An educational mecca

There’s been lots of talk about how Newnan and Coweta County are becoming a bigger player in the medical arena.

We have a new hospital building for Piedmont Newnan, the Cancer Treatment Centers of America just celebrated its one-year anniversary, and there’s a proposed mental health complex anticipated for the old hospital location. Coupled with that are new rehabilitation centers and other big support facilities.

In other words, we’re becoming quite the place to get well.

We’re also becoming quite the go-to place when it comes to education. Consider that our elementary, middle and high schools routinely far surpass state averages in almost every category.

West Georgia Technical College opened a new campus this fall and has expanded its class offerings in a big way. And probably the biggest move is the $15 million renovation of the old Newnan Hospital into a satellite campus for the University of West Georgia. The school is adding several new programs and classes with a planned January 2015 opening.

And the latest star is the Coweta County School System’s Central Educational Center. CEC was recently named as the 2013 College and Career Academy of the Year by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle.

In announcing CEC as the first winner of the award, the lieutenant governor said, “The tremendous partnership between Coweta County Schools, West Georgia Technical College and the local business community has produced an incredible, world-class educational institution that is leading Coweta County into the bright economic future of tomorrow.

“But they’re not only doing great things in Coweta — they have embraced their leadership role and are encouraging and supporting similar academies in communities across the state,” he added.

And that pretty well sums it up. Not only is CEC the best of the best at what it does — it’s the driver and standard by which all other similar programs are judged. Furthermore, the educational, community and business partnerships built through CEC is so successful, it’s the model for programs across the state.

Congratulations to CEC, the community and businesses involved.

Yep, we are on the move. It’s a great place to get well and get educated. And pretty soon you’ll be able to celebrate all that with a nice growler and craft beer. Just make sure you are of age.



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