Putnam County will receive a $2.6 million grant to fund a new college and career academy, state officials announced Monday.
The Georgia College and Career Academy Project awarded funding to four counties overall, according to a statement from Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and state Sen. Johnny Grant.
The academies offer advanced educational opportunities for high school students through partnerships with local school systems, institutes of higher learning, technical college and local businesses.
Thanks to partnerships with Central Georgia Technical College and the Putnam County school system, as well as support from the Eatonton-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce and local businesses, Putnam County students will be able to receive real-world training with job-relevant skills in horticulture, forestry/natural resources and journalism. The academies’ challenging programs and relevant coursework help student training for in-demand jobs of tomorrow.
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With the funding, “Putnam County students have the opportunity to receive a world-class education while obtaining the tools necessary to succeed in the workplace,” Grant said in the statement.