Education notebook: FVSU receiving federal funds to promote college attendance

Fort Valley State University is receiving $335,093 in federal funds to help at-risk students finish high school and pursue higher education.

The university is receiving the five-year grant through the federal Talent Search program, one of seven programs that are part of the federal TRIO program.

The U.S. Department of Education is awarding $14.2 million to 43 programs nationwide.

The funds will cover tutoring and financial counseling for 728 participants at FVSU, according to a news release.

The program is aimed toward increasing college attendance among various at-risk groups, including those with disabilities, those with limited English proficiency, first-generation college students, those who are homeless or who are in foster care.

Houston students participate in Duke program

Four Bonaire Middle School students scored at or above the national average of recent high school graduates on at least one part of the ACT or SAT.

Seventh-graders Tristian Hancock, Eric De Valle, Emily Summers and Luke Foster participated in the Duke Talent Identification Program.

The program, in its 32nd year, strives to help academically talented students reach their highest potential, according to a news release.

Candidates are invited to take the college entrance exams to allow them greater insight into their academic abilities.

Midstate educators named 2012 Master Teachers

Several midstate teachers were named 2012 Master Teachers, recognizing them among the state’s best educators.

Four Houston County teachers -- Linda Crego, David Wilds, Larissa Beecher and Bernie Brown -- joined Baldwin county’s Dennis Drummond, Bibb County’s Susan Mason, Laurens County’s Amy Garnto and Bleckley County’s Kristen Rodgers among the 75 teachers named statewide.

To earn the designation, teachers must have at least three years of classroom experience and show that their instruction has led to appreciable gains in student achievement, according to a news release.

The program, established by legislation passed during the 2005 Georgia General Assembly, is coordinated by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

Midstate students receive Georgia Power scholarships

Two Middle Georgia college students have each received a $2,500 scholarship from Georgia Power.

Bryant Benson, of Forsyth, and Tom McBrearty, of Macon, are both attending the University of Georgia, according to a news release. Benson is studying music therapy and education, while McBrearty is studying economics and history.

“We are pleased to be able to present scholarships to these outstanding students who will one day be our leaders. I also take pride in the face that, through this program, we’re taking care of the members of the Georgia Power family,” Georgia Power President and CEO Paul Bowers said in the release.

Georgia Power awarded 21 students with scholarships based on academic achievement, leadership, school and community activities and other criteria.

Peach County High team receives award in international competition

A team from Peach County High School took home second place in its division at the international Future Problem Solving Conference at Indiana University in Bloomington on June 10.

The team, made of ninth- through 12th-grade students, focused its project on building leadership skills at the elementary, middle and high school levels, according to a news release. Among other activities, the team hosted a conference with Georgia Southern Eagle Leadership consultants, featuring “The Hunger Games” actress and Fort Valley native Karan Kendrick as the keynote speaker.

Georgia College has interim dean of business college

Dale Young, associate dean at Georgia College & State University’s College of Business, is now serving as the business school’s interim dean.

Young will oversee the College of Business while Dean Matthew Liao-Troth fills in as Georgia College’s interim provost, according to a news release.

The university is conducting a national search to replace former provost Sandra Jordan.

Young, who has been working at Georgia College since 2002, previously served as the business school’s interim dean before Liao-Troth became dean in 2010.

-- Compiled by Telegraph staff Andrea Castillo and Caryn Grant