Education Notes: First Advanced EMT grad from WGTC

From Staff Reports
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West Georgia Technical College has produced the first Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) graduate in the state of Georgia. 
Jason McElroy, who graduated from the AEMT program in December 2011, was the first West Georgia Technical College student to receive an AEMT license.
“We were very proud when our first group of AEMT students completed their course in December 2011,” said Paramedic/EMT Department Chair Tracey Smith. “Jason McElroy was the first in the state of Georgia to apply for licensure and receive his AEMT number   license as number one.”
“We are proud to provide our students with the newest, most up to date courses available,” West Georgia Technical College President Skip Sullivan said. “This is a tremendous achievement and we are very proud of him.”
An AEMT has more knowledge base in pathophysiology and can distribute more medications to the patient than an EMT. 
The AEMT certificate is a one year program in which the first two semesters cover the basic EMT curriculum and the last semester covers the AEMT curriculum. When the student successfully completes the program, the student is eligible to take the NREMT   (National Registry Emergency Medical Technician) practical and written exam. Once the student successfully passes the NREMT components they are ready to apply to the State Office of EMS for licensure as an AEMT.
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MERCER INFO SESSIONS APRIL 26 AND MAY 3
Mercer University Newnan will hold information sessions Thursday, April 26 and Thursday, May 3 for its public safety degree programs. 
Mercer Newnan currently offers both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in public safety. The information sessions will begin at 6 p.m. in room 610 at Central Educational Center,160 Martin Luther King Drive, Newnan.
For more information, contact Lou Robinson at 770-683-6115 or Robinson_l@mercer.edu .
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‘RAGTIME’ AT NEWNAN HIGH APRIL 28-MAY 1
Newnan High School fine arts will present the musical “Ragtime” at the NHS auditorium April 28-30 and May 1.
Based on the novel “Ragtime” by E.L. Doctorow, the show features music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens.
General admission tickets are $8 and are available at www.showtix4u.com . Shows start at 7:30 p.m. April 28, April 30 and May 1 and 2:30 p.m. April 29. For more information, call 770-254-2880, x248.
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BREWTON-PARKER OFFERS FRESHMAN SCHOLARSHIP
Brewton-Parker College seeks to address growing concerns about college affordability by offering the Baron Ace Scholarship to academically qualified freshmen and transfer students enrolling in fall semester 2012. 
The scholarship provides students with the opportunity to earn $30,000 in scholarships over a four-year period. Scholarship selection is competitive based on community and church involvement.
For freshmen, the minimum criteria for consideration are scores of 450 for both the math and verbal portions of the SAT and a 3.25 high school GPA at the time of application. Minimum scores of 20 for both the English and math portions of the ACT   are acceptable.
For transfers, the minimum criteria for consideration are a 3.5 transfer GPA or Phi Theta Kappa membership. Both freshmen and transfers are required to maintain a 3.0 GPA and to participate in one of the following Baron Choice clubs: Baron Student   Ambassadors, Baron Choir, Glimpses of Truth, Baron Spirit Squad, Baron Hot Peppers or Baron Tutors. 
This scholarship will supplement any federal and state money the student may be eligible to receive or any other Brewton-Parker scholarships he or she may be offered.
Space is limited, so contact the Office of Admissions at 912-583-3265 or email admissions@bpc.edu .
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ECHOSTAGE TO PRESENT ‘9 TO 5’ AT CENTRE
Echostage (East Coweta High on Stage) will present its spring musical, “9 to 5,” at the Centre for the Performing and Visual Arts May 10-12.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. each night with shows starting at 7 p.m. Senior/student tickets are $8 and General Admission tickets are $10. They can be purchased from any Echostager, at the ECHS main office, or at the box office on performance nights.
For more information, join the “Echostage Presents 9 to 5” event on Facebook.
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NEWNAN CENTER TO HOST JR. ENGINEERING CAMPS
University of West Georgia Continuing Education will offer junior engineering and vehicle engineering camps Tuesday through Friday, May 29-June 1, at UWG Newnan Center, 7 Solar Circle.
Junior Engineering 1, a hands-on learning and building experience, is for students in second and third grades and will be held from 9 a.m.-noon each day. Participants will work in pairs to creatively build and modify machines through basic engineering   skills using unique LEGO® kits.
Concepts taught will include basic engineering principles, simple machines, forces in motion, problem solving and communication skills. Cost of the camp is $109.
Vehicle Engineering is for students in fourth, fifth and sixth grades and will be held from 1-4 p.m. each day. Participants will work in pairs to build up to 13 different motorized vehicles capped off with a final project using unique LEGO® kits. 
Vehicles will include everyday vehicles, concept cars, construction machines and more. Students will learn a variety of concepts throughout the class, including basic engineering principles, gearing and gear ratios, electric motors and energy, problem   solving, forces in motion and communication skills. Cost of the camp is $109.
Registration deadline is May 14 for Junior Engineering 1 and for Vehicle Engineering. For more information, contact Pat Hines at 678-839-6611.
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HONORS
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College: Allison F. Gordy of Sharpsburg, discipline award in Forest Technology from the School of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
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DEAN’S LIST
North Central College: Olivia Lopes of Newnan.
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(Submit education news to rebecca@newnan.com .)


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