The Union Recorder

April 8, 2013

BHS students provided access to post-secondary opportunities

Vaishali Patel
The Union-Recorder


Baldwin High School students will be given the opportunity to visit area post-secondary educational institutions to learn firsthand the importance of advanced education and prepare them for the college experience during the second annual College Access Event. Communities In Schools of Milledgeville-Baldwin County is able to implement the program this year with funding provided through the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Chamber of Commerce.

One hundred Baldwin High sophomores and juniors will visit the Milledgeville campus of Georgia Military College Tuesday. The group will be greeted by Chamber of Commerce President April Bragg and Mayor Richard Bentley in the Old Capitol Building before splitting into groups to tour the campus. Students will also receive information regarding financial aid, college transition and the college admissions process during a question and answer session with former Baldwin High graduates and current GMC students.

“These students, who have at least a 2.5 GPA, will be selected through a cooperative effort by teachers and counselors. This event will be focused upon students who might not readily have access to post-secondary school opportunities, yet who demonstrate both interest and ability,” Oconee Prevention Resource Council Executive Director Judith Keim said. “High school sophomores and juniors need to think about what they’re going to do after graduation, so getting a feel for these buildings that these students pass by all the time will hopefully open the door and they will be receptive to visit other schools as well.”

The same 100 students will also visit Central Georgia Technical College and Georgia College Tuesday, April 16 to tour facilities and learn about various courses offered.

“If students come with the idea that they’re going to enjoy what the future holds for them and are excited to learn about the next steps, they will have a great field trip experience,” Keim said. “[Furthering your education] doesn’t have to be an impossible dream; you can start right here for your future.”

Students will also complete a survey before and after each campus visit to help develop and promote the College Access Event even further in the long-run.

“Our idea in the long-range would be to develop a College Access Team like Georgia College has ambassadors. Maybe there can be a few students who would be interested in sharing highlights of Baldwin High School and teachers can have a half-hour college discussion in the classroom versus taking a field trip,” Keim said. “We would be building our own resource.”

All three visits will be recorded on video for school counselors and teachers to use the CD’s as another resource inside the classroom. 

“Baldwin High School has three counselors for 1,300 to 1,400 students. The resources are limited, and even though they have college nights and college fairs, students don’t have the opportunity to actually visit some of these colleges that are right here in their own backyard,” Keim said. “It’s incredibly generous of the school system to let these students go for two days. By having support of the school and teachers, I think this is an opportunity they will not find in other communities. I think this has great potential to become an annual event.”

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