By: Kara Duffy
December 17, 2013
Cairo, GA- Cairo High School is one of three schools selected by the Technical College System of Georgia to receive a grant for $3.15 million.
The money will go towards transforming the Charter School into a College and Career Academy.
"It's taking that mentally of a ninth-grader and goes ahead and gets them thinking, 'what am I doing four years down the road,'" said Principal David McCurry.
School officials will collaborate with Southwest Georgia Technical College, Thomas University and Bainbridge State University through their College and Career Academy in an effort to enhance their Honor and AP programs.
"They'll be able to take classes that will award dual credits; They'll get high school credit and at the same time they'll receive college credits," Principal McCurry added.
McCurry says the school will also partner with local business to offer classes that'll help prepare students for life in the work force.
"We have construction, welding, automotive; we have health care sciences, a lot of computer classes," said Todd Gainous, the CTAE Director and Assistant Principal at Cairo High School.
Dr. Craig Wentworth, President of Southwest Georgia Technical College added, "They're going to be getting exposed to course work in areas that there are jobs, so it does get them in that mindset of, 'I'm studying and obtaining skills and knowledge in areas that are needed for me to get a job.'"
"It really opens up more opportunities for us, which other places wouldn't have," added Allen Hartsfield, a senior at Cairo High School.