Sam Hart, President, Middle Georgia Center for Academic Excellence
Middle Georgia Center for Academic Excellence
Established in 2002, we are a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding college and postsecondary education opportunities for low-income and potential first generation college students. We provide assistance to 1,250 middle and high school students annually through Federal TRIO Programs (Talent Search and Upward Bound) designed to help students overcome class, social, academic and cultural barriers to higher education.
Greatest contribution the Middle Georgia Center for Academic Excellence makes in Middle Georgia.
We contribute significantly by increasing the number of students attending and graduating from college. We have assisted with the college enrollment of over 2,500 low-income and first-generation college students by integrating them into college campuses with the background to be successful. We also provide employment for 10 full-time professionals and approximately 20 part-time employees.
Why education is such a powerful, life-changing tool.
Education helps to level the playing field and helps people escape the limitations imposed by poverty and being first-generation college students. Many students are limited because neither of their parents went to college and they’re unaware of the opportunities that exist. Education broadens horizons and gives young people the tools to move beyond their beginnings and family circumstances. For the poor, education is a way to get a good job and get to the middle class.
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My hope for Education Together.
We must increase our community partners and create a continuum of educational support that starts early in children’s lives and lasts through college. Education Together is expanding college access and encouraging young people to stay in the area, providing measureable benefits to the community. I hope we will broaden experiences for students through internships, to show them there are good job opportunities in Middle Georgia. We joined Education Together to make an investment in intelligence.
How I will define the success of Education Together.
Our success will be defined by four things: an identifiable coalition that builds on its collaboration with other advocacy organizations for a better Middle Georgia; students who remain in the region and become engaged and productive citizens; organizations and citizens involved in transforming public education; and greater access and success for all students at the postsecondary level.
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