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Census: Minority Population Growing

Census: Minority Population Growing

Putnam County's minority population reached 34.7 percent last year, according to Census Bureau statistics and USATODAY research. Hancock County's reached 76.3 percent and Greene County's reached 44.2 percent. That is the percentage of the population in the county who is another ethnicity other than white non-hispanic.

By Greg Toppo and Paul Overberg, USATODAY (Click for the full, interactive map)

Enrollment on the Rise at OFTC

Enrollment on the Rise at OFTC

Oconee Fall Line Technical College’s (OFTC) enrollment for summer semester 2013 is up 9 percent over last year’s summer term.

“More and more students are looking to Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC) for the kind of affordable education and outstanding training that counts towards a rewarding job in today’s economy,” said Erica Harden, OFTC’s Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs. “New industry announcements in our area are helping people see that jobs are available, and they need to be trained with the necessary skill set to land those jobs.”

Beginning with the Fall Semester 2013, OFTC students who are receiving the HOPE Grant may also be eligible for up to $1,000 of additional financial assistance from Georgia's Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant (SIWDG) Award for Commercial Truck Driving and up to $500 a semester for Early Childhood Care/Education and Practical Nursing.

OFTC Spring 2013 Scholar Lists Announced

OFTC Spring 2013 Scholar Lists Announced

Dr. Lloyd Horadan, President of Oconee Fall Line Technical College, is pleased to announce the 202 students on the President’s List and 396 students on the Dean’s List for the 2013 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 quarterly GPA of 3.0 with a course load of at least 7 credit hours during the semester. 

President’s List Students for:

Baldwin County: Timias Bell, Sherri Kent, Trianna Lawrence, Towada Lundy

Bleckley County: Pamela Allen, James Berry, Ashley Bond, Jennifer Brooks, Ashton Cody, Sara Darsey, Sharon Durham, Connie Floyd, Brian Haynes, Rosa Jenkins, Rachael Lumley, Katalina Munoz, Kelbi Osborne, Jack Quick, Gary Raffield, Jeffrey Skipper, Terri Walden

Putnam Co. 'Head Start' Founder Retires After 48 Years

by Tom George, 13WMAZ.com

STORY HIGHLIGHTS:

- William Gilbert is retiring as Putnam County's Head Start director after serving for 48 years.

- Head Start began in 1965 to give low-income students a chance to attend preschool.

- Some of Gilbert's former students are now doctors and lawyers.

What's Changed? Updates to the HOPE Grant for Fall 2013

What's Changed? Updates to the HOPE Grant for Fall 2013

The only change to the HOPE program in 2013 was to reduce the required GPA for HOPE Grant recipients at the college grade point checkpoints. TCSG students using the HOPE Grant had been required to maintain a 3.0 GPA at those checkpoints. Starting with Fall Semester 2013, the checkpoint GPA will be reinstated to 2.0.

Beginning with the Fall Semester 2013, TCSG students who are receiving the HOPE Grant may also be eligible for additional financial assistance from Georgia's Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant (SIWDG) Award for the following TCSG programs: Commercial Truck Driving, Early Childhood Care/Education and Practical Nursing.

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Deal Signs Bill to Expand Access to Tech Schools

Deal Signs Bill to Expand Access to Tech Schools

ATLANTA, GA -- At the Technical College System of Georgia 2013 Leadership Summit on April 24th, Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law legislation that will lower the GPA requirement for the HOPE Grant, which goes to students in the technical college system. By expanding access to the HOPE Grant, HB 372 will strengthen the state’s workforce development efforts.