The Four Rivers Career Academy (4RCA) became the name of the former Fulton County Area Technical Center in 2018 through a New Skills for Youth Cohort II grant that was awarded to the center in July 2018. Principal Terry Sullivan (who serve from 2013-2019) worked with his staff and the NSFY Career Readiness Coordinator, Dianne Owen, NSFY Director Leslie Slaughter and the NSFY Advisory Team to worked together to rebrand the technical center to become an all-day regional academy. The 4RCA offers dual credit courses, industry certifications, and career pathways in business applications, computer science, automotive technology, welding, and health sciences. The 4RCA partners with five districts, two technical centers and two college partners as well as several businesses and industries. Although Principal Terry Sullivan has left to become the WK WKEC Gear UP coordinator, he will continue to work with the academy through this grant and continue to provide opportunities for the students in the region. Retired principal Tom Pyron (2000-2013) has returned to finish out the 2019 school year as principal of the newly formed Four Rivers Career Academy.
The Four Rivers Foundation is a partner of the Four Rivers Career Academy providing support to the academy through funding for industry certification tests, teacher scholarships, equipment, curriculum, and general needs of the academy in order to enable the students to transition on to technical college, training, and/or jobs in our region.
Career and Technical Education is an essential component of the high school curriculum. For many students, it represents as much as a third of their high school experience. It is a critical component in meeting the needs of students in academic achievement, career exploration, career preparation and leadership development. Successful transition to postsecondary education, work or the military is one of the goals of Kentucky's educational system. The percentage of students making successful transition is a component of the high school accountability index.