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School board, Lanier Tech renew agreement

POSTED: July 10, 2014 1:18 a.m.

In a continued effort to give Dawson County students the best education possible, the Board of Education has renewed its contract with an area college.

During its July 1 work session, the board voted unanimously to renew the dual enrollment program contract with Lanier Technical College.

According to Jeff Fitzpatrick, high school coordinator for Lanier Technical College, Dawson County Superintendent Damon Gibbs is no stranger to Lanier Tech or its dual enrollment course.

“Dr. Gibbs is a product of our dual enrollment courses,” Fitzpatrick said. “We are very proud that he is a product of our system and finished a certificate with us even before graduation from high school. He also taught adjunct with us and now he’s superintendent here.”

The program allows students to take courses from a state public or private college while enrolled in high school and receive credit at both levels, providing an opportunity for the high school to expand curriculum at no extra cost and offering high school students an opportunity to jump-start their college education and career skills.

“We have a lot of Dawson County High School students every year that complete certificates before even graduating,” Fitzpatrick said. “I’m very pleased at the number of students Dawson County provides us with.”

“Thank you for the ongoing relationship,” Gibbs said. “We appreciate what (Lanier Tech) offers our kids in Dawson County and we look forward to extending this relationship.”

The board voted 3-0, with Roger Slaton and Elaine Wilson absent, to renew the contract.


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