ATLANTA, Ga. (CW69 News at 10) — A look around the newly renovated Atlanta College and Career Academy, and it’s easy to see why the future is so bright for so many students. The training is designed to help meet the big demand for skilled labor jobs and prepare students to fill those positions.

“Trade is a really good option. You can make just as much as those that require Bachelors degrees,” said Brian Davis, an 11th grader at Benjamin Mays High School who is pursuing carpentry.

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Students pursuing a number of trades have all the tools of success right at their fingertips. “It’s what I’ve been working for my whole entire life, just to see these kids’ excitement to use the different tools and the excitement to go onto actual construction sites,” said Gerald Lake, a construction teacher.

Principal Tashara Wilson says the renovations costed $17 million and opened the door for all kinds of instruction. “Students that attend ACCA spend half a day at their home school and the other half at the academy.”

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The state-of-the-art building includes rooms set up for early childhood instruction, hands-on training in patient care, dental science, automotive studies, cyber studies, HVAC and criminal investigation. “All of our pathways are in-demand careers. Students will graduate with a credential that allows them to go right into the line of work after graduation,” said Wilson, adding they’ll earn a livable wage. “It’s an amazing opportunity to see students to train in an area that they have a natural skill and talent for.”

When students finish, they’ll be ready for college, career and life. “Follow your dreams and never let anybody tell you different,” said Davis.

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Students interested in attending the academy must apply. The deadline is March 5, 2021.