Everything is on track for the opening later this year of the northern campus of Carroll County’s College and Career Academy in Villa Rica — and that includes bringing in a hometown graduate as its principal. David Turner, formerly the state director for Career, Technical and Agricultural Education, will be the principal of the new campus, which is scheduled to open August 4, with 650 students already enrolled from the area of Villa Rica and Temple.
“Mr. Turner is a Villa Rica graduate, and he has taught career technical education for a number of years,” said Cindy Clanton, the county’s director of Career, Technical and Agriculture education. “We were very fortunate to recruit him back to his hometown of Villa Rica to be the principal at the new Career Academy.”
With the opening of the new campus — being built off West Bankhead Highway adjacent to Villa Rica High School – the county will now have two schools designed to give its students an advance start on their post-graduation careers, even if those careers don’t involve further education in college.
The current College and Career Academy (CCA) is located at 1075 Newnan Highway, 15 miles south of the new, north campus. The addition of the north CCA, Clanton said, increases the school system’s capacity for career-oriented students, while decreasing the travel time for some of them.
“We knew that the time spent with the Temple and Villa Rica clusters of on the bus, being transported down to the south campus, was something we wanted to avoid,” she said. “And it was just a natural split of the county to build the new facility on the north end, because that’s where our population growth is occurring. Read More…