Twenty French exchange students and two chaperones from sister school Lycee Darchicourt in Henin-Beaumont, in northwestern France, are attending Central High School for two weeks.
The students are being hosted by Central High School families and are shadowing their hosts at school and going on field trips around Macon and Atlanta while they’re here.
On Thursday, the group toured sites around Macon as part of their visit.
The group will be in Macon through March 5.
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Central High students will travel to France later as part of the exchange.
CGTC OPENS TECH CENTER
Central Georgia Technical College, along with the CGTC Foundation and Southern Co., hosted a grand opening event for the Charles H. Jones Advanced Technology Center on Wednesday.
Economic development leaders and industrial business representatives attended the event to tour the facility and find out more about the available training opportunities.
The building, the former Toys R Us building on Eisenhower Parkway, was purchased by the CGTC Foundation and has been renovated to offer top-quality training and educational space thanks to a gift from the Charles H. Jones Family Foundation. The primary focus of the Jones Center is to respond to the immediate need for support of the declining manufacturing industry in Middle Georgia.
The Peyton Anderson Foundation also provided a gift of $100,000 for lab equipment. Additionally, Georgia Power supported the establishment of the Jones Center with the donation of more than $1 million in industrial training equipment.
QUESTBRIDGE FINALISTS NAMED
Five college-bound seniors from Bibb County have been named QuestBridge finalists. QuestBridge aims to increase the number of talented, low-income students attending the nation’s top universities. The students were named QuestBridge finalists after the National College Match program did not match them to a school. QuestBridge will continue to help the students gain acceptance and financial aid through the “regular decision” process. More than 1,000 students are admitted through regular decision every year.
The students are: Jennifer Gagne, Central High School; Jocelyn James, Westside High School, Chiamaka Nwokeocha, Central High School; Nicole Wiggins, Central High School; and Auriel Wright, Northeast High School.
NATIONAL “READ ACROSS AMERICA” DAY
To get students excited about reading and encourage more adults to spend time reading with their children, the National Education Association launched its first Read Across America day in 1998. On Monday, NEA’s Read Across America will mark 17 years of celebrating reading and the birthday of Dr. Seuss.
Bibb County schools have events scheduled throughout the week to celebrate. For more information, contact the Bibb Association of Educators at 478-501-2867.
WARNER ROBINS HIGH PRESENTING DR. SEUSS PLAY
The Warner Robins High School Department of Theatre will present Dr. Seuss’s “The Cat in the Hat” on Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. in the Warner Robins High theater. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased online at wrhstickets.com.
FORT VALLEY STATE HOSTING AGRICULTURE CONFERENCE
A two-day conference providing free education to those involved in agriculture, community development and sustainability as well as faith-based organizations is coming to Fort Valley State University. On Friday and Saturday, FVSU’s Cooperative Extension program will host the 38th annual Farm, Home and Ministers’ conference at the C.W. Pettigrew Center in Fort Valley.
The conference themed “Sustaining Healthy Communities for Future Generations” will offer participants multiple workshop sessions. The pre-conference activity begins Thursday at 9 a.m. Anyone interested in attending should pre-register online at www.ag.fvsu.edu or www.wildcatticketoffice.com/. The cost is $75 per participant.
HOUSTON COUNTY HOLDS SOCIAL STUDIES FAIR
The Houston County School System held its annual Social Studies Fair recently at the Museum of Aviation. Ten projects were selected to advance to the Southwest Georgia Regional Social Studies Fair, which will be held at the Houston County Board of Education Herman Ragin Center on Saturday.
Sixty projects from five school systems are registered for the Southwest Georgia Regional Social Studies Fair. The projects will be open for public viewing at 2:30 p.m., and the awards presentation will begin at 3 p.m.
The advancing students are Ellie Angley, Michajah Boyd and Leah Ernst, Kira Liscombe and Caroline Nix from David Perdue Elementary; Evan Parsons from Kings Chapel Elementary; Trystan Silverman and Aiden Malcolm from Pearl Stephens Elementary; Mailey Grace Buzzell and Jacob Brown from Bonaire Middle; and Aiza Aslam and Nivedha Soundappan from Houston County High School.
FVSU, CGTC SIGN AGREEMENT
Fort Valley State University and Central Georgia Technical College signed an articulation agreement recently to increase higher education opportunities for biotechnology students. In December, the schools signed a similar agreement for the criminal justice programs.
The new agreement allows for students receiving an associate of applied science degree in biotechnology at CGTC to seamlessly transfer credits to FVSU to secure a bachelor of science in plant science. Students will benefit by eliminating duplication of coursework and will be able to attain their higher education goals much more quickly.
FINANCIAL AID SESSION COMING UP
OneMacon Business Education Partnership will host its first Financial Aid Saturday event at Southwest High School on Saturday from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The financial assistance sessions are free for students, parents and guardians who may need help completing federal and state financial aid applications for college enrollment. Contact high school counselors by Feb. 27 for a time slot. Southwest High School is located at 1775 Williamson Road in Macon.
CENTRAL GEORGIA TECHNICAL COLLEGE BREAKFAST AND LEARN EVENT
Central Georgia Technical College will host a breakfast and learn event for leaders in the faith-based community in Bibb County. This event will take place at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Ballard-Hudson building on Anthony Road.
Leaders of all faiths and religious organizations are invited to attend to learn more about Central Georgia Technical College and what services are available in the community.
For more information on this event, or to RSVP, call Rosalind Tucker at (478) 757-6669 or email email@example.com.