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Input Sought on Career & Technical Education

MEDIA CONTACT: GaDOE Communications office, (404) 463-1487,   January 25, 2008 -- The Georgia Department of Education is seeking public comment on its five-year state plan for Career and Technical Education.   The plan is required under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act, which was signed into law in August 2006. The purpose of the law is to help fully develop the academic, career and technical skills of students in secondary and post-secondary institutions and prepare them for high-skill, high wage and/or high-demand jobs.    A draft version of Georgia’s Five-Year Plan will be available on the GaDOE’s website on Feb. 15, 2008. The plan will be posted at .    Public comment can be submitted one of three ways -- in person, in writing or by phone.    IN-PERSON : The GaDOE will hold two public hearings in February to gather input on the five-year plan.    Public Hearing #1: February 27, 2008, 10:00 a.m. until 12 noon   Georgia Department of Education  19th Floor Instructional Technology Lab  1966 Twin Towers East  205 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive, SE  Atlanta, Georgia 30334  Phone: 800-869-1011  Link for driving directions/parking:     Those unable to attend this hearing in person can participate via teleconference at one of 12 Education Technology Training Centers (ETTC) around the state. The participating ETTCs are:  Albany State University ETTC  Armstrong Atlantic State University ETTC  Columbus State University ETTC  Dalton State University ETTC  Heart of Georgia RESA ETTC  Kennesaw State University ETTC  Macon State College ETTC  Augusta National Science Center @ Fort Discovery ETTC  University of Georgia @ Athens ETTC  University of Georgia @ Gwinnett ETTC  Valdosta State University ETTC  West Georgia RESA ETTC  For addresses, contact information, driving directions and parking info visit:    Public Hearing #2: February 28, 2008 from 10:00 am until 12 noon   Central Georgia Technical College  Building I - Rooms A & B (Quad)  3300 Macon Tech Drive  Macon, GA 31206  (478) 757-3400  For driving directions and parking information, visit:        IN WRITING : Any written comments must be submitted by March 1, 2008:    E-Mail:  Written comments and questions can be sent to    Via U.S. Mail : Written comments can be mailed to  Rules Comments - Policy Division  Georgia Department of Education  2053 Twin Towers East  205 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive, S.E.  Atlanta, Georgia 30334.    BY PHONE : Comments may be submitted by phone to the Ask DOE Help Desk at 1-800-311-3627. Someone will log comments and provide them to appropriate GaDOE staff.    MORE INFORMATION :  - About the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act:  - About Georgia's Career, Technical and Agricultural Education Program: