Student information night a SPIN on tradition
by Mark Andrews
Oct 02, 2013 | 813 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
On Tuesday evening, Oct. 8, Bartow County students and parents looking to get a jump start on the college process will have the opportunity to attend the Student Parent Information Night, or SPIN, at the Bartow County College and Career Academy.

The event, which will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., will feature representatives from the Georgia Student Finance Commission — the organization that provides the HOPE Scholarship — as well as from Kennesaw State University, Chattahoochee Technical College, University of West Georgia and the Etowah Scholarship Foundation. The representatives will be available to take questions from students and parents, but also will be making presentations.

“We’re going to have different sessions set up so presenters will present on a consistant basis from 6 to 9 [p.m.],” Adairsville High School Lead Counselor Kellen Cloud said. “... So parents, if they’re not able to make it at the beginning, they can still stop by any time to get the information that they need.”

She continued, “They’re going to get joint and dual enrollment [information] for 10th- and 11th-graders at Georgia Highlands, Chattahoochee Tech and Kennesaw State University. For students that are moving on to college, they’re actually going to get freshman admission information Georgia Highlands, West Georgia, Chattahoochee Tech and Kennesaw State.”

Cloud said students and their parents in all grade levels are encouraged to attend.

“A lot of the ninth-grade parents want to know what the options are for joint and dual enrollment while their kid is going through their 10th-grade year, also to start preparing in terms of how HOPE works and how a student qualifies for a HOPE scholarship ...,” Cloud said.

She said what sets SPIN apart from some of the other college fairs throughout the year is it will provide a more personal experience for students and parents.

“This is small group, so they’ll actually be able to ask questions and it’s specific to where each college will be in a different room, so if you know 100 percent that you are interested in getting Georgia Student Finance information, you don’t have to listen to several different presentations, you can go to your one presentation and get [the information] then get out and ask that person [presenting] questions as well,” Cloud said.

This will be the county’s first SPIN program. In previous years, each high school has hosted its own student aid and college information night.