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Leadership Dodge Attends Education Day
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On Nov. 9, 2010, the 2010-11 Leadership Dodge session focused on the economic impact of education in Dodge County.

Dr. Darrel May, Superintendent of the Dodge County school system, presented an overall view of the District’s economic impact as Dodge County’s largest employer, as well as the District’s focus on providing an academically competitive education in accordance with state and federally mandated standards.

The motto of the Dodge County School District, Dedicated to Our Desire to Graduate Everyone, serves as a reminder of the importance of the role of each teacher, staff member, administrator, parent and community partner as an integral component of successfully equipping students with the knowledge and skills to contribute to the future economic development of Dodge County.

Challenges facing the Dodge County School District include an increased focus on students with disabilities and continuing budget cuts.

Dr. May urged the Leadership Dodge class to volunteer through one of the many mentoring programs available in the Dodge County School District through Dodge Connections: A Communities in Schools Approach.

At the Peabody Complex, D’Ann Register, Program Director of Dodge Connections, described the many mentorship, family health, and community enrichment programs available through the work of Dodge Connection: A Communities in Schools Approach.

The importance of community involvement was further reinforced through a role-playing activity. One of the programs supported by Dodge Connections, Dodge Achievement Center, offers services to allow clients to complete a high school diploma.

Karla Spires, Director of DAC, gave the class an overview of the programs available, and allowed the class to hear testimonials of the sociological, economic and personal impact DAC has on the lives of its students.

Next, the class toured North Dodge Elementary School, and observed how teachers and students utilized SmartBoards in the classroom. During lunch, the NDES Choir, conducted by Rebecca Aaron, performed holiday tunes.

Michael Hilliard, principal of North Dodge Elementary, discussed the implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act, as well as presented the class with the wide range of volunteer opportunities available at NDES through partnership with Dodge Connections: A Communities in Schools Approach.

The tour concluded at Middle Georgia College (MGC), Aviation Campus where Jennifer Brannon, the Interim Campus Director, gave the class a look at the many programs and degrees offered by MGC.

With classes focused on a professional, hands-on approach, students are better prepared to enter the workforce. Robert Hamilton, the Flight Department Chair, described the dedicated instructors and technology MGC uses to equip students to enter the workforce fully trained and competitive.

The next Leadership Dodge class focuses on the economic impact of healthcare in Dodge County and will be held in January.

For more information about the Leadership Dodge Program, please contact the Chamber of Commerce at 478-374-4723 or visit www.eastman-georgia.com.

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