News of the success of the Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education programs at McEachern High School has reached the Gold Dome. Gov. Brian Kemp and an entourage of educators and media toured the Cobb campus to see students and teachers in action.
After Gov. Kemp concluded his tour of the college-like campus, he praised what he saw.
“We had a great visit at McEachern High School in Powder Springs this morning! I was excited to see all the great work that students and teachers are doing there and share my priorities for education in Georgia,” said Gov. Kemp.
Students and staff, alike, were excited to meet Georgia’s 83rd governor. Students snapped selfies and some even pressed up against their classroom windows to watch as Gov. Kemp strolled across the McEachern campus. State Superintendent Richard Woods, State Board Chair Scott Sweeney, various state Senate and House members, and senior Department of Education and Governor’s Office of Student Achievement staff were also in attendance. Each of the students were eager to share with the governor what they were learning in class. They shared stories of how the school’s specialized career programs were opening doors to future careers and scholarships.
One of those programs is McEachern’s Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Program, which was first on the governor’s list of classes he wanted to visit. The industry-driven initiative is designed to address the statewide need for nursing assistants, licensed practical nurses, registered nurses, and registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. In addition to the dual credit students earn while in high school, WellStar provides onsite clinical experience throughout the duration of the program.
McEachern’s nursing program is ideal for students who want to stay at home while attending college, aim to have little to no student loan debt, and prefer a smaller class setting for college courses. It’s a fast track program into the highly competitive nursing field.
“At home or in the Governor’s office, priorities are best seen in how you spend your time and how you spend your money,” said Superintendent Chris Ragsdale. “Governor Kemp’s proposed budget show his: students, teachers, and the future of the state.”