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Learning center to host ‘Summer Transition’ program

School Notebook 05-30-14

FOREST PARK — Little Ones Learning Center will host a free transition program sponsored by the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning’s Bright from the Start.

Little Ones Learning is a two-star quality rated center and one of few sites selected statewide to administer the Pre-K Summer Transition Program, said Wande Meadows, the center’s co-director.

Meadows said the program is not a summer camp, but it focuses on kindergarten readiness and family enrichment activities.

Pre-K Summer Transition is a six-week program, from June 2 until July 11. It targets children from low-income families who have never been in the Georgia Pre-K program and will be entering kindergarten in the fall.

The program offers interactive instruction focused on language, literacy and math. Meadows said the experience is designed to reduce the achievement gap by providing additional family support and resources to high-needs populations.

Little Ones Learning is at 993 Forest Ave. in Forest Park. For eligibility requirements, call 404-361-8886.

Clayton school district is hiring teachers

Clayton County Public Schools is in need of more teachers. Officials said certified and highly-qualified educators are particularly encouraged to apply for jobs with the district.

Organizers are planning a teacher jobs fair Friday to be held in the Mundy’s Mill High cafeteria, 9652 Fayetteville Road in Jonesboro. The event consists of two sessions — a morning session from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. and an afternoon session from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.

Candidates are asked to complete an online application at www.clayton.k12.ga.us. Applicants are encouraged to arrive early for the jobs fair.

State representative co-hosts youth jobs fair

State Rep. Valencia Stovall (D-Lake City) is planning to co-host a youth jobs fair called, “Serious About Success: A Job Fair Experience for Youth.”

The two-day event — set for Friday, from 5:30 p.m. until 8:15 p.m., and Saturday, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. — will be held at Hearts to Nourish Hope, 640 Highway 138 SW in Riverdale.

Other co-hosts for the jobs fair are Hearts to Nourish Hope, Brilliancy Self Awareness Program, CHP International Job Corps and Sisters In Action Inc.

“The collaboration of these five organizations is essential for ensuring our youth gain summer employment and prepare for their future careers,” said Stovall.

The event will include workshops on resume building, interviewing skills, retaining employment and onsite interviews.

Youth ages 16-21 from Clayton, Fayette and Henry counties are encouraged to attend. Professional business attire is required.

Register for the jobs fair is available at www.HeartsToNourishHope.org. Employers who are interested in attending should call 770-997-4511, or email mabel-stockham@heartstonourishhope.org, or SMcClendon@heartstonourishhope.org.

Schools, parks and recreation to participate in ‘summer feeding program’

Clayton County Public Schools is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided free to all children beginning Monday.

Acceptance and participation requirements for the program and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.

Meals will be provided at select schools, parks and recreation centers. There are 30 total sites offering breakfast and lunch at various times — between 7:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. for breakfast and between 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. For more, visit www.clayton.k12.ga.us.

Clayton State film production information sessions, classes available

The Clayton State University Division of Continuing Education is gearing up for its second round of information sessions and classes for Digital Film Technician Training I and II.

The first set of Film Tech I courses, taught by long-time digital film industry expert Barton Bond, have been playing to full houses of more than 40 students each since February. With the next round of classes due to start in June, Clayton State has scheduled another information session in neighboring Fayette County.

A Digital Film Technician Training information session will be held at the Clayton State’s instructional site at 100 World Drive, Suite 100, in Peachtree City. It will be Saturday, June 7, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m..

There will be an information session on the main campus this Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The session will be in the Harry S. Downs Center at 2000 Clayton State Blvd. in Morrow. Another session is scheduled for Saturday, July 12, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., also in the Downs Center.

The maximum number of students per class is 40. Digital Film Tech I is the prerequisite to Digital Film II. All classes will be held in Clayton State’s Lucy Huie Hall, 9157 Tara Blvd. in Jonesboro.

Digital Film Tech I will be held on Monday and Wednesday evenings, from 6 p.m. until 9:30 p.m., from June 9 to Aug. 27. A second evening session of Digital Film Tech I, on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, also from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., will run from Sept. 16 to Dec. 9

The day time version of Digital Film Tech I will feature two sessions, Tuesday and Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., from June 24 to Aug. 12, and the same hours on Mondays and Wednesdays from Sept. 29 to Nov. 12.

Digital Film Tech II will feature two evening courses, the first on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., from June 10 to Sept. 2. The second Digital Film Tech II course will run Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., from Sept. 15 to Dec. 3.

Two designated Saturdays will be added to each course.

Registration information is available at www.conted.clayton.edu or by calling 678-466-5050 or 678-466-5118.

Clayton State to host degree completion open house

Clayton State officials are inviting residents who have some undergraduate college credits, but do not hold a college degree, to attend the university’s degree completion open house Tuesday, between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., in room 101 of the Downs Center.

Interested parties are invited to drop in anytime during the three-hour event designed to provide information and on-site services to residents in the local community who have already earned college credit and are now ready to finish their college degree.

Johnson gets Phi Kappa Phi nod

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi announced that Brandi Johnson of Riverdale has been inducted into Phi Kappa Phi. Johnson, was initiated at Clark Atlanta University, accepted the by-invitation-only membership.

Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors, having at least 72 semester hours, are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

Georgia College announces Dean’s List

Jonesboro residents Hillary O’Kelley, Katlyn Roberts, Emily White, Matthew Cannon and Jessica Ross have completed courses with exemplary marks and made the Dean’s List for the spring 2014 semester at Georgia College in Milledgeville.

Residents honored at Mercer University

Several Clayton County students were named to the spring 2014 semester Dean’s List at Mercer University. They include Simone Chambers of Rex; Thu Doan and Claudalle Smith, both of Morrow; Christopher Brown and Christina Dobbs, both of Riverdale; and Sarah Callands, Steven Gooden, Tracy Moore-Muhammad and Rebekah Lester, all of Jonesboro. Inclusion on the Dean’s List requires students to meet rigorous grade point average standards specific to their college or school within the university.

Joseph earn academic accolades

Stefon Carver Joseph of Jonesboro was recently named to the spring 2014 semester Dean’s List at Clemson University.