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Old 02-28-2017, 09:01 AM
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I think the powers that be on the Richmond County School Board should read this...
Governor Nathan Deal used the groundbreaking of the new Cyber Innovation Training Center in Augusta to change the sales pitch a bit. The Center, which will train Georgians for positions supporting the Army’s new Cyber Command based at nearby Fort Gordon, is a strategic investment to leverage the Command with Augusta University as a foothold to incubate a community of private sector employers to co-locate nearby.

The governor didn’t mince words when it comes to the weak link in the plan. According to a report by Augusta television station WJBF’s Anne Maxwell, Governor Deal said of Richmond County, “They have too many failing schools … people do notice … the military takes note of that.”

Richmond County has some of the worst performing schools in the state. A double-digit number would have been eligible for state takeover had the Opportunity School District amendment passed. It didn’t, and many school systems (including Richmond County) are pretending that we no longer have a problem. More on that later.

The governor, for his part, has adopted a two-prong strategy. Given that his plan didn’t meet the approval of voters, he’s leaving “Plan B” to the state legislature. Multiple bills have been filed in the state House that would specifically address failing schools with additional oversight, grant state charter schools parity with local schools, expand student scholarship organizations, establish education savings accounts, and even provide vouchers for children of active duty military parents.

There’s a second strategy to invert the education establishment’s non-stop sales pitch for more money. The governor wants to make it clear to communities that rely on their local school systems to operate a jobs program that they can produce better results now, or they will pay in jobs later.

The companies that would locate to be near the Cyber Command will evaluate the area as most other companies do. School quality factors heavily, as parents who work in the high-tech field tend to be highly educated themselves, and want their children to have access to quality schools. Luckily, neighboring Columbia County does just that. Richmond County, to be blunt, falls well short of expectations.

Read more here: Good schools key to economic development | Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Good schools key to economic development | Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
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Old 03-26-2017, 06:20 PM
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Good to see that the RCBOE is investing in cyber training and putting a welding training center at Josey.
"We've got to reach them before they get to high school and 9th grade. Children start learning about the inner workings of computers and how language and computer language makes things work. It's the beginning stage for early elementary students" said Dr. Debbie Alexander, Richmond County Associate Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology.

Richmond County is teaching kids coding and keyboarding as early as kindergarten. Some middle schools have computer science courses and a Microsoft Imagine Academy.

They are also developing other skills for kids who are not interested in cyber.

"We are opening a new skills training center at Josey high, where they will be offering welding as a hub. because what we know is that as cyber security is coming to this area, so is a lot of construction" said Dr. Alexander.
Local school boards getting students ready for cyber careers
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