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FYE has chosen This I Believe essays as the 2013-2014 Common Read.

FCST 1010/1020 Training Pictures

On December 13, 2012, FCST 1010 and 1020 instructors attended a training held at the Floyd Campus in the Lakeview building. Highlights of the day included presentations by Lyric Sprinkle, Sarah Hepler, Elijah Scott, Kim Linek, and student Melinda Wright.  The new text and Bag O' Skills were introduced, as well as the new practice of giving Badges for exemplary academic and personal accomplishments. The session concluded with some healthy competition on favorite class activities.


FCST 1010 Training Pictures

On Friday, July 27th, 12 FCST 1010 instructors attended atraining held at the Floyd Campus in the Lakeview building. Highlights of the day included presentations by Libby Gore, Jenn Purcell, Juliana Breithaupt, and Kim Wheeler. The session concluded with an award presentation in honor of outgoing FYE director Libby Gore's tireless work in creating and innovating the FYE program.


New to FCST 1010: The Common Read

Georgia Highlands believes in reading, engagement, and being curious, three things that promote academic success and an interesting life.  Join us as we delve into this year’s common read, WHERE AM I WEARING?, and become part of Kelsey Timmerman’s investigative adventure of uncovering who makes his clothing.  There is a lot more than geography to learn!  Kelsey takes us on a journey of learning about other people in other lands and learning more about ourselves…



New Hires in FYE

Exciting news! For the first time in its history, GHC's First Year Experience program has hired two full-time, tenure track positions. Please welcome our new FYE diector Joan Ledbetter and our new FCST 1010 Coordinator Sarah Hepler. Joan and Sarah are here to help you with all things FYE!


Joan Ledbetter, Director of FYE                             Sarah Hepler, FCST 1010 Coordinator


Spring 2012


The FCST 1010 classes are in full swing and have their service projects rolling.  Our students are involved in many different types of service from tutoring at elementary schools to helping plant "peace poles" in our community.  The different Citizen Projects are exciting and giving GHC students the chance to give back to the community.  Check back regularly for updates.

Above:  B2B FCST 1010 students working at Osborne High's food pantry.


Fall 2011

New Skillshops for Fall 2011



Spring 2011

GHC Spring 2011 Volunteer Fair

Numerous students signed up to volunteer their time with the various organizations, we had a drum circle performance by Mountain Top Ministries, and raised $100 and eight boxes of canned good for the North Bartow Community Service Pantry!

Picture of Volunteer Fair at Cartersville Campus

Spring 2011 Volunteer Fair Photo Gallery:

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Volunteer Fair Flyer




As you can see, the First Year Experience Program at GHC is a happening place!

To learn more about us, see our statement of mission and goals.

 To talk with someone about First Year Experience, call the Academic Success & eLearning Division at 706-295-6357.

Spring 2011

the citizen project

citizen project banner

The Citizen Project is the Service Learning component of the FCST 1010 class.  Each class chooses a sociopolitical issue to research.  The sociopolitical issue is chosen because it affects each of us, right here in our own community. A local partnering organization is also chosen for their involvement with the issue and their availability to offer volunteer opportunities to the GHC students, staff, and faculty.  After researching the issues and organizations, each class produces an informational brochure and a class web site.  The semester ends with all of the FCST 1010 classes hosting the Volunteer Fair on each campus in conjuction with the Office of Student Life.  Check out the links below to find out what is going on with each class.

Volunteer Fair

floyd campus fair

RESPONSIBLE PET OWNERSHIP- Floyd County Animal Control

POVERTY - Mountain Top Experience


HUMAN TRAFFICKING - Cultural Arts Center Community Group

paulding campus fair

CHILD ABUSE - Center for Children and Young Adults

marietta campus fair

ANIMAL ABUSE - Pal's Place Pet Adoption and Education Facility

CHILDREN WITHOUT FATHER'S - Little Angels Foundation

cartersville campus fair


CHILD ABUSE - Advocates for Children




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