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Whitfield County Schools named an Economic Development Partnership District

Economic Development Partnership

State School Superintendent Richard Woods recognized Whitfield County Schools as an Economic Development Partnership (EDP) District at the Georgia Economic Developers Association (GEDA) conference Sept. 21 in Savannah, GA.

The EDP program, which is endorsed by GEDA, seeks to promote improved relationships between school districts and local businesses and industries. In participating school districts, district leaders complete economic development training courses and 100 percent of CTAE directors, CTAE teachers, and school counselors complete a business externship every five years. Participating districts also review local Career Pathway offerings for alignment to high-demand careers and must display evidence of business and community partnerships.

Whitfield is one of the first districts in the state to receive this recognition after being selected as a pilot participant in 2017. 

“For the benefit of our students and our state, it’s essential that we forge stronger connections between the educational system and industry,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “Whitfield County Schools is doing an excellent job of working in partnership with their community to provide the best possible opportunities for students.”