For the past three years, Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) High School Initiatives staff has led the Peach State in the dual enrollment of high-school students. Now, the key element in Georgia’s new “Move On When Ready” (MOWR) initiative, more dually-enrolled students than ever are taking part in earning credit in both high school and college simultaneously. Some of the region’s leading educators visited GNTC’s Floyd County Campus in Rome, Georgia on Friday to see for themselves.
A presentation of the college’s record-setting numbers and the future of MOWR in Northwest Georgia showcased the first-half of the day. In the afternoon, regional and state administrators took a guided tour of the robotics facility at the Floyd County College and Career Academy where many students dual-enrolled in MOWR take courses. The academy is located across the street from the Floyd County Campus of Georgia Northwestern Technical College in Rome.
MOWR gives students from public, private, and home study schools across Georgia the opportunity to enroll in dual-enrollment credit classes by way of state colleges such as GNTC. Tricia Chastain, President of the Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC), as well as administrators and counselors from throughout the region and the state, took part in the presentation. It’s the funding from GSFC that helps make MOWR possible.
“This program has really taken off in Northwest Georgia,” said Chastain. “One area that we will be working towards with Move On When Ready is getting students to take more than just traditional core college courses. We want this program to apply to all levels of students. We will do whatever we can to give Georgia students every chance they deserve.” Murray County High School in Chatsworth, Georgia ranks in the top 10 of all Georgia high schools when it comes to dual-enrollment numbers. Cedartown (GA) High School ranks in the top 25.
Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Gretchen Corbin was also on hand to catch a glimpse of how this program is excelling at GNTC. MOWR is a statewide program which covers tuition, fees, and textbooks for high school students earning college credit through this program. MOWR now offers more dual enrollment courses than in years past.
“Georgia Northwestern, along with every one of the K-12 schools it partners with, boasts the number one Move On When Ready option in the entire state,” said the Northwest Georgia native. “With so many students here in the region coming out of high school with real college credits already under their belt, it’s easy to see why this is a powerful option for the private, public, and home-school student in this area. Plus, with no real cost to the student, it’s going to become harder and harder for families to say no to this option.” Corbin is a 1989 graduate of Cedartown High School.
GNTC’s High School Initiatives department has played a key role this year in the dual-enrollment of more than 1,700 high-school students enrolled in MOWR across the college’s nine-county service area. “Helping students get acclimated to college-level coursework without causing financial strain on the families. That’s a huge part of this program,” said Kristi Casey-Hart, Georgia Northwestern Technical College High School Initiatives Specialist.
Any 9th through 12th grader in the state of Georgia, public, private, or home schools student who has earned the required test scores, is eligible to take part in the program. Courses are offered to these students, on-campus and/or online. “Move On When Ready was made to make things easier for our high school students to find success,” said Georgia Northwestern Technical College Vice President of Student Affairs Stuart Phillips. “This is a program which allows the students to earn high school and collegiate credit at the same time. Any student who qualifies academically, with the recommendation of his or her school, can take part. Funding for the program is not based on the income of the student’s family.”
For more information on the Move On When Ready program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, you can contact GNTC at 866.983.4682 (GNTC). For information online, visit them at GNTC.edu, as well as on their Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Google+, WordPress, and YouTube channels. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) and an equal opportunity institute.
Since 1962, Georgia Northwestern Technical College has provided degrees, diplomas, and certificates in business, health, industrial, or public service career paths. This past year, 13,734 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,876 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 5,858 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.