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Ford Motor Company Fund (Ford Fund) has named Newton College and Career Academy (NCCA) as a Ford Next Generation Learning (Ford NGL) Community—one of more than 15 communities in the nation.   

“Newton College and Career Academy is honored to receive this prestigious Ford Next Generation Learning Community designation,” said James Woodard, Principal and CEO of Newton College and Career Academy. “The designation recognizes NCCA as having a plan which is focused on creating a learning environment which will enhance academic achievement and workforce preparedness for our students.”

Newton College and Career Academy prepares students for college and career in a multitude of ways. Academy graduates are benefiting from dual enrollment through Georgia Piedmont Technical College in programs such as certified nursing, automotive, cosmetology and law enforcement.   The newly formed STEM Institute will enhance the science and math focus for many students (associates).  And finally, the lessons students are learning through the implementation of professional skills (such as critical thinking, problem solving, communication and networking) will serve them in their future careers.

Ford NGL is nationally recognized for its unique approach to meaningfully engage key community stakeholders representing K-12, employers, post-secondary, and community-based organizations in the development of a long-term plan to develop academies within existing public high schools. At its core is a framework that provides successful practices for a community’s development of its plan to ensure that academies are prioritized and support local workforce and economic development needs.

“Our founder, Henry Ford, built an entire industry from his relentless focus on innovation,” said Cheryl Carrier, Director, Ford NGL at Ford Motor Company Fund. “Today communities are looking for innovative ways to leverage their educational resources to develop scalable and sustainable systems that provide students with the skills needed for success in a global economy. We are excited to expand our partnership with Newton College and Career Academy.”

"What a deserving honor for Mr. Woodard and his wonderful team,” said Courtney Bernardi, Vice President of Economic Development, Covington-Newton Office of Economic Development.  “The Newton College and Career Academy is consistently working to create an innovative curriculum to push students to their ultimate potential in order to better prepare them for a successful future.  We, as a community, are blessed beyond measure to have NCCA as one of our most vital partners in creating a strong, qualified workforce for both our current and future Newton County businesses."

With this recognition, Newton College and Career Academy will:

·         Receive ongoing guidance and technical assistance from the Ford NGL Leadership Team as Newton College and Career Academy implements its plan and reviews its progress annually.

·         Become members in the Ford NGL national network, which will allow them to learn from other Ford NGL communities and tap into their expertise through peer-to-peer mentoring, online resources, webinars, and network institutes as well as share their successful practices with other Ford NGL communities.

·         Leverage the Ford NGL designation to encourage economic development for the region by demonstrating that Newton College & Career Academy is preparing students for high-wage, high-skill jobs in their community.

“We are delighted that Newton College and Career Academy (NCCA) has been designated a Ford Next Generation Learning community,” said Samantha Fuhrey, Superintendent of Newton County Schools. “The selection of NCCA as one of more than 15 communities in the nation is testament to the hard work, dedication, and commitment of the NCCA team.  A partnership with Ford Next Generation Learning further underscores the commitment of the Newton County School System to ensure students are college and career ready.  Ford Next Generation Learning harnesses the power of our educators, employers, and community leaders to develop a generation of students who are prepared to compete in the 21st century.”   

Members of the Newton County Chamber of Commerce and local business leaders will join together with students and staff of the Newton College and Career Academy on Tuesday, October 15 at 8:30 a.m. to celebrate this prestigious honor.

For more information, contact Mr. James Woodard, at