Two Middle Georgia colleges have received federal grants to enhance their capabilities to serve low and middle-income black students.
Central Georgia Technical College and Middle Georgia Technical College each received $250,000 under the program, which supports predominantly black institutions with an undergraduate enrollment that is at least 40 percent minority and at least 50 percent low income or first-generation college students, according to a release from the U.S. Department of Education. The department awarded more than $24.6 million to 62 colleges.
Other Georgia grant recipients were South Georgia Technical College, Atlanta Technical College, Augusta Technical College, DeKalb Technical College, Columbus Technical College, Georgia Perimeter College, Savannah Technical College and Albany Technical College.
Veterans High School teacher to be honored in Chicago
Veterans High School English teacher Ike Thompson has received a Teacher of Excellence Award from the Georgia Council of Teachers of English. The purpose of the award, sponsored by the Secondary Section of the National Council of Teachers of English, is to recognize and celebrate high school classroom teachers, according to a release from the Houston County school system.
“Knowing the talented and driven teachers I am surrounded by, both district- and statewide, I am humbled with such recognition,” Thompson said in the release.
“Without a doubt students are the reason I am an educator, but accolades such as this continue to motivate my desire for collaboration with other educators and innovation within the classroom. This is an honor I will strive to be worthy of throughout the rest of my career.”
Thompson will be recognized in Chicago at the National Council of Teachers of English Convention Nov. 19.
Peach County High band wins Best in Class
The Peach County High School Trojan Marching Band won Best in Class recognition at the 35th Annual Phenix Invitation Marching Band Festival in Phenix City, Ala., Sept. 24.
The band defeated several Georgia and Alabama bands with an overall score of 94 out of 100 to win. The Trojans earned the highest rating, superior, in all areas -- drum major, drill team, drum line, flags and overall band.
Compiled by Telegraph staff writer Caryn Grant.