“All of our teachers are going to be here, we’re going to have a representative from Chattahoochee Technical College and a representative from Georgia Highlands [College]. We are about to go into our registration period for next fall and for next year and so before we register the students, we just want to invite students and parents from Bartow County to come and see what we’re doing here, take them through the building and let them know we’re adding some new programs for the fall,” McPherson said. “We’re adding welding and that is going to be so good for us because so many people need welders — Georgia Power tells us they can’t hire enough welders.
She continued, “We’re also adding video broadcasting. We’re actually taking that program from Woodland [High School] and that’s the only [video broadcasting] program ... we have in the county, so the students from Cass and the students from Adairsville can’t take video broadcasting, but we felt if we brought it here then all students from all three high schools could participate in that. In our health care [program] we’ve added phlebotomy and pharmacy pathways, and we’re pretty excited about that. “In engineering we’ve added megatronics and in that class I think they just touch on several different types of engineering from AC theory, electronics, hydraulic systems — several different things just to give [students] a taste of engineering as a whole.
“One more thing we’re adding that we’re so excited about is in our public safety area ... is fire and emergency services and emergency management and 911 dispatch.”
The decision to add these programs, McPherson said, came from working with the BCCCA’s business partners. The academy offers 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.
“We just feel like those are the areas where we really need to prepare our students,” McPherson said.
The BCCCA is located at 738 Grassdale Road N.W.