CPTC Recognizes Outstanding Dual Enrollment Partners
Coastal Pines Technical College Recognizes Outstanding Dual Enrollment Partners
Area High Schools Are Recognized and Updated at Event
Coastal Pines Technical College (CPTC) Student Affairs personnel recently hosted regional recognition events for high school leadership teams that coordinate and promote dual credit programs. To meet the scheduling needs of its 14 partnering high schools, CPTC customized the event for each region, holding a lunch for the Rivers Division December 2, a brunch for the Coastal Division December 3, and a brunch for the Southern Division December 4.
The program agenda was the same for all three venues. The agenda included a presentation on the College, another presentation on the dual credit program, and an awards ceremony. At each event Austin Johnson, CPTC executive director of students affairs, recognized the high school in the region that had the greatest number of dual credit students enrolled fall semester 2014 and the high school that had the highest percentage of high school full-time equivalent (FTE) in the dual credit program at Coastal Pines Technical College fall semester 2014.
Prior to the awards, a College Update was given. Dr. Glenn Deibert, president of Coastal Pines Technical College, gave the update at the rivers and coastal events while CPTC Provost, Lonnie Roberts, gave the update at the southern event.
During the update, participants were provided information on the newly merged Coastal Pines Technical College (formally Altamaha Technical College and Okefenokee Technical College). Coastal Pines Technical College has the largest service delivery area by county, 13 counties, and in size (over 7,400 square miles) of all the technical colleges in Georgia.
Growth of the dual credit program has increased tremendously over the last three years. In 2012 the two colleges combined had 212 students in a dual enrollment program; in 2013 there were 301 students, and now in 2014 CPTC has 639 students. “This is more than a 100 percent increase in one year, and we have two full-time faculty members in the high schools teaching dual enrollment classes,” stated Roberts. “And we plan to hire more faculty.”
The dual credit program benefits both educational institutions – the participating high school and the College; dual enrolled students; their parents; and their communities.
Dual enrollment classes are free to eligible high school students and that students can graduate with up to a year’s worth of college credit before enrolling in college, which is quite a cost savings to parents and students.
Attendees were also informed of the construction and renovation projects for Coastal Pines Technical College. A new building is under construction in Glynn County, next to the Golden Isles Career Academy. The 53,000 square foot building is due to open in August for fall semester 2015.
There is also a renovation project in the works in Camden County. A section of the Camden Center of the College of Coastal Georgia will be renovated. The Camden renovations will be complete in 2016 and will include a new cosmetology lab, a new bookstore, an upgraded air conditioning technology lab, and other minor renovations.
The Waycross campus will soon begin a $3.5 million construction project to expand the Computer Information System and Welding programs. This project is to be completed by May 2016.
The Rivers Division luncheon was held at the C. Paul Scott Polytechnical Center in Jesup. All high schools in the rivers division – Applying, Jeff Davis, and Wayne – were represented at the event.
Wayne County High School received the award for greatest number of dual credit students, 43 students. Jeff Davis County High School earned the highest percentage award with 5.3% of its student population enrolled in the CPTC dual enrollment program. Wayne County High School officials Bo Adams, Judy Beaver, and Joanne Brooks accepted the award on behalf of the school. Jeff Davis County High School Guidance Counselor Debbie Hobbs and Dual Enrollment Coordinator Christy Norris accepted the award for the Jeff Davis school system.
The Coastal Division brunch was held at the Golden Isles Career Academy (GICA) in Brunswick. All high schools in the division were represented at the event: McIntosh County Academy, Camden County High School, Long County High School, GICA, Brunswick High School, and Glynn Academy.
McIntosh County Academy won both awards. Forty-two McIntosh Academy seniors were enrolled at CPTC fall semester and 8.7% of the student body attended Coastal Pines. Dr. Tina Kirby, Superintendent of McIntosh County School System; Terrance Haywood, Principal at McIntosh County Academy; and Sherrie Collins, Counselor at McIntosh County Academy were on hand to accept the plaques.
Following the College Update by Dr. Deibert, CPTC high school coordinators, Jovon Jones (rivers division) and Carley McDonald (coastal division), updated participants on the dual credit program and asked attendees to recommend future dual credit classes.
The Southern Division Dual Credit brunch was held at the Economic Development Training Center in Waycross. All high schools in the southern division - Bacon, Brantley, Charlton, Clinch, Pierce, and Ware – were represented at the event.
Brantley County High School received the award for greatest number of dual credit students, 128 students. Charlton County High School earned the highest percentage award with 20.9% of its student population enrolled in the CPTC dual enrollment program. Dr. Stuart Medley and Lori Speed accepted the award on behalf of Brantley County High School. Bruce Morgan, Courtney Bryant, and Superintendent John Lairsey accepted the award for Charlton County High School.
Following the College Update by Roberts, Kate Bussey and Betsy Forehand, CPTC high school coordinators, updated participants on the dual enrollment program. Afterwards, both ladies fielded questions and asked attendees to recommend future dual enrollment classes.
About the Dual Enrollment Program:
High school students get a jump start on fulfilling college course requirements while earning high school credit for the same course. Dual enrolled students receive both high school and college credit when they pass a dual enrolled course, regardless of whether the course is taken at a high school, a CPTC campus, or online.
For more information about the dual enrollment program, visit Coastal Pines Technical College at www.coastalpines.edu or call Austin Johnson at (912) 287-5806.
About Coastal Pines Technical College:
Coastal Pines Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution. In addition to more than 130 degree, diploma and technical certificate of credit programs, Coastal Pines Technical College offers custom business and industry training, continuing education and adult education opportunities. CPTC’s programs and services lead to rewarding career opportunities for graduates and a qualified workforce for employers in the service delivery area, an area that covers more than 7,400 square miles and includes thirteen counties in Southeast Georgia: Appling, Bacon, Brantley, Camden, Charlton, Clinch, Glynn, Jeff Davis, Long, McIntosh, Pierce, Ware and Wayne counties.