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4 Gwinnett high schools offering industry certification

4 Gwinnett high schools offering industry certification

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Three technical education programs at four Gwinnett County high schools have earned industry certification.

This distinction is given to programs that have undergone rigorous reviews from industry and business leaders. Students who enroll in them increase their qualifications toward employment in those fields.

The newly certified programs include Duluth High's Engineering and Technology Education program; the Marketing Education programs at Grayson High and Lanier High; and North Gwinnett High's Culinary Arts program.

58 Georgia educators earn "Master Teacher" certification

58 Georgia educators earn "Master Teacher" certification

ATLANTA -- Governor Nathan Deal announced on Tuesday that 58 educators of Georgia schools have earned the "Master Teacher" certification. 

The certification is based on how each teacher demonstrated excellence in student achievement and growth across the 2013 academic year, reported a spokesperson from the Governor's office. 

The "Master Teacher" program began in 2005 with the help of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. A Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) measured classroom performance and academic growth, along with the teachers' professional practice. 

The "Master Teacher" certification lasts seven years, and as long as they qualify, teachers can renew their certificates. 

Kelly Henson, Executive Secretary for the Georgia Professional Standards Commission said, "The 2013 Master Teachers join a group of Georgia's highly skilled and dedicated educators who share a passion for teaching and student learning." 

50 Ga. students earn Horatio Alger Scholarship

50 Ga. students earn Horatio Alger Scholarship

ATLANTA -- Fifty recent high school graduates have received this year's Horatio Alger Georgia Scholarship.

The $5,000 award is given annually to students who overcome personal obstacles to demonstrate academic strength, dedication to community service and outstanding personal character.

"It is a privilege to play a part in these young people's college education," Horatio Alger Association president and CEO Tony Novelly said in a statement. "They have already shown perseverence and courage in the face of adversity, and with opportunities made available through higher education and our free-enterprise system, there is no limit to the things they may achieve."

The Horatio Alger Association have provided nearly $2 million in scholarships to Georgia high school seniors since 1987.

This year's scholarship recipients from Georgia include:

* Megan L. Bauer
Ridgeland HS, Rossville

* Keith A. Berry
Hebron Christian Academy, Dacula

42 Gwinnett students become CNAs

42 Gwinnett students become CNAs

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Several Gwinnett County students are well on their way to having fulfilling healthcare careers.

Forty-two students enrolled in the Nursing Essentials Healthcare class at Maxwell High School of Technology in Lawrenceville have officially become certified nursing assistants, or CNAs, by passing both written and skills performance exams.

"Our students are ahead of the game in terms of starting a future in the healthcare industry," Maxwell High principal Dr. Jeff Hall said in a statement. "By successfully passing the test, our students are qualified to walk into a CNA position today."

Hall added that the students' accomplishments give Maxwell High's CNA program a 100 percent completion rate.

A number of Gwinnett's new CNAs have joined the Gwinnett Medical Center Apprenticeship Program, where they could be offered full-time jobs as patient care technicians.

16 Gwinnett County grads named Georgia Scholars

16 Gwinnett County grads named Georgia Scholars

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- The Georgia Department of Education has named 16 students of Gwinnett County as Georgia Scholars.

Being a Georgia Scholar, according to a Gwinnett County Schools spokesman, means the high schooler achieved excellent school and community life. Of all of Georgia, 115 students received the honor. 

To become a Georgia Scholar, the students started an application process early in their senior year. Their involvement in community activities, along with performance on SAT and ACT exams, GPA, credits earned and extracurricular activities. 

The 16 Georgia Scholars from Gwinnett County include: 

      Lizbeth Peña of Berkmar High

      Keith Jackson of Central Gwinnett High

      Jacob Inderrieden of Collins Hill High

      Dkeama Alexis of Grayson High

      Laurel Davis of Grayson High

Largest graduating class ever to walk Gwinnett County stage

Largest graduating class ever to walk Gwinnett County stage

GWINNETT COUJNTY, Ga. -- Over 10,500 students are getting ready to take part in 21 graduation ceremonies throughout Gwinnett County.

The Class of 2013 is the largest graduating class ever in Gwinnett County, as reported by a Gwinnett County Public School spokesman. 

"We are very proud of this year's senior class and all that these students have accomplished during their academic careers. On behalf of the Board of Education and our community, I congratulate them and wish them the best as they start a new chapter in their lives," GCPS CEO/Superintendent Alvin Wilbanks said. "As the members of the Class of 2013 head off to college and into careers, they will carry the lessons they learned in Gwinnett classrooms with them, which is a testament to our teachers and their hard work and commitment."

School is (almost!) out in Gwinnett County

School is (almost!) out in Gwinnett County

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- The last day of school is fast approaching in metro Atlanta, with some districts dismissing as early as this week.

For Gwinnett County Schools, the last day is Wednesday, May 22.

Other last days of school in the Atlanta area include:

Thursday, May 16
Barrow County

Friday, May 17
Clarke County

Wednesday, May 22
Atlanta Public Schools (traditional)
Cherokee County

Thursday, May 23
Clayton County
Cobb County
Decatur City
DeKalb County
Fulton County
Rockdale County

Friday, May 24
Bartow County
Buford City
Carroll County
Coweta County
Fayette County
Floyd County
Forsyth County
Griffin-Spalding County
Marietta City
Newton County
Paulding County