Effingham, Tattnall Among SE Georgia Counties to Receive ‘Why Georgia Works Alignment Grants’

Effingham and Tattnall counties are among two of the southeast Georgia school districts set to receive state funds aimed at meeting local industry needs.

The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) and Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) recently announced the award of Why Georgia Works Alignment Grants to help 15 local school districts improve the alignment of their Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education programs with local industry needs.

Through the one-time-only program, GaDOE and GDEcD will award a total of $203,564 in grants to the Clarke, Clayton, Crisp, Effingham, Fulton, Harris, Jackson, Murray, Muscogee, Oconee, Peach, Savannah-Chatham, Tattnall, and White County school districts along with the Marietta City school district. The grants were awarded through a competitive allocation process.

Governor Kemp said the awards reflect the prioritization of “preparing the next generation of hardworking Georgians.”

Each awarded school district will conduct an in-depth review of local industry needs and work to address gaps between CTAE pathway enrollment and workforce needs. Working with the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government, the districts will develop and begin implementing an action plan to better connect their CTAE offerings with in-demand, high-wage, and growing industries in Georgia.

“It’s our goal that every student in Georgia will graduate ready for their next step after high school,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “The Why Georgia Works Alignment Grant will help us ensure graduates can pursue fulfilling, high-paying careers without having to leave home – that’s a win for Georgia students and Georgia communities. I appreciate the leadership of Governor Kemp’s office and the partnership of the Georgia Department of Economic Development making this initiative possible.”

With GDEcD’s support, GaDOE’s CTAE office will provide training and implementation support to schools throughout the grant, ensuring they have access to supports, resources, and expertise related to both education and economic development. 

In the fall of 2023, GaDOE and the Carl Vinson Institute of Government released an updated Georgia Alignment Toolkit to guide schools and districts in connecting education and industry.

This project was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce – Economic Development Administration through Award ED22ATL3070005 as a single-year grant opportunity.

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