"The [needs assessment] draft you have before you is better than some final documents I've seen," said Russ Moore of Seamless Education Associates. "It's remarkable, not only in how quickly it was done, but how thorough it is.
"Your charter authoring folks will be well served by it, but also your community ..."
Previous efforts by the BCCCA committees include an online survey to gather local business and industries' input on their projected future employment needs.
Rick Kollhoff, chairman for the chartering authoring committee, read from the charter draft, saying the mission statement for the academy is "to provide educational opportunities for students and ensure a viable 21st-century workforce for Bartow County and the surrounding area."
He added, "[The BCCCA] is different because what we're focusing on in the academy is educational opportunities, but not necessarily education for all students."
The academy will apply for nonprofit status under the name BCCCA and the future grant application can be filed by the academy or one of its education partners.
Needs Assessment Chairwoman Melinda Lemmon read results from her committee's draft.
"We had 95 respondents to the [needs assessment] survey that represented 90 individual companies in our community and collectively over 15,000 employees, full-time and part-time contract workers," Lemmon said, adding the survey represents more than half the workforce in Bartow County.
Most respondents were manufacturers, but overall, Lemmon reported the results show an expected 1,330 jobs for Bartow County in the next five years.
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