Ford Next Generation Community
Ford selects College and Career Academy for exclusive national recognition
Posted on 03/30/2015
The Floyd County Schools College and Career Academy has been selected a Ford Next Generation Learning Community that recognizes the school as one of only 20 in the country to be honored with this designation.  The honor by the Ford Motor Company signifies the school is preparing young people for the challenges of the future.  The school applied for the competitive Ford grant in the process of strategic planning.  

The Floyd County Schools College and Career Academy is a Georgia Charter College and Career Academy that provides a connection to teens between high school, college career training and job skills for the future.  The Next Generation designation announcement was made at the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce on Monday, March 30.  Tom Besaw, a representative of  Ford Motor Company Fund, made the announcement and presented the award to the College and Career Academy.  Ford Motor Company Fund is the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company.    

In making the announcement, Besaw praised the efforts of the College and Career Academy for its development of community partnerships in the process of preparing the next generation work force.  "It takes everyone working together to bridge the gap between career training and the skilled jobs that businesses need to be successful today and into the future," Besaw said. "Businesses must be a part of the education process and provide learning opportunities through internships and career training."

Students were also on hand to talk about how career preparation has helped them in high school.  Matt Talley, a senior at Coosa High and in the Robotics program at the College and Career Academy, talked about how the school helped him in his quest to enter the field of industrial maintenance.  Thor Martin, a senior at Model High and in the Healthcare Science program at the College and Career Academy, told the business leaders assembled of his plans for a career in healthcare after graduation and how the school and his participation in an internship have solidified his career path.      

The College and Career Academy's partnerships in strategic planning and career training with Georgia Power, F & P Georgia, Floyd Medical Center, Georgia Northwestern Technical College, Georgia Highlands College and the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce were also honored.  "These organizations have been invaluable to us in providing expertise to revise curriculum, joint enrollment opportunities and giving students experience in career fields," commented Eric Waters, CEO of the College and Career Academy. "Representatives of these organizations give of their time to help us strategically plan and provide the training and programs that benefit our students and the community."       

The school and system leaders will also participate in sharing of best practices with other Ford designated communities across the country.  Ford will convene a Leadership Council and Superintendent's Council in June involving leaders from the 20 schools.  

Photo: Tom Besaw, Matt Talley, Thor Martin and Eric Waters