Central Georgia Technical College Names Peach County Educator to Lead New CGTC Academy

March 21, 2022

Warner Robins, Ga. LaKeitha Weston, former Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Instruction at Peach County High School, has been named Executive Director and Principal of the Central Georgia Technical College (CGTC) Academy. The academy is a new initiative within the Technical College System of Georgia, allowing students ages 16-21, to earn an accredited Georgia high school diploma through dual credit programming.

“Ms. Weston comes with a wealth of knowledge and experience having worked in three different K-12 school districts,” said Dr. Craig Jackson, the Vice President for Student Affairs at CGTC. “As an Assistant Principal she has served in developing curriculum and working with students who have fallen behind in their high school journey. The College is excited to have Ms. Weston on board and looking forward to working with her as she launches CGTC Academy to become the premier program of its kind.”

In the 2021 session, the Georgia Legislature approved SB 204 which provides for five pilot Dual Achievement Programs at technical colleges across the state. CGTC is the only middle Georgia college selected to provide this program. As director, Weston is responsible for coordinating the implementation of the Dual Achievement Program (DAP) at CGTC.

“Being a part of the first CGTC Academy also known as the Dual Achievement Program is a great honor. I wanted to be a part of the positive movement that Central Georgia Technical College is making locally, statewide and globally,” said Weston, Executive Director and Principal of the CGTC Academy. “The impact I am hoping to make; is to provide a quality second chance program that will give students an opportunity to earn a high school diploma, as well as acquisition of high demand job skills. This second chance will help the community by inserting young adults into the business and industry workforce with better job opportunities who would not have been granted this opportunity in a traditional school setting.”

Students must be age 16 and must have completed certain ninth and tenth grade courses at their local high school. In order to graduate with a high school diploma, students will use a combination of secondary credit and college-level credit for completion of either two technical certificates, a diploma, or an associate’s degree.

Weston began her role with CGTC March 14th. At PCHS, she was responsible for planning and curriculum for academic, CTAE, and athletic programs; faculty and staff evaluations; course master scheduling; and delivering and facilitating professional learning opportunities. Additionally, she served as the coordinator for Gifted programs, Advanced Placement, Dual Enrollment programs, and the STAR Student and Governor’s Honors programs. She also worked with assessment, data analysis, and credit recovery and remediation for PCHS.

Before entering administration, Weston began her career as a middle and high school math teacher in the Thomaston-Upson School System. She has also taught math in the Houston County School System and served as a system-level math instructional coach and Assistant Principal for Instruction for the Houston County Crossroads Center.

CGTC expects to begin accepting students for the Academy for Fall 2022.

About CGTC: Central Georgia Technical College is a two-year unit of the Technical College System of Georgia providing academic credit training for both diploma and degree-level course work. In addition, the College provides Adult Education programming targeting students seeking a high school equivalency, literacy training, or English as Second Language courses. The third mission of CGTC is to offer support to new and expanding businesses through its Economic Development unit by developing customized business and industry services and training. CGTC has three campuses and six instructional centers, including the Georgia VECTR Center, throughout the middle Georgia region.