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Online Campus registration open through May 3

Online Campus registration open through May 3

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- There's still time for parents to register their students for the Gwinnett County Online Campus (GOC) for the 2013-14 school year.

Signup, which is open to students in grades 4-12, will close Friday, May 3 and can be completed at gwinnettonlinecampus.com.

GOC is one of four charter schools within Gwinnett County Public Schools. It gives children the opportunity to study at home and at their own pace. GOC combines online and face-to-face classes with the same curriculum found at traditional Gwinnett elementary, middle and high schools.

Gwinnett Tech hosting plant sale

Gwinnett Tech hosting plant sale

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Horticulture students at Gwinnett Technical College will host a plant sale later this month and an edible sale next month.

The plant sale will be Apr. 16-18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the college's greenhouse.

Plenty of plant types will be sold, including annuals, perennials, shrubs, herbs and house plants.

The edible sale will be May 7-9 and will feature fruits, vegetables and herbs.

"I know every year we say the plant sale gets better, but the greenhouse is spectacular. The students have pulled together the best looking and the healthiest plants ever," Gwinnett Tech horticulture program director Aaron Poulsen said in a statement. "There are more varieties than we have time to list, and I think our supporters will be pleased."

Cash and checks will be accepted at the sale; those wishing to use credit and debit cards will have to pay in the school's business office.

Gwinnett Tech brings bioscience to high school

Gwinnett Tech brings bioscience to high school

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Forty North Gwinnett High School students recently got an up-close look at the field of bioscience, thanks to Gwinnett Technical College.

The Lawrenceville college's Life Sciences Center taught the high schoolers about careers in the fast-growing field.

Professors Herschel Meaders, Dr. Robert Powers, Dr. Mohammed Salameh and Dr. Saphronia Wallace guided the teens through different labs to give them a comprehensive view of bioscience.

"I really enjoyed touring Gwinnett Tech and learning about the different areas of bioscience and biotechnology," North Gwinnett student Anna Raye said. "My favorite session was Dr. Salameh's on protein research."

Gwinnett Tech's Life Sciences Center hosts numerous sessions for young learners throughout the year. Dr. Phil Gibson, director of the school's bioscience program, is currently creating labs for eighth graders at Moore and Sweetwater middle schools.

Summer program to teach job skills to middle schoolers

Summer program to teach job skills to middle schoolers

LOGANVILLE, Ga. -- Gwinnett County Public Schools will host a special summer program for middle school students.

The Grayson High Technical Education program will give students the opportunity to explore a number of possible career paths, including culinary arts, robotics, photography, digital media design and video broadcast journalism.

The program will be held the week of June 10 at Grayson High School.

Rising 7th, 8th and 9th graders are invited to sign for the program beginning on Monday, Apr. 1. Registration closes on May 15.

For more information, visit graysontech.org.

Grayson High School is located at 50 Hope Hollow Road.

College and Career Education Fair calls Gwinnett County students

College and Career Education Fair calls Gwinnett County students

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Maxwell High School of Technology is hosting a College and Career Education Fair and inviting all local students to attend. 

The fair is set for Thursday, April 4 from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Maxwell is located at 990 McElvaney Lane in Lawrenceville.

An official for Gwinnett County schools said the fair will have teachers and representatives on hand to explain how so many careers require different levels of education, and how core academic skills can help students be effective in their future workplaces. 

Along with all students of GCPS, also invited are parents, high school counselors, teachers and other educators. 

For more information, contact Maxwell High School at (770) 963-6838.

2013 Shuler Hensley Awards nominees announced

2013 Shuler Hensley Awards nominees announced

ATLANTA -- Some of the most talented young performers in Georgia have been recognized with nominations for the 2013 Shuler Hensley Awards.

The awards program honors the best high school musical theater productions in the state.

It is named for Cobb County native Shuler Hensley, a seasoned Broadway performer who has won a number of prestigious awards, including a Tony.

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This year's Shuler Hensley Awards nominees were announced Tuesday. The awards ceremony will be held Apr. 18 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

The nominees include:

Best Overall Production

* Avenue Q
Atlanta International School, Buckhead

* Les Misérables
Buford High School

Educators gain access to new Teacher Resource Link

Educators gain access to new Teacher Resource Link

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Education launched the Teachers Resource Link (TRL) on Tuesday, giving educators access to digital resources that go along with Georgia's K-12 curriculum.

Mat Cardoza of GaDOE Communications reported that the TRL was developed to help facilitate teachers when they look for digital materials for students to use, based on their academic performance. By using the TRL, the state can quickly find those resources the students need to excel in the classroom.

There are 18,000 digital resources currently that make up the TRL, based on Georgia standards for K-12 teachers, Cardoza said. Every teacher has the same information coming from the same knowledge base. 

State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said, "These kinds of tools are invaluable because they save our teachers a tremendous amount of time and will ultimately help our students be college and career ready because they are getting the best instruction possible."