The list of awardees is available at the bottom of this release.

Atlanta The Georgia Department of Education has awarded a total of $500,000 to school districts to help them expand and improve Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) programs for students. Eleven school districts received CTAE CONNECT (Creating Opportunities Needed Now to Expand Credentialed Training) grants, which can be used to increase enrollment, as well as expand and improve students’ access to CTAE opportunities.

“It’s incredibly important that we introduce kids to possibilities for their lives after high school, that we make education relevant and give them a chance to explore the careers they’d like to pursue. Year after year, the results of Georgia’s Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education program speak for themselves and show how essential it is that we continue to invest in career education.”

State School Superintendent, Richard Woods

The CONNECT grant is part of Senate Bill 3, passed during the 2018 legislative session, which requires the State Board of Education to establish an annual competitive grant program for the renovation, modernization, replacement, or purchase of equipment for the enhancement of programs currently certified or in the process of achieving industry certification in educational facilities aligned to industry credentials linked to an occupation in the skilled trade industry.

“These awards are competitive grants and require letters of support from local business and industry.This is one way local CTAE programs contribute to meeting community workforce needs.”

GaDOE CTAE Director, Dr. Barbara Wall

The CTAE CREATE grant funds aim to increase the percentage of high school students who graduate ready for enrollment, employment, or enlistment, as well as expand educational opportunities in order to maximize student engagement and ensure the relevance of learning.

The eleven school districts who received the funding are:

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