Georgia College Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Kelli Brown was delighted to host the first STEM Summit on campus.
From the GC Early College perspective, increasing understanding of science and mathematics produces better-prepared k-12 teachers and students pursuing STEM degrees and vocations. The Early College program wants to shape forensic curriculum into its day-to-day magnet.
Brown hoped “to provide fertile ground for the CAPS-ATL consortium concept to sprout and blossom.”
The 10,000 square feet Wilkes building will offer this consortium of colleges and universities a well-equipped laboratory.
“Your students and teachers will have access to the instrumentation in that building. That’s the plan,” Davis told the STEM supporters.
From elementary school to college level, insufficient instrumentation access limits national advancement in analytical and forensics fields. CAPS-ATL plans to bridge the gap.
“As a lab director, one of the worst things we hate is to have to spend seven months training a recent college graduate. They don’t have a clue,” Davis said. “We need hands on. At the elementary school level, these kids can learn basic instrumentation.”
Dr. Murrell Godfrey, director of the Forensic Chemistry Program at Ole Miss, said the training equipment and space is vital.
“Even at the University of Mississippi, we have to turn students away because we don’t have the facility and the time to train them. With this in Milledgeville, we can send students here during the summer, which will save us at least a year’s worth of in lab training,” Godfrey said.
Dr. Joycelynn Nelson, a Milledgeville native and CAPS-ATL vice-chairman, said the town’s future lab would influence STEM subject matters that sway billion dollar conversations and investments.
Developing a global perspective and inclusive mindset at an early age can address the 14 worldwide grand science challenges described by keynote speaker Dr. Erick Jones from the University of Texas-Arlington.