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Partners Educating Georgia’s Future Workforce meetings aim to increase business, education collaboration

MEDIA CONTACT: Matt Cardoza, GaDOE Communications Office, (404) 651-7358,


BUSINESS & INDUSTRY CONTACT: Dr. Barbara Wall, GaDOE CTAE Director, (404) 657-8317,, or Emily Spann, (404) 463-6405

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September 8, 2015The Georgia Department of Education’s Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) Division will host twelve “Partners Educating Georgia’s Future Workforce” regional meetings this fall, giving business and community partners a chance to learn more about CTAE in Georgia and develop new partnerships with local school systems.


A meeting will be held in each of Georgia’s twelve Economic Development Regions. Each will provide an avenue for the local education community and business and industry leaders to discuss and explore opportunities to partner, and will provide information for stakeholders about the current state resources and tools available. The meetings will also highlight strong CTAE programs and business partnerships in Georgia schools. The meetings will also feature optional tours of business and CTAE labs and a screening of a new Georgia CTAE career pathway video, which opens with Governor Deal and State School Superintendent Richard Woods sharing their thoughts on the importance of CTAE in relation to economic development.


“As we work to increase students’ career readiness, it’s essential that we develop true partnerships with business and industry,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “There are industries all over Georgia creating great jobs – it’s our job to make sure students are prepared. I’m committed to partnering with business and industry leaders and making sure those needs are met for Georgia’s future workforce – our students.”


Dates & Locations:


Each meeting will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with registration at 8:30 a.m. The dates and locations are (map of the Economic Development Regions here):


Region 1: Sept. 14, 2015

Heritage High School

3960 Poplar Springs Rd.

Ringgold, GA 30736


Region 2: Sept. 15, 2015

Lambert High School

805 Nichols Rd.

Suwanee, GA 30024


Region 11: Sept. 22, 2015

Ware Co. High School

700 Victory Dr.

Waycross, GA 31503


Region 10: Sept. 23, 2015

The Bindery at Oakland

445 Oakland Pkwy.

West Leesburg, GA 31763


Region 3: Sept. 30, 2015

Henry Co. Career Academy

401 East Tomlinson St.

McDonough, GA 30253


Region 4: Oct. 1, 2015

THINC College & Career Academy

One College Circle

LaGrange, GA 30240


Region 12: Oct. 13, 2015

Beach High School

3001 Hopkins Street

Savannah, GA 31405


Region 9: Oct. 14, 2015

Toombs Co. High School

600 Bulldog Rd.

Lyons, GA 30436


Region 8: Nov. 2, 2015

PrattWhitney Engine Services

8801 Macon Rd.

Midland, GA 31820


Region 6: Nov. 9, 2015

Hutchings Complex

2011 Riverside Dr.

Macon, GA 31204


Region 7: Nov. 16, 2015

Grovetown High School

2010 Warrior Way

Grovetown, GA 30813


Region 5: Nov. 18, 2015

East Jackson High School

1435 Hoods Mill Rd., Commerce, GA 30529


“Educators alone cannot prepare Georgia’s future workforce; forming strong partnerships with business and industry is a must,” State CTAE Director Dr. Barbara Wall said. “Strong partnerships are built on relationships based on trust and communication, and we are working to develop these relationships every day. Business and industry representatives across Georgia agree that the number-one key factor impacting economic development is the combination of education and workforce development. They more ready than ever to partner with educators in an effort to continue improving economic development across Georgia. Georgia students will benefit from being prepared to enter the workforce that is part of a thriving economic development environment.”


Other GaDOE initiatives aimed at increasing collaboration between the education and business communities include a new Superintendent’s Business and Industry Advisory Council, the creation of an Economic Development Specialist position, and collaborative work with the Technical College System of Georgia, the University System of Georgia, the Georgia Department of Labor and the Georgia Department of Economic Development.


Educating Georgia’s Future Workforce initiative is aimed at increasing the state’s focus on career education and expanding partnerships with the business community.