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. Former Principal Terry Sullivan (who serve from 2013-2019) worked with his staff and the NSFY Career Readiness Coordinator, Dianne Owen, NSFY Directors Leslie Slaughter and Kim Hogan, 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 entrepreneurship/E-commerce, network administration, 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.
In 2019, Dr. Donna Frazier became principal of Four Rivers Career Academy after working as a principal of alternative programs for 15 years in another Kentucky school district. Dr. Frazier works with the community and educational partners to continue to serve the students of the Four Rivers region. Dr. Frazier holds a doctorate in educational leadership P-12 from Western Kentucky University with an emphasis in dropout prevention.
The Fulton County Area Technology Center was approved by the Kentucky State Board in April 1971 after five years of work spearheaded by then superintendent Harold Garrison backed by educators, citizens, and community leaders. The facility which has served students in the Fulton County, Fulton Independent, and Hickman County school districts as well as adult learners grew from the vision that a college degree was not in everyone’s future and the area had a growing need for skilled workers.
Four Rivers Career Academy’s vision is that each and every student will be empowered and equipped to pursue a successful future.
Four Rivers Career Academy’s mission is to partner with districts, schools, families, students, business and industry, and communities to provide leadership and support to ensure success for each and every student.
Four Rivers Career Academy’s core values are equity, achievement, collaboration, and integrity.