Carroll County Schools’ (CCS) mission is to develop globally competitive college and career graduates. In our rural school system, which is located 50 miles west of Atlanta, more than 60 percent of students are economically disadvantaged. We know that students in our community will have to compete with others who have very different experiences and opportunities.

To ensure students are college and career ready, we must provide them with the skills they need to be prepared for jobs that don’t even exist yet. Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) integration is a key part of this.

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It is a district-wide focus to promote a 21st century learning environment and increase STEM education opportunities for all students. Through STEM, we are helping students develop communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking skills — the four Cs critical to success in college and careers. Our district consistently ranks in the top 20 percent of school systems in Georgia, and we attribute much of this success to an emphasis on literacy, math, and STEM education.

About the Author:

Marissa Ogando, Ed.D., is the director of middle school education and professional learning for Carroll County Schools in Georgia.

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