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Hale County College and Career Academy to Boost Opportunity in Region Featured

The Hale County College and Career Academy in Greensboro features new facilities, classrooms, administrative space and a new theater. The Hale County College and Career Academy in Greensboro features new facilities, classrooms, administrative space and a new theater. The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama

By Amy Materson

“This is one of the best accomplishments we’ve ever achieved for Hale County. Period.”

Osie Pickens doesn’t mince words when discussing the $7 million investment in the Hale County College and Career Academy in Greensboro. The Hale County Board of Education Superintendent knows the facility will provide students with opportunities never available in the area before.

 

The 25,440 square-foot academy includes a 19,800-square-foot theater and 6,250 square feet of classrooms and administrative space – an increase of approximately 7,000 square feet when compared to the previous facility. Where the old technical center could accommodate just over 200 students, the new College and Career Academy is expected to have 300 students on campus. The Board of Education has purchased 10 additional acres adjacent to the facility to use for parking.  

The Hale County College and Career Academy grand opening was held on July 19.

There will be an increase in more than just the number of students, Pickens says. With the increase in space and the upgraded facility, the number of classes offered has increased, as well. “We’ll now be offering hospitality and tourism, culinary arts, drama, industrial maintenance, and of course, the STEM program,” Pickens says.

The additions to the program allows students greater flexibility in choosing a path once they exit the system, as the College and Career Academy offers programs that enable students to be prepared for college, the military or the workforce.

At the facility’s ribbon cutting ceremony, Chamber of Commerce West Alabama President and CEO Jim Page applauded the Board of Education’s efforts, noting the facility would be a great asset to the region. “Creating a qualified workforce is a number one priority,” he says.

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