WGTC Introduces Summer Term For High School Students Tuition-Free Through Move On When Ready Initiative

For the first time, Georgia high school students will have the opportunity to take college core classes over the summer tuition-free through the Move On When Ready initiative.

The summer courses were available in previous years -- however this is the first year that the summer courses can be taken at no cost to the student, thanks to Senate Bill 132, passed by the Georgia General Assembly and signed by Governor Deal last year.

“It is hard to find a program at West Georgia Technical College that is having as big of an impact as our MOWR program,” said West Georgia Technical College President Steve G. Daniel. “This initiative has already changed lives, and we are excited about the opportunities as even more students and parents are learning about the cost benefits and time savings that this program allows.”

More than 1,000 local high school students enrolled in the Move On When Ready program at West Georgia Tech this school year, according to WGTC Director of High School Initiatives Kevin Cain. That number is expected to spike by at least 25 percent, if not more, by next fall.

Senate Bill 132 made adjustments to a previous high school dual enrollment law, which eliminated financial barriers, removed residency requirements and opened up program offerings across the board, according to West Georgia Technical College Provost Dr. Perrin Alford.

“Another significant result of Senate Bill 132 is the fact that now high school students who qualify can take three or six core credit hours in a short summer term and won’t pay a dime out of pocket for tuition,” Alford said. “This, obviously, leads to major financial savings for the student in the future, and it cuts into the amount of time it would take for that student to earn their college degree or certificate. You have to take these courses at some point as part of your college core requirements. Here is an opportunity to get them out of the way and at no cost.”

West Georgia Tech’s Summer Semester, called “Catch the Wave,” runs on a six-week schedule from June 6 until July 21.

Four college core classes are available for high school students who qualify by the May 13 deadline: English 1101, Math 1111, Psychology 1101 and Speech 1101.

Not all courses are offered on each campus, so students should ensure that the course they wish to take is available at the student’s preferred location.

Students who are already in the MOWR program should have a seamless transition into the summer term.

For those that aren’t currently enrolled as a MOWR student, there is a five-step process to secure a spot in the program.

A simple guide can be found at www.westgatech.edu/MOWR/WAVE.pdf.

The document is located at www.westgatech.edu/MOWR.

The MOWR enrollment deadline for the summer term is Friday, May 13.

For those that have additional questions about the “Catch the Wave” summer term, or would like to speak with West Georgia Tech High School Coordinators Ginny Griffin and Leigh Cunningham, email MOWR@westgatech.edu, or call (770) 755-7820.

Move On When Ready, the formal name for “dual enrollment” allows high school students in grades 9-12 at a participating eligible public or private high school or home school program in Georgia to dual enroll at West Georgia Technical College or other participating technical colleges and universities. Students earn credit for coursework towards both high school graduation or home study completion and postsecondary requirements simultaneously.

Move On When Ready is available in both the Fall Semester and Spring Semester, and now is available for the Summer Semester.

Senate Bill 132 put funding in place to cover all tuition-related expenses. Move On When Ready students are responsible for equipment costs, uniforms and supply kits, as well as program or course-specific fees such as lab fees, malpractice insurance and insurance fees, depending upon the coursework they take on.

For the “Catch the Wave” Summer Semester, each class earns the student three credit hours that can be transferred to the student’s postsecondary destination, therefore saving each students thousands of dollars in tuition while pushing the student further along their path towards a college degree.

And it’s tuition-free. With skyrocketing tuition and the current student debt issues that affect millions of Americans, the Georgia Legislature, Georgia Education leaders, local high schools and colleges such as West Georgia Tech, have collaborated to help local students mitigate those costs while acclimating themselves to a college environment before they step across that stage on the day of their high school graduation.

Ask Brix Berry. Berry attended West Georgia Tech as a dual-enrolled student prior to enrolling at Auburn University last fall. Berry saved more than $13,000 in tuition at Auburn because he took his core classes at West Georgia Tech while still in high school at Harvester Christian Academy.

Another student who took advantage of the MOWR program is LaGrange High School senior Bethany Brown. She says she saved more than $14,000 in future tuition after completing 25 hours of college core classes while in high school.

“Move On When Ready will save me a year of college class work, and more importantly it will save my family nearly $15,000 in tuition since I’ll start my college career basically as a college sophomore,” Brown said. “Thanks to West Georgia Tech and MOWR, I have a head start on my career, I know what the college experience is like and I’ll be able to enter the workforce sooner that I would have otherwise. To anyone out there considering the MOWR program, take advantage of this opportunity. How could you not?”

Brown plans to attend Gulf Coast State College and pursue a career as a physical therapy assistant.

Local students who wish to take advantage of this opportunity for West Georgia Tech’s summer term should begin the application process as soon as possible. The deadline for completing the entire application process is Friday, May 13.

An easy step-by-step guide for the enrollment process can be found at www.westgatech.edu/MOWR/WAVE.pdf.

West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties and class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties offers over 120 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the fourth largest of the state’s 22 technical colleges.
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