YHC's Division of Education Hosts Georgia State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge
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Young Harris College’s Division of Education Hosts Georgia State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge
YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College President Cathy Cox and the Division of Education recently hosted a roundtable discussion with Georgia State School Superintendent John Barge, Ed.D.
“We graduated our first cohort of Teacher Preparation Program students in May, and each of them have found teaching jobs or are furthering their education in graduate school,” said President Cox. “We are grateful that Dr. Barge took the time to visit YHC. It was wonderful for him to hear from our faculty and see what the department is accomplishing.”
The discussion encompassed a variety of topics including the strength of the job market for prospective teachers, the cost of teacher certification, virtual classrooms and career pathways.
“It’s beneficial for me to have the opportunity to sit down and hear the concerns of teacher preparation staff,” said Dr. Barge, who also visited Towns County Middle School and Union County Elementary School while in the area. “Since YHC has transitioned to a four-year institution and recently established the Division of Education, it seemed like the perfect time to visit.”
The College’s Teacher Preparation Program was first offered to students in Fall 2011. The program was approved by the YHC Board of Trustees to become the College’s fifth academic division in Spring 2012.
Students in YHC’s Teacher Preparation Program gain the skills and knowledge necessary to become successful educators and engage in diverse aspects of education both in the classroom and the field.
“The roundtable proved to be both useful and informative,” said Dean of the Division of Education and Professor of Education Karynne Kleine, Ed.D. “Dr. Barge heard our concerns, and we were heartened to know he cares so much about teacher preparation. We hope to have continued opportunities for dialogue with those responsible for educational outcomes in Georgia.”
Fully accredited by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Division of Education's programs are led by well-credentialed and experienced faculty who emphasize individual interaction with all students. Strong partnerships with local schools ensure outstanding field and clinical options, and YHC’s strong liberal arts foundation provides both breadth and depth for the knowledge base of content taught.
For more information about the Teacher Preparation Program, contact the Division of Education at (706) 379-5275.
About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. The College currently has more than 1,100 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 226-bed residence hall that is expected to earn LEED certification, a 248-bed, apartment-style residential village and a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics, and in 2012, was invited to become the 14th member of the Peach Belt Conference. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2013-2014 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit yhc.edu.
Young Harris College's Division of Education recently hosted a roundtable discussion with Georgia State School Superintendent John Barge, Ed.D. Attendees included (pictured left to right) Assistant Professor of Music and Music Education Coordinator John Wayman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Education Ashley Carr, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Education Sharon Johnson, Ed.D., Dean of the Division of Education and Professor of Education Karynne Kleine, Ed.D., Dr. Barge, YHC President Cathy Cox, Senior Instructor of Music and Director of Bands Mary Land, Adjunct Instructor of Education Roberta Barr, Adjunct Instructor of Education Sue Astley, Administrative and Data Assistant Jennifer Manous and Assistant Professor of Education Mark Brunner, Ph.D.