Education Notes: Riley chosen for master’s program at Texas A&M’s Bush School

From Staff Reports
Mary-Christina Riley has been admitted to the Master of Public Service and Administration (MPSA) degree program at Texas A&M University’s Bush School of Government and Public Service in College Station, Texas.
Riley, daughter of John and Dana Riley of Newnan, joins sixty-one other first year MPSA students at the School, which is ranked in the top 13 percent of public policy programs at public universities in the country. The entering MPSA class includes students from 52 institutions in 22 states and five countries.
Founded in 1997, the Bush School of Government and Public Service is a professional graduate school offering master’s degrees in public service and administration and in international affairs.
A nonpartisan institution dedicated to defining excellence and nurturing future leaders in the noble ideals of public service, its mission is to prepare principled leaders for government and public service, conduct research, and perform service.
CEC to hold College Probe Fair and Open House Oct. 1
Central Educational Center will host more than 50 colleges, schools and universities during its College Probe Fair and Open House Oct. 1.
All high school juniors and seniors are urged to attend the event, where exhibiting educational institutions will offer information about their programs and courses of study.

The event will be held from 6-8 p.m. For more information, contact Nora Ann Wood at CEC, 678-423-2000, Ext. 292.

Computer classes offered at UWG’s Newnan Center

The University of West Georgia’s Continuing Education Department is offering computer classes at the Newnan Center campus on Solar Circle in Newnan. Offerings include:

• Excel 2010 Intermediate Course – Friday, Oct. 19 from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. This course is being offered at the intermediate level for attendees with some knowledge of Excel 2010. The goal is for the student to become proficient in such tasks as consolidating data, using advanced chart formatting options, sorting and filtering data, using special formatting options, using templates, using error tracing features, protecting worksheets, and linking worksheets and workbooks.

• PowerPoint 2010 Basic Course – Friday, Nov. 16 from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. This course is being offered at the basic level for attendees with limited knowledge of PowerPoint 2010. The goal is for the student to become proficient in getting started with PowerPoint, creating a basic presentation, formatting text on slides, adding graphic objects to a presentation, working with tables, importing charts, WordArt, and preparing to deliver a presentation.

• Access 2010 Basic Course – Friday, Dec. 14 from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. This course is being offered at the basic level for attendees with limited knowledge of Access 2010. General topics to be discussed are organizing data efficiently, starting Access, opening Access databases, creating a database, creating tables and working in tables, modifying a table’s design, fields and records, data entry rules, simple queries, using forms and working with reports.

Cost is $95 per class and registration is available by mail, phone, fax or online. For more information or to register, visit or call 678-839-6611.

UWG to offer ‘College for a Day’ Nov. 10

Students interested in studying science in college are invited to experience a day in the life of a sciences student at the University of West Georgia’s “College for a Day” program Nov. 10 on the Carrollton campus.

Faculty in UWG’s six science departments have planned a series of course offerings, including:

• Physics – “Astrophysics: A Look at the Sun” and “Superconductivity: An Energy Solution?”

• Mathematics – “Simple Lego Towers and Complex Numbers”

• Geosciences – “Land Cover with Google Earth” and “Reconstructing Prehistoric Animals”

• Computer Sciences – “Dancing Robots”

• Chemistry – “ReAction” and “Catastrophic Chemistry”

• Biology – “Beekeeping 101,” “Animal Communication through Color and Sound” and “Introduction to Molecular Biology”

For more course information, a detailed schedule and registration instructions, visit .

Youth Leadership Coweta open to high school juniors

Registration is open for Youth Leadership Coweta, a program designed for high school juniors aimed to develop leadership potential and acquaint participants with community needs, problems and resources through interaction with local leaders and decision-makers.

A partnership between Summit Family YMCA and District 4 Health Services, the program is free to participants but requires a seven-month commitment of approximately 2.5 days per month and participation in a service-based learning project.

Applications must be submitted through high school guidance counselors. For more information, call Nora Ann Wood at Central Educational Center, 678-423-2000, Ext. 292.

Mercer’s Tift College information session Sept. 27

Mercer University’s Tift College of Education will hold an information session at the Coweta County School System’s Werz Industrial Boulevard offices Thursday, Sept. 27, from 3:30 p.m.-6 p.m.

Information will be provided about Mercer’s B.S.Ed. in early care and education with a preschool special education endorsement and M.Ed. in early childhood education with an optional endorsement in ESOL, reading, science or math. Both are accelerated degree programs which students may earn in less than a year.

For individual appointments, contact Lou Robinson at 770-683-6115 or

Free GED classes offered in Grantville and Senoia

Free GED classes currently are being offered in Grantville and Senoia.

Classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Grantville’s Clements-Malcolm Community Center, where volunteer teachers work with students from 7-9 p.m. For information on attending, volunteering or donating materials and supplies, contact Shelly Smith at 678-793-7574 or .

Orientations for Senoia classes are scheduled for Oct. 15 and Oct. 17 from 5-8 p.m. at the HFL Resource Center, 7285 Hwy. 16. Prospective students must call ahead to reserve a space and are required to attend all six hours of their assigned orientation sessions.

October’s orientations are the last of 2012. Orientations will begin again in January. Call 770-599-1746 to make a reservation.


Jacksonville State University: Jenny Raspberry of Newnan; Tess Echols of Fayetteville, cum laude, special honors in communication; Brandon Dodge of Peachtree City.


Valdosta State University: Maya Austin of Newnan, Deserving Student Scholarship; Sarah Moseley of Newnan, Golden Circle Scholarship; Ashley Dailey of Palmetto, Odum Scholarship; Jasmine Johnson of Fayetteville, Georgia Gulf Sulfur Business/Athlete Scholarship; Jean-Marcel Scutt of Fayetteville, Music Alliance Scholarship; De’Arius Howell of Fairburn, Piano Scholarship.

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