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Large Land Tract Purchased

Large Land Tract Purchased

June 25, 2019 - Mayor Larry L. Guest of Elberton announced today that the City of Elberton is expanding the Elberton Industrial Park.  Mayor Guest stated that he and the Elberton City Council unanimously approved purchasing 165 acres of land adjacent to the existing...

New Board Seated

New Board Seated

The new Development Authority Board of Directors held its organizational meeting on Thursday, June 26, 2019 at the Elbert County Campus of Athens Technical College.  The board elected Greg Gunter as Chair and Dr. Andrea Daniel as Vice Chair.  Kevin Eavenson from the...

Authority Charter Amended

Authority Charter Amended

In June 2019, the governments of Elbert County renewed their long-standing commitment to Economic Development in Elbert County by updating and amending the activating resolution for the Development Authority of Elbert County, Elberton, and Bowman.  The Authority was...

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Athens Technical College-Elbert County Campus

Athens Technical College, Elbert County Campus

Higher education has a clear “pay-off” and is a fundamental factor of development. Educated workers can figure out what-is and what-is-not worthy of support and effort when it comes to new business within the community.

Education promotes productivity and entrepreneurship. Productivity then creates technological advances, and so on…

Rusty Warner, Economic Development Director, Elbert County Development Authority-

In addition to being the Elbert County Development Authority’s office of economic development, the Elbert County campus of Athens Technical College offers career development and academic support, in addition to regular programs of study.

The Elbert County Campus is located on 47 acres of beautifully landscaped, rolling land in Northeast Georgia not far from the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. The campus incorporates a 6-acre lake and a community park. Opening in 1997, the campus now serves over 500 credit students from Elbert, Hart and Wilkes Counties, and other surrounding counties.

PROGRAMS of STUDY (just a sampling):

Accounting – Air Conditioning- Automotive- Baking & Pastry- Biological Sciences & Biotechnology- Business Technology- CAD-Basic & Advanced- Commercial Truck Driving- Computer Support- Consumer Economics -Cosmetology -Criminal Justice -Culinary Arts- Dental Assisting & Hygiene- Diesel Engine Service, Electronic & Maintenance- Drafting- Early Childhood Care & Education- Electric-Basic- Construction Systems- Environmental- EMC Professions- Fire Professionals- Grinder Operations (basic)- Healthcare- Hospitality- Hotel- Restaurant- Tourism- Industrial Systems- Interiors- Machine Tool Technology- Medical Assistant- Nanotechnology- Nursing- Paramedicine- PC Repair & Network Technician- Phlebotomy- Photovoltaic -Radiology- Social Work- Sports Management- Stormwater & Erosion Control- Surgical Technology- Veterinary- Technician Welding

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View the campus.

2017 ‘LEADER COLLEGE” WINNER By Ashley A. Smith

Eight community colleges in the Achieving the Dream network received the Leader College designation Wednesday. The status is awarded to institutions that have shown three years of steady improvement in student success outcomes like graduation and remedial education completion. The eight colleges are: Athens Technical College, in Georgia Big Bend Community College, in Washington Community College of Allegheny County, in Pennsylvania Edmonds Community College, in Washington Housatonic Community College, in Connecticut Stanly Community College, in North Carolina Wallace State Community College, in Alabama West Georgia Technical College, in Georgia

Hope Scholarship-Georgia Free College Education

The Possibility to Go to College Free With the HOPE Scholarship!
Educational HOPE program (Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally)

Created in 1993, this grant program assists high GPA students with financial assistance in order to attend an eligible Georgia public or private college. Basic requirements are academic achievement and is not limited by the financial security of parents.

Georgia’s Hope Scholarship is a leader for other states scholarship programs.

See below.

Hope Scholarship Eligibility
All HOPE programs require students to meet basic requirements. An eligible student must:

  1. Meet HOPE’s U.S. citizenship or eligible non-citizen requirements;
  2. Be a legal resident of Georgia…

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Hope Scholarship Award Amounts
Students that meet all eligibility requirements and are attending an eligible public college or university receive a HOPE Scholarship award amount, to be applied toward standard undergraduate tuition, up to a maximum of 15 hours, for the specific number of hours enrolled, whether full time or part time…

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Hope Scholarship Eligible Colleges and Universities
All HOPE programs require students to meet basic requirements. An eligible student must:

  1. Meet HOPE’s U.S. citizenship or eligible non-citizen requirements;
  2. Be a legal resident of Georgia;
  3. Meet enrollment requirements…

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Hope Scholarship Application Procedures
Students have two options when applying for the HOPE Scholarship:

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or,
  2. Complete the online Georgia Student Finance Application (GSFAPPS) or printable paper GSFAPPS application.

Note: The FAFSA must be completed each year…

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Hope Scholarship-How to Maintain, Reviews... FAQs Courtesy of GAfutures
Becoming eligible for the HOPE Scholarship is only the first step. There are requirements that you need to be aware of to ensure that you retain the HOPE Scholarship throughout your undergraduate career. The information below highlights what you need to know in order to continue to be eligible for Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship or to regain the scholarship while seeking a degree at a Georgia public or private postsecondary institution…

If a student feels that his or her HOPE Scholarship, HOPE Grant, Zell Miller Scholarship or Zell Miller Grant eligibility was determined incorrectly, he or she may submit a request to GSFC for an Administrative Review…


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Elbert County Schools

The Elbert County School District will work successfully with families, community partners, and other key stakeholders to continually improve student outcomes. We envision creating a world-class school district founded on teacher and leader quality, innovative practices, and overall academic excellence.

 Read about ‘State of the Schools’…


Elbert County School District Receives Golden Radish Award for Farm to School Accomplishments

ATLANTA, 2016, 2017 & 2018 WINNER

Georgia’s Departments of Agriculture, Public Health, Education and Georgia Organics came together under the prestigious Gold Dome for the annual Golden Radish Awards to celebrate incredible gains made in the farm to school movement. Seventy-five school districts—nearly one-third of all public school districts in Georgia with a  reach of over 1 million students—are now participating in farm to school programs and recognized through the Golden Radish Awards… View a fantastic aerial video about our town and schools—then Read More…


Elbert County’s New High School


Obviously proud of ALL “outside” accomplishments, the Elbert County School Board is particularly proud of its “non-negotiable” internal Core Essentials:
  • Well-managed, safe, and orderly environments that are conducive to learning and encourage respect for all.

  • Teachers effectively plan not only what to teach, but more importantly plan for whom they are going to teach.

  • During class and in every subject, students are reading, writing, and solving problems regularly. They are doing work of high cognitive demand to help them reach proficiency.

  • Teachers and administrators monitor the progress of students while working collaboratively using the Data Team process.
  • Teacher teams systematically choose a variety of diagnostic, formative, and summative assessment strategies and instruments that are valid and appropriate for the content and student population. They adjust instruction based on the results of these assessments.
  • Teacher teams analyze student work on a regular basis to inform their instruction and to provide timely and constructive feedback to students and parents.
  • Administrators are in classrooms every day, observing and discussing work with teachers and students.
  • Teachers know their content and their students well and help each other improve their practice. They make their practice public and visit each other’s classrooms.
  • Each teacher’s professional development is aligned with school goals. Choices about professional learning in which teachers participate are based on school improvement goals and students’ learning needs.
  • Communication with parents is frequent, consistent, and documented when possible. It is focused on building partnerships to improve student performance. The Bottom Line: Closing Achievement Gaps In every grade, every student will achieve at high levels on all state assessments: Regular education students, special education students, and English language learners.
    The Bottom Line: Closing Achievement Gaps In every grade, every student will achieve at high levels on all state assessments-regular education students, special education students, and English language learners.
    The Bottom Line: In every grade, every student will achieve at high levels on all state assessments.

    Contact the Board of Education then make the choice to place your company and children in Elbert County, GA!



  • Don’t forget to check out Blue Devils football.




 Athens Academy

A private, college preparatory school offering grades Pre-K through 12.

100% of Students Attend College

Transportation available: 706-549-9225

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  • An independent college preparatory day school serving students- 3 year old through Grade 12. Nine-hundred fifty-five students from 17 surrounding counties.
  • 328 Upper School students
  • Located on154 acres and including 21 buildings
  • Graduates have attended college in 28 states and Canada since 2009.
  • 178 Faculty and Staff with an average of 16 years experience – 61% have advanced degrees


  • 1 to 1 laptop program starting in 5th grade
  • STEAM topics woven into the curriculum through each grade level
  • College counseling program
  • International studies program


  • Fine Arts Courses include – Chorus, Band, Jazz Band, Orchestra, Film Media Production, Ceramics, 3D Design, Acting and more


  • Students compete in 20 Varsity and 18 Middle School teams
  • 49 State Championships – 204 Region/Area titles
  • 79% of 7-12 grade students participate


Contact Athens Academy


Area Colleges and Universities

University of Georgia, Athens, GA

35 miles






          Clemson University, South Carolina

 49 miles




anderson_university_south_carolina_logo       Anderson University, South Carolina

35 miles






      Emmanuel College, Franklin Springs, GA

                      35 miles


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