For two weeks at the beginning of every year, East Georgia State College’s President, selected staff and students board the Bobcat Shuttle and tour high schools across the state as part of their College Readiness Tour. This year was their fifth year of the tour, and the group visited 22 schools to promote the benefits of continuing your education after high school.
The theme of this year’s tour was “Creating Your Own Path,” and students from EGSC’s Swainsboro and Statesboro campuses spoke to high school sophomores, juniors and seniors about how attending EGSC allowed them to find what they wanted to do and where they wanted to go in life. Attending students were Garrett Dixon, Monique Johnson, Erick Vilches, Adrianna Minton, Braswell Walraven, Kara Henry, Carlie Dixon, Abigail Johnson, Bethaney Fortner, Madison Bearden, Daryll Henderson, Tanner Peebles, Tiffani Gordon, Tayla Scott and Chelsi Clark.
High school students were then treated to a video about EGSC, then President Bob Boehmer took the floor to talk about the importance of going to college. The emphasis of the tour was not to encourage students to attend East Georgia State College, but to make the choice to attend college in general. He cited facts regarding the amount of money college graduates would make over their careers, rates of incarceration, unemployment and poverty, and even the rate at which college students vote in national elections. At the end of each presentation, the principal of each school visited received a special gift to display and students received bags containing information booklets and a pop socket emblazoned with EGSC’s “Let’s Get Associated” kaleidoscope design.
East Georgia State College presents this tour annually to high school students as part of their personalized approach to college. In line with their core values, this tour reaches many students who are first-generation college students looking at the end of their high school career with no expectation of going on to earn a college degree. The access mission of EGSC provides a less complicated admission process for those students, allowing them to reach their potential and earn a degree, and the College Readiness Tour emphasizes that EGSC is willing to do what it takes to help students attend college, whether they choose to attend EGSC or another college or university.
Schools visited on the tour this year were Tattnall County High School, Vidalia High School, Groves High School, Woodville-Tompkins Technical and Career High School, Bryan County High School, Claxton High School, Screven County High School, Jenkins County High School, Swainsboro High School, Metter High School, Washington County High School, Dublin High School, Jefferson County High School, Thomas Jefferson Academy, Portal Middle High School, Effingham County High School, Cross Creek High School, Harlem High School, Hephzibah High School, T.W. Josey High School, Lucy C. Laney High School and Glenn Hills High School.
Attending the tour from EGSC were President Bob Bohemer and his wife, Joyce, Director of Admissions Georgia Mathews, Vice President for Information Technology Mike Rountree , Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement Norma Kennedy, Associate Vice President for External Campuses Caroline Joyner, EGSC-Augusta Campus Director Nick Kelch, Dual Enrollment Coordinator Brandy Murphy, Admissions Recruiter Jazmine Dekle, Communications Coordinator Katelyn Moore, Technology Support Specialist Joe Canady, Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Deborah Vess and Vice President for Institutional Advancement Elizabeth Gilmer.