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September 6, 2016

On-The-Job Training for Georgia’s Students

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As Lieutenant Governor, I’ve been blessed to help enact a number of new policies aimed at improving our great state.

But the work we’ve done establishing and growing Georgia’s College and Career Academies remains the project I’m the most proud of.

Thanks to these Academies, thousands of Georgia’s students have learned the skills necessary to compete in a changing global economy – many of whom would have dropped out of school without these opportunities.

Now, I’m excited to announce we’re building on our success by establishing the Georgia Consortium of Advanced Technical Training (GA CATT) Program.

The GA CATT is based on the German apprenticeship model, where students receive actual on-the-job training through a paid apprenticeship while they’re still in high school.

Our program – which is initially launching through Coweta County’s College and Career Academy – allows students to receive a combination of traditional classes, college-level courses (at West Georgia Technical College), and a paid apprenticeship beginning in the 10th grade.

While we’re starting small – only 10 students will take part in the inaugural program – I’m looking forward to expanding GA CATT across the state, offering diverse options for all of Georgia’s students as we continue to build a better Georgia through workforce development.

As one Georgia business owner put it, this program is a potential “game-changer” for both our education system and state economy.