Ticket to Success

Students and parents at Walnut Grove High School were offered a Ticket to Success, providing information about college financial aid, dual enrollment, preparation for SAT/ACT and more.  Hundreds came out to learn about how to take advantage of the many opportunities offered by the school, the state and the community to help students have access to college.

Students enjoy breakfast prior to the Ticket to Success
 sessions and make their way through
 the CIS resource exhibi
CIS Site Coordinator Milisa Wise worked with organizers of the event, providing information on the resources she offers to assist with basic needs, workforce preparation and college access.  

"This is a great opportunity for families to learn about the steps they need to take to transition from high school to college,"  said Wise.  "It is wonderful to see so many families participating."

Celeste Cannon, director of 6-12 curriculum and CTAE for Walton County Schools, offered a session on dual enrollment, where students can enroll in college while they are still in high school.  Students earn credit toward high school graduation and college credit at the same time and can complete high school with a year or more of college behind them.  "Dual enrollment is a chance for students who are prepared to work hard and do well to get ahead on college credits," Cannon said. 

A military recruiter talks to students and their families.
Georgia Student Finance Commission rep
Hal Wilkinson explains financial aide
Sessions were held on a variety of topics including options offered by the military, how to apply for financial aid and how to prepare for the SAT.  Jan Bohon, director of Total Learning Concepts in Loganville and a member of the CIS Site Team at WGHS, led a session on college entrance exams and offers free SAT and ACT practice tests at TLC.

Principal Thomas Boutwell praised assistant principal Miranda Compton for organizing the event.  "This is important information for students and parents to know, and we are pleased to be able to offer this program at Walnut Grove High School," he said. "We are glad to have had so many families come out to help their students prepare for success."