Reject Anything Less Than Your Dream - - Pursue College
A college degree provides opportunity, but completing one requires intentional preparation and perseverance. Additionally, the navigation of admission, financial aid and degree requirements is often a troublesome maze. Consequently, many capable people go through life without completing a college degree.
Recognizing possible barriers faced by college-bound students, East Georgia State College (EGSC) administrators, staff and students are visiting high schools throughout the region to increase awareness of available resources. Their goal is to share potential roadblocks and help students navigate a direct path to a college degree, regardless of the college being attended.
From this multi-perspective message, students gain an understanding of why a college education is important to one’s future – greater opportunity, higher lifetime earnings, lower chance of unemployment, and less possibility of having to live in a parent’s home. Increasing the number of college graduates is critical for Georgia’s economic future to ensure a highly skilled workforce that is educationally prepared to compete for new business, nationally and internationally.
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.
EGSC students, Amber McNure and Tyler Wilson, open the program in an introductory video message that features Bob the Bobcat, EGSC’s mascot, as he breaks down some of the prominent roadblocks to college.
High school students also receive first-hand advice and motivation from EGSC President Bob Boehmer as he shares how a college education has helped him live his dream. Standing among his audience, Boehmer encourages students to “dream it, prove it, push through the pain, live it, and give back. Reject anything less than your dream.”
Almost a dozen EGSC students are balancing class and work schedules so that they can participate in the high school visits. In their quest to share college’s value, these confident18 to 20 year-olds recount personal experiences, share what college is like for them, and try to alleviate fears by answering questions from the high school students. As a wrap-up, admissions and financial aid staff provide useful overviews and practical advice for being successful in college.
The tours began on February 18, visiting with students at Jefferson County High School and John Hancock Academy.
On February 19, the group visited Thomas Jefferson Academy and Hephzibah High School. The tours continued on February 24, with visits to Vidalia High School and Statesboro High School.
On February, 25, the visiting group continued with Swainsboro High School, Bulloch Academy, and Treutlen County High School. Portal High School and Johnson County High School were visited on February 26.
Southeast Bulloch High School and Toombs County High School were visited on February 27 and on February 28, the group visited Metter High School and Westside High School.
Edmond Burke Academy was visited on March 6, and Cross Creek High School was visited on March 11.
Additional visits to other high schools are forthcoming as East Georgia State College continues its efforts to educate and support the economic vitality of the region by increasing the number of college graduates in Georgia. More information about East Georgia State College’s Complete College Georgia plan can be accessed at http://www.ega.edu/images/uploads/EGSC_CCGPlan.pdf.
East Georgia State College provides access to higher education through Associate of Art degrees and a new Bachelor of Science in Biology degree that support the University System of Georgia’s focus on increasing college graduates for future workforce needs. East Georgia State College students are prepared for 21st century success and benefit from fully accredited face-to-face and on-line programs of study with global transferability, low tuition rates, financial aid assistance, small classes, on-campus apartments and Bobcat athletics. The College also continuously engages the communities it serves through public service and cultural enrichment.