Registration now open for academy

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

COVINGTON -- High school students interested in attending the county's first college and career academy next year can register now.

The Newton County School System announced Tuesday that registration is open for the Newton College and Career Academy and will continue until March 25. The school is scheduled to open in January 2012.

Current 10th- and 11th-grade students should have received a brochure about the academy and its pathway options and are encouraged to complete a registration form, which is available at www.newtoncareeracademy.org. Forms must be returned to counselor Stacey Kitchens at Alcovy High School, Roxanne Waller at Eastside High and Francene Breakfield at Newton High.

In addition to personal information, students will be asked to select at least two pathways that interest them. They can choose from Agricultural Mechanics and Technology; Forestry/Natural Resources; Plant Science/Horticulture; Broadcast/Video Production; Construction; Transportation/Automotive Services; Finance, Accounting and Banking; Interactive Media/Web Design; Computer Systems Repair and Networking; Graphic Design, Communication and Print; Culinary Arts; Engineering and Manufacturing; Early Childhood Education; Government and Public Safety; Health care; Cosmetology; and Marketing (Management, Sports and Fashion).

NCSS is collaborating on the programs with DeKalb Technical College and other partners in the business community.

Students will attend NCCA taking three courses at a time for one or two semesters. They will remain enrolled at their home schools, where they will be allowed to take core classes and participate in extracurricular activities.

Transportation to the school, which is located behind the current Newton High School campus in Covington, will be provided or students can provide their own transportation.

Total enrollment for the school will be determined after registration, and students are expected to be notified of their acceptance after spring break, according to James Woodard, director of Career, Technical and Agricultural Education at NCSS and Chief Executive Officer for NCCA.

The school is being developed using $3.05 million in state grant funds awarded to NCSS and DTC as part of the Georgia Career Academy Project, spearheaded by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle. NCSS also will use $12 million in bonds through Qualified School Construction Bonds with no percent interest rate to start the school.

Cagle also recently presented NCCA with a $10,000 grant to support the school's efforts to become a Ford PAS Next Generation Learning Community. The grant was made out of funds raised by Cagle to support college and career academies across the state.

More information is available at the NCCA website, www.newtoncareeracademy.org, and questions can be directed to Woodard at 770-787-1330, ext. 1280.