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As Atlanta's technology sector continues to grow, some schools are stepping up their efforts to prepare students for those jobs. The Georgia Department of Education offers STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) certification for schools.

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Cobb County schools will build a new $29.9 million College and Career Academy in Marietta.

The academy will primarily target students who want to graduate from high school to a job, but Cobb County School Board Vice Chair David Chastain said it won't be your average vocational technical school of decades past.

"It's not just learning to use a skillsaw and making a cutting board that looks like a rooster or something,” Chastain said. “This is working with technology, maybe even learning coding."

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In science class at the Galloway School in Buckhead, fifth grader Sophie Orston is making a sculpture of a microorganism.

“I put two bottle caps together, and now I’m putting bubble wrap about it,” she explained. “Then, I am going to put some netting around the bubble wrap”

Morehouse College freshmen Philip Rucker, Damon Redding and Tyree Stevenson use a programming language called Python to plot a map of weather stations in the United States.
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Silicon Valley has a diversity problem: only one percent of technical employees at large tech companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google are African-American.

Industry leaders in Atlanta say tech companies here do a little better -- partly because there’s a more diverse pool of talent to draw from in the city. But those leaders also say there’s a still a long way to go.

Several groups in the Atlanta area are looking to change the picture.

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