Many capable people avoid choosing to attend college because the navigation of admission, financial aid and degree requirements are often too confusing and overwhelming. In an effort to alleviate these barriers, East Georgia State College (EGSC) administrators, staff and students recently completed the college’s 7th annual College Readiness Bus Tour.
Over eleven days and 1712 miles traveled, 25 high schools were visited and 5,361 high school students received resources and advice to navigate a sensible, direct path to post-secondary education, regardless of the college attended. From this multi-perspective message, students can gain an understanding of why a college education can expand opportunities and improve one’s quality of life.
The visits are part of EGSC’s Complete College Georgia campus plan, a statewide effort in collaboration with the University System of Georgia and the Governor’s Office to dramatically increase the number of Georgian’s completing college degrees by 2020, which is critical to Georgia’s economic future to ensure a highly talented workforce.
In addition to staff attending the tour, EGSC students also balanced class and work schedules to participate in the high school visits. Following an introductory video about EGSC, these confident18 to 20 year-old student leaders recounted personal experiences, shared what college is like for them, and tried to alleviate fears by answering questions from the high school students.
High school students then received advice and motivation from EGSC President Bob Boehmer regarding the importance of post-secondary education. Audiences listened attentively to the presentation, “We are Our Choices,” as President Boehmer shared how the knowledge explosion has dramatically changed transportation, communication, and jobs during his lifetime, and how rapidly things will change in the students’ working life.
The tours began on February 25, visiting with students at Emanuel County Institute, Swainsboro High School and Vidalia Comprehensive High School.
On February 26, the group visited Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School and Washington County High School. The tours continued on February 27, with visits to Jefferson County High School, Thomas Jefferson Academy and Warren County High School.
On February 28, the visiting group continued with Lucy C. Laney High School, Harlem High School and T.W. Josey High School. Glenn Hills High School and Hephzibah High School were visited on March 1. Richmond County Technical Career Magnet School was visited on March 4 and on March 5, the group visited Cross Creek High School and Lakeside High School.
On March 6, the group visited the Liberal Studies Program at Savannah High School and Islands High School. Robert W. Groves High School, H.V. Jenkins High School and Woodville Tompkins Career and Technical High School were visited on March 7.
On March 8, Southeast Bulloch High School and Bryan County High School were visited. The tour concluded on March 11 with visits to Claxton High School and Metter High School and Tattnall County High Schools.
At the program's conclusion, students received a booklet about preparing for college and a multi-device charger. Each school was presented a Red Bud tree and a commemorative plaque in support of EGSC’s Tree Campus USA and Bee Campus USA designations, as well as to signify the partnership between EGSC and the high school.
Additional high schools will be added to the 2020 Bus Tour as East Georgia State College continues to educate and support the economic vitality of the region by increasing the number of college graduates in Georgia.