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Educators Invited to Learn More about Dual Credit Programs

One-Day workshops scheduled for January 22, 23, & 24

Area superintendents, principals, counselors, and teachers are invited to attend an upcoming Dual Credit Academy to get the latest information on high school initiatives and better understand the benefits of dual credit programs for schools, students, and communities.

Altamaha Technical College and Okefenokee Technical College are co-hosting the academies this year. Three sessions will be offered, with each academy covering the same information. Event dates are January 22, 23, and 24 from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Interested educators should select a preferred date and location and RSVP accordingly.

Option one is a Dual Credit Academy to be held Wednesday, January 22, 2014, at the Okefenokee Technical College Economic Development Training Center, Room 605, located at 1701 Carswell Avenue in Waycross. RSVP to Rana Zauner at (912) 287-6569 or rzauner@okefenokeetech.edu. RSVP to Kate Bussey at (912) 632-2355 or kbussey@okefenokeetech.edu.

A second Dual Credit Academy will be held Thursday, January 23, 2014, at the Altamaha Technical College C. Paul Scott Polytechnical Center, Room 435, located at 1777 West Cherry Street in Jesup. RSVP to Jovon Jones at (912) 588-2581 or jjones@altamahatech.edu.

The final Dual Credit Academy will be held Friday, January 24, 2014, at the Golden Isles Career Academy in Conference Room 115. The Career Academy is located at 4404 Glynco Parkway in Brunswick. RSVP to Carley Blount at (912) 280-4000, Ext. 4206 or cblount@altamahatech.edu.

Dual credit, which refers to programs that allow high school students to earn college and high school credits simultaneously, will be examined in several forms, most notably ACCEL and Dual Enrollment.

Mark Peevy and Dianne Barker from the Technical College System of Georgia and Pat Blenke with the Department of Education will present updates and information on dual credit programs from their respective departments. Each will be available afterwards to answer questions, as well.

OTC President Dr. Glenn Deibert said OTC is committed to these high school initiatives and is working to offer more options to high school students. “Dual credit programs give high schools the opportunity to expand their curriculum at no cost,” said Deibert, “while enabling the college to potentially attract future students. The best part, however,” continued Deibert, “is that these programs give students the chance to get a jump start on their careers by completing courses at a younger age.”

“With dual enrollment, for example,” explained Deibert, “high school students can take college courses their junior year and earn one or more credentials from OTC as a senior, while also earning credits toward a high school diploma.”

“Another reason for students to consider dual credit programs is most, if not all courses, are HOPE eligible, and OTC will waive most, if not all, fees,” said Deibert. “Also, most people are not aware that all hours paid by HOPE under a dual enrollment or ACCEL program now do NOT count toward the total HOPE scholarship or grant hours that Georgia students can use after high school for their undergraduate studies. The result is significant savings in time and money for students and parents.”

Kate Bussey and Rana Zauner

Kate Bussey (left) and Rana Zauner, student affairs coordinators for Okefenokee Technical College (OTC), invite area educators to learn more about OTC’s dual credit programs by attending one of the upcoming one-day workshops hosted by OTC and Altamaha Technical College. Ms. Bussey is the contact for Bacon, Pierce, and Ware county high school students and educators, while Ms. Zauner serves as the contact for Clinch, Charlton, and Brantley county schools.



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