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Ga. Connections Academy accepting applications until Feb. 27

Ga. Connections Academy accepting applications until Feb. 27

(WXIA) -- Sometimes a student is forced to change schools mid-year.

If a child is a promising athlete, a working performer or encounters some type of health issue, online school gives him the flexibility he needs to heal, practice and/or travel.

Georgia Connections Academy, a fully accredited K-12 online school, is now accepting applications for mid-year enrollees in grades K-11. The school allows students to learn at their own pace, be it faster or slower than traditional school.

Visit connectionsacademy.com for more information about the school and to sign up a child. Parents can also call the school at 678-825-3258.

Late enrollment ends Thursday, Feb. 27.

Rep. Mike Glanton to speak at Everest College graduation

Rep. Mike Glanton to speak at Everest College graduation

ATLANTA -- Georgia Rep. Mike Glanton (D-Jonesboro) will be the speaker at this weekend's Everest College graduation ceremony.

About 500 students from Everest's four Atlanta-area campuses will graduate Saturday at the Georgia World Congress Center in Downtown Atlanta.

"I am honored to be asked to speak to these soon-to-be graduates," Glanton said in a statement. "This is a monumental event in each of their lives, and I am humbled to be a part of that."

Everest College offers degrees in such fields as health care, pharmacy, massage and criminal justice.

15 schools win grants to fight obesity

15 schools win grants to fight obesity

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Public Health has awarded SHAPE grants to 15 schools across Georgia.

The money, which is presented through the Governor's SHAPE Initiative, will be used to develop nutrition and physical activity plans for students.

"These grants will go a long way toward improving childhood fitness and nutrition," Georgia DPH commissioner Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald said in a statement. "We must teach our children the importance ot physical activity and the lifelong benefits of healthy eating, lessons they hopefully will carry with them throughout their lives."

Each school will receive $3,000. The recipients include:

Ga. Lottery posts educational transfers totaling $15B

Ga. Lottery posts educational transfers totaling $15B

ATLANTA – As the Georgia Lottery Corp. celebrates its 20th anniversary, lottery officials today announced record proceeds to education for the first half of fiscal year 2014. The Georgia Lottery’s first-half transfers to the Lottery for Education Account will bring the total raised for educational programs in the state to $15 billion since the lottery’s inception in 1993.

Georgia Lottery returns to education for the first half of fiscal year 2014 totaled $462.1 million, more than $11.6 million ahead of the same period last year.

“More dollars will go to fund educational programs in Georgia than ever before as a result of our strong start to the fiscal year,” said Georgia Lottery President and CEO Debbie D. Alford. “We are proud of our accomplishments and remain committed to maximizing revenues to benefit Georgia’s students.”

The first half of the fiscal year spanned from July 1, 2013, to December 31, 2013.

KSU-Southern Poly might have 13 colleges

KSU-Southern Poly might have 13 colleges

KENNESAW, Ga. -- The merged Kennesaw State University and Southern Polytechnic State University might have 13 colleges, the merged university's Expanded Consolidation Implementation Committee proposed Monday.

The 46-member committee -- made up of administrators, faculty, staff and students from SPSU and KSU -- held its first meeting to begin defining how the new integrated university will be organized.

The proposed 13 colleges:

* Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology

* College of Architecture and Construction Management

* College of Computing and Software Engineering

* Leland and Clarice C. Bagwell College of Education

* Michael J. Coles College of Business

* WellStar College of Health and Human Services

* College of the Arts

* College of Continuing and Professional Education

* College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Path2College launches savings sweepstakes

Path2College launches savings sweepstakes

(WXIA) -- Path2College, Georgia's 529 savings plan, has kicked off this year's $25,000 Reasons to Save Sweepstakes.

The promotion is designed to get parents thinking about saving for college while their children are still young.

Through the sweepstakes, one lucky child will be awarded $15,000 for his or her college education. The winner's school will receive $10,000.

"All you have to do is go online and enter for a chance to win," Path2College exeuctive director Mitch Seabaugh said. "There's nothing to lose by entering, and both a child and his or her school have a lot to gain."

To enter, visit path2college529.com. The sweepstakes is open to current Path2College 529 Plan account owners or non-account owners who live in Georgia and are at least 21 years old.

The contest closes on Sunday, Aug. 10.