Georgia Approves $3 Million Grant for New College & Career Academy in Walker County

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Atlanta, GA – Governor Brian P. Kemp has announced the approval of a grant exceeding $3 million by the State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) to establish a new College & Career Academy in Walker County. Named “Walker Launch,” this initiative is a collaborative effort between Walker County Schools and Georgia Northwestern Technical College, catering to students in Walker and Dade County.

Governor Kemp emphasized the significance of supporting the state’s workforce to maintain its status as the No. 1 state for business. Walker Launch aims to prepare students for future opportunities and connect them with the evolving job market.

The grant, consisting of $3 million in bonds and an additional cash amount of $100,000, will facilitate the creation of a state-of-the-art learning environment. This facility will equip students with essential skills, aligning education with the demands of the modern workforce. Walker Launch marks the 58th College & Career Academy in Georgia, a noteworthy milestone for the state’s education landscape.

TCSG Commissioner Greg Dozier highlighted the commitment to providing students with exceptional learning experiences that combine academic excellence with real-world skills. The focus remains on empowering students with tools, knowledge, and opportunities to thrive in a competitive global economy.

Georgia’s College & Career Academies foster collaboration with over 3,000 business partners, ensuring that the curriculum and training closely align with industry needs. This collaboration enhances graduates’ employability and skill sets.

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Mark D’Alessio
Executive Director of Communications – Technical College System of Georgia

Garrison Douglas
Press Secretary

Carter Chapman
Deputy Press Secretary