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42 Gwinnett students become CNAs

42 Gwinnett students become CNAs

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Several Gwinnett County students are well on their way to having fulfilling healthcare careers.

Forty-two students enrolled in the Nursing Essentials Healthcare class at Maxwell High School of Technology in Lawrenceville have officially become certified nursing assistants, or CNAs, by passing both written and skills performance exams.

"Our students are ahead of the game in terms of starting a future in the healthcare industry," Maxwell High principal Dr. Jeff Hall said in a statement. "By successfully passing the test, our students are qualified to walk into a CNA position today."

Hall added that the students' accomplishments give Maxwell High's CNA program a 100 percent completion rate.

A number of Gwinnett's new CNAs have joined the Gwinnett Medical Center Apprenticeship Program, where they could be offered full-time jobs as patient care technicians.

16 Gwinnett County grads named Georgia Scholars

16 Gwinnett County grads named Georgia Scholars

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- The Georgia Department of Education has named 16 students of Gwinnett County as Georgia Scholars.

Being a Georgia Scholar, according to a Gwinnett County Schools spokesman, means the high schooler achieved excellent school and community life. Of all of Georgia, 115 students received the honor. 

To become a Georgia Scholar, the students started an application process early in their senior year. Their involvement in community activities, along with performance on SAT and ACT exams, GPA, credits earned and extracurricular activities. 

The 16 Georgia Scholars from Gwinnett County include: 

      Lizbeth Peña of Berkmar High

      Keith Jackson of Central Gwinnett High

      Jacob Inderrieden of Collins Hill High

      Dkeama Alexis of Grayson High

      Laurel Davis of Grayson High

Formula: Graduation rate soars among Georgia high school students

Formula: Graduation rate soars among Georgia high school students

(WXIA) -- The number of students receiving diplomas is on a steady rise, as it jumped for a second time using a new formula.

For 2013, Matt Cardoza of the Georgia Department of Education reported, the graduation rate marked 67.4 percent in 2011, followed by 69.7 percent in 2012.  The new way to figure the graduation rate is based on the adjusted cohort rate, which is required by the U.S. Department of Education. 

The four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate defines the cohort based on when a student becomes a freshman, Cardoza said. The calculation takes the number of students who graduate within four years and includes adjustments for student transfers. 

"I am very pleased that our graduation rate continues to increase, no matter how it is calculated," State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said. "While our graduation rate is still far too low and we have much progress to be made, we are moving in the right direction."

Largest graduating class ever to walk Gwinnett County stage

Largest graduating class ever to walk Gwinnett County stage

GWINNETT COUJNTY, Ga. -- Over 10,500 students are getting ready to take part in 21 graduation ceremonies throughout Gwinnett County.

The Class of 2013 is the largest graduating class ever in Gwinnett County, as reported by a Gwinnett County Public School spokesman. 

"We are very proud of this year's senior class and all that these students have accomplished during their academic careers. On behalf of the Board of Education and our community, I congratulate them and wish them the best as they start a new chapter in their lives," GCPS CEO/Superintendent Alvin Wilbanks said. "As the members of the Class of 2013 head off to college and into careers, they will carry the lessons they learned in Gwinnett classrooms with them, which is a testament to our teachers and their hard work and commitment."

School is (almost!) out in Gwinnett County

School is (almost!) out in Gwinnett County

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- The last day of school is fast approaching in metro Atlanta, with some districts dismissing as early as this week.

For Gwinnett County Schools, the last day is Wednesday, May 22.

Other last days of school in the Atlanta area include:

Thursday, May 16
Barrow County

Friday, May 17
Clarke County

Wednesday, May 22
Atlanta Public Schools (traditional)
Cherokee County

Thursday, May 23
Clayton County
Cobb County
Decatur City
DeKalb County
Fulton County
Rockdale County

Friday, May 24
Bartow County
Buford City
Carroll County
Coweta County
Fayette County
Floyd County
Forsyth County
Griffin-Spalding County
Marietta City
Newton County
Paulding County

Gwinnett Co. residents invited to "A Knight in the Garden"

Gwinnett Co. residents invited to "A Knight in the Garden"

LILBURN, Ga. -- The PTA of Knight Elementary is inviting the whole community to "A Knight in the Garden" at the school on Friday evening. 

The project is being held with help from the Environmental Protection Agency, Home Depot and residents. The garden features raised vegetable and pollinator gardens on school grounds, a spokesman for Knight Elementary said. 

"A Knight in the Garden" will run from 6:00 - 8:00. The school is located at 401 River Road in Lilburn. 

Several learning areas make up the garden, where learning comes from a Rainbow Garden, Dragon Garden, Music Garden, Heritage Garden, Storybook Garden, Herb Garden, Math Garden and Sensory Garden. 

Principal Toni Ferguson said, "Environmental awareness learned in early childhood projects promotes optimal childhood health, intellectual development and environmental stewardship." 

Dalai Lama coming to Emory, Gwinnett

Dalai Lama coming to Emory, Gwinnett

ATLANTA -- His Holiness the Dalai Lama will return to metro Atlanta this fall for a series of events.

The Dalai Lama is a Presidential Distinguished Professor at Emory University and will be on campus Oct. 8-10.

He will also give a public talk at the Arena at Gwinnett Center on Tuesday, Oct. 8, beginning at 9:30 a.m. The event will feature two lectures -- "The Pillars of Responsible Citizenship in the 21st Century Global Village," and a panel discussion called "Secular Ethics and Education."

Tickets go on sale this week and include admission to both talks. They can be purchased beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, Apr. 26.

To buy tickets, called the Arena at Gwinnett Center box office at 1-888-9-AXS-TIX or visit gwinnettcenter.com.