Cindy Clanton Named GACTE Administrator of the Year

(Carrollton, Ga. – August 13, 2021) Carroll County School System is pleased to announce that Mrs. Cindy Clanton, Director of Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE), was named as the Administrator of the Year by the Leadership Division of the Georgia Association for Career & Technical Education (GACTE) at its Summer Conference in Athens, Georgia. Mrs. Clanton was nominated by her division peers and selected by the GACTE Awards Committee as the overall state winner and will represent Georgia in the area of CTAE Administration at the national competition.

Mrs. Clanton has served as the Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education Director for Carroll County School System for the past 18 years. She has worked to redesign the CTAE programs in the school system including 28 Georgia pathways such as engineering, computer science, and graphic design. Under her leadership, the school system secured a $2.9 million College and Career Academy (CCA) grant that led to bringing the first CCA to the district. Carroll County Schools is now one of the only systems in Georgia with two CCA campuses. She has also been instrumental in developing such programs as the nationally-recognized 12 for Life partnership with Southwire, Tanner Connections, and dual enrollment opportunities for students to receive college credit while they are in high school.

Mrs. Clanton is a graduate of Central High School. She earned her Master of Education and Specialist of Education degrees in Administration and Supervision from the University of West Georgia. She has chaired the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce Workforce Development Council and has served on teams that have developed annual events for Carroll County including Senior Employment Day, the 8th Grade Career Expo, Business and Community Day, and the Agriculture Career Expo.

In addition to the Administrator of the Year award, Mrs. Clanton has received the Work-based Learning Administrator of the Year Award and the Center of Apprenticeship and Work-based Learning Award. She has also presented best practices at Harvard University, National Public Radio, and the National Dropout Prevention Conference.

“Mrs. Clanton has provided many premier opportunities for students throughout her career in Carroll County,” stated Scott Cowart, Superintendent of Carroll County School System. “We are delighted to see her tremendous efforts recognized at the state level, and we wish her all the best in the national competition.”

For more information about CTAE programs offered in the Carroll County School System, visit cca.carrollcountyschools.com.