Barrow County Schools receives Internet access services from Peachnet, the State Board of Regents fiber network dedicated to education and research. The school system leverages this connection by establishing K-12 outreach programs with top universities across the state as part of a long-term strategy to attract, develop, and maintain a knowledge-based labor pool.
As a National K-12 Research District, Barrow County Schools maintains Direct-To-Discovery partnerships with research universities and technical colleges such as Georgia State University, Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Georgia. These partnerships leverage Internet2 connectivity to bring state luminaries in fields as diverse as biomedical, industrial, and nanotechnology directly into Barrow County, Georgia classrooms using HD video conferencing and remote access technologies.
The Barrow County School System has a wide array of career development core offerings. High school students can complete the Biotechnology Research and Development Career Pathway under dual enrollment with the Barrow campus of Lanier Technical College. Additionally, students pursuing a Bio-Science Technology Associate of Applied Science degree can transfer credits to other colleges in the area. Industry Certified programs receive a “stamp of excellence” indicating the apex of program quality. Only programs that undergo rigorous reviews by leaders from business and industry are recognized with this distinction.
Barrow Arts and Sciences Academy (BASA) opened as Barrow County School System's new high school in Fall 2020. As a school of choice, any student living in Barrow County is eligible to apply. In this innovative high school, students pursue a learning experience that is just as unique as they are. They will be prepared with the knowledge and skills they need for their journey toward college and career, while developing quality relationships in a safe, supportive learning environment. One of the many highlights of our school is our magnet academies. Students who are highly motivated in specific areas may choose to enroll in our Visual Art and Design, Performing Arts, Life and Health Science, or STEM magnet academies. These specialized programs will empower students to take a deep dive in their academy's theme in both their academic and elective courses. Students may also choose to pursue their diploma in our Innovation Academy. Students in this program will customize their program of study to consist of multiple pathways from BASA, Sims Academy, and Lanier Technical College. For example, a student interested in music business might take their academic and music courses at BASA, marketing classes at Sims Academy, and several business courses at Lanier Technical College.
Barrow County School System and Lanier Technical College work together to increase the skill sets of graduates entering the workforce. The Sims Academy, adjacent to Lanier Technical College’s Winder campus, has a focus of developing workforce-ready students who can walk into high-paying industries such as robotics, culinary arts, broadcast video, and marketing while building an entrepreneurship foundation. As part of this focus, Lanier Technical College offers dual enrollment/HOPE Grant opportunities for students at Sims Academy. Students who are at least 16 years old and in the 11th or 12th grade can receive both high school and technical college credit by completing a dual enrollment course at Lanier Technical College in Winder.
A new $16 million Lanier Technical College campus in Winder opened for students in Barrow County in 2015, serving more than 1,000 students annually. Lanier Technical College, a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, prepares students for jobs of the future including positions in the bioscience sector. Other programs offered include welding, drafting, medical assisting, mechatronics, automotive technology, building automation technology, nursing and others.
Lanier Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Tier 1 Research Universities near Barrow County, Georgia
Georgia Institute of Technology
One of the nation’s top research universities, Georgia Tech provides more than 18,000 undergraduate and graduate students with a focused, technology-based education. The Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute helps companies, entrepreneurs, economic developers and communities improve their competitiveness through the application of science, technology and innovation. The Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) is the nonprofit applied research arm of Georgia Tech, with approximately 1,200 employees performing or supporting more than $100 million in research yearly for more than 200 clients in industry
University of Georgia is the state’s second largest and flagship higher education institution, with more than 33,000 students. Its 15 schools and colleges include veterinary and agriculture schools and emerging environmental and biological science departments. UGA's Office of Research, known as the Innovation Gateway (formerly UGA’s Technology Commercialization Office and Georgia BioBusiness Center) facilitates the transfer of technology from UGA to commercial enterprises and offers a startup incubator that offers 20,000 square-feet of office and wet-lab space. Since 1974, more than 130 companies have been established by technologies transferred from UGA, the majority of which are bioscience.
Emory is recognized as one of the nation's leading research universities. We maintain collaborative partnerships with a host of neighboring organizations such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Georgia State University (GSU)
With more than 50,000 graduate and undergraduate students in six colleges, Georgia State is the largest research university in the state. GSU’s Technology Commercialization and Industry Relations Program encourages and assists in the development and protection of intellectual property developed by Georgia State University faculty, staff and students. GSU’s CollabTech Biotechnology Development Center is a partnership between GSU and the biotechnology industry fostering collaboration between academic faculty and industrial scientists. CollabTech has 8,000 square feet of office and wet-lab space, providing space and facilities for biotech startup companies.