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Path2College sweepstakes end Aug. 15

Path2College sweepstakes end Aug. 15

ATLANTA -- Georgia's Path2College 529 Plan is making it easier for families to pay for college by holding two scholarship giveaways.

The deadline to enter both contests is Thursday, Aug. 15.

Mitch Seabaugh, director of the Path2College 529 Plan, said the two sweepstakes are designed to encourage families to start saving for college while their children are still very young.

"If 10,000 more Georgia families start saving for college, that's 10,000 more children who will have a head start toward achieving their dream when they graduate from high school," he said in a statement.

Seabaugh added that the sweepstakes also benefit young students because they provide money for schools and libraries.

The first contest -- the 10,000 Reasons to Save Sweepstakes -- will gives $10,529 to two lucky winners: a current Path2College account holder and a non-account holder. The two winners' schools will each receive $10,529.

Cobb School Board approves $3 million digital math education

Cobb School Board approves $3 million digital math education

MARIETTA, Ga. -- With only two weeks to go before 107,000 students return to Cobb County schools, a big question remains: if the county goes digital in teaching math, will there be enough money to make it work and bring up test scores?

The answer came after more than an hour of debating as the Cobb Board of Education voted 4-3 to approve a $3 million jump into the digital age of mathematics education.

But it fell far short of an $8 million proposal that the board voted down in April. That deal included printed text books in addition to digital content. 

The deal that passed on Wednesday only involves printed texts for advanced courses. The rest of the math teaching experience will be digital.

Despite the okay to go ahead with this latest deal, parents were outraged that cutting the teaching and learning materials in less than half will affect the learning experience.

Chattahoochee Tech offers social media specialization

Chattahoochee Tech offers social media specialization

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Marketing management students at Chattahoochee Technical College now have the option of specializing in social media as part of their degrees.

Social media classes will be offered online this fall. The specialization includes a series of four courses: Exploring Social Media, Analyzing Social Media, Consumer Behavior and a marketing elective.

CTC marketing instructor Rick Nelson said social media is revolutionizing the field.

"Our marketing management programs will expose students to this technology and better prepare them for the new reality of marketing," he said. "No doubt our student population is very skilled at using Facebook, Twitter and other social media every day in their personal lives. We will prepare our students to be on the leading edge of utilizing these platforms to sell more products and services for their future corporate employers or in their own business ventures."

First days of school in metro Atlanta

First days of school in metro Atlanta

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- It's only mid-July, but many metro Atlanta students are preparing to head back to school.

Monday, July 15 is the first day of the 2013-14 school year for children at three Atlanta schools -- Boyd, Centennial Place and Hutchinson elementary schools -- and the Elite Scholars Academy in Clayton County.

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In Cobb County, the first day of school is Wednesday, Aug. 7.

Other school start dates throughout north Georgia include:

Thursday, Aug. 1
Decatur City
Paulding County

Friday, Aug. 2
Newton County

Monday, Aug. 5
Cherokee County
Floyd County
Henry County

Tuesday, Aug. 6
Coweta County

Chattahoochee Tech among top 2-year colleges

Chattahoochee Tech among top 2-year colleges

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Chattahoochee Tech is one of the top 25 two-year colleges in the United States, according to a recent ranking.

The Cobb County-based technical college comes in at No. 25 on the list of 100, which is created every year by Community College Week magazine.

Chattahoochee Tech was scored on its certificates offered and the number of its students who finish their certification programs in one year or less.

The school also ranked No. 44 in the top 50 producers of associate degrees in the area of communications technology, technicians and support services, and No. 19 in the area of sales, merchandising and marketing.

Chattahoochee Tech has campuses in Acworth, Austell, Canton, Dallas, Jasper, Marietta and Woodstock. Learn more at chattahoocheetech.edu.

Georgia shows improvement on 2013 CRCT

Georgia shows improvement on 2013 CRCT

ATLANTA -- Georgia's results for the 2013 CRCT reveal an improvement over the 2012 results.

The scores, which were released Tuesday morning, show 18 increases, five decreases and seven tests where the passing rates did not change.

"Our results this year on the CRCT show consistent progress and we continue to see many students scoring in the exceeds category," State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "This is a testament to the great work our teachers are doing to take students to higher levels of learning."

In Cobb County, the percentages of students who met or exceeded standards on the 2013 CRCT include:

Reading: 94.06
Math: 82.07
Science: 83.01
Social Studies: 87.76

See the full results at 11Alive.com/CRCT.

58 Georgia educators earn "Master Teacher" certification

58 Georgia educators earn "Master Teacher" certification

ATLANTA -- Governor Nathan Deal announced on Tuesday that 58 educators of Georgia schools have earned the "Master Teacher" certification. 

The certification is based on how each teacher demonstrated excellence in student achievement and growth across the 2013 academic year, reported a spokesperson from the Governor's office. 

The "Master Teacher" program began in 2005 with the help of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. A Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) measured classroom performance and academic growth, along with the teachers' professional practice. 

The "Master Teacher" certification lasts seven years, and as long as they qualify, teachers can renew their certificates. 

Kelly Henson, Executive Secretary for the Georgia Professional Standards Commission said, "The 2013 Master Teachers join a group of Georgia's highly skilled and dedicated educators who share a passion for teaching and student learning."