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Georgia Cyber Academy graduates first class

Georgia Cyber Academy graduates first class

(WXIA) -- The Class of 2014 is the very first class to graduate from Georgia Cyber Academy, the state's free online public school.

The school will hold a graduation ceremony at noon on Saturday, May 31 at the Gwinnett Center. More than 300 graduating seniors are scheduled to walk across the stage.

"We're so proud of each of our graduates, all of whom have taken the individualized learning that comes with GCA's online curriculum and worked with GCA's world-class teachers to adapt it to best serve and support their own academic successes," GCA head of school Matt Arkin said in a release.

OFTC welcomes Gore as New VP of Economic Development

OFTC welcomes Gore as New VP of Economic Development

Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC) recently welcomed Joe Gore as its new Vice President of Economic Development. In the position, Gore will be responsible for the development of innovative, entrepreneurial and strategic initiatives designed to respond to economic development and training needs for the eleven counties of Georgia serviced by OFTC.

"As our state looks more to our community and technical colleges to provide the workforce solutions necessary to help move our communities forward, it is critical that we have someone in place to lead this effort who has an understanding of how to grow and enhance our existing programs as well as build capacity for the future," said OFTC President Dr. Lloyd Horadan.

Sport Fencing growing at high school and middle school levels

Sport Fencing growing at high school and middle school levels

Many parents and educators across the U.S. are coming to realize the benefits to students of Olympic Sport Fencing.  Sport fencing has been a small but ever present sport in America since the 19th century.  Usually, and erroneously, associated with the privileged class, it has found little place at large in the ball dominate sports arena in America.  However, that view has been changing rapidly over the 25 years.  The U.S. has grown steadily in world prominence including generation of World Champions and Olympic Gold and Silver medalist.  This growth is attributed with broader media coverage but also with a concerted effort by coaches and fencing enthusiast to promote this exciting sport at the middle school and high school levels around the country.  This moves fencing out from the traditional private salles (clubs) and college environments so as to make it accessible to everyone who is interested. 

OFTC Spring 2014 Scholar Lists Announced

OFTC Spring 2014 Scholar Lists Announced

Dr. Lloyd Horadan, President of Oconee Fall Line Technical College, is pleased to announce the 198 students on the President’s List and 370 students on the Dean’s List for the 2014 spring term.

To be eligible for the President's List, the student must maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher with a course load of at least 12 credit hours during the semester. To be eligible for the Dean's List, the student must maintain a GPA of 3.0 with a course load of at least 7 credit hours during the semester. 

OFTC’s Meeks recognized as a finalist for the 2014 TCSG Instructor of the Year

OFTC’s Meeks recognized as a finalist for the 2014 TCSG Instructor of the Year

Atlanta, GA – Kim Meeks, an English instructor at Oconee Fall Line Technical College, was recently honored as one of the nine finalists for the Technical College System of Georgia’s 2014 Instructor of the Year.

The top instructors from each of the state’s 24 technical colleges and the technical division at Bainbridge State College, which is part of the University System of Georgia, compete for the Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction.

The finalists for the award were recognized and congratulated by TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson during a banquet in honor of the system’s best instructors and top students at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Atlanta on April 24th.

Hancock County restaurant ratings

Hancock County restaurant ratings

See how Hancock County restaurants rated with the Georgia Department of Health from March 25-April 25:

  • 95-Mr. Hong Kong
  • 85-Pizza Plus

Report cards for Georgia schools released

Report cards for Georgia schools released

ATLANTA (AP) - State education officials say Georgia's elementary and middle schools improved overall during the last two years. But high schools on average are struggling to boost their students' performance.

That's according to new data released on Monday. The state is releasing two years of scores for school districts, including an update to previously released 2012 numbers.

The original 2012 numbers were the result of a similar system, rating schools on a scale of 100.