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Technical Education Increases in Georgia
Technical training in Georgia has been on the rise for the past seven years, with much effort from the state government to establish Georgia as the economic growth hub of the Southeast.
In 2007 the Technical College System of Georgia, the Georgia Department of Education and Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle joined together to create the Georgia College and Career Academy Network, which helped train students for technical jobs that are currently in high demand. Local school systems, state technical colleges and local businesses partnered together to create college and career academies throughout the state.
Lieutenant Governor Cagle believes that education shouldn’t be a “one size fits all” kind of system. Instead, each person should develop skills catered to their abilities. The college and career academies teach students the core classes while also giving them an opportunity to participate in hands-on work in fields such as nursing, engineering and car mechanics.
Along the same lines, former Governor Sonny Perdue developed the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development in 2006 to improve Georgia’s labor force. From this department, the Go Build Georgia campaign was born. This campaign mainly focuses on educating students about the importance of developing a trade and to get rid of any negative stereotypes about being a skilled tradesman.
In seven years the state has come a long way, with more than 25 college and career academies and over 34,000 graduates from technical colleges across the state.
Picture courtesy of Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle
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Bethany McDaniel is a content specialist for GeorgiaGov. She graduated from Berry College in Rome, Ga. with degrees in visual communication and history.