Greene C&CA brings home $3.15 million

A contingent from the Greene C&CA converge of the steps of the Paul Coverdell Building in Atlanta of Monday to receive its $3.15 million grant.

By Dave Brown

It may have not been as climatic as finding out the Greene College and Career Academy was approved for a $3.15 million grant last December, but the contingent who left from Greensboro last Monday afternoon to actually receive the check must have got quite a rush.

“It wasn’t quite like when we were up there Dec. 7,” said Greene C&CA president Larry Kludt.

“However, money can be exciting, no doubt about it, because it shows our doors are open and ready for business.”

Kludt said the 18-person contingent was a mix of C&CA folks, educators and politicians.

Among those who went to the Paul Coverdell Building in Atlanta to receive the grant money and pose with the ceremonial big check includedDr. Andrea Daniel, president of Athens Technical College; Trey Rhodes and Burt Jones from the Georgia legislature; Rabun Neal, president of Reynolds at Lake Oconee; and Dr. Chris Houston and Velecia Cobb of Greene County Schools.

“We had all the right players,” said Kludt.

“I’m very pleased that on a Monday afternoon that they made the trip into Atlanta for essentially what came down to a photo opportunity.”

Greene C&CA’s application for the Technical College System of Georgia’s competitive College and Career Academy grant was approved by the TCSG Board of Directors also included the all-important certification, in addition to the money.

“The Greene College and Career Academy in partnership with Athens Technical College and other community partners will provide opportunities for high school students to explore technical pathways. This Career Academy will not only benefit Greene County, but also the state of Georgia,” said Dr. Daniel.

“Athens Technical College is extremely excited to be a part of bringing the Career Academy to Greene County. I would like to thank the business partners, the Greene County Board of Education and the staff of Greene County School System for all of their hard work on this effort.”

Eight counties applied for the award and three were selected, including Greene County. The selection process included an extensive, 14-part application and a formal presentation to a panel of TCSG college and career academy evaluators.

The Greene College and Career Academy will have its own Governing Board consisting primarily of local business representatives. It is a joint venture with Athens Technical College and partnerships with the Taliaferro County School System and Lake Oconee Academy.

Initially, there will be 14 pathways -- agriculture, audio visual, automotive, business management, construction, cosmetology, culinary arts, customer service, early college essentials, engineering, health care, JROTC, manufacturing operations and welding -- available to students.

“I’m proud of Greene County Schools, local industry and the many partners who are making this significant investment in educating our students for the jobs that will lead our community’s growth in the future,” said state senator Burt Jones.


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