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High school tech programs plan open houses

LAWRENCEVILLE - Two technical education programs in Gwinnett County are planning open houses this month for sophomores and juniors interested in applying to the programs.

The Grayson Technical Education Program and Maxwell High School of Technology each offer juniors and seniors a chance to earn three technical credits for the technology/career-preparatory diploma or the dual diploma.

Grayson and Maxwell each offer different technical education classes. At Grayson, programs range from culinary arts and music recording to veterinary technology and biotechnology. Maxwell offers programs ranging from auto collision repair and automotive services to early childhood education and health care sciences.

Students accepted into a program attend Maxwell or Grayson for two-and-a-half hours a day during the school year. Bus transportation is provided to Maxwell from all Gwinnett County high schools except Phoenix High, but no bus transportation is provided to the Grayson Technical Education Program.

Grayson's open house starts at 7 p.m. today in the Grayson Technical Building, located at the corner of Ga. Highway 20 and Hope Hollow Road in Loganville. Visitors can tour the building and meet the program instructors. Applications will be available tonight at the open house and in high school counseling offices starting Friday.

At Maxwell's open house, classrooms and labs will be open from 2:30 to 4 and from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25. Applications will be available that day at the school, 990 McElvaney Lane, Lawrenceville, and in high school counseling offices starting Jan. 26.

Prospective students are encouraged to sign up early, as the programs often fill up early.