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Welcome Center Launches Community Academy
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Welcome Center Launches Community Academy

The District's Welcome Center recently launched the Community Academy, a community based resource designed to provide invaluable opportunities for parents and community constituents. The theme for the Community Academy is "An engaged community dedicated to education." All workshops and materials are provided at no cost to participants.

In October 2012, the Welcome Center launched the Parent Academy, which provides eight-week courses to help parents sharpen their skills as they participate with their children in meeting the challenges of 21st century education. Dr. Terrance Smith, the District's Coordinator of Parent Education, said the Community Academy will work in tandem with the Parent Academy to benefit interested community members.

"Parent Academy has proven to be a tremendous asset to our parents that affords them the opportunity to experience one-on-one instruction in several course content areas," Dr. Smith said. "Community Academy is a boutique of non-academic workshops designed to broaden the horizons of local citizens by providing information to aid in making informed decisions. Both of the academies provide a comprehensive approach designed to develop the holistic person."

The first series of Community Academy workshops launched this month with a focus on financial literacy, healthy lifestyles, nutrition and life strategies (efficacy training). The Welcome Center will continue to work collaboratively with community partners to present a continual series of workshops.

"We anticipate the same favorable feedback from our Community Academy as we received from our Parent Academy," Dr. Smith said. "All participants of our Parent Academy noted an improvement in their children's overall development and suggested that it is an invaluable resource to the Bibb County School District. Community Academy is the ideal program to complement Parent Academy for the benefit of all stakeholders."

Thus far, all workshops have been at capacity, Dr. Smith said.

"Parent Academy is challenging," said Parent Academy student Sabreen Golden. "It offers the opportunity and support to finish what we start. The high level of professionalism and consistency of parents and guardians will help Bibb County students positively achieve."

"Thank you for reaching out to the parents and making us aware of the resources," said Parent Academy student Theresa Hill. "As a result, I am definitely smarter and wiser. I've recently joined the Miller Magnet Parent Advisory Board, which I would not have without the encouragement of Parent Academy."

The Parent Academy spring graduation ceremony will be held Wednesday, May 15, at 6 p.m. at the Career Center Annex, with a reception to follow at the Welcome Center.

To view a flier for the Community Academy, click here. To view a registration form with dates of upcoming workshops, click here. For further information regarding the Parent Academy or Community Academy, contact Dr. Terrance Smith at (478) 779-3700 or register for a session by e-mail at welcomecenter@bibb.k12.ga.us.

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