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Chattahoochee Tech now on semester system

Chattahoochee Tech now on semester system

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Thousands of new and returning students at Chattahoochee Technical College are doing something they've never done before.

They are registering for classes under the semester system -- a first for technical college students in Georgia.

Twenty-five technical colleges statewide are preparing for the final transition from the quarter system to semesters. Their students will now take classes for two 15-week semesters and a summer term instead of four quarters.

This change will align the colleges' academic calendars with those of Georgia colleges and universities, K-12 schools and more than 80 percent of the school systems in the country.

"This is a change that will benefit students," said Trina Boteler, vice president of academic affairs at CTC.

Drivers advised to be cautious in school zones

Drivers advised to be cautious in school zones

PAULDING CO., Ga. -- Paulding County students return to school in just a few short weeks, and the sheriff's office is gearing up to make sure they stay safe in school zones.

Sheriff Gary Gulledge said he and his deputies will patrol school zones and watch for drivers who fail to stop for school buses as part of their daily operations when school begins on Wednesday, Aug. 3.

Georgia law requires drivers to stop in both directions for school buses that are displaying their red flashing lights and have their stop arms activated.

Publix school supply drive to assist Paulding students

Publix school supply drive to assist Paulding students

ATLANTA -- Parents and teachers know that having the right school supplies can mean the difference between a passing or a failing grade for students.

That's why Publix has teamed up with the United Way and several local partners to host the School Tools for Cool Kids program.

Residents can stop by their neighborhood Publix grocery stores from Monday, July 18 until Sunday, Aug. 14 to purchase and/or drop off school supplies in the School Tools bins.

"We encourage customers to donate school supplies to help . . . children begin the school year on a level playing field," said Brenda Reid, media and community relations manager for Publix.

New state student loan program to start Monday

New state student loan program to start Monday

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia students can now apply for low-interest loans aimed to help families that need extra help paying for college.

State lawmakers set aside $20 million this year for the program as part of an overhaul to the lottery-funded HOPE scholarship that cut back the awards for most students. But according to lawmakers, fewer than 6,000 students will get loans.

Tim Connell, president of the Georgia Student Finance Commission, said the average loan award will be $3,500 with a maximum award of $10,000. If requests exceed the money available, a computer will randomly select who gets loans.

Loans will have a 1 percent interest rate. To qualify, students must graduate high school with a 2.5 GPA and maintain at least a 2.0 in college.

Curl up with a good book this summer

Curl up with a good book this summer

PAULDING CO., Ga. -- School is out and those long, lazy summer days are upon us.

While middle school students should spend plenty of time outside, enjoying the sunshine and fresh air, the Paulding County School District would still like to remind them to keep their minds sharp over the summer.

The district has provided a list of entertaining and age-appropriate books for children entering grades six, seven and eight. The lists are broken up by the language arts and social studies classes offered in Paulding middle schools.

For a list of required summer reading for each of the district's high schools, visit the Paulding County Schools website.

6th Grade -- Advanced Language Arts
* Avi, The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
* Gary L.

2 statewide sweepstakes help parents pay for kids' college

2 statewide sweepstakes help parents pay for kids' college

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- Georgia parents have two new opportunities to begin saving for their kids' college educations.

The Path2College 529 Plan is giving significant college contributions to two lucky Georgia children through its Newborn Sweepstakes and Destination College Savings Sweepstakes.

Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal is an advocate of the latter program, which she helped launch during her Read Across Georgia tour last month.

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Through the Newborn Sweepstakes, one Georgia baby born between Jan. 1, 2011 and Dec. 31, 2011 will be awarded $5,529 toward a Path2College 529 Plan.

Paulding Partners in Education Breakfast June 8

Paulding Partners in Education Breakfast June 8

HIRAM, Ga. -- The Paulding County School District will hold a special breakfast for all of its Partners in Education.

The Partners in Education Breakfast will be at 8 a.m. Wednesday, June 8 at Hiram High School (702 Ballentine Drive).

Anyone who has partnered with the PCSD over the past year is invited to attend. For more information, email sroper@paulding.k12.ga.us.