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OCS Receiving Why Georgia Works Alignment Grant

June 5, 2024


WATKINSVILLE, Ga. — Oconee County has been selected by the Georgia Department of Education and the Georgia Department of Economic Development to receive a Why Georgia Works Alignment Grant.


grantsThe Georgia Department of Education and the Georgia Department of Economic Development will award a total of $203,564 in grants to the Oconee, Clarke, Clayton, Crisp, Effingham, Fulton, Harris, Jackson, Murray, Muscogee, Peach, Savannah-Chatham, Tattnall, and White county school districts along with the Marietta city school system. 


The grant will help Oconee County continue to align its Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education programs with local industry needs. More than 1,800 high school students participated in CTAE courses in 2023-24, and 125 students were part of Work-Based Learning for 86 employers.


"Oconee County is thrilled to be a recipient of the Why Georgia Works Alignment Grant, a testament to our commitment to providing students with the best possible pathways to success,” said Dr. Susan Stancil, the OCS Chief Academic Officer. “This partnership between the state agencies and the school districts underscores our shared goal of ensuring that CTAE programs are closely aligned with the evolving needs of local industries. These grants will enable us to further enhance our curriculum, facilities, and partnerships, which will empower our students to thrive in the workforce and contribute to Georgia's economy."


Oconee County offers industry-certified CTAE courses in Agriculture, Business and Entrepreneurship, Computer Science, Early Childhood Education, Engineering, Finance, Graphic Design, Health Science, and Marketing.


“Preparing the next generation of hard-working Georgians to lead successful careers in all parts of our state is one of our top priorities,” Gov. Brian Kemp said. “Building on our priority of creating a state list of high-demand career fields, these grants will help schools connect their students with the thousands of opportunities available to them in fast-growing fields.”


“It’s our goal that every student in Georgia will graduate ready for their next step after high school,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “The Why Georgia Works Alignment Grant will help us ensure graduates can pursue fulfilling, high-paying careers without having to leave home. That’s a win for Georgia students and Georgia communities. I appreciate the leadership of Gov. Kemp’s office and the partnership of the Georgia Department of Economic Development making this initiative possible.”


The Georgia Department of Education’s CTAE office will provide training and implementation support to Oconee County throughout the grant, ensuring it has access to support, resources, and expertise in both education and economic development.


“This grant program is another excellent example of the way Georgia pulls together multiple resources to ensure our educational curriculum is consistent with workforce needs, especially at the local level,” Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Pat Wilson said. “We want to provide every available opportunity to uplift students, workplaces, and communities, and we know our approach works because we’ve seen it time and again. This is another tool to help keep Georgia residents and industries thriving.”