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October 19 - Gwinnett Daily Post - Gov. Deal to honor nine GCPS eighth-graders with REACH Scholarship

Gov. Nathan Deal and Gwinnett County Public Schools CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks will be at Meadowcreek High School on Wednesday to honor nine middle school students who have earned REACH Scholarships, according to a release by the school district Friday morning.

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October 12 - Newnan Times-Herald - Students leaving financial aid dollars untapped

The Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC), the state agency responsible for administering all of the state’s scholarship, grant, and student loan programs, encourages high school seniors, college students, and parents to please take note and seek assistance if needed to fill out the form.

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August 23 - The Brunswick News - 'Move on When Ready' program renamed 'Dual Enrollment'

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal announced earlier this month the state’s Move on When Ready program, which allows students to earn college credit while in high school, has a new name.

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August 4 - Gwinnett Daily Post - Gwinnett Tech receives $20,000 grant from AT&T

Move On When Ready is one of the more popular programs on high school and college campuses across the state.

The program, which allows high school students to earn college credits before they graduate from high school, is seeing substantial growth at Gwinnett Technical College. And thanks to a $20,000 grant from AT&T, that popularity is expected to rise.

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August 4 - 11 Alive WXIA - Georgia has 'decent' shot at getting new, $1.4 billion Toyota plant

Dr. Tom Smith of Emory’s Goizueta School of Business) said Georgia is attractive to employers because of the HOPE scholarship.

“We’ve been able to create an historically stronger workforce than many other states in terms of high school graduates who have training and higher education on their minds,” Smith said.

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August 4 - Atlanta Journal Constitution - Things to know about Georgia's HOPE scholarship and the lottery

Information about HOPE: Under Georgia law, proceeds from Georgia lottery sales support scholarships and grants under the HOPE and Zell Miller tuition assistance programs.

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July 8 - Valdosta Daily Times - Georgia sweepstakes offering $5k scholarship to 2017 baby

The Newborn Sweepstakes, which can be entered free of charge, is offered annually by Georgia’s Office of the State Treasurer and its Path2College 529 Plan. The Path2College program offers a ton of resources and tips to help parents plan and save for their child’s college education.

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July 7 - WTOC 11 - Newborns in Georgia can win thousands for college

The state's Path2College 529 Plan is having a 2017 Newborn Sweepstakes in an effort to raise awareness among new parents and grandparents about the importance of saving for college. Georgia families who have a baby this year have a chance to win more than $5,500 for their child's college savings.

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May 31 - Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 11 high-demand jobs you can get with two years or less of college

Through the Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant (SIWDG), students receive free tuition to pursue a certificate or diploma in 11 high-demand industries, where there are more jobs than workers in Georgia.

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May 2 - WALB 10 - Editorial: Move On When Ready

Those students will now continue their education at a four-year university. This is all thanks to the Move On When Ready Program. It allows high school students the opportunity to take college classes while still in high school.

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April 17 - WALB 10 - 6 high school students 'move on' to complete bachelor's degrees

Six south Georgia high school students are moving on to several universities thanks to Albany Tech's Move on When Ready. Monday, students signed to move on to complete their bachelor's degrees.

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March 11 - Albany Herald - Southwest Georgia education briefs

Coleman Dziedzic, an 18-year-old senior at Lee County High School, was recently awarded $529 for his Path2College 529 Plan account as one of the statewide winners of the Path2College 529 Plan’s Saving for College Makes a Difference Essay Contest. Coleman’s father, Patrick, entered the contest.

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March 10 - Newnan Times-Herald - UWG programs thriving under one banner

Move on When Ready has not only streamlined the dual enrollment process for high school students – it also has been a shot in the arm for other programs aimed at getting students into college and helping them earn degrees.

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Feb 15 - Albany Herald - Albany Technical College begins push for Move On When Ready students

Albany Technical College President Anthony Parker practically glows when he talks about the college’s Move On When Ready (MOWR) program. The trouble is it’s one of the best-kept secrets in education in Southwest Georgia.

“We need to get the word out to all the mamas and daddies that this is the most innovative and effective program I’ve seen in more than 30 years in education,” Parker said.

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 Feb 15 - WRBL - City prepares workforce to fill hundreds of manufacturing jobs

Move on When Ready makes sure high school students get early exposure to all sorts of manufacturing jobs. Now, the Columbus Tech Training Center will be able to teach more students at the college and secondary levels the skills necessary to compete for those types of jobs.

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Jan 21 - Gainesville Times - State offers incentive to STEM students

This week, the Georgia Student Finance Commission announced a plan that will boost the grade point average by 0.5 to HOPE scholarship students pursuing rigorous STEM courses typically offered during the first two years of college.

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Jan 14 - The Telegraph - Seniors still have time to apply to college, but the clock is ticking

Students who are just getting started should set up a free account at www.GAfutures.org, Williams said. This college resource center was launched by the Georgia Student Finance Commission over the summer, replacing the former GAcollege411, said Chris Green, the commission’s director of government and media relations. Users can search for college programs, scholarships and application deadlines, and apply to multiple schools through a common application.

A “one-stop shop” where students can plan, apply and pay for college, GAfutures has gained 200,000 active accounts and processed 84,000 college applications in its first five months. Green said students should follow up with colleges after applying to see if additional documents are needed.

 

Jan 15 - Dallas New Era - Chattahoochee Tech to Expand Diesel Lab in 2017

“The same companies that hire out of the for-profit schools come right here and hire students out of Chattahoochee Tech,” Dover said. “You can come here and get a good education and not spend $30,000. You can be in and out in four semesters, and the state of Georgia will help pay for it with the Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant (SIWDG).”

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Jan 6 - WFXL Fox 31 - GSW student to host Rubik's Cube competition Saturday

Cherian is a pre-engineering major who is participating in the dual-degree program with Georgia Tech. Prior to his status as a full-time student at GSW, he participated what is now known as Move On When Ready, or dual enrollment.

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Jan. 6 - 11 Alive WXIA - Georgia lottery pitch: Less money for winners, more for HOPE

Georgia lawmakers are poised to lower Georgia lottery payouts in order to put more money into HOPE scholarships.  The shift could raise $80 million more for HOPE and pre-K in the first year, if it passes the legislature.

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Jan. 5 - The Rockdale Citizen & Newton Citizen - Conyers native Harry Downs helped create 'Carnegie Hall of South'

Downs returned to Conyers after retiring from the University System, but he continued to serve the public in many roles. Because of his visionary work as an educational consultant, Downs was appointed in 2003 by Gov. Sonny Perdue to the Board of Commissioners of the Georgia Student Finance Commission. He also served on other state commissions and continued service as a member of the Ty Cobb Education Foundation and the Walter and Emilie Spivey Foundation.

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Jan. 1 - Athens Banner-Herald - East Jackson Middle School student receives $5,529 for college savings

Representatives from the Path2College 529 Plan awarded Myla Pulliam, a 13-year-old East Jackson Middle School student, with more than $5,000 for her college savings. Pulliam was one of two statewide winners of the “What If…? College Savings Giveaway,” and she received $5,529 for her Path2College 529 Plan account.

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Dec. 30 - The Moultrie Observer - ABAC on the Square: College education close to home

ABAC graduates more than 100 registered nurses each year. Another offering in Moultrie is the Move on When Ready Program. This program offers dual enrollment courses so that students can earn up to two full years of college credit while they are in high school, said Jena Willis, coordinator at the Moultrie campus.

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Dec. 30 - Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Georgia governor faces another perilous education fight in 2017

Deal has had a particularly bitter battle over education policy, starting with cuts he pushed through to HOPE scholarship awards for all but the top students, as well as stricter requirements for some recipients of technical college grants, that he said were needed to ensure the scholarship’s long-term viability.

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Dec. 28 - The Moultrie Observer - Colquitt Christian Academy receives accreditation

Graduating students are eligible for the HOPE scholarship. In addition, CCA is an active member of the Georgia Independent School Association (GISA) which provides professional development opportunities for faculty and athletic/interscholastic competitions for students.

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Dec. 29 - The Brunswick News - Brunswick High student wins scholarship through U.S. senate program

(Nikko Cayetano, a senior at Brunswick High School) has filled his high school transcript to the brim, as a member of the student council and the Beta Club, the president of the National Honor Society and a participant in the Pirate Buddies program. He also takes part in the Move on When Ready program at College of Coastal Georgia and the Youth Leadership Glynn program.

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Dec. 23 - Albany Herald - Matthew Gambill tours CTAE education to Albany Rotary Club

Relegated to the back pages by other recent educational initiatives such as college and career academies, dual enrollment, and Move On When Ready, (Georgia Association for Career and Technical Education Executive Director Matthew) Gambill’s goal is to change the perception of vocational education among the state’s business and industry leaders.

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Dec. 15 - WFXL Fox 31 - Worth Co. Schools get $3 million grant for College & Career Academy

(Melissa Edwards, CTAE Director for Worth County Schools) said it’s all in hopes to help their more than 900 high school students take advantage of the Move On When Ready program. With the grant funds, officials will provide transportation for Move On When Ready students to have a bus take them to Southern Regional Technical College in Tifton.

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Dec. 13 - Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Do UGA and other colleges weight GPA more than test scores? Should they?

How do I know their GPAs outpaced their test scores? Because these teens are taking the SAT or ACT again in an effort to raise their scores enough to qualify for the Zell Miller Scholarship, which covers full tuition.

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Dec. 2 - WFXL Fox 31 - Tift, Worth Counties receive college and career academy grants

“There was a hole in South Georgia, right here on Tift County, where there wasn’t a college and career academy,” (Tift County CTAE Director Craig) Matthews said. Our focus of our college and career academy is going to be on work-based learning and Move On When Ready, which is partnering with our post-secondary institutions to get students credit for college while they’re still in high school.”

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Nov 4 - The Brunswick News - State board eliminates tests for dual enrollment students

“It definitely reduces the number of tests that certain students will be required to take,” (Executive director of testing for the Glynn County School System Valerie) Whitehead said. “It opens up thinking about taking advantage of the Move On When Ready program, without the pressure of knowing that you’re in a college course that is being taught in a context that may not directly tie into the state standards that the state is going to measure (on the test).”

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Oct 31 - Albany Herald - Chris Hatcher updates progress of Commodore Conyers College and Career Academy

The academy’s students can expect to see a big push toward dual enrollment at Albany Tech or Albany State in the Move On When Ready (MOWR) environment. One of the goals is for academy students to graduate high school with college hours or certifications, helping to create a work-ready workforce for a smooth transition into college or the workplace.

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Dallas New Era

October 30 - Dallas New Era - GHC top honors @ 2016 Chancellor's Annual Service Excellence Awards

In its nomination narrative, the Library and College Testing was touted for integrating COMPASS testing and re-testing; offering the SAT on campus for potential students in the Move on When Ready program; implementing an online scheduling system to manage the process for over 20 proctors across six campus locations; and much more.

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October 4 - The Brunswick News - BHS student an inspiration to others

At the age of three, TJ was diagnosed with Tourette syndrome, a condition that impacts the body’s nervous system...But these days, TJ is just going about his life. He attends regular classes, even excelling to the point of National Honor Society status. He also participates in the school’s Move on When Ready program, which allows him to attend Coastal Pines Technical College as well. He earns credits in the program for both his high school diploma as well as his college degree.

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September 28 - Ledger-Enquirer - 'It's a chance for Georgia to speak loud and really put its thumbprint on education'

"For the high school areas, Move On When Ready and dual enrollment continues to be a blossoming opportunity across the board, and we’re looking to increase our opportunities there. It adds relevancy to education," (said Georgia Department of Education superintendent Richard Woods.)

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 September 27 - Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Eleven Fulton County eighth-graders win $10K college scholarships

The REACH (Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen) Georgia program was started in 2012 under Gov. Nathan Deal as a needs-based scholarship to “promote academic success and expand access to higher education.”

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September 20 - Gainesville Times - First REACH scholars announced, paired with mentors in Gainesville

Five Gainesville Middle School students joined about 680 others in Georgia as REACH scholars Tuesday. The state program to encourage students to attend college also pairs the student with mentors for the next five years and offers extra academic support.

Both school districts are starting in REACH: Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen.

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Atlanta Journal-Constitution

September 15 - Atlanta Journal-Constiution - We need to alert more Georgia high school students they can Move On When Ready

The first thing many parents and students don't understand is that participation in Move On When Ready requires admission to a Georgia public or private college or university.

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August 21 - Gainesville Times - Eighth-graders can start college funds, get extra help in REACH program

Ten Hall County and Gainesville eighth-graders could be selected to receive college scholarships that could be $20,000 or more by the time they graduate - especially if the students might be the first in their families to attend college.

Both school districts are starting in REACH: Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen.

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August 20 - Newnan Times-Herald - UWG Newnan enrollment on the rise

UWG Newnan has 772 students on the rolls this semester, including 136 who are utilizing the Move On When Ready program to earn college credits while working toward their high school diplomas.

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August 20 - The Moultrie Observer - State offers free tuition in critical fields

Originally presented by the Governor’s Office in Fall 2013, the Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant (SIWDG) has been continually expanded since its inception. The Governor’s Office, along with the Georgia Student Finance Commission and legislators have worked diligently to determine what programs are vital for Georgia’s strategic economic growth.

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August 17 - WTVM - Pacelli expands dual enrollment program for students

St. Anne-Pacelli Catholic School is partnering with Columbus State University to expand the Move on When Ready dual enrollment program.

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August 11 - The Brunswick News - Move On When Ready participation to increase this school year

In its second year of operation in Glynn County, the Move On When Ready program will again this year offer high school students the chance to dually enroll in higher education classes to earn credit toward a college degree.

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August 9 - WALB - School officials push dual-enrollment program

Albany Technical College's President made the plea during Tuesday's commission meeting. The college is working to enroll more students in their various dual-enrollment programs starting with Move on When Ready.

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August 4 - Thomasville Times-Enterprise - SRTC, TCSG offering free tuition

Originally presented by the Governor’s Office in Fall 2013, the Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant has been continually expanded since its inception. The Governor’s Office, along with the Georgia Student Finance Commission and legislators have worked diligently to determine what programs are vital for Georgia’s strategic economic growth.

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August 1 - The Brunswick News - Student with three jobs looks to Columbia graduate school

"She wanted me to stay in state and use the Zell Miller scholarship, and knowing what’s best, she ended up finding the perfect fit for me."

Of course, (Amanda) Surman was well prepared going in. During high school, she took part in dual enrollment, now called Move On When Ready, which allowed her to rack up two years of college credits before even setting foot on a campus.

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July 27 - Union-Recorder - BHS student getting early start through CGTC program

When Gov. Nathan Deal signed a bill last year to expand the Move On When Ready (MOWR) program, it gave high school students across Georgia the opportunity to begin working on their college degrees as early as ninth grade.

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July 23 - Newnan Times-Herald - Dual enrollment numbers rising

With the growth of dual enrollment, more high school students in Coweta County are earning college credit before graduation through Move on When Ready.

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July 15 - The Lincoln Journal - LCHS dual enrollment program will offer four additional classes

In light of a successful first semester with the Move On When Ready program through East Georgia State College, Lincoln County High School is now providing four additional college level classes for students to take.  

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July 14 - WTOC - School officials remind parents about MOWR

As the start of the school year approaches, officials want to make sure parents know about the Move On When Ready Act (MOWR).

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June 23 - Athens Banner-Herald - Athens career academy enrollment could more than double

Students can take college-level vocational or academic courses at the academy at no cost, and now the courses won’t count against student HOPE scholarships.

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June 23 - News Channel 6 - Paine recruits high school students offering free college credits despite uncertain future

Paine kicked off the summer program for the first time in Burke County and it will be followed by the long-standing Move On When Ready programs in Richmond County in the fall and spring.

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June 23 - Gainesville Times - State program expands to Gainesville, Hall schools to help poor students attain higher education

The Georgia Student Finance Commission and Gov. Nathan Deal on Thursday announced the Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen program expansion. It takes effect in the 2016-17 school year.

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June 16 - Times-Georgian - Reversing the trend: Crane Industry Services working to fix shortage of skilled laborers

...State Senator Mike Dugan cited the importance of the State's Move On When Ready program...

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June 15 - Rolling Out – Atlanta Technical College to hold open house

...Advisors will be on site to discuss financial aid programs including the PELL Grant, HOPE Scholarship, HOPE Grant, the GO Build Georgia High Demand Career Scholarship, and the Strategic Workforce Industry Development Grants (SIWDG)...

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June 12 – Valdosta Daily Times – Grant helps student meet goal

...The governor had announced the Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant that recognizes specific industries where skilled and educated workers are in high demand in Georgia. Last semester, (Johnathon) Navas paid $80 out of pocket for college thanks to the SIWDG...

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June 5 - The Telegraph - High school graduate has already earned college degree

..."It was a spur of the moment thing," (Joshua) Goodman said about his decision before his junior year to dual enroll in the Move On When Ready programs for high school students. Goodman will be the first at the Warner Robins campus to concurrently earn both a diploma and an associate's degree...

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