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Gwinnett College graduates its largest class ever

Gwinnett College graduates its largest class ever

Gwinnett County - Georgia Gwinnett College has just graduated "its largest class to date."

College enrollment has increased in the last 2 years and continues to grow as the economy suffers.

Emily Valentino, pictured above was the college's 500th graduate.

Georgia 9th graders will have to choose career paths

Georgia 9th graders will have to choose career paths

ATLANTA -- Here's a question: Did you know what career you wanted to pursure in night grade?

Next fall, all high school freshman in Georgia public schools will have to determine a career path and take classes tailored to that goal.

"The governor signed house bill 187 into law this past session, which mandates that we have career pathways for all students beginning in the fall of 2012," said State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge. "It's a national model. Many states are already using career clusters and career pathways."

There are 17 careers clusters and each one has a core of subjects students must take. The process is similar to working on a major in college. Students will have the opportunity to switch career pathways throughout their time in high school.

Local couple donates $250,000 to Gwinnett Tech

Local couple donates $250,000 to Gwinnett Tech

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Gwinnett philanthropists Clyde and Sandra Strickland have donated $250,000 to the Legacy of Lives Campaign at Gwinnett Technical College.

The program establishes scholarships for students in certain programs, and helps others enroll in the school after obtaining their GEDs.

RELATED: New Heart & Vascular Center at Gwinnett Medical Center to be named for the Stricklands

Georgia Gwinnett College hires women's soccer coach

Georgia Gwinnett College hires women's soccer coach

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- A veteran soccer coach has been chosen to lead the new women's soccer program at Georgia Gwinnett College.

Domenic Martelli comes to Gwinnett with 18 years of Division I coaching experience. He spent the last 12 seasons at Georgia State University, where he quickly became the winningest coach in school history.

"It's thrilling to be a part of what is beginning to take place at GGC," Martelli said. "This is a golden opportunity -- a college growing academically, technologically and, of course, athletically."

RELATED: GGC hires first baseball coach

State tax credit program raises $50M for scholarships

State tax credit program raises $50M for scholarships

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Revenue stamped its approval on $50 million in donations under the Georgia Scholarship Tax Credit Program.

The program lets people and businesses get tax credit for donations to scholarships for Georgia children to attend private schools.

Fifty million dollars is the most allowed under the program. In 2012, the statewide cap on donations will increase by the annual increase in the Consumer Price Index until 2018.

Individuals can donate up to $1,000, while married couples have a donation cap of $2,500. Corporations can donate up to 75 percent of their state income tax liability.

The American Federation for Children estimated more than 6,000 students last year got scholarships to attend private schools through the program.

Report: 82.5 percent of Gwinnett schools made AYP

Report: 82.5 percent of Gwinnett schools made AYP

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Four Gwinnett County schools that did not initially make AYP for the 2010-2011 school year have now achieved it after appeals, graduation and summer retest scores, according to a report released this week.

Those four schools are:

* Ferguson Elementary, Duluth
* Creekland Middle, Lawrenceville
* McConnell Middle, Loganville
* Duluth High

Their achievements bumped up Gwinnett County's AYP standing -- 82.5 percent of its schools met their goals.

Of the 22 schools that did not make AYP in 2010-2011, only four face consequences for not meeting their goals for two or more consecutive years:

* Hopkins Elementary, Lilburn
* Sweetwater Middle, Lawrenceville
* Berkmar High, Lilburn
* Phoenix High, Lawrenceville

Norcross High School students urged to "X the TXT" while driving

Norcross High School students urged to "X the TXT" while driving

WHAT:   Allstate Agent Debbie Dykes is encouraging Norcross High students, faculty and staff to join the more than 125,000 Americans who have pledged not to text and drive through Allstate’s “X the TXT” campaign by adding their thumbprints to a pledge banner as a symbol of their promise not to text and drive. Thumb bands given to participants serve as daily reminders to put their cell phones down behind the wheel and stay focused on the road.

WHEN:   Friday, Nov.