JONESBORO — Clayton County Public Schools is the state’s second-largest school district to go all in on the governor’s new workforce development project.
The Governor’s Office of Workforce Development recently recognized the 52,000-pupil district for having 100 percent of its high schools organized with a Go Build Georgia High School Team.
Only four districts with multiple high schools have achieved 100 percent participation, said David Waller, spokesman for Clayton County Public Schools. The largest was Atlanta Public Schools, which has 11 high schools. Clayton has nine.
Tricia Pridemore is executive director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development. She commended the district’s commitment to the project.
“It is encouraging to see the Go Build Georgia High School Teams’ success,” said Pridemore. “Bringing educators, business leaders and parents together will help ensure our young Georgians have a bright future.”
Gov. Nathan Deal launched Go Build Georgia on Jan. 17, 2012, as a grassroots project in cooperation with local workforce stakeholders. The project’s objective is to educate students about their options after completing high school.
Go Build Georgia High School Teams are groups made up of education leaders and business leaders spanning across five key high-growth sectors including the manufacturing, industrial construction, energy, telecommunications and transportation.
Pridemore said the project allows participating teams to share data and informational resources with students and parents in order to help them make informed career decisions.
Clayton County Public Schools Interim Superintendent Luvenia Jackson said the project lines up with the district’s Career Technical and Agricultural Education goals.
“In securing the Go Build Georgia High School Teams project with 100 percent participation in all our high schools, our students are becoming ready for college and careers because of the skills or trades learned in our CTAE programs,” said Jackson. “The Go Build Georgia High School Teams project provides our students accessibility to resources to make sound decisions about their future and how they can fulfill the state’s demand to increase the skilled-labor workforce.”