If you are in the market for an excellent meal and expanding opportunities for local high school students, have we got the event for you.

The Golden Isles College and Career Academy will host An Evening with the Stars at 6 p.m. Thursday at Retreat on St. Simons Island. The event will raise money for the Career Academy Foundation, which will be used to cover scholarships, competitions and service projects for students at the school.

For the uninitiated, the career academy is a charter school operating within the school system that offers training in specific skills and subjects with the mindset to prepare the next generation of our workforce. The needs of employers are constantly changing. As things continue to be more technologically focused, the skills needed by those wishing to enter the workforce are evolving.

Take automotive technology as an example. Long gone are the days when turning a wrench was the primary requirement to be a mechanic. Engines and suspension systems in modern cars are almost always controlled by computers and replete with moving parts that are becoming more and more difficult to understand and operate. Modern mechanics might as well be engineers and computer scientists all at the same time.

At GICCA, students learn these modern systems and get a head start on the training needed to be an integral part of the industry.

That is just one example. Whether it is broadcasting, graphic design, construction or culinary arts, students at GICCA are getting what they need to fulfill our future needs. Many of them are taking that training to the next level by heading off to college when they graduate high school.

Thursday’s dinner will give everyone in attendance a good idea of just how good the education at GICCA is. Culinary students there will be working with Sea Island chefs to prepare the meal.

“We’ve gotten our students engaged, and that’s what makes it special,” GICCA CEO Rick Townsend told The News. “We always talk about giving our students real-life work opportunities, and what better experience for a culinary student than to work side by side of a Sea Island chef and prepare a meal at Sea Island.”

An Evening with the Stars is a chance to watch GICCA in action and help the foundation meet its $15,000 goal.

It is also a chance to get a great meal created by our next generation of chefs.

Tickets are $100 and sponsorships are $300. Contact Townsend at 912-506-5347 or rick.townsend@glynn.k12.ga.us for tickets or to sponsor the event.

Let’s help make GICCA the best it can be.

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