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Gainesville City School System Superintendent, Dr. Merrianne Dyer, and Lanier Technical College President, Dr. Ray Perren, sign Dual Enrollment Agreement at the Board of Education Meeting.

Dr. Merrianne Dyer signs the agreement as Dr. Ray Perren looks on.

Dual enrollment is the process through which a high school student takes courses from a state public or private college while still enrolled as a high school student and receives credit BOTH at the high school and at the college. Through dual enrollment, high school students can have several college courses completed before high school graduation.

Dual enrollment increases the classroom options available in a high school and encourages students to continue their education. Students also experience the rigor of college courses and get a jump-start on college and a career.

L-R, seated: Sammy Smith, Delores Diaz, Dr. Merrianne Dyer, Dr. Ray Perren,
David Syfan, Willie Mitchell

L-R, standing: Jeff Fitzpatrick, Jarod Anderson, LaCrisia Larkin, Dr. Linda Barrow,
Jamey Moore, Dr. Dana Nichols, Darryl White, Sarah Bell

Maria Calkins, Chair of the BOE, and Delores Diaz, Vice Chair, also attended. Other BOE Board members attending included Willie Mitchell, Sammy Smith, and David Syfan. Lacrisia Larkin, Principal of Gainesville High School, and Daryl White, Principal of Wood's Mill Academy, were also present at the signing event. Sarah Bell, Director of Standards and Assessment; Jamey Moore, Director of Curriculum and Instruction; and Priscilla Collins, Director of School Improvement, also attended.

Lanier Technical College was further represented by Dr. Linda Barrow, Vice President of Academic Affairs;
Dr. Dana Nichols, Dean of Academic Affairs for the Oakwood Campus; Jeff Fitzpatrick, High School Coordinator; and Dave Parish, Director of Marketing and Public Relations.

Dr. Perren noted to the Board, "Dual enrollment has such a positive track record across the state. In fact, 98 percent of high school students in a dual enrollment program will graduate from high school statewide. This is great opportunity. This agreement is a win-win-win; a win for school district, the College, and most importantly, it's a win for the students that go into this program. We are happy to announce, that starting this year, Lanier Technical College will exempt the portion of the tuition and fees that are not covered by the HOPE Grant. This exemption will help to remove any financial barriers that students might have to help them with dual enrollment."

Dr. Dyer added, "It is a possibility that will change the lives of the majority of our students. They can go on to complete a college education, and that's a hope that many of them did not have before...before we began working with Lanier Tech on the dual enrollment. It's the future of not only the children, but of our community that needs the labor force."

Dual Enrollment provides an opportunity
for the Gainesville City School System to expand the curriculum at no extra cost and enables high school students with an opportunity to jump-start their college education and career skills.

Gainesville High School Dual Enrollment students can choose to study several of Lanier Technical College’s programs including Nurse Aide, Clinical Laboratory Technology, Welding and Joining Technology, Drafting Technology, and General Studies. Students interested in dual enrollment should see their guidance counselors for more details, or they can visit

Lanier Technical College has a 98.6% job placement rate and offers over 40 programs of study in some of the nation's fastest-growing career fields including healthcare, energy, business and industry, and public or private service. More information about Lanier Technical College and Dual Enrollment may be obtained by calling 770-533-7000 or by visiting Lanier Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.

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