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Chattahoochee Tech's early childhood program now accredited

Chattahoochee Tech's early childhood program now accredited

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Chattahoochee Technical College's Early Childhood Care and Education Associate of Applied Science program is now nationally accredited.

Fewer than 200 such programs have achieved such accreditation, according to the college.

To become accredited, a program must meet six core standards in the areas of child development and learning; family and community relations; observing, documenting and assessing children's learning; developmentally effective approaches; using content knowledge; and professionalism.

Accreditation took several months to achieve and involved a visit from the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The accreditation will remain in place for seven years.

Courses for the 72-credit hour early childhood education program are offered at CTC's Canton, Marietta and Paulding campuses, as well as online.

Ga. Connections Academy enrollment opens Mar. 3

Ga. Connections Academy enrollment opens Mar. 3

(WXIA) -- Georgia Connections Academy, a free statewide virtual K-12 school, will begin accepting applications for the 2015-16 school year next month.

Enrollment opens Mar. 3. The school can support 4,000 students; spaces are limited and families are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

A free parent information session will be held Tuesday, Mar. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Hampton Inn Atlanta-Perimeter Center, which is located at 769 Hammond Drive in Sandy Springs. Teachers and currently enrolled families will answer questions and go over the school's curriculum at the session.

For more information about Georgia Connections Academy, visit connectionsacademy.com.

Ga. Department of Education names Student Advisory Council members

Ga. Department of Education names Student Advisory Council members

(WXIA) -- State School Superintendent Richard Woods has named the 64 young Georgians who make up his 2015 Student Advisory Council.

The council is composed of middle and high school students who meet periodically throughout the school year to discuss the impact of state politics in the classroom.

More than 1,000 students statewide applied to join the council. The members were chosen on a series of essays that focused on public education.

"It is essential, as we work to develop child-focused, classroom-centered policies, to hear directly from students," Woods said. "These students feel the impact of our decisions every day and, if we're going to improve their educational experience, we have to bring them to the table."

The Student Advisory Council will meet Feb. 27, Mar. 11 and Apr. 28 at the Georgia Department of Education office in Atlanta.

Several members are from metro Atlanta, including:

East Paulding HS to retire Zack Wheeler's jersey

East Paulding HS to retire Zack Wheeler's jersey

DALLAS, Ga. -- East Paulding High School will retire alumnus and professional baseball player Zack Wheeler's jersey this weekend.

Wheeler graduated from East Paulding High in 2009 and was the sixth overall pick in that year's MLB draft. He was selected by the San Francisco Giants, then was traded to the New York Mets in 2011.

Wheeler made his major league debut on June 18, 2013, against the Atlanta Braves. He is currently a starting pitcher for the Mets.

The jersey retirement ceremony will be Saturday, Jan. 17 at 7:30 p.m., in the East Paulding High gymnasium. While playing for the Raiders, Wheeler compiled a 95-36 record and was named the 2009 Gatorade High School Baseball Player of the Year for Georgia.

Wheeler's jersey will be retired during halftime of Saturday's varsity basketball game.

Threat made against East Paulding High School

Threat made against East Paulding High School

DALLAS, Ga. -- The Paulding County Sheriff's Office is investigating a threat made against East Paulding High School.

Sheriff's Cpl. Ashley Henson said an anonymous message written on a bathroom wall indicated there will be a shooting at the school on Friday.

Henson said the message was not substantiated, but school officials and the sheriff's office take all threats seriously.

Classes will take place as scheduled Friday at the high school, but the school district ordered extra law enforcement officers to be on campus.

Henson said the sheriff's office encourages parents and students to have open lines of communication with faculty, staff and law enforcement any time a threat is made. Parents should also discuss the serious consequences of making shooting threats with their children, Henson said.

AP exam participation: Paulding County

AP exam participation: Paulding County

(WXIA) -- More Georgia high school students are taking -- and passing -- Advanced Placement exams.

Last school year, 89,806 Georgia students took 154,176 AP exams. That's an 8 percent increase in the number of participants and almost a 9 percent increase in the number of tests.

AP exams are graded on a scale of 1 to 5. Passing scores of 3, 4 or 5 often allow the test-takers to earn college credit.

Georgia's seniors earned 86,075 passing scores on their AP exams in 2014, a 9.6 percent increase over 2013.

English Language and Composition was the state's most popular AP exam, followed by U.S. History and World History.

In Paulding County, 934 students took 1,357 AP exams in 2014, and 617 of those exams earned passing scores.

Here are the AP exam breakdowns for each Paulding County public high school:

East Paulding HS
112 students took 141 exams
78 passing scores

Chattahoochee Tech to hold career fair

Chattahoochee Tech to hold career fair

ACWORTH, Ga. -- Chattahoochee Technical College will hold its annual College and Career Expo on Wednesday, Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

More than 90 colleges, universities and companies are scheduled to attend this year's event.

Everyone is invited to stop by the fair, which will be held at the North Metro Campus in Acworth.

Thirteen schools will be represented, including Brenau University, DeVry University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Georgia Southern University, Georgia State University, Kennesaw State University, Life University, Reinhardt University, Saint Leo University, Sherman College of Chiropractic, Southern Polytechnic State University, Strayer University and the University of Phoenix.