CPTC Recognizes Camden County Dual Enrollment Partners
October 30, 2017 11:29 AM
Recently the Coastal Pines Technical College (CPTC) admissions staff hosted a luncheon in Camden County to recognize the high school leadership team, counselors and instructors that promote and participate in the Dual Enrollment program.
Provost Lonnie Roberts welcomed everyone and stressed how important each and everyone had been to the success of the program at Camden County High School.
President Glenn Deibert gave a college update after thanking everyone for helping the parents and students to understand the importance of dual enrollment. Dr. Deibert discussed the increase in enrollment at Coastal Pines Technical College, the dual enrollment program in Camden County, the workforce development model, the HOPE Career Grant and the new Camden Campus design.
The enrollment at Coastal Pines has increased from 3,531 students in AY2016 to 4,313 students in AY2017. The College has seen the largest percentage increase, among the technical colleges, in student enrollment across the State for the last three semesters.
Dr. Deibert went on to explain the impact of dually enrolled students from the Camden County area. For the Academic Year 2016-2017, of the 1434 dual enrollment students that attended Coastal Pines Technical College, 373 of them were from Camden County High School. This number not only reflects the largest number of participants by a high school within the CPTC area for the academic year AY2016 – AY2017, but it reflects that Camden County High School had the largest number of dual enrollment students within the State as well for AY2016 – AY2017. Dr. Deibert ventured to say that he thought it is possible that the Camden County High School dual enrollment program can easily grow to 600 students by the spring of 2018. There are 27 courses that high schoolers can enroll in on the college level, and all public and most private colleges in the state of Georgia give college credit upon transitioning to college after high school graduation.
In discussing the Workforce Development Model, Dr. Deibert stated, “By 2025 over 60% of the jobs in the US will require some type of a college education.” The Workforce Development Model is designed to focus on building seamless partnerships for students to transition from high school to college. With the dual enrollment program students can graduate from high school with as much as 50 hours of college credit and the classes are free. There are no expenses to the student or parents for this program.
Upon graduation from high school, students can receive the HOPE Grant that covers 78.6% of the tuition costs and if enrolled in one of the Governor’s special high demand career programs that will increase the economic growth and stability of the State, an additional $125 - $500 per semester is given to a student through the HOPE Career grant to cover tuition and book costs. Some of the HOPE Career Grant programs are: truck driving, architecture, engineering, and education.
Lastly, Dr. Deibert mentioned that the design phase of the Camden Campus has been completed. He showed a sketch of the building that will be 61,395 square feet and will cost $17,794,000 to build. Once funded, the campus will be constructed near May Creek Road and will be an L-shaped, two story classroom building.
Rana Zauer, one of CPTC’s high school coordinators, then discussed medallions that are given to the dual enrollment students who have at least 18 semester hours of college credit. The medallions, worn at graduation, are very popular with the high school dual enrollment students.
Austin Johnson, Executive Director of Student Affairs then presented Camden County High School Principal Dr. John Tucker and Lisa Gleason, Director of Technical/Career Education, a plaque for being CPTC’s High School of the Year. Dr. Tucker thanked many of his staff that had the vision and desire to grow the program for the benefit of the Camden County high school students. Mr. Tucker said his goal is to have 20% of the high school graduates be a sophomore in college when graduating from high school.
Door prizes were awarded and flowers from the horticulture department were given to all of the teachers as they left the program.
The majority of the Dual Enrollment courses are taught at the high school. For more information about the dual enrollment program, visit Coastal Pines Technical College at www.coastalpines.edu or call Rebecca Croy, Admissions Counselor/Recruiter in Camden County, at 912.510.2079.
Coastal Pines Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an equal opportunity institution serving Appling, Bacon, Brantley, Camden, Charlton, Clinch, Glynn, Jeff Davis, Long, McIntosh, Pierce, Ware and Wayne counties.