Lanier College & Career Academy (LCCA) was created in response to an increasing need of the Hall County community in the area of hospitality and tourism, including culinary arts, marketing, and business and resort management. Funded through a variety of grants and other funding sources, the school is a state-of-the-art facility unlike any other high school in the nation.
The facility is a blend of student-run business enterprises open to the public, while also including industry-certified classrooms for instruction. Upon entering the school, one steps onto LCCA’s “Main Street”, which meanders past the five student-operated businesses collectively known as The Oaks.
The Oaks initially opened on a school system calendar, opening Mondays-Fridays during the school year. Over the years, the student-led enterprises, which are self-sustaining, have earned enough to extend business operations beyond the traditional school calendar.
During the 17-18 school year, The Oaks started hiring students with SBE funds to open the businesses after school hours including weekends.