What is the College and Career Academy?

The College and Career Academy is a partnership between regional school districts, regional business and industries, and regional post-secondary institutions to prepare high school students for careers.  These partnerships provide opportunities for students to learn about and train for specific careers that are in high demand throughout our region.

What does CTAE stand for?

Career, Technical, and Agriculture Education - Career related elective courses offered at the high school and middle school grade levels. All Georgia school districts have CTAE programs.

Which CTAE programs will be a part of the College and Career Academy?

All CTAE programs currently offered at Union County High School will now be part of the Union County College and Career Academy.  The school district has worked to insure the CTAE programs are aligned with current workforce needs throughout the region.  As workforce needs change within the region, the CTAE program offerings at the College and Career Academy may need to change as well.  To see the current CTAE program offerings, please click on the Programs of Study tab.

Where is the College and Career Academy located?

The College and Career Academy will be located within three buildings on the high school campus as well as the Union County Agriscience Center.  The Union County High School C Wing was renovated a few years ago and houses the Agriculture, Computer Science, Entrepreneurship, and Health Science programs.  A new facility will be built to house the Automotive and Construction programs.  The Vocational building will be renovated to double lab space and will house the Engineering, Machining, and Welding programs. 

Where will the new facility be built on the high school campus?

The new facility will be built on the flat grass field between the Vocational Building and road (directly across the road from the new Union County Recreational Department gym).

When will the construction and building renovations take place?

The construction of the new facility is scheduled to begin in September of 2021 and be completed by the spring of 2022.  The renovations to the current Vocational Building will begin in the spring of 2022 and be completed by August 2022.  The Computer Science labs in C Wing are being renovated during the summer of 2021.  All construction and renovation projects are scheduled to be completed by the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year.

What safety mitigation strategies will be implemented during construction for students and staff?

The construction of the new facility is in an area that can be fenced off.  The construction management firm will ensure the area is properly secured and all construction workers will only be permitted in that area while students and staff are on campus.  The renovation projects will occur during the summer months when students and staff are not on campus.

What is the grant the school district received for the College and Career Academy?

Since 2008, the Georgia General Assembly has offered $3 million facility competitive grants for school districts wishing to build College and Career Academies.  The grants are awarded through the Technical College System of Georgia, who manages the competitive grant processes, and ensures accountability for districts receiving the funds.  Union County School District applied for the College and Career Academy grant in 2019, and was awarded the grant in 2020.

Are local tax dollars being used for the new building or renovations?

Under the current Union County Schools ESPLOST, $1 million was dedicated to needed renovations within some of the CTAE labs.  The $1 million will be added to the $3 million College and Career Academy grant funding for a total budget of $4 million for the new building and renovations.

If the grant funds come from Georgia's annual budget, isn't that tax dollars?

Yes, the College and Career Academy grant is funded through the annual budget for the State of Georgia.  However, the grant is a competitive grant, so another school district would have received the funds if Union County did not apply and receive them. The tax dollars that support the College and Career Academy grant came back to Union County as a result of the school district being awarded the grant.

Other questions or concerns?

For other questions or concerns, please email the CTAE Director, Josh Davis at [email protected].

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