THINC College and Career Academy has met many milestones in its four years of educating students on career opportunities and skills that help them earn jobs locally and globally. Since before the inception, Kathy Carlisle has been on board as the Chief Executive Officer. Now, after five years, Carlisle has announced her retirement.
“This has been such an amazing journey,” said Carlisle. “We’ve had plenty of challenges along the way, but have achieved most everything we set out to accomplish in this short time. I’m especially proud of our students and their successes both in and out of the classroom. Our instructors have provided unrelenting support, knowledge, and education opportunities for our students.”
When the academy began, the plan was for the organization to directly connect education and workforce development in Troup County. Carlisle agreed that this has been a top priority for her. “Making connections with our local business partners, developing projects that have impacted our community, and setting high standards for learning and business skills has been a staple of mine. It’s made all the difference in the world having such strong partnerships with our business sponsors and supporters.”
When THINC opened its doors in August 2014, 490 students were enrolled at the charter-based school that houses students from three Troup County School System high schools and some homeschooled students. Today, enrollment has increased to 873 which includes students on campus and off campus who participate in Work-Based Learning, Dual Enrollment, and Youth Apprenticeships.
“We’ve grown in both numbers and experience over the years,” says Carlisle. “Now we’re more established in our abilities to re-design the high school experience and entering a transition period of new growth as we continue to build on our relationships with the school system, technical college and local businesses.”
Malone Staffing is conducting the search for the CEO position at THINC, with plans to have the opening filled by the start of the 2019-20 school year.
About THINC Located in LaGrange, Georgia, THINC College & Career Academy is a charter school designed for high school-aged students within Troup County. Combining critical thinking and business, THINC Academy creates an authentic workplace curriculum that extends learning beyond the traditional classroom. THINC students are highly desirable to businesses and colleges not only because they are equipped with technical and career-specific skills, but because they understand the soft skills of business – a firm handshake, a strong work ethic and critical thinking skills. Led by academic and corporate professionals and funded by local corporations, THINC officially opened its doors for learning in August 2015. For more information, visit www.thincacademy.net.