Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Athens School Is Recognized as Career Academy of Year; Students Can Focus on Early College Classes or Take Vocational Path

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Athens School Is Recognized as Career Academy of Year; Students Can Focus on Early College Classes or Take Vocational Path

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Byline: Walter C. Jones

ATLANTA | The Athens Community Career Academy edged out five other finalists to claim honors as the career academy of the year awarded by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle.

The lieutenant governor has been a long-time supporter of the hybrid high schools which allow students to get college and technical-school credits. Some students have earned technical-college certificates at the same time they get their high school diplomas, and several from Athens graduated last year with 30 hours of college credit.

While there is a growing number of career academies across the state, the Athens one is unique because the local school system covers all the costs, notes Flora Tydings, president of Athens Technical College.

"It is differentiated in that the school system covers the tuition, fees, and books for all students enrolling in dual enrollment classes offered at the career academy thus potentially saving students and their parents thousands of dollars," she said. …

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