Published Sunday, February 03, 2013
From Staff Reports
Four Coweta County high school students from the Central Educational Center recently participated in a video shoot with Georgia Lt. Governor Casey Cagle at the Georgia Public Broadcasting’s Atlanta studios.
The short video will be used statewide by the Lt. Governor’s office and others to encourage and promote college and career academies in the state of Georgia. Coweta’s Central Educational Center (CEC) charter school was the first such school in Georgia, and has served as a model for the 25-plus other Georgia communities that have developed their own academies.
Amber Rogers, Leah Gailliot, Josh Bruce and Brittany Clifton met Cagle at the Georgia Public Broadcasting to shoot the video and engage in a highly unique learning opportunity. The students – all a part of CEC’s Work-Based Learning Program – are veterans of CEC Video Productions Director Michael Britt’s class, and work with NuLink Digital and other organizations on video projects.
“I had no idea what to expect when I walked in the set,” said Gailliot, a Northgate High School senior. “I was nervous and excited at the same time,”
“The set was really surprising," said Clifton, a Newnan High School junior. "I had never seen so much green before."
Cagle was asked to star in the college and career academy video production, and the students were able to experience the entirety of the shoot, as well as participate in it. During the filming, Mark Whitlock, CEO of the Central Educational Center, asked the students to briefly describe what impact CEC has had on each team member. The student’s answers ranged from hands-on experience to career choices to relevance and equal opportunity.
After Cagle finished the video, the students were able to see the rest of Georgia Public Broadcasting’s facility.
“I enjoyed watching the video being filmed, but the behind the scene tour was my favorite part,” Clifton said.
“I was kind of left speechless when they asked us if we had any questions after the tour, and I just couldn’t think of one to ask,” said Bruce, an East Coweta High School junior.
The students said they enjoyed the out-of-the-classroom learning experience and that they were grateful for CEC.
“I don’t think I would be as passionate as I am about learning and education if it wasn’t for CEC,” said Rogers, a Newnan High School senior. “I definitely owe a lot of my success that I have at a young age to Central Educational Center.”
“They did a great job,” said Britt. “They were able to confirm that the practices and equipment they are exposed to at CEC are the same quality and same level at a professional studio such as Georgia Public Broadcasting.”