Two GGC cadets earn four-year scholarships

LAWRENCEVILLE -- For the first time ever, cadets in the Army ROTC unit at Georgia Gwinnett College have earned prestigious U.S. Army scholarships.

Cadets Andrew Lee and Austin Swecker each recently received offers and subsequently accepted four-year scholarships from the Army.

A freshman majoring in business administration with a concentration in international business, Lee is from Stuttgart, Germany. Swecker, also a freshman, is majoring in criminal justice and is from Snellville.

Cadets must meet minimum GPA standards as well as physical standards to be considered for Army scholarships. In addition, they must prove to their instructors that they have the ability to lead others and that they want to serve in the Army after graduation.

"We are very excited to have these two outstanding individuals earn Army scholarships," said LTC Kurt Felpel, commander of the Bulldog Battalion at the University of Georgia. "The Army is looking for scholars, athletes and leaders and both Lee and Swecker fit that mold perfectly."

UGA's Bulldog Battalion is one of 39 schools in the 6th Brigade U.S. Army Cadet Command, which includes all institutions with ROTC programs in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. GGC began its ROTC program under the battalion in 2010.

Nine active-duty and National Guard officers and non-commissioned officers serve as cadre in the Bulldog Battalion. Combined, they have more than 13 combat tours and 100 years of military service. They use this vast experience to ensure that the battalion's cadets are well-trained and prepared to succeed in school, achieve commission as second lieutenants and serve as the future leaders of the nation's military.

Cadets Lee and Swecker are scheduled to graduate in the spring of 2016, after which they will receive their commission as second lieutenants and attend Basic Officer Leadership Courses.

Foundation grant supports GGC online tutoring

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A $17,500 grant from the Mary P. Dolciani Halloran Foundation will support GGC's online tutoring service, "Tutoring Online Everywhere."

"TOE is an important source of tutoring for today's busy students, many of whom are balancing classes with work and family," said Barry Biddlecomb, dean of the School of Transitional Studies. "Thanks to the Mary P. Dolciani Halloran Foundation's generous support, TOE provides all students with tutoring help whenever and wherever it is convenient to them."

Convenience is a key factor in the program's success. Almost 40 percent of GGC's students work at least part-time, which creates challenges for scheduling course work. Through Project TOE, GGC delivers learning assistance that combines technology, personal support and convenience. Online tutoring provides for assistance accessible from any computer, at nearly anytime.Such "teachable moments" are when students are most motivated to learn.

In addition, students who may be self-conscious about face-to-face tutoring may feel more comfortable asking questions in an online learning environment.

Since it was piloted in 2012, TOE has proven to be an effective part of GGC's Student Success programs, which help bring under-prepared students to appropriate academic levels.