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Schools to increase use of college and career website

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

COVINGTON -- Newton County middle and high school students will have more opportunities to research college and career planning during the school day.

Newton County School System counselors recently participated in a workshop pertaining to GAcollege411, a website for students, parents, teachers, counselors and administrators to get more information about colleges and careers.

"It provides students with a powerful website that helps Georgia students plan, apply and pay for college by providing scholarship and financial aid information, as well as learn about career planning," said Samantha Fuhrey, director of Secondary Education for NCSS.

Students also can create a portfolio and keep a journal on the site.

It is a free service of the State of Georgia provided by the Student Finance Commission and its Georgia partners.

NCSS has used the site since its inception in 2005, but now with the training, more middle and high school counselors will be able to better use the site to assist students in planning for life after high school starting with sixth-grade students, when students can use the site for start planning for high school, college and financial aid.

Now, NCSS is implementing the program with "more of an orchestrated, defined use," Fuhrey said. "We'll be working with students to assist them with the use of the tool."

The system also has to meet expectations of state law to provide such a service, and the site is one of the tools supported by Georgia Department of Education, Fuhrey said.

High school students mainly will use the GAcollege411 site, while middle school students also will use the Georgia Career Information Center junior site, located at www.gcic.peachnet.edu.

After they create an account, students can access both sites at school or outside of campus.