Jackson EMC donates funds to GSMST robotics program



Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology students who participate in the robotics program will benefit from a donation presented by one of the school’s business partners, Jackson EMC.

Representatives from the electric cooperative recently visited students at the Gwinnett County charter school to present a check for $2,500 to the Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation Fund and the school’s robotics booster club. The donation will go toward the school’s robotics program.

“Jackson EMC is an engineering- and technology-driven company, so it’s a pleasure for both the cooperative and Craig Roberts, our district distribution engineer, to be involved in an educational endeavor of this nature,” said Randy Dellinger, Jackson EMC Gwinnett district manager. “Research into the fields of robotics and emerging technology will help our country maintain a competitive advantage into the next century.”

Jackson EMC is a Partner In Education with five schools located within the Jackson EMC service area, which spans several counties. In addition, the company furnishes manpower and financial support for a number of major fundraising efforts by local charities.

GSMST’s robotics program has earned several awards in its short history. In addition to winning multiple state championships, robotics students also have earned other accolades such as a THINK award for the RoboDragons all-girl team at the Georgia Regional Tournament.

In addition, a rookie All-Star Award was presented to the school during the world competition. This All-Star honor is the most prestigious award a first-year team can attain.

A GSMST underwater robotics team placed fourth at the Southeast Regional Championship and also earned first place in the Engineering Design category at the same competition.

Colleges sign articulation agreement

Gainesville State College and Georgia Perimeter College have entered in to an articulation agreement that will allow students in Georgia Perimeter’s Sign Language Interpreting program a seamless transfer to Gainesville State College.

Beginning in the fall, participating students would earn both an associate degree from Georgia Perimeter and a bachelor’s degree in human services delivery and administration from Gainesville State. The baccalaureate degree prepares students for careers in government, social services, business and non-profit organizations.

For more information about the articulation agreement, visit www.gsc.edu/schools/ss/pssw/Pages/HumanServicesDeliveryandAdministration(BA).aspx or e-mail Jessica Ziembroski at jziembroski@gsc.edu.

Heather Darenberg writes about education. Good News From Schools appears in the Sunday edition of the Gwinnett Daily Post.