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Academy thanks partners
The mission at Golden Isles Career Academy is to ensure a viable 21st century workforce for Glynn County, a goal that requires a lot of hands.

It's getting there, slowly but surely through partnerships with area businesses, said Principal Senetra Haywood.

The career academy, 4404 Glynco Parkway in north Glynn County, was able to thank many of the current partners, as well as remind them what they're all working toward, during a recent industry breakfast.

The career academy introduces students from Brunswick High School and Glynn Academy to various vocations, including engine repair, culinary arts, welding and health care.

The school would not be able to sustain or further its efforts without the businesses that have lent a hand in areas like internships, job shadowing, facility tours and work-based learning opportunities, Haywood said.

Mike Creo, human resources manager at Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. at Brunswick Golden Isles Airport, can attest to the effects of working with the school.

"It's definitely been a benefit for us," he said. "One of the first students we brought through two years ago was actually hired as a full-time employee completing his internship. Our employees certainly enjoy working with them."

Creo encourages other businesses to get involved with the career academy to engage the younger population and create a potential for future employees.

"Working with the career academy is a great payback to the community here," Creo said.

"The ultimate goal is to help the students stay in school, graduate and continue their education and become contributing members of society.

* Reporter Sarah Lundgren writes about education and other local topics. Contact her at, on Facebook or at 265-8320, ext. 322.

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