THINC is steps closer to opening our doors.

February 25, 2015

LaGrange, Ga. – Troup County students are now farther along the pathway to career success. As THINC College & Career Academy broke ground for construction of their new facility located inside West Georgia Technical College, THINC Chairman of the Board of Directors John Asbell said, “We’re celebrating an opportunity.”

With THINC, students have the opportunity to earn real-life experiences in a college setting – for free. “There are no barriers to education for THINC students,” said CEO Kathy Carlisle during the groundbreaking.

Scheduled to open August 2015 in its new facility, THINC began this year as a facilitator of the school system’s work-based learning programs. What started out as a vision for shaping work-savvy students for a demanding workplace is now becoming a reality, with a state-of-the-art facility soon to be its home. The 53,000-square-foot space will feature cutting-edge learning labs, as well as innovation rooms for creative learning.

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Supported by The Technical College System of Georgia, the Georgia Department of Education and the Office of the Lt. Governor, College and Career Academies like THINC are offering groundbreaking learning experiences that focus on what’s needed in their community and workforce. They’re bringing relevance to high school students’ education.

“Our key focus is to prepare students for work and college,” said Carlisle. “Only 34 percent of Georgia adults have an associates degree or higher. And in Troup County, we have a 72 percent graduation rate. That means approximately 300 students drop out of high school per year in Troup County. These students need hands-on curriculum, and this is where THINC comes in.”

Collaboration from THINC staff, Troup County School System, elected officials and local businesses have put THINC on track for success. “From West Point to Hogansville, from small businesses to Kia, the steering committee put together a plan to submit the application for a College and Career Academy,” said LaGrange Troup County Chamber of Commerce President Page Estes. “Only in Troup County, when you have a dream and put it out into the community, will they rally to make it happen. Troup County is the only county in the state to open a College and Career Academy, and all the funding has come from the community.” In just three months, contributions to THINC have totaled more than $9.2 million.

Troup County is at the center of a regional economic development boom where hundreds of employers need highly skilled individuals to fill essential positions. Thanks to the tireless efforts of all those involved, THINC is positioned to be the answer to the needs of local businesses and the desires of students to achieve their dreams.