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Georgia moves to add 250,000 college grads by 2020

Georgia moves to add 250,000 college grads by 2020

ATLANTA -- A new college initiative is being introduced in the state of Georgia and it's designed to add 250,000 additional graduates from the state's 52 colleges, universities and technical schools by 2020.

That's when economists predict 60 percent of Georgia jobs will require more than a high school education.

The program, "Complete College Georgia," includes a $1-million foundation grant from Complete College America for on-campus remedial courses designed to save students money and set a clear path toward their graduation.

Another focus of the program is to start early to make sure students know what financial obligations could lay ahead.

Financial advisors at Kennesaw State University say 80 percent of their student body receives financial aid.

Cobb hiring 30 teachers because of overcrowding

Cobb hiring 30 teachers because of overcrowding

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Cobb County expects to hire about 30 teachers to cope with overcrowded classrooms.

Superintendent Michael Hinojosa told The Marietta Daily Journal that he will ask the county's school board to approve the new positions during a meeting Wednesday.

Enrollment figures show the district has 105,757 students. That's 1,364 more students than anticipated.

As a result, some classes are well above the district's average student-teacher ratio. The crowding is particularly severe in some of the county's middle schools.

Shuler Hensley named artist-in-residence at KSU

Shuler Hensley named artist-in-residence at KSU

KENNESAW, Ga. -- An award-winning actor from Cobb County has been named an artist-in-residence at Kennesaw State University.

Marietta native Shuler Hensley hopes to bring a flavor of Broadway to the school's College of the Arts.

Hensley has won the coveted Triple Crown of theater awards -- a Tony Award, a Drama Desk Award and an Outer Circle Award. He played Jud Fry in the Broadway revival of Oklahoma! and originated the role of The Monster in the Broadway production and national tour of Young Frankenstein. He also starred in Stephen King and John Mellencamp's original musical Ghost Brothers of Darkland County at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre.

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards searching for top volunteers

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards searching for top volunteers

ATLANTA -- Georgia students in grades 5-12 are encouraged to apply for the 2013 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.

The awards program began searching for its next batch of honorees this week. Recipients of the award are young people who have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service.

"We have been recognizing youth volunteers since 1995 and still, every year, we're amazed by the stories of exemplary community service," Prudential chairman and CEO John Strangfeld said in a statement. "We look forward to honoring the top youth volunteers of 2013 for their selflessness, their initiative and their dedication to changing communities for the better."

Ga. School Superintendent looking for student advisors

Ga. School Superintendent looking for student advisors

ATLANTA -- Georgia's Student Advisory Council is now accepting applications for the 2012-13 school year.

The Student Advisory Council reports to State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge to discuss how decisions made at the state level affect students throughout Georgia, according to Georgia Department of Education spokesman Matt Cardoza.

The council will meet twice during the school year -- Wednesday, Nov. 7 and Wednesday, Mar. 6. Applicants must be available to meet on both days.

All Georgia students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to apply.

"I am looking forward to getting to know a new group of student advisors and discuss how our policies affect them on a daily basis," Barge said in a statement. "We want to make education work for all Georgia's students and hearing directly from them is the best way to ensure that happens."

KSU dean announces retirement

KSU dean announces retirement

KENNESAW, Ga. -- Joseph Meeks, dean of the College of the Arts at Kennesaw State University, will retire next February.

Meeks announced his retirement during KSU's Opening of School activities on Aug. 15. He has been a member of the faculty for 38 years and served as dean for the last 14.

"During the years that Dean Meeks has led the College of the Arts, the college has grown in size, reputation, quality and private support," KSU Provost and VP of Academic Affairs Ken Harmon said in a statement.

Harmon added that the College of the Arts now has more endowed scholarships than any other college at KSU.

Under Meeks' leadership, the college also teamed up with KSU's Michael J. Coles College of Business to create the Joel A. Katz Music and Entertainment Business Program.

Effective Feb. 1, Department of Dance chair Ivan Pulinkala will be named interim chair of the College of the Arts until a permanent dean can be found.

Town Center to host PROBE College Fair

Town Center to host PROBE College Fair

KENNESAW, Ga. -- A national college fair is on its way to Cobb County.

Town Center at Cobb will host the PROBE College Fair from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12.

About 70 colleges, universities and technical colleges will be represented at the fair. All Cobb County high school students and their parents are welcome to attend.

Admission is free, but pre-registration is required. To sign up, visit the PROBE College Fair website and click "register now." Students must bring their completed registration pass in order to get into the fair.