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Career Academy "A Work In Progress"
Thursday, 24 September 2009

September 24--  The new Southeastern Early College and Career Academy has no building of its own yet, but it does have some students according to Director Barbara Christmas.

"We have students already enrolled in dual enrollment classes at Southeastern Tech.  We have students in welding, electrical contracting and certified nursing assistant.  So, there are quite a few in dual enrollment as well as some in college level classes in math and English as well as some advanced placement classes at Vidalia High School.  We do have students participating, but they are doing it at existing schools since our building will not be completed for some time," she says.

The state of Georgia is providing $7 million for an automotive technology building on Southeastern Tech's campus in  Vidalia which will also house the career academy. Construction expected to start next year.

Christmas says they're currently surveying area counties to determine what kind of jobs will be the most prevalent in the future.  The goal of the career academy is to prepare students for jobs and to reduce the high school dropout rate in the four participating school ssystems.

"It's very unique when you have four school systems coming together to leverage their resources to do what's best for kids.  I think this could be a model for the rest of the state and it's quite an exciting project to see what the possibilities are," she said.

Hear Barbara Christmas, Click Here.  

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