This year, enrollment grew to 62 students after 35 participated in the inaugural SOAR 2019 class. With support from the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation, UNG was able to add an arts component.

“Time is also built into the curriculum to build each student’s academic knowledge so they can begin to thoughtfully choose a path at the end of eighth grade to set them on a productive path for life beyond. from high school,” Adcox said. “Students complete the program having learned about the college application process, financial aid, scholarship opportunities, and study skills. Most importantly, students not only learn what it feels like to be on a university campus and begin to establish a sense of belonging and understanding of the college environment.

Nighthawks SOAR is made possible by sponsors, community partners, principals and teaching staff from local school districts. Susan Brantley, lecturer in biology at UNG, leads this year’s teaching staff, which also includes Dr. Kwesi Yankey, Dr. Melanie Marty, Dr. Sonia Sharmin and Dr. Barbara Carter.

“I love being part of the Nighthawks SOAR program because it’s so rewarding to see students succeed and gain confidence in academics,” Brantley said. “We want this program to impress on students that they should think and plan for their college career and they have the ability to do well.”