Georgia School Districts Selected for PDE

ATLANTA — Six school districts in Georgia are receiving FY22 EDP designation for their support of economic development through education.


The Georgia Department of Education, in partnership with the Georgia Economic Developers Association (GEDA) and Georgia Power, has selected six school districts to receive Economic Development Partnership (EDP) designation for FY22, the report announced. state school superintendent Richard Woods.

The Economic Development Partnership designation recognizes districts that participate in the IT certification process. It prepares them to adopt best practices and behaviors that support economic development, strengthen their programs, and align education with vital regional industries.

The districts designated by this year’s Economic Development Partnership are:

  • Barrow County School System
  • Fannin County School System
  • Savannah-Chatham County Public School System

EDP ​​elevates the capacity of school systems to fulfill their role as an essential part of the community in business recruitment. Additionally, school districts are recognized as a catalyst for developing talent in the community through expanded efforts and collaboration. The EDP program promotes increased work-based learning and learning opportunities for young people, exposure to local business and industry, and career-relevant classroom content for students.

“The Economic Development Partnership designation means these districts are engaged in close collaboration with local businesses, industries, trade associations, post-secondary partners and the GaDOE to continually develop new pathways and courses to expand the opportunities for all Georgian students and to prepare them for a prosperous future,” said Superintendent Bois. “GaDOE’s Office of Vocational, Technical and Agricultural Education is committed to working closely with school districts to ensure that we educate the future Georgian workforce and provide Georgian students with experiences that prepare them for success in the workplace.”

“I am proud of these six districts for earning the EDP designation and for their efforts to ensure that our CTAE programs contribute to the economic and workforce development efforts of their community and our state,” said the director of the GaDOE CTAE, Dr. Barbara Wall. “Over the past year, District CTAE leaders and stakeholders have worked closely with our IT team, including a series of virtual meetings, site visit, and submission of required documentation. This designation certifies that CTAE programs in their community are at the center of workforce development by creating career opportunities for students through high-level stakeholder engagement practices. CTAE will continue to do its part to ensure that Georgia remains the number one state in which to do business.

Each will receive the official award at a ceremony during the GEDA Annual Fall Conference in September.

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