What’s Right With Our Schools: Catoosa Academy Groundbreaking
RINGGOLD, GA (WDEF) – Catoosa Academy will soon have a brick and mortar facility to help young people lay a solid foundation for their future. Ground was recently broken on the building that should be finished by early 2023.
Catoosa County Public Schools Superintendent Denia Reese explains, “College and Career Academies in Georgia are specialized charter high schools that prepare students for high paying careers or post secondary education.”
Conner Hutchins graduated from the program this year.
He says, “I am an electrician at Shaw. I am a level one, just starting out, and I’m hoping to bump up soon. I feel like this is a good thing for the community, where it will do this for all the kids in the community. It will help bring them out a little bit more and give them good job opportunities.”
Another recent graduate Malik Ware is working in Logical Systems at LSI.
Malik says, “The program itself is kind a like a opportunity in itself for you to shine, and the harder you work, the harder that you put yourself out there, the more opportunities that come your way.”
Still another recent graduate, Zaniel Carroll is working at SIKA.
Zaniel says, “Everybody learns in different ways and this kind of focused environment really helps them hone in on that and figure out what works best for everybody. It’s a great environment.”
Amy Jackson is the President and CEO of the Catoosa County Chamber of Commerce
Amy believes, “There was no doubt that the college and career academy was the missing piece to Catoosa County to compete and win planned economic development opportunities.”
Superintendent Reese concludes, “The Catoosa County Board of Education let the community know that we will be building the College and Career academy on the Benton campus. It will open in January 20, 2023 with 8 pathways. Students will have the opportunity to participate in the pathways such as Megatronics, nursing, cyber security, they will also be able to participate in construction and architecture, welding and machine cooling. We will be housing in the county’s 911 consolidated call center inside of the Academy. We will also be housing a school-based health clinic. We are partnering with business and industry in Catoosa County to make sure that students are prepared for the future, and that we are providing a talent pipeline for industries so that they may have skilled workers for future economic prosperity.”