Central Educational Center

Systemic change in Coweta County, GA.


CEC was designed to meet the needs of a local community using a successful instructional or performance systems model previously used only in private industry and government environments (Harless, 1997). Referred to as “the model for technical educational reform in the state of Georgia” by the Georgia Governor in 2000, CEC’s initial eight (2000-2008) years appear to have lived up to expectations. CEC has garnered both statewide and national attention as a National Model High School in 2004 (International Center for Leadership in Education et al.) and currently serves as a model for statewide educational reform in Georgia.

The Central Educational Center is a product of multiple visions, desires, and hopes. The ideal vision is outlined in a book entitled “The Eden Conspiracy” (Harless, 1997). Other perspectives include a requirement from local business that basic skills of high school graduates need to be rapidly improved, the desire of a growing local school system to provide costly industry-standard career-technical education to all high school students, the vision of a regional technical college to “dual enroll” high school students and make technical college a viable post-secondary option, and the hopes of a Governor looking for a viable model to support his desire to reform education partly through a new infusion of technical education opportunities. Read full article…

  1. #1 by Vanessa Iorizzo on November 6, 2013 - 11:54 pm

    How can I access the full article? The link does not take you to the full article.

  2. #2 by Emily on February 7, 2014 - 5:35 pm


    The link is now fixed! Thanks for alerting us to that.

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