Gwinnett Tech Partners with GCPS for Academic Excellence

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Gwinnett County Public Schools” STEP Academy middle school students in bioscience lab.

Helping students excel is something Gwinnett Technical College believes in wholeheartedly, even off its campus grounds. The college recently partnered with Gwinnett County Public Schools” STEP Academy to support 8th grade students who are at high risk of dropping out of school and working to get#back on track academically.

The science, technology, engineering and mathematics targeted education program is an intensive course of study that offers students the opportunity to complete both 8th and 9th grade in a compressed, one-year schedule. The program not only helps students stay on track for graduation, but also provides an environment where interactive and real-life relevant learning is fostered. With each class taught by a college instructor, the students are exposed to the benefits of a technical education and the importance of continuing their education after high school.

Gwinnett Tech”s Bioscience Program Director, Dr. Philip Gibson, conducts hands-on biotechnology labs at both Sweetwater and Moore Middle Schools. Through his teachings, he introduces his students to the various career options available in the Life Science industry, as well as dual enrollment and certificate#program opportunities offered at Gwinnett Tech.

“This particular group of students is quite competent academically. What we”re trying to do, as educators, is to figure out a way to bring that out of them. The hands-on laboratories developed and delivered by Gwinnett Tech are just the thing to engage these students and bring out their capabilities,”# he says.

In a recent class assignment, students collaborated to build an artificially simulated human heart valve. This is one example of the many engaging projects conducted through the STEP Academy to ensure a student”s knowledge of science and encourage them to continue to strive for success in their own lives.

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