Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan Spends the Day Learning About TCSS Schools and Programs

August 28, 2019

The week in Troup County School System (TCSS) started on a high note when Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan visited both Long Cane Middle School (LCMS) and THINC College & Career Academy (THINC). He was greeted by close to 15 guests at the middle school, including members of the Men of Distinction program that is sponsored by Communities in Schools (CIS) of Troup County.The sixth through eighth grade students shared their future aspirations and what they enjoy about school. Many said they were interested in math-related courses. Duncan encouraged them to continue pursuing their dreams whether it was math or music. In addition to inspirational comments for the young middle school men, Duncan began a discussion surrounding the foster care population in Troup County. CIS recently received a State of Hope grant specifically to help support students in foster care. Tabitha Coverson, CIS of Troup County executive director, stated the organization will hire another sitecoordinator thanks to the additional funds.“The person hired for this position will provide integrated student supports to kids attending TCSS that are in foster care or any situation that has removed them from their home. We seek to help provide services that take away barriers so they can focus on learning,” said Coverson. Duncan praised CIS of Troup County for their extensive parental outreach, the graduation rate ofstudents involved in the program, and the community relationships they have built to make the program one of the most successful in the state. Currently, CIS of Troup County realizes a 96 percent graduation rate of students who participate in the program. In the afternoon, Duncan and his staff made their way to THINC where they were introduced to the sought-after academy model starting with a tour of the facility. They observed instruction taking place in the industry-certified healthcare lab and the international business classroom. Students from various pathways shared their experiences of attending THINC during the tour. Afterwards, the group met to discuss the future of college & career academies in Georgia. Other guests included:

-Mike Dudgeon: Policy Director for Lt. Governor
-Randy Nix: Georgia House of Representatives 69th District
-Randy Robertson: Georgia Senate 29th District
-Arthur “Skin” Edge: Former Georgia Senator, currently Governmental
Relations and Consulting
-Helen Rice: State Board of Education
-Dr. Brian Shumate: TCSS Superintendent
-Carol Lewis: President/CEO Communities In Schools of Georgia
Cindy Morley: CIS of GA Director of External Relations and
-Jomal Vailes: CIS of GA-Chief Development Officer
-Patty Youngblood: President-United Way of West GA
-Jamey Jackson: CIS Troup Advisory Council, President Malone Solutions
-Dale Jackson: CIS Troup Advisory Council, Owner – Jackson Services
-Corey Faulkner: CIS Troup Advisory Council, CEO – CedarCross Media
-Dr. Scott Rule: President, West Georgia Technical College
-Stuart Countess: Chief Operating Officer, Sr. Vice President, KIA
-Tripp Penn: President, Callaway Foundation
-John Asbell: Georgia Power