Georgia State Superintendent of Schools Brad Bryant earlier this week named 50 high school students from throughout Georgia to his 2010/2011 Student Advisory Council.
As members of the council, these students will meet three times throughout the school year to advise the superintendent and the Georgia Department of Education (DOE) on how state policies are impacting the classroom. The Student Advisory Council will also discuss other education-related issues and will serve as the State Superintendent’s Office’s ambassadors in their respective schools.
One of these 50 students, Maggie Shiffert, 15, is both a freshman at Coweta County’s Northgate High School, and a freshman at Clayton State University. A resident of Newnan and the youngest Dual Enrollment student at Clayton State, Shiffert was able to take advantage of a change in the DOE’s regulations (allowing high school freshmen and sophomores to take part in Dual Enrollment) over this past summer, and to start taking classes at both Northgate and Clayton State this past August.
The Dual Enrollment program provides one way for high school students to ease their transition into college. These programs allow students to take college courses while still in high school. The courses they complete fulfill high school requirements but also count as college credit. Such programs expose students to the nature of the college classroom, while they still have the support they receive from parents and their high school. Clayton State’s Dual Enrollment program, one of the most successful in the state of Georgia, is under the direction of Dr. Mannie Hall.
Students were chosen for the Student Advisory council based on the strength of a submitted essay, as well as their school and community involvement. The first meeting of the Student Advisory Council will be on Monday, Oct. 25, at the DOE offices in Atlanta.