On November 16, 2017, Catoosa County Public Schools held a "Listening Luncheon" to discuss the possibility of a College and Career Academy. Superintendent Denia Reese said, "As superintendent of schools, I understand that for Catoosa County’s future economic growth it is critical to have a highly educated, skilled, and motivated workforce. To accomplish this goal, Catoosa County Public Schools is exploring the possibility of a College and Career Academy."
Georgia College and Career Academies were an initiative of Lt. Governor Casey Cagle in 2007. This unique high school unites the local school system with the state’s technical colleges, other post-secondary institutions, and local business, enabling the development of high school and college-level programs that prepare students for jobs targeted to Catoosa County’s current and future workforce needs. Students who participate in College and Career Academies are highly desirable to businesses and colleges, not only because they are equipped with technical and career specific skills, but they also understand the soft skills of business – a strong work ethic, punctuality and responsibility, working in teams, and critical thinking skills.
Superintendent Reese said, "This first community presentation was attended by over 50 business leaders and elected officials including Senator Jeff Mullis and Representative Dewayne Hill. We received overwhelmingly positive response about continuing to explore this opportunity for the school system."
Mrs. Reese explained that the system has received a planning grant from the Technical College System of Georgia to help with the initial planning process. During the next year, the system will continue to present the project to the community to receive input, and a community needs assessment will be conducted to determine if a College and Career Academy is a good project for Catoosa County Public Schools in the future.