Rockdale and Newton Career Academies Recognized in Georgia CATT Signing Ceremony

ATLANTA (August 16, 2017) | Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, along with Sen. Tonya Anderson (D – Lithonia), recently hosted the Georgia Consortium for Advanced Technical Training (GA CATT) where Colleges and Career Academies from four counties, including two in District 43, were recognized for their commitment to developing a prepared and educated workforce through their participation in the GA CATT program. Representatives from Newton County College and Career Academy, Rockdale Career Academy and industry partners were present as several students from their schools signed apprenticeship agreements.

“The College and Career Academies and the industries they partner with are vital to creating a sustainable, developed and capable workforce for the future,” said Sen. Anderson. “This is certainly just the beginning for this type of education option in high schools. These career academies and the opportunities they provide would not be possible without the hard work of people like President Jabari Simama and Georgia Piedmont Technical College. I would like to extend a special thank you to them for being a catalyst for both the Newton and Rockdale career academies. I am thankful for everyone who had a part in making this program such a success and can’t wait to see what wonderful careers these young men will have.”

The Rockdale Career Academy and Newton College and Career Academy partner with the following companies: Bosch, Haver & Boecker, Nisshinbo, General Mills, Michelin, Verescence and FiberVisions. Students in the 10th grade have the opportunity to gain work skills through hands on training while earning high school credit with the help of their respective career academies, mentors and sponsoring industries. This is the second cohort of the GA CATT program and the first program of its kind for high school students in the United States.

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For Immediate Release:
August 16, 2017

Elisabeth Fletcher, Communications Specialist