DALTON, Ga.–Shaw Industries was named the 2013 College and Career Academy Business Partner of the Year by Georgia’s Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle at the 2013 Lt. Governor’s Business and Education Summit. Shaw was selected from among five finalists in the first-ever competition for this award.
“When it came time to select our first ever College and Career Academy Business Partner of the Year, Shaw Industries was an obvious choice,” said Cagle. “Their commitment to and passion for improving the quality of education opportunities available to students in their local communities is a great testament to the values they live up to as a company and their commitment to ensuring that our next generation has the necessary skills to compete in the 21st century global economy shines as a bright example for others to follow.”
A long supporter of the Northwest Georgia Community, Shaw has now partnered with educational institutions to take that support to a new level. Company representatives serve on the board of two College and Career Academies: Northwest Georgia College and Career Academy and Gordon County College and Career Academy. In addition, Brian Cooksey, Shaw’s director of operations, training and development, spearheaded the development of the Mechatronics Pathway and wrote the standards approved by the Department of Education for use across Georgia.
“Shaw’s vision is to create a better future for our people, our communities, our customers and our company. Our partnership with the College and Career Academies directly impacts all four facets of that vision,” said Vance Bell, CEO of Shaw Industries. “I’m incredibly proud of the Shaw associates directly involved in these efforts to develop a workforce of the future to foster economic prosperity for Georgia’s communities.”