Georgia Highlands College

GHC-Marietta Participates in Cobb Education Consortium

Georgia Highlands College-Marietta has selected English professor Jake Sullins and Student Life Coordinator Alexis Carter to participate in the Cobb County Education Consortiumís Leadership Academy. The CEC is a group of Cobb County public educational institutions with the goal of improving the quality of education among its member institutions.† Members include Chattahoochee Technical College, Cobb County School District, Georgia Highlands College, Kennesaw State University, Marietta City Schools and Southern Polytechnic State University.

The Leadership Academy prepares employees at member institutions for greater leadership roles in the community and the institution. The first academy year is a year of preparation and networking in which participants experience a variety of seminars, speeches, retreats, school visits, governmental activities, guided readings and interaction with the CEOs. During the second year, they tackle a project under the guidance of a committee of specialists, designed to further their professionalism and expertise. In September there was an introductory reception for the group. Next month their real work begins with a three-day retreat in Toccoa, at which they will participate in seminars and activities designed to develop stronger collaborations among the educational partners.

Participants in the Leadership Academy are chosen at the institutional level, usually through a competitive process. Sullins and Carter were recommended by Kirk Nooks, campus dean at GHC-Marietta and confirmed by Randy Pierce, president of the college. Sullins commented on the honor by saying, "I was pleasantly surprised to be invited to participate, and I'm excited about the opportunities for service and community interaction that the CEC offers."

Carter also expressed her enthusiasm. She said, "I am looking forward to meeting all of the new members and strengthening my leadership skills."

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