Virtual Award Ceremony 2019-2020

Celebration of Accomplishments by THINC Students for School Year 2019 – 2020

May 18, 2020

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THINC Enters 2020 as Georgia’s First NCAC Model School

THINC College and Career Academy (THINC), has received commendations that no other program of its kind in the state of Georgia has received – Model Status. Recently, they became the first college and career academy in Georgia to achieve this status through the National Career Academy Coalition (NCAC). The Model Status recognition places THINC and […]

January 8, 2020

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Gerald B. Wyatt Named CEO of THINC College & Career Academy

Once a THINC College & Career Academy (THINC) board member, Gerald B. Wyatt will be moving into a new role with the academy as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). This morning, he was named to the position after a unanimous vote by the THINC Board. He will begin Monday, September 23rd.  Ted Arnold, Vice Chairman of […]

September 14, 2019

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THINC CEO announces retirement

Kathy Carlisle, CEO of THINC, Announces Her Retirement and Search Begins for Successor THINC College and Career Academy has met many milestones in its four years of educating students on career opportunities and skills that help them earn jobs locally and globally. Since before the inception, Kathy Carlisle has been on board as the Chief […]

April 24, 2019

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THINC Healthcare Program Receives State Certification

Recently, THINC College & Career Academy celebrated theirhealthcare program as they officially received word that it is now industry certified. The official process for THINC’S Healthcare Program industry certification began in September 2018 but officials say that work has been completed since the inception of the program that contributed tothe endorsement.In qualifying, there were six […]

April 22, 2019

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Success of THINC students recognized in The LaGrange Daily News

THINC students take home awards for HOSA, DECA, FIRST Robotics and National Technical Honor Society Students at THINC College & Career Academy have earned high honors for their career and technical skills with nationally acclaimed organizations. They have also been able to apply some of the skills they learn in the classroom to excel with […]

April 17, 2019

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March 2020 Meetings- Canceled

Due to the closure of Troup County School System through March 31st from COVID-19, all scheduled March meetings have been canceled.

March 19, 2020

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THINC Service Club Members and Staff ‘Sleep’ on Service Project

In the upcoming weeks, the number of children in Troup County who need a bed to lay their head at night will become lower thanks to the service project hosted by THINC College & Career Academy (THINC). Employees and students invited business partners and the community to help build 50 beds for the LaGrange Chapter […]

February 10, 2020

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THINC Fast 2019

THINC held its annual THINC Fast event for over 500 students. THINC Fast allows young learners, and this area’s future workforce, an opportunity to interview in front of community members and local business people. Over 900 mock interviews were conducted because each student went through two rounds of interviews. In advance of the career event, students created resumes, discussed interviewing techniques, […]

November 1, 2019

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First Ever J. Randy Jackson Scholarship Awarded to Zyshonn Morris

Zyshonn Morris, a student at Troup High and THINC College and Career Academy (THINC) is the first recipient of the J. Randy Jackson Scholarship. Morris was glad to receive the scholarship because it provides the funding for an International Business (IB) trip to Scandinavia. The nine-day tour is being offered through the IB Pathway at […]

October 3, 2019

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

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 […]

August 28, 2019

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July 2019 Executive Minutes Combined

Date:               Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 Time:              11:00 AM Location:        THINC Board Room Present:          Ted Arnold, Bill Stump, John Asbell, Regina Ingram, Gerald Wyatt Others:           Kathy Carlisle, Regan Mock, Eric Mosely, Becca Eiland The meeting began at 11:10 AM. Bill Stump called a motion to approve May Minutes. 1st Regina Ingram, 2nd Ted Arnold The […]

August 1, 2019

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Students Learning About Manufacturing

Thyeasha Joseph normally spends her day as a process engineer for Kimberly Clark, but she recently took some personal time to volunteer as a mentor for Troup County School System (TCSS) students participating in SLAM. “One day I was at work and one of our electrical engineers mentioned this camp. On another occasion, my boss […]

July 1, 2019

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Expeditions Sign On Day

THINC would like to recognize our 20 new and 5 returning apprentices who signed contracts with 8 major manufacturers from LaGrange on Tuesday. These students participated in a competitive interview process and are required to commit to one school year of training where they will earn $10.00 per hour with the potential to make more. […]

May 23, 2019

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THINC Ahead May 10, 2019

Raise awareness about your organization and recruit for future employees, interns, and apprentices. Tables and lunch provided by THINC Academy. On-site interview space will be provided upon request. Visit…/1FAIpQLSd0x04ZCr8zVNajOT…/viewform to register and reserve your spot at THINC Ahead!

May 1, 2019

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Bilingual PBL with the Lafayette Alliance

CEO, Dr. Kathy Carlisle, and Spanish Instructor, Dr. Sue Forrest, with the two winning groups from the bilingual PBL with the Lafayette Alliance. “Everybody” Winners: Trey Smith, Riley Morgan, Sam Johnson, Brian Degennaro. This group made a video about the man on our square. Trey dressed as the Marquis de Lafayette and they went to […]

April 29, 2019

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THINC Tank 2019

THINC Tank 2019 was in full swing today! Three groups of students had the honor of presenting their business plans to five local entrepreneurs who offered their valuable insight and recommendations. Thank you to their instructor, Mr. Chris Lee, for arranging this event and his dedication to provide a great experience for his students. We would […]

April 26, 2019

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Student Apprenticeships

Local Employers Tout Student Apprenticeships at Troup County School System High Schools Through THINC Expeditions The second floor of the media center at LaGrange High School was filled with 60 students interested in apprenticeships with local manufacturing companies throughout the county. LaGrange High junior, Sam Yates, said he was interested in the apprenticeship program that […]

March 15, 2019

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THINC Takes on Auburn University

Students from THINC’s STEM-related classes recently attended Auburn University’s Engineering Day. The annual event gives high school students the opportunity to learn more about the engineering program at Auburn and possible careers in the field. They’re able to chat one-on-one with students and faculty, experience interactive exhibits, and visit classes and labs, including the new […]

February 27, 2019

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Marcus and Marquis: Student writes book about Lafayette

By Gabrielle Jansen, LaGrange Daily News LaGrange High School senior LaTashana “Tasha” Calloway enjoys writing, but didn’t expect to become a published author before graduating high school. Calloway wrote “Marcus Meets the Marquis de Lafayette,” a bilingual children’s novel that tells the story of a boy following in Lafayette’s footsteps, and it will soon be […]

February 1, 2019

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Hodges Takes the Helm at Women’s Business Center; Still Wishes Best for TCSS and THINC

As the head of the public relations department for KMMG, Corrine Hodges was also a familiar face in Troup County School System (TCSS) and especially at THINC College & Career Academy (THINC) where her advocacy for education extended as the Board Chair of THINC. Last month, she accepted the position of CEO for the Association […]

Congressmen Tour KMMG

On Thursday, U.S. Congressman Drew Ferguson (RGa.) and U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarth (R-Calif.) toured Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia and discussed some of the issues facing American automotive manufacturers. KMMG is the largest employer in Troup County and among the most notable employers in the state because of the jobs created by the plant’s […]

January 8, 2019

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Georgia Deputy Commissioner for International Trade Visits THINC

LAGRANGE, GA – December 14, 2018 – OnDecember 12, Mary Waters, the Deputy Commissioner of International Trade for the Georgia Department of Economic Development, visited THINC College & Career Academy in LaGrange. Waters oversees the state’s International Trade program which provides services that contribute to the expansion of Georgia’s exports, the creation and retention of […]

December 14, 2018

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October 1, 2018

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September Board Meeting Rescheduled to Thursday

The September Board meeting will take place on Thursday, September 27th at 12pm. Members and guests will continue to meet in the THINC Board room at the new scheduled date.

September 20, 2018

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Mando Donates $100,000 to THINC College and Career Academy

LaGrange, Ga., September 20, 2018 – Three THINC College and Career Academy (THINC) students had an opportunity to use their employability skills as they stood in the front of five Mando Corporation (Mando) representatives, including CEO Yong Keol Kim, to verbally share their experiences about attending THINC. The group was there to present a financial […]

August 1, 2018

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Finance and Fundraising July 16, 2018 Minutes

Date: Monday, July 16th, 2018 Time: 12:00pm Location: THINC. Board Conference Room One College Circle, LaGrange, Georgia 30240 Present: John Asbell, Frank McRae, Regina Ingram, Corinne Hodges, Jamey Jackson, Byron Jones, Renae Willis, Bill Stump Absent: Robby Burch, John Radcliff Others: Kathy Carlisle, Amanda Anderson Finance: Meeting called to order Frank McRae at 12:18pm. Acknowledgement […]

July 17, 2018

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THINC’s Project Based Learning Students Learn a New Language

When Sue Forrest’s Spanish I and II students at THINC College & Career Academy (THINC) wrote books for the ESOL students at Ethel W. Kight Elementary School (EKES), a teacher asked if the class could one day visit THINC. Earlier this week, her 24 students made that visit a reality as they fulfilled a Project […]

April 24, 2018

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April 11, 2018

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THINC Students Take to the Schools to Teach CPR and Safety

When an emergency happens at home, who do you call? Thanks to students in Ms. Sharell Lewis’ Introduction to Health Science course at THINC College & Career Academy (THINC), the young learners at Berta Weathersbee Elementary now know exactly what to do in the event of an emergency. Earlier this month, THINC students closed out […]

January 23, 2018

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Lt. Governor Casey Cagle Visits THINC College and Career Academy for Verizon Donation Presentation

Last week the students and staff at THINC College and Career Academy (THINC) hosted Georgia Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle. This is Cagle’s third visit to THINC which is located inside West Georgia Technical College’s Troup County campus. THINC students presented to a crowd of 125 people gathered in the engineering wing of the academy. Attendees […]

January 12, 2018

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High School Students Learn to THINC Fast

THINC College & Career Academy students had to “THINC Fast” during a recent speed interviewing event. Volunteers from 30 local businesses conducted nearly 1,000 mock job interviews with THINC students. The workshop gave students, many of whom had never interviewed for a job, the opportunity to practice their skills and receive input from their interviewer. […]

November 7, 2017

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January 24th, 2017

Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 Time: 12:00 p.m. Location: THINC. Board Conference Room One College Circle, LaGrange, GA 30240 Present: Robby Burch, Renae Willis, Andy Fritchley, Dr. Margaret Schaufler, Karen Freeman, Tiffany Wood, Perrin Alford, John Radcliffe, Corinne Hodges, Bill Stump Absent: Dr. Olugbenga Obasanjo, Linda McMullen, John Asbell, Mike Young Others Present: CEO – […]

January 24, 2017

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Bretford® Furniture Integral to Vibrant Educational Layout At THINC

THINC in the News: Bretford Manufacturing, Inc.®, a U.S.-based manufacturer of technology-enabled furniture for 21st century learning and business environments, together with Loy’s Office Supplies today announced a partnership with THINC. The vibrant, modern learning center — fully equipped with the Bretford EDU 2.0 line of smart, agile furniture – is being shown to the community during a grand opening on July 30 and is officially open for classes at the start of the school year on August 10.

July 30, 2015

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Take a Tour with Us!

Construction at THINC College & Career Academy is officially complete! So come take a tour with us to see our new state-of-the-art facility. We’re hosting tours every Monday afternoon in May and June. For more information and to reserve your spot, please call 706-681-6561.

May 11, 2015

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SEWON America to Donate $300,000 to THINC

Honoring the company’s commitment to “give back to the community,” SEWON America presented an initial check for $60,000 to THINC College & Career Academy at SEWON’s LaGrange facility, April 16. This was SEWON’s first donation as part of their $300,000 funding to be provided over a five-year period.

April 24, 2015

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Meet our New Robotic Staff Member, Baxter

He’s more than just a pretty face. Baxter is taking technology and manufacturing processes to a new level at THINC.

April 8, 2015

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CAT Night Gets Students THINCing About Career Pathways

Sparks were flying when students and parents visited LaGrange’s Caterpillar facility for CAT Night, March 9. From welding to painting, Troup County 9th through 12th graders were able to get a first-hand look at some of the jobs at Caterpillar as they viewed presentations and toured fabrication and assembly areas.

March 16, 2015

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THINC is steps closer to opening our doors.

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 […]

February 25, 2015

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​Carrie Brkich, first Workforce Development Manager of THINC

Formerly the Director of Workforce Development at the Troup County Center for Strategic Planning, ​Carrie Brkich​was hired in September by THINC College & Career Academy as their first Workforce Development Manager. “The college and career academy was the first project I worked on more than three years ago when I started at The Center for […]

February 3, 2015

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January 27, 2015 Board Minutes

Date: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 Time: 3:00 p.m. Location: West Georgia Technical College, LaGrange City Room One College Circle, LaGrange, Georgia 30240 Present: John Asbell (presiding), Robby Burch, Darryl Harrison, Toni Striblin, Linda McMullen, Renae Willis, CJ Tumambing Absent: Tonia Contorno, Greg Hicks Others Present: CEO – Kathy CarlisleStaff/Consultants – Chris Williams, Lauren Carlisle, Carrie […]

January 28, 2015

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December 18, 2014

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Jennifer Pike, Registrar at THINC College and Career Academy

“Some people think that if students are not interested by high school, you’ve lost them,” says Jennifer Pike, registrar at THINC College and Career Academy. She closed her eyes and shook her head. “That’s not true at all. I’ve easily engaged high school students with hands­on learning.” And Pike would know. Indeed, as the first […]

December 11, 2014

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Lt. Governor Casey Cagle visits THINC

On Tuesday, October 28, THINC College and Career Academy, and their partner West Georgia Technical College (WGTC), had the pleasure of having Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle speak about his passion: the importance of College and Career Academies. Since his inauguration as Georgia’s 11th Lt. Governor in 2006, Cagle has expedited the expansion of College and […]

November 4, 2014

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Town Hall kick-off in the community center at West Georgia Technical College

Thursday, September 25, THINC held its Town Hall kick-off in the community center at West Georgia Technical College. “The purpose of this meeting,” said Dr. Kathy Carlisle, THINC’s CEO, “is to understand the importance of a college and career academy from the perspective of those who work in these academies.” She stopped, smiled, and pointed […]

October 7, 2014

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Meet our Chief Robotics Officer.

75 years ago, at the 1939 World Fair, engineers debuted the first humanoid, Elektro. At the time, humanoids were merely imaginative ideas that appeared in books and films and comics. So Elektro was kind of a big deal. He could walk, talk, shake hands, move his hips, and, most importantly, blow up balloons. Other than […]

September 26, 2014

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Dual Enrollment

Dual Enrollment has multiple positive effects such as high school graduation and college enrollment rates, college grade point averages and progress toward college completion. Any student interested and qualified for dual enrollment would greatly benefit from the option to enroll in college courses during their time in high school.

September 23, 2014

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WGTC introduces their new President and partnership with THINC.

As students return to their classrooms and books, West Georgia Technical College returns with its own new addition. On Thursday, August 21, WGTC introduced Stephen G. “Steve” Daniels to the campus as its new president. As the former provost of Southern Crescent Technical College, the director of Georgia Quickstart and the KIA project, as well […]

August 21, 2014

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Average Salary by Pathways

Take a look at the future salary you could be making with the skills, experience and education from THINC College and Career Academy. THINC offers different pathways and courses to start you in the right direction towards a higher income.

August 14, 2014

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KIA donates $600,000 to THINC

On July 21, more than two dozen people gathered in KIA’s meeting room to witness KIA’s 2nd donation to THINC College and Career Academy. Having just announced its new location at West Georgia Tech, and having just hired its first principal, Dr. Williams, the check reception at KIA was THINC’s third grand stride of the […]

July 30, 2014

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Top 10 Reasons to be an Engineer

Ever wondered what the top reasons for choosing the Engineering pathway are? In this one infographic you can find 10 perfectly good reasons being an engineer is the career path to take. What is your first step? THINC College & Career Academy.

From Cruise Missiles to Career Academy – Dr. Chris Williams, newly hired Principal

THINC College & Career Academy continues to move forward, as they hire their first principal, Dr. Chris Williams. With nine years of teaching experience, six years of Navy leadership, and five years in the corporate sector, working in the IT field, Williams was the perfect choice for the position. Troup County’s first and only College […]

July 7, 2014

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“This is where I’m supposed to be” – Dr. Kathy Carlisle, newly hired Chief Executive Officer

After a comprehensive hiring process, Dr. Kathy Carlisle has been selected to be the first Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of THINC College & Career Academy. From early on, Dr. Carlisle demonstrated a notable combination of business leadership, education and compassion, all necessary to set the high standard of THINC CEO. Troup County’s first and only […]

April 29, 2014

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What are Soft Skills and Why We All Need Them

In a culture where eyes are riveted to smart phones and trillions of electronic messages are transmitted daily, it seems as if face to face, verbal communication is a thing of the past. This presents a serious disconnect as current and future employers are interested in hiring people with excellent verbal and written communications skills. […]

March 4, 2014

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Troup County College and Career Academy Unveils New Name and Logo

After an extensive brand process, the Troup County College and Career Academy has formally adopted a new name and identity. The charter-based career academy will be called THINC College & Career Academy. Coined and created by Kelsey, a brand development agency in LaGrange, Georgia, THINC is the product of a comprehensive brand development project spanning […]

December 17, 2013

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