Commodore Conyers College & Career (4C) Academy in Dougherty County opened August 2017. The project is located in the old Southside Middle School originally built in 1962. 4C Academy is a partnership between the Dougherty County School System, Albany Technical College, Albany State University, and the Business Community. Other school system partners include the Baker County School System, the Calhoun County School System, and the Terrell County School System.
This 104,148 square feet school was not only in need of an upgrade, but a complete redesign in function to meet the needs of a College & Career Academy. The facility is designed to accommodate 14 pathways that will come from the following Career Clusters: Healthcare, Manufacturing, Distribution/Logistics, Information Technology, Education, Film/Audio Video, Engineering, Business, Marketing, and Aviation.
The 4C Academy is a unique learning environment. The building and furniture support the school goals of an integrated curriculum, pathway and career exploration, hands-on instruction, social/professional skills training, mentoring, motivation, competition, interaction with local business and industry, and Move On When Ready (MOWR) courses.
Spaces were designed to be flexible to support different styles of teaching and learning. Pathway classrooms offer transparency allowing students to connect with other pathways that they may not be directly involved with. Different types of spaces are located throughout the school to encourage collaboration between students and teachers in different settings outside of the classroom. Within classrooms, a variety of seating options are provided so that as students move throughout their day, their surroundings change providing a greater level of comfort. Teachers have the ability to use the furnishings within the classrooms for both individual and group work with minimal transition effort.
The result is a welcoming, flexible, state-of-the-art learning facility.
A new 126,000 square foot facility that accommodates 1,300 students from kindergarten through 12th grade on one site was completed in the summer of 2018. Grades K through 5 are separated from grades 6 through 12 with a shared core area of administration, media, and cafeteria, which reduces administration costs.
Also included on the site are two gymnasiums, two music rooms, art suites, technology and special education classrooms and three vocational education suites, including ROTC. With all of the latest technology incorporated, the new facility provides Wilcox County with a state-of-the-art school that made the most effective use of their budget.
The Dougherty County School System needed to move three academic programs from other outdated facilities, to be consolidated and more centrally located within the system. The scope of this project was to fully renovate a 61,000 square foot, 1950’s phased out Elementary school, not only to house these three programs, but put them in a 21st century classroom environment. The renovation included all new finishes, technology windows, roofing, lighting, furniture and security. The shared kitchen/cafeteria was fully renovated with new equipment. Three new Administration areas were created, one for each program, along with new parking and access drives for each.