Members of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce’s 2022 – 2023 Leadership Carroll cohort engaged in a day immersed in Carroll County’s diverse educational opportunities on Tuesday. Hosted by Carrollton City Schools, members of the program were able to gain an in-depth understanding of how various significant educational institutions play a vital role in the community. Leadership Carroll, a flagship program of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, is designed to provide local business leaders with a unique opportunity to experience the many facets of Carroll County, preparing them for the challenges of tomorrow.
“Education Day is a fantastic opportunity to show community leaders the impact our local schools have in Carroll County,” Carroll Co. Schools Assistant Superintendent of School Performance Dr. Jessica Ainsworth said. “We appreciate the opportunity to meet and interact with the leadership class while showing them some of our wonderful facilities. It is also an important demonstration of how our K-12 school systems work together with our local higher ed partners to create a seamless educational journey for local students.”
The day started off with a tour of the University of West Georgia’s Education Center, where Dr. Mike Dishman, Dean of College of Education, kicked off the morning with an introduction. From there, members were able to interact with the college’s live teaching simulator. The day also included in-depth tours to West Georgia Technical College’s Carrollton Campus, Central High School, Oak Mountain Academy, Carrollton High School, and Carroll County Schools College and Career Academy South, where lunch was prepared by the culinary students and Chef Tiffany.
Dr. Anna Clifton, Assistant Superintendent of Carrollton City Schools, had this to say regarding the day’s program: “We are grateful for the investment the Chamber has made to better inform local leaders through the Leadership Carroll program. Including a dedicated day for education allows participants the opportunity to see the various ways our local institutions contribute to the success of our community. We are fortunate to have incredible K12 schools, a technical college, and a university in our area that works together so that our community continues to thrive and progress.”
The day concluded with an insightful panel of Carroll County’s leading educators, including Dr. Mark Albertus, Ms. Kristen Buoy, Mr. Scott Cowart, Dr. Brendan Kelly, and Mr. Patrick Yuran, where they discussed planning for growth, where their institutions are headed in the future, challenges in education, and how businesses and the community can aid educational efforts.
The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce is Carroll County’s largest business organization with over 650 members. The Chamber is the leading voice of business and provides broad range of member opportunities including its signature Annual Gala, Golf Tournament, and Harvest Dinner, along with monthly membership breakfasts with prominent guest speakers, Business After Hours, and Coffee & Conversation. For more information, visit www.Carroll-ga.org or call 770-832-2446.