The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) offers grant funds to create new Georgia College and Career Academies (GCCA) in the State of Georgia.
As defined in SB 161 (OCGA 20-4-37), signed by Governor Nathan Deal on May 11, 2011, a “College and Career Academy” means a “specialized charter school established by a partnership which demonstrates a collaboration between business, industry, and community stakeholders to advance workforce development between one or more local boards of education, a private individual, a private organization, or a state or local public entity in cooperation with one or more postsecondary institutions and approved by the State Board of Education in accordance with Article 31 of Chapter 2 of title 20 of the Official Code of Georgia.”
SB 161 also establishes the Office of College and Career Transitions within the Technical College System of Georgia, with responsibility for providing oversight and support to College and Career Academies.
Through this initiative, the Georgia College and Career Academy Project (GCCAP) grants will be awarded in a competitive process and will support the development of College and Career Academies that serve high school students and, depending on local circumstances and needs, also allow for the possibility of serving adult learners in a community. These College and Career Academies will provide quality educational opportunities that will increase the percentage of children graduating from high school and help students make successful transitions to postsecondary education and career pathways that offer advancement and growth potential.