“Our main focus is for the students who have already planned to be [at the BCCCA] next year for dual enrollment, but we’ll have information available for anybody interested in getting college credit now or in the future,” Sabin said during Thursday’s BCCCA system-wide advisory committee meeting.
Sabin cited the state’s Accel program as one of the more popular choices for dual-enrollment students, due to its focus on core courses. According to documentation provided by the Georgia Department of Education, “Accel is a non-need based program offered for students that wish to take college-level (academic-only, degree-level) coursework for credit toward both high school and college graduation requirements. The Accel Program became state funded instead of lottery funded beginning fall 2012 with funding returning for the local systems for their dual enrolled students. Students may attend part-time or full-time.”
Although the BCCCA will have a focus on Career Technical and Agricultural Education, students will have the opportunity to take some dual enrollment courses on site at the academy through a partnership with Chattahoochee Technical College and Georgia Highlands College.
“Right now ... we’ve got a lot of kids participating in dual enrollment, where they go to college courses to take English, math or science or social studies at both of our post-secondary schools,” Sabin said. “It’s not one of our CTAE [career] pathways, but it is something we want to make sure we emphasize.”
He added, “Next year we’re actually going to have a mini-PROBE [college] fair ... for our local colleges ... to come in and really talk about this idea of college credit now. We don’t want to have one pathway to college credit now, we want to have multiple pathways to meet individual student needs.”
Beyond dual enrollment, the academy also will offer the career pathways of Engineering and Technology; Marketing/Hospitality and Tourism; Health Science/Nursing; Marketing/Sports Entertainment; Public Safety/Law Enforcement; and Health Science/Physical Medicine.
The pathways were selected after local business and industry leaders completed a needs-assessment survey regarding the future of Bartow County employment needs.
The BCCCA is located at 738 Grassdale Road NW at the old Cass High School campus.