Accelerated Career Pathway Leads to Success for Local Student

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Georgia's Accelerated Career pathway equips students with the tools they need to succeed, whether they choose to pursue higher education or enter the workforce directly after graduation. Students aged 15-21 can choose the Accelerated Career pathway to complete both their high school diploma and receive two technical certificates of credit, a diploma, or associate degree from Coastal Pines Technical College (CPTC).

Ware County High School student Braxton Long chose the Accelerated Career pathway to achieve his career and educational goals. Braxton chose to forego the traditional high school experience during his last two years of high school by choosing the Accelerated Career pathway to achieve his dreams. Coming from a long line of family welders and heavy equipment operators, he knew from an early age that he wanted to follow in his family's footsteps. Through this pathway, Braxton was able to graduate high school, complete two technical certificates of credit at Coastal Pines, and accept a full-time position with local company Yancey Brothers. Braxton will continue our program and graduation with a Welding diploma in the fall at age 17. By completing the Accelerated Career pathway, Braxton is a 4th generation welder and has entered the workforce with zero college debt with skills that will help provide for him for life!

For more information about the Accelerated Career pathway or the Dual Enrollment program at Coastal Pines, visit