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THINC Achieves NCAC Model Academy Status NCAC National Conference 2019 - Philadelphia, PA

THINC College & Career Academy achieved Model Academy status with the National Career Academy Coalition (NCAC) this November. On hand at the NCAC National Conference in Philadelphia to receive the award were (l-r); Dr. Chris Williams, Veleka Battle, Carrie Tomlin, Aidan Blackwell, Dr. Brian Shumate, and Gerald Wyatt.

Dr. Williams, Mrs. Tomlin, and Mr. Blackwell also presented at the conference on how THINC and Troup County Schools works with their regional business and industry partners to provide career programs such as THINC Expeditions (Youth Apprenticeship) and THINC Fast (interviewing practice) to Troup County students.

THINC Expeditions Site Tour Requests Now Available THINC Expeditions logo

Students who have participated in the information sessions for the THINC Expeditions programs are encouraged to participate in the next step of the process. Please follow the link below to sign up for THINC Expeditions Industry Tours, set for Friday, March 13, 2020.  Tours are offered at 8 AM, 10 AM, 1PM, and 3PM. 
Note: Company tours are NOT offered at all times. Once a tour time is filled it will be closed.

THINC Expeditions Tour Registration

You will be able to sign up for tours until Tuesday, February 25th. Employers are labeled "MANU" for Manufacturing and "HC" for Healthcare on the registration form. The manufacturing and healthcare employers listed below are those offering tours. Additional employers who were unavailable for tours will still be part of the application process.


You will get a confirmation email of your selected tours/times. It is very important to arrive early at each tour for check in with your PHOTO ID. Dress Code must be followed: Wear CLOSED TOE SHOES (no sandals or flip flop type shoes), LONG PANTS (no shorts/skirts), shirts with sleeves (no tank tops) and long hair must be pulled back. Safety glasse and ear plugs will be provided as needed at each tour site.

Students do not have school on Friday, March 13, 2020. You must provide your own transportation for tours. (Transportation will NOT be provided by TCSS/THINC)

02/20/20: Troup County Announces STAR Student and Teacher STAR Student and Teacher

Recently, five students and teachers were honored during the 2020 Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) luncheon hosted by the Rotary Club. Before the event ended, Laegan Anseligh Smith from LaGrange High School, was named Troup County’s STAR Student.

Smith said, “This is quite a surprise and really exciting. I appreciate the opportunity to be able to talk about Coach Moore because of the way he teaches. It has had an impact on me. He has a way to teach lessons that will grab you and that helps the material be relatable to the students.”

The five students were:

1. Jared Nation - Callaway High (Mrs. Barbara Murphy, Teacher)

2. Baker Davis - LaFayette Christian (Mrs. Vikki Stringham, Teacher)

3. Lily Kamat - LaGrange Academy (Mrs. Janice Ingram, Teacher)

4. Laegan Smith (winner) - LaGrange High (Mr. Kenny Moore, Teacher)

5. Todd Sandiford - Troup High (Ms. Kayla Yeargin, Teacher)

02/14/20: Hollis Hand Raises $5,200 for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society LLS

Hollis Hand Elementary raised $5,200 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) through their Pennies for Patients campaign. 

LLS is a nonprofit organization fighting blood cancer. Their mission is to cure blood cancers and improve the lives of patients and their families. LLS recently launched a new Children’s Initiative which seeks to accelerate treatments with fewer harmful side effects so that young patients with cancer not only survive, but thrive for generations to come. 

By donating toward this worthy cause, students learned valuable pro-social skills like kindness, sharing, and empathy. Five homeroom classrooms earned a pizza party for bringing in the most donations. Last year, Hollis Hand also raised over $5,000 for LLS. Pictured with Mrs. Natalie Doerr, the school counselor, are students Cameriyan Hutchinson, Mae Lemmo and Leighton Shelnutt.

THINC Expeditions starting to recruit students for Summer positions KIA Table at Expeditions info session

THINC Expeditions, a Work-Based Learning program of the Troup County School System, is starting its 2020 recruitment phase. THINC Expeditions works with major local employers to offer internships and paid positions to rising 11th & 12th grade students willing to explore work in high-demand careers. Positions available in manufacturing and healthcare facilities are the focus this year, which include internships in engineering, marketing, IT, and accounting, as well as departmental rotations for exposure.  Business and community employer partners in THINC Expeditions include: Colony Bank, Duracell, Hyundai Transys, Interface, KIA, Malone Staffing, Mando, Millikin, Mobis, and TrackMobile. 

Student information sessions have been scheduled for all of the high schools and THINC: Jan. 21 (LHS), Jan. 23 (THS), Jan 30 (CHS), Feb. 5 (THINC).

Any businesses or organization who are interested in learning more should contact Carrie Tomlin - 706-668-6806. Any parents or students interested in learning more should contact Christopher Lee at or 706-668-6800.