Central Educational Center

Location:

160 Martin Luther King, Jr., DriveNewnanGeorgia30263United States View Map

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SIC Codes:

8211

NAICS Codes:

611110

Phone:

(678) 423-2000

Fax:

(678) 423-2008
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Description:

CEC is a unique partnership among and business and industry, Coweta County Schools, and West Central Technical College. These partners formed a public steering committee in the late 1990's that worked for three years. The result is a charter school designed to meet the needs of a 21st century economy by seamlessly blending secondary and postsecondary education and training with business and industry. At CEC, business and education work together to develop the best educated and most productive workforce in U.S. history. CEC's mission is simply "to ensure a viable 21st century workforce." Since opening as a public charter high school on August 10, 2000, thousands of "team members" (students) and their parents, and hundreds of national and international visitors have affirmed that CEC is a model for seamless education and workforce development. CEC's results are impressive: The school has hundreds of local business partners who have provided work-based learning opportunities for more than 1000 team members. In our first four years, CEC served 559 dual-enrollment team members who earned 657 technical college certifications. A single industrial prospect generated $75 million of initial local economic impact by expanding and creating 300 new jobs. The key reason for their decision was, "… because CEC exists." Coweta County's dropout rate has fallen by nearly half since CEC opened. The University of Georgia has documented a graduation rate in our dual enrollment programs of 98% - which is more than 20% better than the state's average high school graduation rate. Coweta's declining SAT scores reversed after CEC opened and now surpass the state average. In one recent year, CEC students exceeded the state's average graduation test (GHSGT) first-time pass rate on all five tests and exceeded the county's average in four of the five tests. In that same year, GHSGT results were even more impressive among CEC's economically disadvantaged students. Those first-time pass rates on graduation tests exceeded the county average by the following percentages: Writing (+4%), Language Arts (+7%), Math (+15%), Science (+21%), and Social Studies (+22%). As a result of this good news, CEC was named a national "replicable" Model High School by a consortium of professional educational organizations including the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE), the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), High Schools That Work and others. CEC has presented at USDE High School Summits, has presented to educational policy leaders through the American Youth Policy Forum, has testified before Congress about the effectiveness of career and technical education, and has presented to multiple sessions of the European and American University Forum. Perhaps most significant of all, CEC has received federal and state grant funds to replicate in other Georgia communities. Funded replication efforts have been successful in Douglas, Walton, and Whitfield counties.

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