Floyd County Schools College and Career Academy has just been named College and Career Academy of the Year at Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle’s annual business and education summit.
Media release: Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle concluded his Tenth Annual two-day Business and Education Summit, uniting education and business leaders from across the state. Recognizing the successful partnership between the school system, local industry, and community leaders, Cagle named Floyd County Schools as the 2017 College and Career Academy of the Year. As part of this honor, Floyd County Schools College and Career Academy received a $3,000 grant sponsored by the Georgia Apartment Industry Education Foundation.
“Floyd County has actively embraced innovation in the classroom, rejecting the one-size-fits-all educational model, and their students are reaching new heights because of these efforts,” said Cagle. “Exceptional partnerships with business and education leaders have produced unrivaled opportunities for each student who walks through their College and Career Academy’s doors. I want to congratulate CEO Eric Waters and Floyd County’s leaders on their many achievements – I look forward to their continued success for many years to come.”
Said state Sen. Chuck Hufstetler, R-Rome: “Our education and business leaders have come together to create a world class educational institution that benefits our entire community. I want to thank the Floyd County Board of Education and all of the stakeholders who have played an instrumental role in creating a unique learning experience for our students – one that prepares them for the modern, evolving workforce. I truly believe this is only the beginning and look forward to the College and Career Academy’s continued growth.”
Floyd County Schools College and Career Academy has increased student enrollment three-fold since 2008, continuously providing students with opportunities for success and helping them realize their fullest potential. Through eighteen technical career pathways and many dual enrollment courses, students are soaring to reach new levels of success and leading the school system with a 99% graduation rate. This success has improved Floyd County’s graduation rate, increasing it from 75% to 94% in just five years.
Partnering with more than 50 community stakeholders, Floyd County Schools College and Career Academy has developed a five year, community-wide strategic plan dedicated to economic and workforce development. Recognized as a Ford Next Generation Learning Community in partnership with the Georgia Tech Research Institute, this academy truly represents the importance of innovation, adaptability, and economic growth.