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Dedication to hitting the books has paid off for one Adairsville High School senior, who after juggling high school and college-level courses at Chattahoochee Technical College, will graduate at the top of her class. Eighteen-year-old Amanda Deering, of Bartow County, has been selected to serve as this year’s graduating class valedictorian – an accomplishment she said CTC’s Move On When Ready (MOWR) program helped her achieve.
While in high school, Deering enrolled in Chattahoochee Technical College’s MOWR program as a way to get one step closer to obtaining a degree. Dual enrollment not only allowed her to experience college, but the program also provided her with a better understanding of the workload she will face in the years following high school.
“When I took courses at the North Metro Campus, I was exposed to different people. Most high school students are similar, but my Chemistry Lab partners were adults who are parents of young children,” Deering said. “They work and attend courses. One was an accountant, who realized he didn’t like his job. He has returned to school to get a Physical Therapy Assistant degree. Unlike high school students who are unsure of their future, these adults know exactly what they want to do, and what they have to do to reach their goals.”
College classes also allowed Deering to focus on completing her studies with less emphasis on the projects that accompany most high school courses. She said that high school helped mold her into the person she dreams of becoming, while the courses at Chattahoochee Tech shaped her my mind. Amanda Deering, Adairsville High School Senior
Why MOWR worked for her:
- As a senior the high school classroom can often become stale. MOWR provides a fresh classroom environment as well as the opportunity for online education.
- Her high school counselor, Mr. James “Kelly” Bond, told her about MOWR.
- MOWR allowed her to stay connected at the high school for extracurricular and social activities.
- Enrolled as a high school student from Fall 2013 through Spring 2014
- Earned 25 semester credit hours with a 3.76 GPA
- Saved a tremendous amount of money.
- A lot more free time to work and pick up new hobbies.
How MOWR worked for her:
- Amelia took two semesters at Chattahoochee Tech earning 25 semester credit hours with a 3.76 GPA.
- University of Georgia accepted all the Chattahoochee Tech credits as transferable, though she entered as a new student, Amelia has credits as a sophomore.
- As a first year student at UGA, she maintained a 3.93 GPA. Amelia credits her first year academic success to taking college courses at Chattahoochee Tech as a senior. She was able to develop the time management and study skills need for college curriculum while taking Chattahoochee Tech courses. This helped toward her preparation for attending UGA.
- She is majoring in Marketing and minoring in Italian and anticipating graduation in May 2018. Amelia Rescigno, former student, Pickens High School
I had always been a hard working student, I just felt that my core classes were not challenging me enough. So when I heard about the MOWR program, I decided to investigate. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made in my academic career. The transition from a high school environment to a college one was a relatively painless experience. And the school work was not nearly as overwhelming as I thought it would be. I felt more comfortable learning from someone who has a doctorate in their field of study rather than a teacher reading directly out of the book. I also like getting credits for both high school and college. I would highly recommend the MOWR program at Chattahoochee Tech. Cody C., Pope High School
I began taking college classes at Chattahoochee Tech in the first semester of my junior year. I decided to take the classes full time, which landed me with 48 credit hours now that I’ve graduated. I feel that the dual enrollment program has prepared me for a plethora of things, and not just my future academic endeavors; such as my attendance at Agnes Scott College this fall. Through dual enrollment you learn time management, educational independence, and how to interact with your professors and peers in a way that high school just doesn’t allow. All of these aren’t just things that sound great when you’re applying to other institutions or looking for a job, but they make you a competitive individual. I believe that choosing to do dual enrollment was one of the best educational decisions I could have made for myself as a high school student. Summer B., Homeschooled Student
Before I started the attending Chattahoochee Tech I was a little skeptical. My mother was taking classes here at the time and she had a couple classes with another young lady that was a part of the Move On When Ready Program and she encouraged me to take part in this program as well. Honestly, I was scared to step into the college scene so early, but after some careful consideration I decided to take a chance and get my feet wet.
I have always been a good student, but after taking a few courses I learned what it truly meant to focus and work hard to achieve my goals. It was comforting to know that the College Credit Now Staff was there to help me with this transition whenever I need it. Aside from my academic enrichment, I’ve also been presented with many opportunities as a result. All in all, starting dual enrollment was one of the best decisions in my young life. I definitely had my doubts in the beginning, but as T.S. Elliot said “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” I don’t know what lies ahead, but after my experience I have complete confidence in my future. Robbea P., McEachern High School, 42 credits
The Chattahoochee Technical College dual enrollment program has helped me advance in my studies. I was able to take the classes I needed for graduation as well as complete many of my freshman core classes. It was easy for me to adapt in the college setting and I felt as if not much had changed from being in High school. The teachers are willing to work with you so that you succeed and the course load is a slightly faster paced and more advanced than in high school. Participating in dual enrollment is easier compared to AP because you get the college credit when you pass the class. I am very much involved in my high school even though I am full time at Chatt. I participate in Tennis and I am president of 2 clubs. When attending Chatt Tech you are able to schedule your classes in a way that works best for you. I am glad that I made the decision to participate in the MOWR program at Chattahoochee. When I graduate, I will have 26 college credits. Airiana Carlos-Lee , Sprayberry High School
My junior year in high school I decided to participate in the Dual Enrollment Program. I came into the knowledge of dual enrollment when my older sister was a senior in high school and made the choice to participate. It was a fascinating idea to sequentially work on college courses as well as high school course and receive credit for both……..
The culture of high school is very different from college. I appreciate both. I love the freedom of college; and the community of high school. I am still able to participate in all other activities at my high school like sport medicine, student council, and peer mediation. It takes a lot of maturity to handle amount of responsibility that comes with being dually enrolled, but it is all worth it in the end. Carla B., McEachern High School, 24 credit hours
I started the MOWR program in my senior year and it has been one of the best decisions I have made in my educational career.
I was nervous going into it, thinking that it would be extremely different from what I was used to, but it surprisingly wasn’t. I was happy to find out that most of the course work I was given was independent. They didn’t hold my hand, which I liked. I was surprised by how many other high schoolers were in my classes. The MOWR program has given me the opportunity to make my own schedule as well as get ahead in my college education for minimal cost. I don’t regret making the decision to participate in the MOWR program at CTC; it’s helped me take a step towards my future. Skylar C., Cherokee High School, 25 College Credit Hours
When I first heard about the Accel program I didn’t know if it was the right decision for me.
I gave it a go, and it turned out to be the best decision I could have made as a high school student. The cost is very small, and most things are already taken care of for you. I am receiving credit for both high school and college. When I graduate and head into college full time, all of my core classes will be taken care of. That helps me very much financially. The teachers and counselors were always ready to help to. Anytime I had a question I knew it would be answered. I couldn’t have made a better or smarter choice. I thank the Accel program at CTC for giving me one of the best experiences. Hanna P., Cherokee High School, 29 college credit hours
Participating in the ACCEL program at CTC was the best decision I ever made in high school!
I found out about the program through the counselor at the homeschool academy I attended. At first I wasn’t so sure about starting college classes in high school, but once I started the program I had no regrets. The administrative staff and instructors at CTC were very supportive and made the transition very easy! I was able to receive both high school and college credit at the same time, the cost was minimal because HOPE pays for most of it and I got to make a schedule that was flexible for me! There are also options for in class and on line courses, too. I didn’t miss the busy work of high school and I also didn’t miss sitting in class for 7 hours every day! It was a great decision and I highly recommend it….my sister is doing it this year as a senior and is loving it, too! Aaron N.
I got a chance to start early!
Before attending CTC, I was going to Oakwood High school; days were only 3 hours long. I attended CTC in order to take up the free time I had on my hands, as well as further enhance my education. Chattahoochee Tech came to Oakwood with a presentation about Dual Enrollment and it grabbed my attention. They offered an opportunity to earn college credits while still remaining in high school. So, being dual enrolled was just what I was looking for. I felt that it would be a great opportunity to test my knowledge and obtain a small reality of what college courses consisted of. I did feel nervous as well as anxious about going, however a few days later I felt as if I’ve been attending for years! If you have a chance, Why not take it! Ricardo C.
My experience at Chattahoochee Technical College (CTC) was life changing!
I found out about the MOWR (Move on When Ready) program through counselors at my high school and after learning more about it I was super excited. I felt like I was definitely ready to get out of high school and move on with my education. My first day at CTC I was really nervous and I wasn’t sure where all of my classes were but there were plenty of people there to help me find my classes. Everyone was really nice and helpful! One of my favorite parts about this program is that you get your senior year done as well as some college credit. I also got to schedule classes on my own time that way I could balance work and school. My parents favorite part about the MOWR program was that I got to go into college one year early without having to pay for anything except for books; and for books I got a grant. The experience was worth it and it definitely helped me get an early start! Pamela W.
Attending CTC as a high school senior in the MOWR program has been a rewarding experience.
Although I did not know what to expect being in college with adults of all ages, my experience at CTC has changed my life. Everyone was nice and the CTC instructors have been very helpful to aid me in my course work. When my mom first told me about the MOWR program, I did not want to go. I did not want to skip my senior year in high school because I thought I would not be allowed to go to my senior prom or march with my friends at graduation. However, not only was I allowed to participate in my high activities including sports, but also the MOWR program at CTC has permitted me to be one year ahead of my high school graduating class, with one year of college credits while still in high school.
Allowing you to be one year ahead towards your career is only one of the benefits of the MOWR program. Other benefits include free tuition, free books, and college credits that will not count against the HOPE Scholarship. The program also allows you to make your own class schedule whereas you will not have to sit in class seven hours a day like a traditional high school student. Attending CTC has changed my life for the better. I was able to get my career in Accounting off to an early start thanks to CTC and the MOWR program. Emily Wilson, Accounting Major
Participating in the Accel Program my senior year was the best decision I made in High school!
Junior year I found myself wanting something different, I was tired of High School. I had learned about the dual enrollment program sophomore year, but I decided I was not ready to take on college just yet. Senior year finally came around and I wanted to make my own schedule and become more independent! I wanted to be in college and I was ready to take it on. From the beginning I had so much support from everyone, it was an easy transition. I was a part time student, and I also attended high school at the same time! I loved my schedule, and all my professors were great! I was receiving credit for high school and college, and I saved my parents tons of money! I did not miss out on anything my senior year. I attended all the football games and still managed to have a social life. My parents supported me in every way, and loved seeing me experience college. They become very comfortable with the fact that I would be attending a college far from home. I am excited to attend Georgia Southern in the Fall with more than half of my freshman year done! I am so glad I took the opportunity when I did, and I recommend this program to everyone! It was the best and smartest decision I made! Valeria S., Kell H.S., 18 college credit hours
when I hadn’t even graduated from high school yet, I found that being in the Accel program has been for the definite better. It has given me the benefit of completing almost a full year’s worth of college credits, which counted towards both my high school and college requirements, as well as putting me ahead of other students in my high school graduating class. Another benefit I found by going through this program at CTC was that I could manage my classes to fit into both mine and my family’s schedule better, instead of having to plan according to the traditional seven hour days of high school. Also, all of the teachers I had were very helpful both in and out of the classroom, and the administration staff, as well as my mom, made sure I was going in the right direction, so that all of my high school requirements would be covered for graduation. They also helped me in deciding what other classes I should take that would be useful for what I want to do in the future, instead of being just random, filler classes. Thanks to the Accel program at CTC, I was able to get a head start on working towards a career in the field of psychology. Valerie G. North Cobb High School