Big changes on the way for the THINC College and Career Academy.
The organization announced on Monday they have hired Kathy Carlisle to be the first Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the academy.
Dr. Carlisle holds a Bachelor of Science from Troy State University, Master’s in Public Administration from Columbus State University, and Doctorate in Adult Education from Auburn University. She was also the former director of Goodwill’s regional Career and Training Centers in 13 locations, and the previous Dean of Enrollment Services and Marketing at Columbus State University.
“My passion is not so much about success, but about the lives we are changing,” said Carlisle. “What’s really critical are relationships and connecting the dots. With higher education, you have to connect with high schools, which is what THINC is doing. Students want to be invested in; they want to make a difference. Businesses and our community want that, too. So part of my plan is to strategically develop relationships with students and employers.”
THINC is Troup County’s only College and Career Academy. According to their web site, THINC challenges students to understand the economics of career training and extends learning beyond a traditional classroom. It is a charter school and is approved by the Georgia Board of Education.
“THINC Academy is excited to have Kathy on board,” said John Asbell, THINC governing board chair. “With her leadership, innovation and positive change are sure to follow.”