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SECCA Groundbreaking
Tuesday, 18 May 2010

May 18--  SECCA stands for Southeastern Early College and Career Academy and groundbreaking for it's new home took place Tuesday morning on the southside of the Southeastern Technical College campus in Vidalia.Image 

The school's chief executive officer, Barbara Christmas, says the school is a model for others because it is a mutual effort of four school systems (Vidalia, Toombs, Montgomery and Treutlen) and Southeastern Tech.

"Partnering school systems along with STC are to be commended for their bold vision to establish the state's very first career academy.  The benefits to the communities represented here will be immeasureable as we prepare tomorrow's workforce for this entire region," she noted.

State Senator Tommie Williams of Lyons along with Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle and State Senator Jack Hill of Reidsville carved $7.5 million out of the state budget to build the school.  Senator Williams believes it will help reduce the high school dropout rate in this area.

"This is a good day for the kids in this area.  When 30 to 40% of our kids don't find school relevant anymore and they're looking for a place to go and often they just quit, this is the place to go.  If we can get them over here, we can give them a future," Williams said.

Barbara Christmas reports a wide array of courses will be offered to high school students.  "In this state of the art facility, we will offer such programs as automotive, cosmotology, health sciences, construction, welding and technology.  Your communities as well as STC will truly be in the spotlight as this exciting initiative provides a model for the rest of the state," she said.

Choate Construction Company of Pooler is building the new facility which should be ready to open next April.


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