About THINC College & Career Academy

 

THINC College & Career Academy shapes students to be “work savvy” when entering the workforce or college. These students are highly desirable to businesses and colleges not only because they’re equipped with technical and career-specific skills, but because they understand the soft skills of business – a firm handshake, a strong work ethic and critical thinking skills.

From day one, THINC students are engaged in relevant learning that is connected to their career and college pathways. Well-trained teachers prepare curriculum that meets college entry and career-readiness requirements, while infusing instruction with soft skills development.

View 2016 FACT SHEET

Career Academy Soft Skills

Over 60 percent of managers agree that soft skills are most important when evaluating an employee’s performance.


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Year One Results

We’re focused on making a difference in our community and in the lives of Troup County high school students, from all socio-economic backgrounds, including those at risk.

2015-2016 by the Numbers

Enrollment (10th – 12th grade):  474

Attendance: 99%

Discipline Referrals: 8%

Free Lunch: 50%

Soft Skills: 91% passing

Parent Satisfaction: 80% would recommend

Graduation Rate (12th grade): 99%


Profile of a THINC Graduate

Our rigorous curriculum is project-based, globally focused, and thanks to the strong relationships with our business partners, reflects industry standards. An integrated approach to instruction, THINC offers ample time outside of the classroom for exposure to college and career pathways. Community speakers, field trips, job shadowing, mentorships, postsecondary visits, student internships and community service opportunities are offered at THINC.

To further prepare students for success, students have access to high-quality communities that help them shape their college and career plans.

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Background

In early 2006, the Troup County School System and the LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce engaged the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education to inform the business community about the important link between education and workforce development and the ultimate impact on economic development.

Just nine months after commencing the Excellence in Education project, the announcement was made that Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc. (KMMG) would build a $1-billion manufacturing plant in Troup County, promising to bring tens of thousands of jobs connected to vehicle production, suppliers, retailers and attendant businesses.

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Realizing the impact of such a project on the 70,000 citizens of Troup County and the potential for the area to be at the center of a regional economic development boom, local leaders commissioned the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) to develop a strategic plan for enhancing services and infrastructure to sustain managed growth far into the 21st century.  The complete plan was presented in the summer of 2009 and contained 10 goals and 50 strategies.

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At the heart of the plan was a call for the community to address current and future workforce development needs. The skills required to be successful in the textile industry that previously dominated the community’s employer base would not match the high-tech, automated manufacturing needs of KMMG or their suppliers.

The Troup County Center for Strategic Planning was formed to help steer the community’s planning effort in 2009.  The Center, in conjunction with city and county governments, formed the local Workforce Development Committee.  Representatives from local educational providers, business/industry, the Chamber of Commerce and faith-based organizations developed strategies to combat the community’s rising unemployment rate and growing shortage of qualified workers for the jobs available in the local community.

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