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Chattahoochee Valley Academy

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From the July 24, 2019 issue of The Journal
By Richard Harris
   The mood was celebratory when officials and community members gathered in a new lab-style building at Chattahoochee County Middle-High School Tuesday morning for a special Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to officially open the Chattahoochee Valley Academy (CVA). The system received a $3.1 million state grant to establish the academy.
   The official definition and parameters of the CVA are long, so rather than have our readers spend time going over technical lingo, we'll instead quote Dr. Kristie Brooks, superintendent, who said the academy is basically, "designed to provide graduates with a skilled trade with industry certification or to transition into post-secondary education already college or career ready."
   They will maintain the rigorous academic classes for students on the college path (with a special partnership with Columbus State University), but will also have a heavy focus of paths that lead to real-world skills, such as welding, construction, health care, technology/film, public safety, etc. (with a special partnership with Columbus Technical College).
   Columbus Technical College (CTC) instructor Joe Addison, a local resident and retired US Army Master Sergeant, will teach welding classes in the new building. As he looked over five welding stations, he explained that local high school students will take the exact same welding classes that he teaches beginning students at CTC.
   The partnerships with the colleges ... The rest of the story.