ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia Department of Education program meant to prepare students to enter the workforce has led businesses throughout the state to invest in job training programs and other initiatives.
The department's "Career Pathways" program is meant to improve low graduation rates and requires ninth graders to pick one of 17 career clusters to focus their studies on.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports carpet manufacturers Shaw and Mohawk have given $1 million to schools in the Dalton area in northwest Georgia, which is a carpet manufacturing hub.
Georgia Power has sent employees to 619 schools throughout the state to teach students about energy conservation and in 2007, General Electric gave Atlanta Public Schools a $22 million grant to improve math and science programs.
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