$30,000 AT&T Contribution Helping Carrollton-Carroll County Education Collaborative Expand Resource Network

Thanks to a contribution from AT&T, the Carrollton-Carroll County Education Collaborative (CCEC) is one step closer to reaching its goal of becoming a regional educational resource network that provides educational opportunities to K-16 students in multiple counties.

The CCEC, a community-wide education initiative sponsored by the University of West Georgia (UWG) and West Georgia Technical College (WGTC), recently received a $30,000 contribution from AT&T to expand its existing program. Currently, CCEC provides opportunities and support for Carroll County’s K-16 education providers by bringing together the Carrollton and Carroll County school systems, WGTC, UWG, as well as the chamber of commerce and community leaders to establish a common vision for P-16 success.

"The Carrollton-Carroll County Education Collaborative is a testament to the strong commitment to education by Georgia's elected leaders. The program helps to effectively prepare Georgia's students for success in today's careers that require continually evolving skill sets,” said Bill Leahy, president of AT&T Georgia. “AT&T is proud to support CCEC and its efforts to help students find success in the classroom and build strong foundations for its futures."

AT&T has proudly invested in Georgia for more than 138 years, working to connect communities through proven strategies and to prepare youth for success. This includes engaging AT&T employees to mentor students and investing in best-in-class programs, such as CCEC, that meet the needs of tomorrow’s leaders and Georgia’s future.

Collaborative Director Dr. John Green estimates CCEC impacts an estimated 20,000 students in Carroll County. The plan is to share that success with educators in the region.

“What this contribution will allow us to do is expand what we were able to develop in Carroll County,” Green said. “It will allow us to take what we have done in Carroll County and replicate it in Coweta and Heard counties, which rolls into our long-term goal of becoming the West Georgia Education Network.”

The collaborative provides a framework with the potential to move the needle on educational outcomes for all students in our community by bringing to the table leaders from every educational institution in the county and partnering with community stakeholders to work toward the same goal: student success and college and career preparedness. Now, by expanding the program into Coweta and Heard counties, an estimated total of 45,000 students could reap the benefits of these collaborative efforts.

“This contribution accelerates our efforts to expand into a regional network,” Green said, “and it allows us to customize the P-16 student success performance model to the needs of students in Coweta and Heard, as well as the community and local economic needs.”

For example, if it is determined there is a greater need for nurses in Coweta County, that collaborative can make that one of the goals it works toward.

“So the thing that would be consistent is the developmental progression,” Green explained. “Each collaborative is still working to help form partnerships to progress and achieve success in four areas as students progress in their educational careers.”

Those four areas are: early learning (for pre-K and kindergarten), foundations (for kindergarten through 3rd grade), independence (for 7th through 10th grade) and pathways (for 10th grade through secondary education).

Ultimately, Green hopes to see the West Georgia Education Network impact 100,000 students by fiscal year 2018-19. In the meantime, he says this new contribution will help the collaborative not only achieve its goal of strategic expansion, but also serve as an example to other school systems around the state, eventually influencing the economic impact and labor force for Georgia.

“We want all students in our region to succeed, and we want our collaborative to serve as a model for other groups in the state,” Green said. “This kind of collaboration is directly in line with Gov. Nathan Deal’s goals for education and could potentially benefit all students in the state of Georgia.”

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