The Newton College and Career Academy (NCCA) recently received a $30,000 grant for equipment and software.
This grant will allow the NCCA to better equip students with 21st century workplace skills, according to a report from the system. The goal is to make sure NCCA students (which are made up of students from Newton, Eastside and Alcovy High schools) will be "more competitive in a technologically demanding workforce."
Moultrie Technical College will work with the NCCA in a partnership capacity so students can gain knowledge in engineering through hands-on experiences like using the Remote Automation Management Project (RAMP). RAMP will allow students to experience 3D design and production simulations by using interactive real time instruction. Instruction is also provided with streaming video and virtual machine controls and automation instruction.
Additionally, the school system recently entered into an agreement with DeKalb Technical College that will allow students to earn college credits upon completion of the Early Childhood Pathway. This agreement (which also includes students from neighboring counties) will include efforts between the college and the school system to align standards, create course syllabi and provide test banks for end of course exams.
Students who successfully complete the Early Childhood Pathway will earn nine college credits upon enrolling in DeKalb Tech. The pathway has three courses (the student must take all three): Introduction to Early Childhood Care and Education, Human Growth and Development for Early Childhood and Safety and Nutrition for the Young Child. Students must pass all three with a 70 or better and score at least an 80 on end of course tests for each class.
In other school system news:
The system made more than $84,000 by selling surplus vehicles no longer needed. The system's procurement department sold 44 buses and one pickup truck. Many of the surplus items became available due to the decreased need of the buses following the implementation of the new three-tier transportation system.