised by the Lt. Governor to support innovative educational models across the state. Floyd County Schools was the first school system in Georgia and one of only 12 in the United States to earn Ford PAS Next Generation Learning Community status. 

“We are excited to put these funds to work to further our mission to provide a quality education for a quality life for the youth of our community,” said Dr. Lynn Plunkett, Floyd County Superintendent of Schools. “Together with our community partners, we are working to create the educational resources that will give our youth the tools they need to succeed and area businesses the high-quality workforce that will allow our community to grow and prosper.” 

Floyd County Schools designation as a Next Generation Learning Community by Ford was a result of the efforts of a community partnership between the school system, Georgia Northwestern Technical College, Georgia Highlands College and The Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce to develop the Floyd County Schools College & Career Academy. The partnership was chosen for the designation because of its commitment to prepare the youth of Floyd County for the 21st century workforce by combining academics with technical training and career exploration. Floyd County Schools is in the process of seeking “Leadership Level” designation in the Ford PAS program.

"As the first community in Georgia to join the Ford Next Generation Learning network of communities, we are thrilled that Floyd County wants to take their career academies to the next level by pursuing the Ford Next Generation Learning "Leadership Level" designation,” said Cheryl Carrier, Program Director for the Ford Partnership for Advanced Studies. “This designation demonstrates their commitment to creating teaching and learning opportunities for their high school students that prepare them with the academic knowledge and 21st Century skills needed to thrive in a global economy."

Ford Next Generation Learning Communities work to create meaningful learning experiences that enable students to apply academic knowledge to real world learning experiences. They also create and maintain career- and interest-based programs and the collaborative culture, structures, and practices necessary to transform teaching and learning. Additionally, they engage employers, educators, civic, and community leaders to collaborate in promoting and sustaining educational programs that prepare the future workforce. These are key elements of Georgia’s career academies championed by Lt. Governor Cagle. 

“I am honored and excited to announce this grant for the Floyd County School System,” said Lt. Governor Casey Cagle. “Through our partnership with the Ford Motor Company Fund and thanks to the support of partners like AT&T, we are able to work with local schools and communities to provide cutting edge ideas for relevant, career based education that will give our students the skills they need to compete in the 21st Century Global economy. Today’s announcement is a testament to the hard work and bold leadership of so many Floyd County community partners.”

For more information on Ford Next Generation Learning Communities, please visit To learn more about Georgia’s Career Academy Network, you can visit