Effingham College & Career Academy (ECCA) opened in fall 2010, as one of Georgia's first college and career academies. In 2008, the Effingham County Board of Education applied for and received a $3.2 million grant from the State of Georgia which was administered through the Technical College System of Georgia. The new facility encompassed 44,034 square feet of state-of-the-art Career, Technical, Agricultural Education (CTAE) classrooms, and labs. The costs of the building project were paid in full by the $3.2 million grant and ESPLOST funds upon its opening in fall 2010. The building was one of the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certified buildings in Coastal Georgia. The facility grew with a 47,000 square feet Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) addition that opened in fall 2016.
Although programs have changed over the years, ECCA has stayed true to its goal of offering world-class education to the students who choose to attend this facility. Current programming includes:
- Computer Science
- Programming, Games, Applications, and Society
- Engineering and Technology
- Allied Health and Medicine
- Patient Care
- Sports Medicine
- Culinary Arts
- General Automotive Technology
- Distribution and Logistics
- Veterinary Science
The opening of the STEM program added academic courses to ECCA. Most academic courses offered at ECCA are Honors or Advanced Placement level courses. ECCA offers more than 26 HOPE Rigor courses and Dual Enrollment courses taught by Savannah Technical College and Georgia Southern University.