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STEM Education Awards finalists announced

STEM Education Awards finalists announced

ATLANTA -- The Technology Association of Georgia and its Education Collaborative has announced the finalists for this year's Georgia STEM Education Awards.

The finalists were chosen from more than 170 applicants across eight categories.

"Recent studies show that Georgia will need to fill approximately 211,000 STEM-related jobs by 2018," TAG president and CEO Tino Mantella said in a statement. "The 2013 Georgia STEM Education Awards finalists are helping to prepare the tech-ready workforce to fill these jobs, and we applaud them for standing out as leaders in Georgia's educational community."

The award winners will be announced Sept. 27 at the second annual Georgia STEM Education Awards event in Savannah.

This year's finalists include:

Elementary School
* Brookwood ES (Whitfield)
* Hightower ES (DeKalb)
* Honey Creek ES (Rockdale)
* May Howard ES (Savannah-Chatham)
* Sope Creek ES (Cobb)

UWG to break ground on Newnan campus

UWG to break ground on Newnan campus

NEWNAN, Ga. -- A groundbreaking ceremony for the University of West Georgia's new Coweta County campus will be held early next month.

Everyone is invited to the event, which will be Monday, Sept. 9 at 11:30 a.m. at 80 Jackson Street in Newnan.

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City of Newnan spokeswoman Gina Snider said the university's construction project should have an immediate $21 million economic impact on the city. It will also create roughly 176 jobs.

The campus is expected to generate between $1.4 million and $3.4 million for Newnan's economy every year.

UWG holding resource fair for high school students

UWG holding resource fair for high school students

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- The University of West Georgia will host a college resource fair for gifted high school students next month.

The fair will be Thursday, Sept. 12 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the school's Z6 Dining Commons. It is sponsored by UWG's Advanced Academy, which provides dual enrollment opportunities for high school students.

High school sophomores, juniors and seniors are invited to attend the fair and learn all about some of the country's top colleges and universities.

Learn more about UWG's Advanced Academy at advancedacademy.org.

UWG celebrates Coweta freshmen

UWG celebrates Coweta freshmen

NEWNAN, Ga. -- The University of West Georgia will hold a big celebration this week for all incoming freshmen from Coweta County.

President Dr. Kyle Marrero and mascot Wolfie, as well as numerous alumni, will represent the school during the send-off. It will be held Thursday, Aug. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the Newnan Centre, and is free to attend.

The event "is a great way for new students to be celebrated and recognized for their decision to 'Go West' and for our wonderful alumni to play an important role in welcoming these students to the pack," according to UWG director of alumni relations Frank Pritchett.

Attendees will be treated to refreshments and live music from Musicology Newnan.

Learn more and RSVP at westga.edu.

Florida Georgia Line concert sells out in record time

Florida Georgia Line concert sells out in record time

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- It took less than 20 minutes for rabid Florida Georgia Line fans to snatch up all the tickets to the band's upcoming concert at the University of West Georgia.

UWG spokeswoman Elizabeth Stone confirmed that the Oct. 23 concert sold out in 17 minutes.

A limited number of VIP packages are still available. The package includes reserved floor seating, a pre-show acoustic performance and party, and a photo opportunity with the country duo.

VIP packages are $199 each and can be purchased at townsendcenter.com.

The concert will be held at UWG's Coliseum. Doors open at 7 p.m., with the fun scheduled to start at 8 p.m.

2012 Ga. Schools of Excellence named

2012 Ga. Schools of Excellence named

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Education has identified the state's 2012 Schools of Excellence.

The annual honor is presented in two categories: Highest Performance and Highest Progress. Fourteen schools made the cut in each area.

"These schools are the epitome of excellence," Georgia School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "I offer my congratulations to our 2012 Georgia Schools of Excellence."

Barge added that he plans to visit all 28 schools at some point during the school year.

Metro Atlanta's Schools of Excellence include:

Atlanta Public Schools
* KIPP STRIVE Academy, Southwest Atlanta (Progress)

Bremen City
*Jones ES (Performance)

Clayton County
* Elite Scholars Academy, Morrow (Performance)

Cobb County
* Garrison Mill ES, Marietta (Progress)
* Kennesaw Charter Science and Math Academy (Progress)

UWG searching for head football coach

UWG searching for head football coach

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- The University of West Georgia will begin searching for a new head football coach this fall.

The current coach, Daryl Dickey, is also the school's athletic director. Because the athletics program at UWG is growing rapidly, Dickey will give up his coaching duties at the end of the upcoming season to focus exclusively on the athletic director position.

"It has been a pleasure and honor to serve our university as athletic director and head football coach," Dickey said in a statement. "We have made a great deal of progress in a short period of time, and we are excited about the future of our athletic program at the University of West Georgia."

UWG president Dr. Kyle Marrero said Dickey's transition is a perfect reflection of the university's recent growth.