Clinton County Area Technology Center was one of six schools awarded a Kentucky Department of Education New Skills for Youth Cohort II grant that provided funding for a regional academy. As part of the New Skills for Youth Initiative, the center was renamed, taking into consideration the geographic location as part of the name selection process. The technology center was officially renamed in November as a result of surveys completed by students, teachers, parents, business and industry partners, and community members. CCATC is now the Southern Kentucky Early College and Career Academy (SoKY ECCA). SoKY ECCA will continue its partnership with the Clinton County and Cumberland County School Districts, as well as Campbellsville University and Somerset Community College. SoKY ECCA also partners with businesses and industries to provide students with work-based learning opportunities. Career pathways are being aligned with associate and bachelor degree programs in the health sciences and manufacturing areas.
SoKY ECCA currently offers six programs, including Health Science, Business & Information Technology, Welding, Automotive, Construction, and Industrial Maintenance Technology. It also offers 8th grade middle school career exploration, which assists students as they choose the pathway that best fits their interests. A pathway is a sequence of classes within a student's area of career interest. Pathways are designed to connect the pathway classes to high school classes, to college classes, to industry certifications, and/or a career.