As the 2014/2015 academic year starts, Clayton State University is celebrating the 19th anniversary of the opening of the very first Fayette Center with record numbers of dual enrollment students, new programs designed to support workforce development for the film industry, and new services tailored to assist students to achieve their goals.
“We offer opportunities to take courses on-line, at our site in Peachtree City, and our main campus in Morrow, just 14 miles from Fayetteville. And, the University experiences strong growth in all of our activities here, including partnerships with local communities and businesses,” states Dr. Kevin Demmitt, interim provost and vice president of academic affairs at Clayton State.
Demmitt is a long-time Peachtree City resident who has led the University’s efforts in Fayette County for several years. An active part of the Fayette County community, Demmitt has long been the county’s best advocate for higher education, including the county’s outstanding high school students.
“The most exciting event in Fayette County is the record increase in dual-enrollment,” he exclaims. “The current academic year will see 347 dual-enrolled students from Fayette County taking courses at the Clayton State – Fayette instructional site, located at 100 World Dr. in Peachtree City.”
Dual enrollment provides opportunities for outstanding Fayette County high school students to take college courses for both high school and college credit. Other programs offered at Clayton State – Fayette include, but are by no means limited to, the College of Business’ cohort MBA program; and the career advancement Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) program, which now includes a concentration in the state’s hottest industry, film production. Designed for those academic students coming from technical or associate degree programs, the BAS offers a unique opportunity for students from Fayette County with those degrees to move ahead in their careers in a variety of fields.
Demmitt offers this reflection, “Clayton State has invested 19 years in Fayette which demonstrates a long-term commitment to providing excellent educational opportunities in film, healthcare, business, and other areas relevant to the local economy. I am truly blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of this partnership and hope my fellow Fayette residents will explore the many offerings available.”
For more information please visit http://www.clayton.edu/fayette.