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GOOD NEWS: Fifth-graders tour college

Students of Jenkins Elementary School recently visited Georgia Gwinnett College as part of a career readiness initiative.

Students of Jenkins Elementary School recently visited Georgia Gwinnett College as part of a career readiness initiative.

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Frank Reddy

LAWRENCEVILLE -- About 160 fifth-grade students from Jenkins Elementary visited Georgia Gwinnett College on Sept. 14-15 for a college and career readiness initiative.

From Georgia Gwinnett College staff, the young students got an overview of the college and possible careers, received a tour of the residence halls and a tour of the science labs and library.

Fifth-grade teacher Jason Burke said the expectation of the field trip was "to show our students what their hard work can lead to." Burke said that 21 parents also attended.

Charter school gets flight simulator donation

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett County Public Schools students will get additional training and a seat in the cockpit at Maxwell High School of Technology thanks to a recent donation to the charter school's aircraft flight operations program.

The school recently received a donation of X-Plane Flight Simulation Software from Laminar Research, a longtime supporter of Maxwell High students.

"Laminar Research is proud to be a partner with Gwinnett County Public Schools and the Aircraft Flight Operations Program at Maxwell High School of Technology," said Austin Meyer, developer and owner of O-Plane. "Our goal is to make an investment in education for the Aircraft Flight Operations Program, benefitting students who are our future aviators, air traffic controllers, aircraft mechanics, dispatchers and aviation business leaders."

Principal Jeff Hall said that the school appreciates the donation.

"With continued support from business partners like Austin Meyer and exceptional instruction from Capt. Ken Phelps, I know our students are well-prepared for a career in the field of aviation," Hall said.

A former pilot with Delta Airlines, Phelps joined the school district in 2009 to help launch the program. He flew with Delta for nearly three decades, starting in 1979. Since retirement, he has served as a consultant for NASA on different studies.

The Aircraft Flight Operations Program at Maxwell High School of Technology provides students "just-in-time" training in the field of air flight operations.

Students graduate from GCPS prepared to continue their air flight training at Federal Aviation Administration-approved sites with no gaps in training.

Frank Reddy writes about education. Good News from Schools appears in the Sunday edition of the Daily Post.