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GHC/Marietta’s Site Director Becomes a Principal for a Day



Georgia Highlands College/Marietta, in partnership with the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, Cobb County Schools and Marietta City Schools participated in the 2011 Principal for a Day project. The  annual program, now in its 11th year, allows business, education and civic leaders an opportunity to apply their skill sets in the local schools, thus creating potential partnerships.


Dr. Kirk A. Nooks, GHC/Marietta site director, was selected to serve in February as a principal both for the Lindley Sixth Grade Academy at the Barnes Center in Mableton and Park Street Elementary School in Marietta.  He observed the strengths and challenges of the schools and explored areas of future collaboration between the schools and GHC.


Nooks spent the day immersed in the daily activities of Landon Brown, principal of Lindley, and Corey Lawson, principal of Park Street.  Lindley Academy, like Georgia Highlands College, offers a smaller learning environment aimed at creating strong academic foundations for its students and a supportive instructional environment.   Park Street shares Georgia Highlands College’s attentiveness to molding critical thinkers who are engaged in academics and community involvement.  All of the institutions have engaged in creative strategies to increase student achievement, and these newly forged partnerships will further the common goals of the institutions in their effort to formulate new and improved methods to increase student success rates.


For more information on either of the campaigns, please call Dominique Martinez at 678-872-8501 or visit




Georgia Highlands College is a two-year institution of the University System of Georgia, serving more than 5,000 students at six sites in Rome, Cartersville, Marietta, Dallas and Douglasville.  The Marietta instructional site opened in 2005, and enrolls over 1,000 students.

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