THINC College and Career Academy Opens Learning Center
THINC College & Career
Academy, a new charter-based school with a work-based learning curriculum
for high school students, will open in LaGrange, GA on August 10.
Troup County where the school is located is experiencing an economic boom,
according to Chad Williams, vice president of Loy's Office Supplies. However,
Kathy Carlisle, CEO of the academy, said the county has a high school
graduation rate of only 72 percent. The school is funded by local and regional
businesses with the goal of preparing students for the workplace or college.
THINC Academy is housed within West Georgia Technical College and includes
14 work-style classrooms, as well as a coffee shop and lobby. The classrooms
feature technology-enabled furniture from Bretford Manufacturing's EDU 2.0 line, with tables
and chairs that are mobile and reconfigurable for group work and feature
built-in power for mobile devices.
High school students in the community will have the option of attending up
to two courses per day at the academy, in addition to their coursework at their
home high school. According to a press release, the curriculum will focus on
virtual learning, project-based assignments and group work. "Students at THINC
won’t be sitting in a room taking notes," said Chris Petrick, CEO of
Bretford Manufacturing, in a prepared statement. "Instead they will be using
their devices, working in teams, and changing the learning environment based on
Initially, the school will be open to grade 11 and 12 students who meet the
entrance requirements, with plans to extend enrollment to grade 9 and 10
students within five years. During those five years, the school will also phase
in several career pathways, including health science, mechatronics, science,
technology, engineering, mathematics, energy, business and marketing.
Further information about the school can be found on the THINC College & Career Academy
Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at [email protected].