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YMCA taking applications for next Christian Leadership Academy

The Effingham YMCA is now receiving applications for the YMCA initiative called The Christian Leadership Academy.
The Christian Leadership Academy, a seven-month program beginning in September, is designed to take 12 rising high school sophomores and juniors from Effingham County public and private schools and train them in the skills of leadership done from a Christian perspective.
"We're really excited about this program,"said Kim Dennis, director of the Effingham YMCA, "The Christian Leadership Academy helps us achieve our mission of 'putting Christian principles into practice' by instilling in young people the values that are necessary to be a ...

July 15, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Technical colleges prepare for the switch to semesters

Georgia's 26 technical colleges will convert from the quarter to semester system beginning with the fall semester in August 2011.
The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) has made a commitment to its 190,000 students to assist them through the conversion with minimal disruption to their studies. Beginning this summer and continuing through summer 2011, the state's technical colleges will offer one-on-one advisement sessions and individualized academic plans to all affected students. Emphasis will be made on easing any student concerns about the conversion and their course credits, graduation dates and financial aid.
The change to a ...

July 12, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


State university system pumps in $12B to economy

A newly released report states that Georgia's public university system made a $12.7 billion economic impact on the state's economy during fiscal year 2009, continuing its record of growing contributions to the state's economic prosperity. The 35 institutions of the University System of Georgia (USG) generated nearly three percent of the state's total jobs during that time.
The Selig Center for Economic Growth in the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business analyzed data collected between July 1, 2008, and June 30, 2009, to calculate the University System's FY2009 economic impact. This work ...

July 12, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


SSU shows its impact on the Coastal Empire

Savannah State University continues to be a major economic engine in the state, pumping $136 million into the Savannah metropolitan economy during fiscal year 2009, according to a study conducted by the Selig Center for Economic Growth in the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business.
The report, released Thursday, updates similar studies conducted on behalf of the Intellectual Capital Partnership Program, an initiative of the University System of Georgia Board of Regents' Office of Economic Development. The $136 million represents a $9 million increase since the FY08 report.
In addition to the $136 million in total economic impact ...

July 08, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


GSU has plans for bringing engineering to schools

Georgia Southern University is working to bring engineering education to middle and high schools around the country, and a major part of that effort will take place this week at a summer institute for teachers.
Georgia Southern is hosting Project Lead the Way, which is a national effort to equip middle and high school teachers with the information and skills they need to incorporate engineering into their curriculum. Teachers from around Georgia and the U.S. will spend two weeks at the University participating in hands-on lessons and activities they can take back to their classrooms.
"This is an incredible ...

July 08, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Late clinics scheduled for school immunizations

The Effingham County Health Department will hold back-to-school immunization clinics July 13 and 27, from 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. each day, at the Effingham County Health Department, 802 Highway 119 in Springfield.
School-aged children are required to get certain immunizations before going back to school. The Effingham County Health Department offers immunizations Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. year-round; however, to make it convenient for parents to get their children immunized, the Health Department will extend clinic hours on July 13 and July 27 until 6:30 p.m.
Parents ...

July 08, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Online learning growing at STC

SAVANNAH-With the start of the 2010 summer quarter this week, students taking online classes at Savannah Technical College will notice a few changes, including a new Internet address for the online courses, easier to view announcements and new rules for testing.
"The news and announcements should help us improve communication with our online students," said distance education specialist Sherry Heidkamp, who coordinates the college's online programs.
The number of online courses offered has topped 100, up from 68 two years ago. At the same time, the number of credit hours earned online has nearly doubled from 6,325 ...

July 08, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Young Farmers selected as state’s best

LEXINGTON, Ky.-Effingham County Young Farmers Program in Springfield has been selected as the 2010 Georgia Outstanding Postsecondary/Adult Agricultural Education Program. Dr. Freddie C. Waltz serves as instructor for the program.
This award, given by the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE), recognizes the nation's most successful agricultural education programs by highlighting the local programs and teachers that achieve success. Winners are educators who have developed an outstanding agricultural education program at either the postsecondary or adult education level. Applicants are judged on a variety of criteria, including teaching philosophy, effective classroom and experiential instruction, development of partnerships ...

July 05, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


AASU honors Pace

Ethan Pace of Clyo has been named a Presidential Scholar at Armstrong Atlantic State University.
To earn that distinction, AASU students must maintain a 4.0 grade point average during two consecutive semesters in the same academic year while carrying a minimum of nine credit hours each semester.
Pace met those requirements for the fall 2009 and spring 2010 semesters.

July 05, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Kaiser graduates from Berea College

Springfield resident Nicholas Kaiser was among the 191 students who received degrees from Berea College at Commencement ceremonies May 23.
Berea is a non-denominational, comprehensive college that offers Bachelors degrees in 32 majors, including arts and sciences and select professional programs as well as independent and student designed majors. Every student receives a tuition scholarship and works at least 10 hours a week to pay living expenses.

July 05, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Hillman, Polk each take 8th at SkillsUSA

In March, at the Georgia SkillsUSA State Skills and Leadership Conference, ECHS junior Christina Hillman won first place in Graphic Communications and won a seat as a state officer. Hillman, now a senior and the daughter of Russ and Linda Hillman of Springfield, attended an officer training camp in May where, after a few days of training, Georgia's officer slate team voted and elected Hillman the 2010-11 state SkillsUSA president.
Hillman attended the National SkillsUSA Conference in Kansas City, Mo., from June 21-25, where, in addition to representing Georgia as its state president, she placed eighth in the nation ...

July 01, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Mock qualifies for BoE

Mose Mock was the lone entrant into the non-partisan races Monday.
Mock, a retired educator, is running for the Effingham County Board of Education 4th District seat, currently held by James Dasher. Qualifying for
the non-partisan races runs through Friday at noon.
Also up for election this year is the District 1 seat, held by Eddie Tomberlin.
Early and advance voting in the general primary will continue through July 16 at the elections and registrations office. The office is at 284 Highway 119 South in Springfield.
Voting can take place between 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

June 28, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


School board gives OK to FY11 budget

The Effingham County Board of Education approved the county's proposed mill rate at 15.33 and a balanced budget for fiscal year 2011 at its meeting Thursday night.
The central office spent an entire year analyzing every area to realize savings and hedge against state and federal cuts, and the BoE approved the $81,187,988 expected revenue with expenditures estimated at $81,184,952. This is approximately a $5 million drop from the original FY10 budget.
Superintendent Randy Shearouse explained to the board where the revenues have changed over the past two years and where state funds had ...

June 28, 2010 | By Calli Arnold | Education


Christensen to attend West Point seminar

Micah Christensen of Guyton, a junior at South Effingham High School, was selected to be among 1,100 attendees at West Point's prestigious Summer Leaders Seminar.
More than 4,000 juniors nationwide applied to SLS, which offers outstanding high school juniors the opportunity to experience life at West Point, the
"Best College in the Country," according to Forbes Magazine. SLS attendees live in the cadet barracks, eat in the Cadet Mess and participate in academic, leadership, athletic and military workshops. The one-week seminars are designed to help juniors with their college-selection process while giving them an idea of the ...

June 28, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


GSU announces spring dean's list

Georgia Southern University recently recognized 2,145 students for excellence in academics on the 2010 spring semester Dean's List. To be eligible for the Dean's List, a student must have at least a 3.5 grade point average and carry a minimum of 12 hours for the semester. The following students from Effingham County earned Dean's List honors:

June 28, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


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Kight wins Exchange Club speech contest

Rebecca Kight, a senior at South Effingham High School, won the Exchange Club of Effingham County's speech contest. The theme was citizenship, and Kight ...

March 30, 2016 | Staff report | Education


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